IL Sends 50 Troopers To Chicago; Gov Wants More Via Fines


Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has produced his plan for state troopers to give Chicago police a hand. The city's top cop said it's not going to free up any more officers to patrol the streets, the Chicago Tribune reports. The governor's deployment of 50 more troopers to patrol Chicago interstates comes after he declared last month that city violence is “out of control.” That did not sit well with Mayor Richard Daley as Chicago bids for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Murders in the city are up 18 percent this year through July.

Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis said most additional Illinois State Police efforts will be focused along the Dan Ryan and Eisenhower Expressways that the state long has patrolled. “It's going to help overall law enforcement in Chicago, but it really won't free up any more Chicago police officers,” Weis said. Chicago officials said the major change is the state's decision to reinstate two investigators who track guns throughout the state. Blagojevich proposed putting speed-enforcement cameras on interstates to crack down on drivers at least 15 m.p.h. over the speed limit. The governor said money collected from fines could be used to hire 500 troopers over three years. State Sen. John Millner, a former Elmhurst police chief, opposed more cameras. “Law enforcement should never solely be used as a revenue enhancer–never,” he said. “Because then it's not about safety, it's about money. And you have to be very careful not to cross that line.”


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