As the nation prepares for Election Day and the possibility of civil unrest in the days that follow, the Illinois National Guard is in a “ready state” and ready to respond to the communities statewide colleague, Governor JB Pritzker said.
On Monday afternoon, an NBC 5 photographer captured what appeared to be Illinois National Guard vehicles pulling into Chicago’s McCormick District.
In a statement, an Illinois National Guard spokesman said the agency would not “discuss specifics of troop movements or future plans because of safety concerns. of the participating soldiers. ”
“Apparently, people could see the Illinois National Guard trucks and troops moving,”; said Barb Wilson, of the Illinois National Guard’s public affairs office. “This is ready to respond if needed, but we are not assigned any duties. We, along with most other Illinois and US residents, hope we are not needed.”
According to a tweet released Monday afternoon from Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications, the city of Chicago has not issued a call for the National Guard to be deployed in the city.
While the staff are being stationed at McCormick Place to respond if needed, the tweet said, there are no current implementation plans.
With the potential for demonstrations and violence, at least 10 states have activated the National Guard, the New York Times reported.