200 Illinois guard troops will go to DC to aid inauguration

U.S. Airmen from the 126th Security Forces Squadron, Illinois Air National Guard participate in an exercise on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Jan. 9, 2021. (U.S. Air National Guard photos by Staff Sgt. Aaron Rodriguez)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is sending about 200 members of the Illinois National Guard to Washington, D.C., to help with security at next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Pritzker announced Tuesday that the guard members would travel to Washington in advance of Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration at the U.S. Capitol, which a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed last week to try to overturn the results of the presidential election. Pritzker says in a statement that, “In the wake of the recent incident at the Capitol, ensuring a peaceful transfer of power to the Biden administration is of the utmost importance.”