- Associated Press - Friday, September 23, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois is receiving more than $3.7 million in federal grants to address youth violence.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced the funding from the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday. He says it “delivers on our promise not to give up on any child.”

The money will go toward intervention programs to try to keep young people from entering the criminal justice system. It also will be used for programs that help prevent juvenile offenders from re-offending.

The Illinois Department of Human Services is receiving the largest portion of the money - about $1.7 million.

Cook and St. Clair counties each will receive $1 million to address the problem in targeted communities. They include East St. Louis and the south Chicago suburbs of Harvey and Ford Heights.

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