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Chicago police superintendent becomes ill at news conference

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An ambulance was called Friday morning as Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson appeared light-headed during a press conference announcing new strategic centers for the Chicago Police Department.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Johnson felt light-headed at the press conference but "did not lose consciousness."

"He was coherent and will go to an area hospital for examination," Guglielmi tweeted. 

He later said Johnson was "doing fine and is in good spirits joking with hospital staff."

The press conference began around 10:45 a.m. and near the end of the event, while Mayor Rahm Emanuel was answering a question, Johnson appeared to sway and stagger. Emanuel stopped and asked him, "Are you ok?" before telling Johnson, who appears dazed, to have a seat.

Unsteady, Johnson is escorted from the stand and a crowd surrounds him while someone requests an ambulance. 

Chicago Police News Affairs said Jonhson refused ambulance transport, walked out of the building on his own and left in an SUV. The Chicago Fire Department said his vitals "were found to be good" and he "left the facility in his own car."

Further details on what happened weren't immediately available. 

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