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Chicago Police Open to Help from State Troopers

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Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis says he’s open to the idea of state troopers helping police the city. Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich yesterday suggested the idea. And this afternoon, Weis responded.

WEIS: I’m sure the governor is very concerned. I’m sure he would love to do something to help the city of Chicago, and I’m not going to speculate on what his intentions were. Like I said, we would be willing to take help from anyone. Illinois State Police has been a strong partner of us for many many years. And we would of course, welcome them joining us in any type of crime fighting initiatives.

Weis did say the governor was wrong to call crime in the city “out of control,” downplaying an increase in the city’s murder rate. He says 2008 is statistically predicted to end as one of Chicago’s least deadly in the last 40 years.

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