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Update from Senator Weaver: October 6

SPRINGFIELD, IL –This week, Illinois prepared to help with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico; the start of breast cancer awareness month highlights the need for preventive screenings; and Illinois residents were encouraged to honor their loved ones who served in the Armed Forces.

Illinois stands ready to help those in need

Illinois stands ready to assist with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico as residents begin to rebuild and recover after Hurricane Maria.  This week, Governor Rauner put more than 550 Illinois National Guardsmen on alert and ready to deploy should they be needed. 

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. The Governor has sent a letter to Ricardo Rossello, the governor of Puerto Rico letting him know the state of Illinois is eager to help and will mobilize troops immediately, if and when more boots are needed on the ground.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.  The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

A mammogram can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

Honoring our Veterans
To help remember veterans, tell their incredible stories, and honor their legacy and sacrifice this upcoming Veterans Day, Illinois residents are encouraged to submit a tribute and photo of their loved one who served our country to be displayed in the rotunda of the Illinois Capitol Nov. 1-Nov. 13.
Families are to submit a photo and written story (max: 250 words) along with the following information: name, military branch (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard, Navy) and conflict served (Afghanistan, Iraq, September 11, Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea, WWII, WWI, Peacetime, other). Military photos are preferred but not necessary.

Please email submissions to veteransday@sgop.ilga.gov by Oct. 30. Submissions can also be mailed to Veterans Day Wall, 309 G Statehouse, Springfield, IL 62706. For questions, call 217-782-1650.

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