Illinois And Chicago Leaders React To The Derek Chauvin Verdict

a mural of George Floyd
In this Feb. 8, 2021 file photo, a mural of George Floyd is seen in George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. On Tuesday, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death. Jim Mone / Associated Press
a mural of George Floyd
In this Feb. 8, 2021 file photo, a mural of George Floyd is seen in George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. On Tuesday, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death. Jim Mone / Associated Press

Illinois And Chicago Leaders React To The Derek Chauvin Verdict

Illinois and Chicago leaders are weighing in after a Minnesota jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin held a knee to his neck for more than nine minutes while he was handcuffed and restrained. The killing sparked mass protests nationwide and in Chicago over the summer, and city officials have prepared for a similar reaction in the lead up to Tuesday’s verdict.

Here’s the local reaction to the court’s decision.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker

Black Lives Matter Chicago

Former President Barack Obama

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

The Rev. Jesse Jackson

Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush

U.S. Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley

U.S. Rep. Marie Newman

U.S. Rep. Dan Schneider

Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Illinois Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie

State Rep. Kam Buckner

This is a developing story.