Gov. Pritzker Issues Disaster Proclamation for Cook County

WBBM Newsradio Staff
May 31, 2020 - 4:53 pm
Gov. Pritzker Issues Disaster Proclamation for Cook County

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SPRINGFIELD (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a disaster proclamation for Cook County on Sunday that will expedite the use of state resources, personnel and equipment to help the city of Chicago in its work to keep people safe. 

The governor activated 375 Illinois National Guard soldiers for State Active Duty to assist the Chicago Police Department in protecting the city of Chicago and its residents. The Guard’s role will be supporting local authorities in enforcing street closures around the city. 

"For much of the day yesterday, the protests here in Chicago were beautiful, massive and peaceful," Pritzker said during a joint press conference with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx. "But late in the evening yesterday the protests became about violence and damage. And that changes the conversation away from the terrible acts that took George Floyd's life, away from the insidious racism that we all have a role in addressing." 

In addition to the soldiers from the Illinois National Guard, personnel from the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency are aiding the city in this operation, according to a press release from the governor’s office. 

The State Emergency Operations Center is monitoring operations throughout the state and fulfilling requests from local governments.  All soldiers deployed for Active Duty will be outfitted with personal protective equipment, such as face shields and masks, to address the threats to our current COVID environment. 

On Sunday, IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau also ordered a 24-hour closure of all Community Based Testing Sites in Illinois to protect the staff and patients attending these facilities.