No National Guard For Chicago



Governor Pat Quinn’s spokesperson says no National Guard troops will be used in Chicago.

Brooke Anderson says the governor is only allowed to deploy the Guard in specific situations like a terrorist threat, but state police still remain an option to combat recent violence in the city.

Quinn's comments were made after police say three men opened fire at a basketball court in Chicago, injuring 13 people, including a three-year-old boy.

Two men, Bryon Champ and Kewane Gatewood, have been charged in connection with last week's shooting. Authorities say they think the gunman is still on the loose.
 
Quinn says tougher gun restrictions, like a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, would curb violence. State Rep. Brandon Phelps says the answer is tougher enforcement of current laws.
 
“When the gang members think that they system is a joke, they're going to treat it as a joke," Phelps says. "If you have harsher penalties and harsher sentences on these  these gang members and illegal guns, I think you will stop a lot of that.”
 
Phelps says he would have supported the use of the National Guard in Chicago. 
 
The idea has been raised previously by some state lawmakers and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, but never implemented.
 

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