Contrary to whatever he might say:
(CBS) – Gov. Pat Quinn says he would consider using state resources to help combat Chicago street violence, but only if city officials want the assistance.
Speaking on this week’s mass shooting in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, Quinn was asked whether there have been discussions about sending in the state police or Illinois National Guard to assist Chicago police.
The governor said he’s had no specific conversations but noted state police are helping patrol in East St. Louis, another city that has its challenges with violent crime.
“It has to be done in a coordinated fashion with the local law enforcement, with their full cooperation,” Quinn told reporters Saturday.
Quinn did not specifically veto the idea of deploying Guard members in Chicago. A press aide later told CBS 2 the governor was speaking only about the possibility of using state police to help out.
I can say with high confidence that Pat Quinn won’t deploy the National Guard on the South Side of Chicago. He’s running for re-election and, of course, he’ll deplore the violent crime there. Imagine the optics of it. What’s he going to do, declare martial law? Maybe a curfew? Soldiers in military uniforms on every street corner?
People say all sorts of things but that doesn’t mean he’ll do it. I can’t imagine a move surer to put a Republican in the governor’s mansion.