EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A top federal lawmaker who's a native of East St. Louis says the southwestern Illinois city will get $400,000 in federal money in hopes of reducing crime.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says the funds will go toward installing security cameras, fences and new lights at public housing complexes in the struggling city of roughly 30,000 residents.
Durbin also renewed his push dating to last August that East St. Louis bars and liquor stores close earlier. That's a request Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. says he doesn't plan to honor because he doesn't think that's causing crime in the city. He blames drugs, criminals with guns and people retaliating.
Durbin says two of the housing complexes will be the first to get the security upgrades, with others to follow.