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Quinn open to sending help to Chicago

SPRINGFIELD -- Chicago is now the murder capital of the country.
SPRINGFIELD -- Chicago is now the murder capital of the country. After a violent week, Governor Quinn says he is not opposed to sending in reinforcements, maybe even the National Guard.

The governor says he is not considering anything yet, and he will not act until the mayor of Chicago and the police commissioner directly ask for help. But it is not an unusual move. The Illinois State Police already help by patrolling parts of East Saint Louis.

Quinn said the violence in Chicago has to stop. He is also using it to push for changes to gun laws. Quinn has been fighting for a ban on high-capacity ammo since his State of the State address last fall.

"We've got to put a limit on those high-capacity ammunition magazines and I'm very committed to doing that."

Talking to reporters Saturday, Quinn seemed more in favor of using the state police if the city said it needed help, but he did not brush off the idea of sending in the National Guard.

Last week, Chicago jumped ahead of New York City when it comes to homicides. During the violence, a 3-year old boy was wounded in a shooting that sent 13 people to the hospital.
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