Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) wants Gov. Bruce Rauner to declare a state of emergency in Chicago and Cook County because of gun violence.
The commissioner, with support from advocates with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, delivered a letter to the governor's office Thursday, requesting that a state of emergency be declared so federal resources could be tapped to help communities plagued by gun violence.
The state of emergency request comes after a bloody January in Chicago. There were 292 shootings last month and 51 murders.
In a weekly update to constituents, Boykin said his state of emergency request seeks an "emergency federal assistance package" that would include:
1. Tactical Neighborhood Stabilization Teams Coordinated by the Federal Government
Coordination of resources between multiple federal agencies including Health and Human Services, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Homeland Security and the Small Business Administration, funding "Tactical Neighborhood Stabilization Teams," that will open and maintain safe havens, increase access to mentoring and counseling, and provide immediate crisis intervention services to communities with the highest levels of violence.
2. Federal Law Enforcement Support
Federal units of law enforcement provide resources to the Chicago Police Department to assist the police in clearing homicide cases and increasing the number of officers on the street.
3. Emergency Economic Investment Package
Provide emergency funds to immediately engage residents in the areas with the highest levels of unemployment and violence in job training.
Immediately undertake infrastructure improvements in the hardest hit neighborhoods.
Invest in and initiate an aggressive outreach program to employ youth in the areas with the highest levels of unemployment and violence.