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40 Illinois State Police troopers to help Chicago

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois State Police will send 40 troopers to Chicago to help city police patrol neighborhoods.

Amid this summer's spiraling violence, 127 more people have already been shot in Chicago in 2014 than at this time last year. This has jolted City Hall to rethink its previous rejection of help from the State of Illinois. Forty State Troopers are now on the way to help round up violent fugitives.

"Fugitive apprehension is the simplest way to reduce crime, because they're wanted today. You put handcuffs on them, they don't commit a crime tomorrow or later on today," said Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

A McCarthy spokesman said police agencies had warrants for more than 7,300 fugitives, including those wanted for lesser crimes called misdemeanors. He did know how many were violent felons. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart last month assigned additional sheriff's police to the most violent sections of the South and West Side searching for fugitives.

While Gov. Quinn did not speak of it at a bill-signing Wednesday, he issued a statement that troopers would focus on four neighborhoods.

"The State Police and (Chicago Police) will set up 20 to 25 "surge" teams with five Chicago Police officers and two State Troopers on each team. The teams will focus on apprehending those with known violent criminal histories who are wanted by law enforcement," Gov. Quinn said.

FOX 32's Anita Padilla contributed to this story.

State Police normally patrol only interstate highways within the City of Chicago. This summer, sources said, troopers at a time have frequently responded to emergency calls for help from Chicago cops dealing with gunfire on city streets. Just last month, the director of the state police complained he was short staffed. A spokeswoman said the 1,800 state troopers now are down from a peak of more than 2,500.

Spokesmen for the city state said the joint patrols by Chicago cops and state troopers could begin by this weekend. They'll last at least 30 days, then be re-evaluated and possibly extended.

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