102714CM0036 rIn the past few weeks, the governor has taken action to assist in Puerto Rican relief efforts following Hurricane Maria and announced willingness to welcome evacuees from the U.S. territory, where millions are still without food, water and electricity.

Senators Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) and Omar Aquino (D-Chicago), who have both advocated for Illinois to welcome evacuees since the hurricane hit, said they are please Illinois is ready to help.

“I am so thankful that Illinois is stepping up to help Puerto Rico take on the massive project of rebuilding after Hurricane Maria,” Martinez said. “The millions of people struggling without food, power and water in Puerto Rico are American citizens, and I am proud that our governor did the right thing in standing with them.”

“As a Puerto Rican legislator who represents a large Puerto Rican constituency, it is heartening to know that our state is willing to open its doors to victims of natural disasters. Like many in my community, I have family members in Puerto Rico who are still without power and running water and have limited communication with the outside world,” Aquino said.

“Since Hurricane Maria made landfall, I have been working with community groups to coordinate recovery efforts and I am glad that the governor has committed to helping our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico. I know that the communities that I serve are ready to provide a helping hand to these displaced families.”

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