The Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System recently sent out an email to local police officials asking if they would respond to Chicago situations. Still, two sheriffs were not having any of it.

Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain and Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird each refused, with the latter saying that he will not be sending his deputies to Chicago because he would fear that if there is an incident, they would be investigated by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.


“It sounds like Mayor Lightfoot is creating her own emergency with the decisions she’s making with her police force, and I don’t feel that ILEAS assistance in this situation would be warranted,” Baird told Shaw Local. “I would help an officer out if they were distressed. But she’s bringing this upon herself.”

Hain added that this is not what the ILEAS was for.

“When Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System activates us, it’s for an explosion, a plane crash, a tornado, civil unrest … not due to lack of planning and support of law enforcement by the city,” he said.

Hain elaborated on this in a Facebook post, writing, “I believe the polarization between the community and police is only reinforced by current Chicago politics. I will not send my personnel to Chicago unless an officer is under direct duress because I cannot support this slanted agenda. I also will not allow my deputies to be subjected to use force in the city and be under the prosecutorial jurisdiction of the Cook County State’s Attorney.”

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“The Chicago Police Department has a dedicated force of professional humans who deserve all of the support the nation can offer. The solution is simple; allow Chicago Police to be the police, support their human resources, and operate treatment and vocational support programs led by people in uniform,” he added. “This is how Chicago can halt crime and build bridges with the community like we’ve done here in Kane.”

This comes after Mayor Lori Lightfoot required all police officers to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and threatened to suspend cops for not reporting their vaccination statuses.

“It’s a lack of support from the mayor on down for law enforcement in the city, and I extend it to the vaccine mandate,” Hain explained. “Law enforcement has been used as a scapegoat for poor community relations in the minority community for generations. It’s time for federal, stated, and local government to take responsibility for social services and programming for equal opportunities and stop blaming law enforcement for why people are engaging in criminal activity.”


Neither Hain nor Baird are mandating that their employees be vaccinated, as they realize that some people have religious and medical concerns about the shot.

“How do I go to my employees, ‘I don’t care about that. You have to take a shot.’ Again, it’s a personal life choice,” Hain said. “I don’t feel I can tell people what to put in their body.”