CHICAGO (CBS) — The Rev. Michael Pfleger renewed his calls Wednesday night for Gov. JB Pritzker to declare a state of emergency surrounding Chicago’s gun violence epidemic.
“If we can call a state of emergency because of flooding, don’t tell me we can’t calla a state of emergency because of violence,” Pfleger said.READ MORE: Extra-Alarm Fire Rages In Historic Pilsen Building
Pfleger, of St. Sabina Church, was joined by the Rev. Ira Acree of Greater St. John Bible Church and other faith leaders to host a special prayer vigil in the Austin neighborhood.READ MORE: Elderly South Side Couple 'Thankful' Robbers With U-Haul Only Took A Purse
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Pfleger also announced that on Wednesday, St. Sabina will begin a cash-for-guns program to help get weapons off the street.