FBI Director James Comey said in a visit to Springfield that stopping violent crime and public corruption are priorities in the region.

Comey visited Springfield on Tuesday to meet with law enforcement officers from across Illinois. The State Journal-Register reports it was one of a series of visits Comey is making nationwide.

In Springfield Comey met with about 80 police chiefs, sheriffs, state police leaders, federal officers and others.

Last month Comey named Sean Cox as the new special agent in charge of the Springfield division.

Springfield Police Chief Kenny Winslow visited with the director and said it was a positive meeting.

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