CHICAGO (WSIL) – Governor JB Pritzker has activated the Illinois National Guard after a request from the city of Chicago.
Gov. Pritzker said 375 National Guard soldiers will be sent to assist the Chicago Police Department in protecting the city and its residents.
Pritzker said the guard will carry out a limited mission to help manage street closures and will not interfere with peaceful protesters.
“This is an immensely challenging moment for our city, our state, and our country, one born from decades and centuries of systemic racism," said Gov. Pritzker. "To those peacefully expressing the pain, fear, and rage of this moment, I hear you. Your voices matter. We must address the profound injustices in our society and bring about real and meaningful change.”
Sunday afternoon, Gov. Pritzker also signed a disaster proclamation for Cook County.
The governor's office says the move expedites the use of state resources, personnel and equipment as Chicago authorities respond to ongoing protests.