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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2008

Statement from Lucio Guerrero
Spokesperson for Governor Rod R. Blagojevich

CHICAGO – As mentioned at today’s press conference, Gov. Rod Blagojevich said it was “highly unlikely” that the Illinois National Guard would be sent out to help the Chicago police. The more likely scenario involves the Illinois State Police. The Governor is meeting with law enforcement officials later today to look at options on how the state can help Mayor Daley with more personnel. The National Guard will only be attending the meeting today for informational purposes.  The only way the National Guard would be involved, if they are involved, is with the use of tactical helicopters that are currently used in narcotic operations. No National Guard troops are being considered.


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