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Chicago City Council Members Seek State of Emergency, National Guard Amid Riots

A group of Chicago City Council members called on Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker to declare a state of emergency in Chicago and deploy the states National Guard in response to looting and rioting.

The council held a special meeting on Friday to consider a resolution, and Pritzker, a Democrat, was asked to immediately deploy the National Guard to assist local law enforcement for a period of four months.

The City Council members also sought hearings on public safety and “reports regarding the collective and unified efforts to address the rioting, looting, destruction, and most importantly, the safety of all Chicagoans.”

“Right now we are 3 months into turmoil, destruction, looting, and rioting,” said Alderman Anthony Napolitano, who signed onto the resolution, reported the Daily Caller. “All Im asking for is a conversation.”

Aldermen Leslie Hairston, Anthony Beale, Raymond Lopez, and Anthony Napolitano were the ones who signed onto the letter to Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia, reported WMAQ-TV.

They argued that Chicago has “never seen more violence, unrest, and organized looting” in recent days, adding that people are “afraid to travel” across the city.

“Businesses across our City have been subject to unyielding criminals, many on the brink of failure contemplating their future in Chicago,” their resolution reads, adding: “The continued attacks against Chicagos collective safety will impact our residential real estate, current and future investments in our communities, and our Citys future economic development.”

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., on April 3, 2020. (Chris Sweda-Pool via Getty Images)

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat, attempted to downplay their concerns at a news conference. She said that two of the four aldermen “have a history of grandstanding” and are “trying to seek media attention.”

“We need to make sure we are working together to find common ground,” she continued, adding: “This isnRead More From Source

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