Illinois Reaction To Shooting Tragedy

Dec 14, 2012

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and NIU president John Peters both issued statements in response the to shooting rampage in Connecticut. At least 20 students and 6 adults were killed when a gunman opened fire inside an elementary school.

Here is a portion of Governor Quinn's statement:

“All of Illinois prays for the victims of this senseless violence and their families. May God bless the immortal souls of all those who lost their lives. In their remembrance, I have ordered all flags across Illinois to be flown at half-staff beginning today.

“We know firsthand from the tragedy that took place on February 14, 2008 in a classroom at Northern Illinois University that guns have no place in any school, at anytime, anywhere in Illinois or America."

Like Quinn, NIU's John Peters refers to the 2008 campus shooting in offering condolences to the victims and their families:

"Our hearts ache for the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School, and for their families. We pray that they find strength and comfort today and in the many difficult days ahead. We share an understanding of the pain and devastation that such senseless violence inflicts and we grieve alongside the community of Newton, Connecticut."