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State, Feds Cooperated To Investigate National Guardsman

Rodger Heaton
Brian Mackey
WUIS/Illinois Issues

Two Chicago-area cousins accused of trying to help the so-called Islamic State made their first appearance in court Thursday. A top Illinois law enforcement official says the state's National Guard worked with federal authorities to prevent an attack.

Rodger Heaton is Gov. Bruce Rauner's public safety director — overseeing several state agencies. He says the governor is confident the FBI and National Guard worked cooperatively, both to protect Illinois armories and soldiers, and “to ensure that we do everything we can to make sure that someone who is complicit — or interested in aiding and supporting groups like ISIS — does not have access to the kinds of information and other resources that exist in the National Guard."

Federal prosecutors say 22-year-old National Guard Specialist Hasan Edmonds was on his way to fight with ISIS in the middle east. Prosecutors say his cousin, 29-year-old Jonas Edmonds, planned to attack a military facility in northern Illinois.

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
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