Governor JB Pritzker has deployed 250 more members of the National Guard in Illinois to support street closures and general security in other parts of the state.
He is also using 300 state troopers to support law enforcement in cities and towns around Illinois. Pritzker says as the state continues to see peaceful protests, break out into violent ones he asked the National Guard to do what local authorities asked for. And for those wanting the guard to step up and fulfill a more forceful role – the guard is doing what they should.
The Governor issued a disaster declaration for nine counties to aid in disaster response and recovery efforts tied to civil unrest.