Cook County Commissioner Wants IL Gov. to Declare State of Emergency for Violent Chicago

Nick Kangadis | February 4, 2016
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On the heels of Chicago's most violent January in 16 years, Cook County Board Commissioner Richard Boykin is calling for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to declare a state of emergency for the city.

The local Fox affiliate reported that according to recent statistics from the Chicago Police Department, there were 51 murders in the city of Chicago in January alone, and 292 people were shot in total.

A state of emergency would call in the National Guard, and Boykin wants Homeland Security (DHS) to address the most violent neighborhoods in Chicago.

Those DHS dollars would go to law enforcement units in assisting gang and tactical units.

Can the once-great metropolis come back from this chaos?