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Quinn says resources available to curb Chicago violence

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  • Gov. Pat Quinn

    Gov. Pat Quinn
    Associated Press

Associated Press

Gov. Pat Quinn says he's open to sending Illinois National Guard troops or Illinois State Police to assist Chicago police with curbing violence if city officials want the help.

He told reporters Saturday after an unrelated event in Chicago that state police have helped in places like East St. Louis, but only when local authorities coordinate things.

Quinn says he hasn't been approached by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel yet.

Quinn's comments follow a mass shooting at a park on Chicago's southwest side. Thirteen people were wounded late Thursday including a 3-year-old boy.

It's not the first time state resources have been considered for the city's violence problem. The issue was brought up in 2008.

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