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Quinn open to State Police helping with violence in Chicago

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Gov. Pat Quinn is ready to talk with Mayor Rahm Emanuel about bringing in reinforcements from the Illinois State Police to help stem the violence in Chicago, according to a spokeswoman for the governor.

Quinn's spokeswoman told the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday of the governor's interest in using state police.

Thirteen people, including a 3-year-old boy, were wounded Thursday night when a gunman fired at least 16 rounds of 7.62 mm bullets into Cornell Square Park in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said it was a miracle no one was killed in the mass shooting. Emanuel flew back from Washington Friday, and the White House reacted with a pledge to keep pressing Congress to pass "commonsense measures" to combat gun violence.

The shooting returned Chicago's gun violence to the national conversation. And Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said the governor "stands ready" to talk to the mayor and local law enforcement "about the possibility of providing additional Illinois State Police reinforcements to help stop the violence."

McCarthy, however, is not interested in the offer.

"Might I remind you of where we are in comparison where we were last year and 2011 and compared to the 90's," McCarthy said Monday in response to Quinn's offer. "So, let's stop the hysteria. Let's talk about practical steps to move forward."

McCarthy says homicides in the city are down 50 percent, compared to this time last year, but critics say the numbers are still there.

Reaction to the offer pretty mixed.

David Dorsey says the shootings in Chicago's high crime areas like Auburn Gresham will continue until people and attitudes change. Dorsey says the governor's offer should stay on the table.

"Somebody knows who's doing the shooting and somebody knows who's got the guns and everybody's burying their heads in the sand and saying I'm not going to get involved--that's their attitude," Dorsey says. "The state police won't make a difference. The National Guard won't make a difference. It's up to the people who live in these neighborhoods to make the difference."

FOX 32 News found Dorsey on the 7900-block of South Carpenter. In the 1990's, this South Side community was called the "9's" because of its close proximity to 79th Street.

Betty Jo Swanson has lived on this block 50 years. She remembers the crime back then—at a time when no one wanted to live in the area.

"There were shootings, there was drugs, there was no control," she recalls.

While gunfire can still be heard in Chicago's sixth district, she welcomes the state police---only if they're coming in to assist Chicago police.

Anything that's going to help us save our young people I agree with them," Swanson says. "So if bringing in the state police can help us save our kids help turn our neighborhood around help us focus on what we should focus on, then I'm going to help them with that."

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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