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(Illinois National Guard photo)

Governor J.B. Pritzker is calling on Congress to repay the dept owed to the National Guard for protecting the U.S. Capitol after the January 6 riots that forced lawmakers to evacuate. The governor is asking that the Senate take up legislation that would make the National Guard whole for the D.C. mission and fund other safety measures.

Pritzker says the National Guard is facing devastating prospects if it is not paid back including a reduction in exercises, weekend training, and potential furloughs.

Hundreds of National Guard soldiers from Illinois were activated to go to Washington, D.C. and many elected to continue to protect the Capitol following President Joe Biden's inauguration. Over 25,000 Guard troops were called to protect the Capitol after the January 6 riots.