Daley "Open" to Troops

Police Supt. Jody Weis prefers an incresed police presence.

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    Mayor Richard M. Daley was elected on April 4, 1989. His father, Richard Joseph Daley, was also Mayor of Chicago from 1955 until his death in 1976. The city could use an updated version.

    Mayor Daley and Police Superintendant Jody Weis didn't exactly endorse a pair of state representatives' calls to bring National Guard troops to patrol the city's south side

    But they didn't denounce Reps John Fritchey and LaShawn Ford's plan, either. Daley said he's willing to talk to Fritchey and Ford about their "crusade against guns" and said troops were something to think about. 

    "Like everything else you have to look to long term solutions," Daley, who is open to the idea, said when asked about the idea of bringing in National Guard troops. "You have to get the guns."

    Gov. Pat Quinn also didn't write off the idea, but said that as the state's Commander in Chief, he wouldn't deploy troops without carefully considering a request that would first need to come from Daley and Weis.

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    "Anytime you do something serious like this, you must have absolute cooperation and coordination, you can't just willy-nilly do this, so I certainly want to work with the mayor and with the local police superintendent if they feel this is something that's required," Quinn said Monday.

    Weis said it doesn't matter how many troops are in the streets if no one speaks up.

    "Bigger problem is code of silence," said Weis.

    Weis has proposed saturating Chicago's nine most troublesome blocks with increased police presence made up of volunteers and overtime units who have more experience policing than do the military.

    "I think its going to make a difference because we can have pin pointed deployment," Weis said.

    Many residents are unhappy with Weis's response to the escalating crime in Chicago where 113 people have been killed so far this year -- the exact same number as U.S. troops killed during the same time period in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some are calling for Weis to be fired as superintendent.

    Daley doesn't agree.

    "They want to fire everybody," the mayor said reacting to those calls.