In response to the number of gun violence victims in Chicago last year skyrocketing to over 4,000, State Representative La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago, sponsored a resolution urging the Governor to declare a state of emergency in areas where violent crime is a serious problem. Ford is also urging the deployment of agency resources to combat violent crime. “The sad fact is that in 2016, Chicago had more murders than any city in the nation,” said Ford. “We have to address the elephant in the room and understand that the violence in our city is getting to the point where we cannot use Band-Aid fixes, and instead we must address the issues that are below the surface.” Ford sponsored House Resolution 18, a measure urging Gov. Rauner to declare a state of emergency in areas most impacted by violence. In declaring a state of emergency, Rauner would call on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to respond and implement emergency plans to solve root causes of issues in high violence areas. House Resolution 18 was adopted by the House on February 9th, and will be presented to the governor for action. Ford represents the 8th Representative District, which includes parts of Chicago’s Austin neighborhood and portions of Berwyn, Brookfield, Forest Park, La Grange, North Riverside and Oak Park. For more information call 773-378-5902, 708-445-3673 or visit www.LaShawnFord.com.