Pritzker brings National Guard to Chicago ahead of Derek Chauvin verdict

The Illinois National Guard will deploy to Chicago Tuesday ahead of a verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin.

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JESSICA D'ONOFRIO: Yeah, well, many downtown businesses, Tanja, are already boarding up as a precaution. The Mag Mile preparing-- one of the luxury retailers right here, all boarded up. Starting today, 125 members of the Illinois National Guard will preposition in Chicago ahead of the Derek Chauvin verdict.

The emergency mission comes at the request of Mayor Lightfoot. If needed, the guard will help Chicago police with street closures like they did during last summer's unrest. Governor JB Pritzker saying they will not interfere with those peacefully protesting systemic racism and injustice. The governor tweeting, "with a verdict expected in the Derek Chauvin, trial, I'm putting the Illinois National Guard on standby at the request of Chicago's mayor. It's critical that those who wish to peacefully protest against the systemic racism and injustice in our communities continue to be able to do so."

Meanwhile, Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications also preparing for the jury's decision. Back here live, OEMC says there's no actionable intelligence at this time; That there is any kind of threat. And that infrastructure assets will be strategically staged to ensure safety.