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IL Gov. J.B. Pritzker deploys hundreds of National Guard to suburbs, access to downtown Chicago remains restricted

Protesters sit in the 4400 block of North Broadway during a large march on June 1, 2020, in Chicago. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced he is deploying Illinois National Guard troops to the suburbs as two people died during disturbances in Cicero and armored sheriff’s vehicles rolled down the main street of Naperville.

The activation of about 250 additional troops comes after governor ordered 375 service members, all of whom have training as military police officers, to help with crowd control in Chicago, where looting continued Monday as a large, mostly peaceful crowd gathered in Uptown.

The CTA suspended service overnight because of the continuing tensions. Its trains and buses began running again at 6 a.m. Tuesday but not in the downtown area, which remains restricted after the widespread looting over the weekend.

Protesters climb the Irving Park Road ramp to Lake Shore Drive on June 1, 2020, in Chicago.
(Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune/TNS)

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Metra will be out of service for a second day on Tuesday. The transit agency said it may resume service Wednesday, but on an alternate schedule.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. You can watch it live here.

Here are the latest developments:

6:15 a.m.: Chicago police and city leaders defend handling of protests and looting as questions swirl over response some found lacking

For some three hours on Sunday, the officers stood in a long row on Pulaski Road, a line of blue visible from blocks away.

A Chicago police officer watches over a large gathering of protesters in the 4400 block of North Broadway during a march, June 1, 2020.
(Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune/TNS)

They wore face shields, many flipped up to reveal expressionless faces. The lights of idling police vehicles flickered at their backs.

And right in front of them on Madison Street, the West Garfield Park neighborhood’s main business artery, liquor stores, wig shops and dollar stores were suffering sustained looting, as people packed shopping carts and shoved large plastic storage bins full of items down the street. They carried liquor bottles and mannequin heads, crawling through broken windows to find items.

All the while, the officers did not intervene. Read more here. — Annie Sweeney, Gregory Pratt and Jeremy Gorner

Protesters sit in the 4400 block of North Broadway during a march, June 1, 2020, in Chicago.
(Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune/TNS)

6 a.m.: Sparked by death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, protests in Chicago fueled by decades of Police Department problems

George Floyd’s death at the hands of police 400 miles away catalyzed days of street protests in Chicago, but the demonstrations here are rooted in anger over decades of abuse of African Americans by the city’s officers, activists said.

The protests continued a tradition of Chicago activists crowding streets to complain about bias in enforcement, a lack of accountability for officers and police killing black people.

The motivating forces driving the protests also extend beyond policing to unemployment and an often-ineffective health care system at a moment when a coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately hurt minorities, said Aislinn Pulley, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter: Chicago. Read more here. — Dan Hinkel

Police detain people suspected of looting a pawn shop in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood on June 1, 2020.
(Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune/TNS)

5:50 a.m.: Federal authorities accuse Galesburg man of traveling to Chicago for protests with homemade bombs, charge him with inciting a riot

An Illinois man arrested in Chicago over the weekend had homemade bombs in his car and had been seen on videos posted on the internet participating in the looting and rioting in Minneapolis and Chicago, according to federal charges filed Monday.

Matthew Rupert, 28, of Galesburg, was charged in U.S. District Court in Minnesota with inciting a riot and possession of an explosive device, court records show. Read more here — Jason Meisner

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