Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is willing to provide back-up for the Chicago Police Department. More than 50 people were shot in Chicago over the long holiday weekend.
Quinn says he’s prepared to send the Illinois State Police to help address Chicago’s violence, but only if Mayor Rahm Emanuel asks for them.
“We are always ready to help in whatever district the city may request. We’ve done that in many, many districts and I’m prepared to help the mayor and the police chief if they request it, wherever they need it.”
Quinn says the state police patrol the Metro East region on weekends, around East Saint Louis in Southern Illinois.