Governor J.B. Pritzker has activated the Illinois National Guard at the request of the City of Chicago ahead of the outcome of the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. A news release from the governor's office says 125 personnel will help Chicago police with managing street closures and will not interrupt peaceful protesters. The National Guard's Deployment begins on Tuesday.
Pritzker says the National Guard will work to the protect the rights of peaceful protesters and keep the community safe. Illinois State Police will also be assisting the Chicago Police Department.
The State Emergency Operations Center is monitoring operations throughout the state and is poised to support local governments.