Governor Rauner reaches out to Puerto Rico

SPRINGFIELD - “Our fellow Americans need us,” said Governor Bruce Rauner. Right now, more than 550 Illinois National Guardsmen are on alert and ready to deploy, if needed.


Governor Rauner is reaching out to officials in Puerto Rico, letting them know the state of Illinois stands ready to assist with hurricane recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria has left the island in devastation.


To date, the Guard has delivered vital relief material to the U.S Virgin Islands and is in Puerto Rico assisting with communication capabilities. Still, much of the island remains without power or recovery supplies.


Rauner says the state is ready to do more. Rauner sent a letter to the governor of Puerto Rico, letting him know the state of Illinois is eager to help and will mobilize troops immediately, it and when more boots are needed on the ground. While the Governor has the authority to activate the Illinois National Guard within the state’s borders, he cannot send them to other states or territories without an official request.


“We are one people, united by our love for this country and our willingness to help each other in times of need,” said Rauner.

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