Ford cites Iraq in call for National Guard

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April 25, 2010, 3:46 pm
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(NECN/WGN: Chicago, Ill.) - Illinois state Representatives John Fritchey (D-Chicago) and LaShawn Ford (D-Chicago) called on Gov. Pat Quinn to work in conjunction with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley to deploy the Illinois National Guard, hoping it would be an effective measure in combating violence.

State Rep. Ford cited the work of U.S. troops in Iraq as a stabilizing force in his pitch for the deployment of National Guard troops in Chicago.

"We know the U.S. troops have been winning the hearts and minds of in Iraq, they stabilized those communities, those communities are safe and that's what we want right here in Illinois for the National Guard to come in and help stabilize the community with the Chicago police department," Ford said.  "This is a time, we're in a financial deficit and talking about raising taxes, how can I speak of raising taxes when people are dying everyday?"

Material courtesy of WGN.

Tags: Chicago, Iraq, National Guard, LaShawn Ford
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