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updated: 8/14/2014 7:42 AM

Troopers join Chicago police in fugitive hunt

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Illinois State Police troopers are expected to hit Chicago's streets in an effort to get wanted fugitives off the street and maybe stem gun violence.

Beginning Thursday, 40 state troopers will join up with Chicago police officers in up to 25 teams to serve arrest warrants in high-crime neighborhoods. Authorities say there are an estimated 7,300 active fugitive warrants in the city.

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Chicago Police Captain John Escalante said Wednesday the troopers appeared to be excited over the opportunity to work with Chicago police. He adds good things will be accomplished.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn dispatched the troopers to Chicago earlier this month as part of an effort to combat an annual rise in violent crime during the summer. At the time, he said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel requested the assistance.

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