Chicago lawmaker: Send troops to city
SPRINGFIELD — A longtime Chicago lawmaker Tuesday called on Gov. Pat Quinn to send the Illinois State Police and the Illinois National Guard into Chicago to help quell gun violence.
Rep. Monique Davis, a South Side Democrat serving in her 13th term in the House, said she wanted troopers and National Guardsmen "to come to Chicago and work with our mayor, Rahm Emanuel, to provide safety for the children, especially, and for all who walk in Chicago. We deserve. We're important. Our kids are important."
She also asked that Quinn appoint a task force to "guide the behavior of the National Guard. We don't want them to have us fearing them also. We want them there for safety and protection."
But only two other Democrats accompanying Davis at a Springfield news conference agreed.
"I happen to disagree with calling in the state police and the national guard," said Rep. Mary Flowers, D-Chicago, "but what I do agree with is that the governor needs to do something. We must be respected in our community. We must have jobs in our community."
Davis said she talked to a representative from the governor's office about the concealed carry legislation in the House.
"I said to his staff that I'd like to meet with the governor and talk about this issue of violence, and then we can talk about this issue," Davis said. "And I have yet to get a response.
"There just is not enough concern. We are very concerned about pensions. We are very concerned about marriage equality. We are very concerned about everything but these deaths that are occurring on a daily basis."
Although homicides and shootings in Chicago are down so far this year from 2012, the long Fourth of July weekend was a bloody one in the city, with more than 70 shootings, including 11 deaths from gun violence.
Quinn, asked about Davis' remarks at the end of a news conference about the failure of his amendatory veto of a concealed carry bill, declined to answer the question.
— TOM KACICH