CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn
has ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff in memory of the
dozens killed in the Connecticut
Quinn said in a statement Friday that Illinoisans are praying for the
victims and families in Newtown,
Conn. A gunman opened fire inside
an elementary school, killing at least 26 people, including 18 children. Quinn
says he is "deeply saddened" to learn about the shootings. He cited a
2008 shooting at Northern
in DeKalb that left five students dead.
Quinn says he intends to pursue passage of "strict laws that will
protect our children and the people of Illinois
from gun violence."