According to a spokeswoman, Gov. Pat Quinn is willing to use Illinois State Police, but not the Illinois National Guard when it comes to helping Chicago police combat city violence. Quinn was asked about using the Guard this past weekend.
The Governor said state police help in East St. Louis, but any state help would have to be through coordinated partnerships. Yesterday spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said in relation to Chicago violence, state help would not include the National Guard troops.
Only during specific situations such as a terrorist threat is the governor allowed to deploy the Guard. Previously the idea has been questioned by some state lawmakers and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, but never implemented.
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