A spokeswoman says Gov. Pat Quinn would be open to using Illinois State Police but not the Illinois National Guard if it comes to assisting Chicago police combat city violence. Over the weekend Quinn was asked by reporters about the potential for deploying the Guard or state police to assist local authorities. The Chicago Democrat said state police help in East St. Louis, but that any state help would have to be through coordinated partnerships. Spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said yesterday that when it comes to Chicago's violence, state help would not include National Guard troops. The governor is only allowed to deploy the Guard in specific situations like a terrorist threat. The idea has been raised previously by some state lawmakers and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, but never implemented.
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