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Lightfoot asks Pritzker to send National Guard to Chicago

Gov. JB Pritzker ordered 375 Illinois National Guard soldiers to assist local law enforcement with street closures after widespread looting and damage Saturday night.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said this morning that only essential workers would be allowed into the central business district; city trains and bus service would be suspended; major streets would be blocked with city sanitation trucks; and Chicago River drawbridges allowing pedestrians and vehicles into downtown would remain lifted.

The actions come after a night of tense protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Chicago saw violent clashes, hundreds of arrests and smashed windows at stores and other businesses. Police Superintendent David Brown said police had made 240 arrests. Multiple police were injured, he said, and 20 officers were taken to hospitals.