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Democrat lawmaker proposes bill forcing Chicago grocery stores, gas stations to hire armed guards
Illinois pushes ‘ludicrous bill’ forcing businesses to pay for protection: Happy Foods owner Barbara Eastman
FOX Business’ Jeff Flock reports from Chicago, Illinois, where state legislation may force local businesses to pay for their own security.
An Illinois Democrat has introduced a new bill that would require business owners in Chicago to pay for their own security.
State Rep. Thaddeus Jones (D) introduced the Armed Security Protection Act in January. If passed, establishments like banks, gas stations, grocery stores, and pawn shops would be forced to employ at least one-armed guard to protect the business during operating hours starting in July.
"They're not thinking. It's a ludicrous bill," Happy Foods store owner Barbara Eastman told FOX Business’ Jeff Flock in Chicago Monday. "First of all, for the liability of having an armed guard in here."
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"Do you need an armed guard here?" Flock quickly asked on the "Mornings with Maria" appearance, with Eastman replying: "Not at all."
"There's neighborhoods that are very safe. This is a very safe neighborhood, and there’s others [in Chicago]," Eastman added.