Springfield to gain government crime help

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – The Illinois capitol is getting some federal help to slow down crime.

The U.S. Justice Department named Springfield as one of 12 American cities to get assistance. It says it will work with city leaders to closely examine crime patterns and develop a long-term plan to combat them.

Other cities include, but aren’t limited to: Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Toledo in Ohio, and Memphis, Tenn.

Qualifying cities have higher-than-average crime rates and showed a willingness to find help. 

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