by Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times
July 20, 2021
SPRINGFIELD, IL — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday that if the Illinois National Guard is not reimbursed for providing security to the United States Capitol following the Jan. 6 attack, it will have to cut training and take time off.
Following the Jan 6 Capitol building breach by protestors, hundreds of members of the Illinois Guard were deployed to Washington, D.C. to pick up the slack in security after the failure of Federally run Capitol police to do their job.
Pritzker stated that if the United States Senate does not consider reimbursement legislation soon, the state Guard will have to reduce exercises and weekend training and implement service member furloughs.
“Even as the events of Jan. 6 were still unfolding, heroes from across the nation fearlessly mobilized in defense of their country, and every day that our debts to them go unpaid is an insult to their service.” Pritzker said in a statement.
After the Capitol attack, 25,000 Guard members from across the country provided security. Many Guard members were forced by Congress to sleep in parking garages with little rations.
Some remained until the end of May to assist local law enforcement.