AURORA, IL (KFVS) - Governor JB Pritzker made the following remarks following a deadly shooting in Aurora, Illinois on Friday, February 15:
“I want to begin by acknowledging the amazing work of the Aurora Police Department and Chief Ziman and all of the men and women who were first responders and every single law enforcement officer involved in securing this scene. You rushed toward danger and in doing that you saved countless lives and you represent the very best of what it means to protect our communities and to serve our communities. You have our deepest gratitude, and all the resources of the state that you need are at your disposal to continue your work into the evening and in the days ahead. I want to say a special thank you to the FBI, the ATF, Illinois State Police, for offering backup, for being here to help the City of Aurora and the police department. There is no way to prepare for the pain of losing innocent people in the state that you were elected to lead, the state you were elected to protect. There is no way to prepare. There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, their futures. There are no words to express our gratitude to the families of the officers who were injured in the line of duty as they responded within moments to the gravest kind of danger that they can face. Tomorrow, the families of the victims will be less than whole. They join a group that should not exist and yet continues to grow. This morning, I stood with 1,500 community members in Chicago who are fighting the epidemic of gun violence that continues to ravage so many communities. These are everyday citizens who have been called to action by the loss of a loved one, by witness of violence in their communities or by the simple desire for change. To the families of the victims here in Aurora, there are no words I can offer to lessen the pain, but know that our state grieves with you, that MK and I and our family grieves with you. May the memory of those that we lost today be a blessing and more than that, may their memory fuel our work to bring peace to this state we call home, and may God bless the brave law enforcement officers who continue to run toward danger.”
Gov. JB Pritzker (D-IL)
My heart breaks for Aurora. Illinois is forever grateful to the bravery of our first responders and law enforcement who risked their lives today protecting the community they serve. They are heroes. I join with everyone in Aurora, especially those who have lost loved ones in this tragic mass shooting, in mourning the loss of innocent life and praying for the victims, the injured, and their families. Yesterday, we remembered the victims of the mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and Northern Illinois University, and today we are grieving yet again for another community victimized by a senseless shooting. How many more times can we witness horrific events like this, or another child shot in Chicago, and not do anything to help prevent these tragedies? Gun violence in America is an epidemic, one that will take political courage and conviction to truly address on a bipartisan basis. I’m ready to do that, and I hope my colleagues are too.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)