Senate Week in Review: Oct. 2-6

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.

Investment to boost state’s economy

Southern Illinois, and the state, will benefit from $1.4 million in new investments by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) that will boost regional infrastructure, the local workforce and the economy. The investments by the DRA will go to support public and private partnerships, bringing to Illinois an estimated $22.7 million in new investments.

According to the DRA, the investments will be directed to seven projects intended to spur job growth, contribute to community revitalization efforts and provide better health care services for Southern Illinois.

The DRA noted that the investments were made through the DRA States' Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), which is the agency's main federal funding program that invests in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure and workforce development projects.

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.

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