The governor toured
the devastated areas and committed significant state funds and
resources for recovery efforts. This includes heavy equipment from
the Illinois Department of Transportation and assistance from the
Illinois Department of Corrections to help remove debris caused by
the tornadoes and severe storms, which could be overwhelming for
The state mobilized
its resources shortly after the tornadoes hit the area and provided
the following services:
of Natural Resources officers worked with helicopter personnel to
evaluate and evacuate damaged buildings. They also provided law
enforcement officers for door-to-door and general security checks.
Starved Rock Lodge is serving as the location for family members to
receive information about people who are missing. The department is
also providing security services throughout the night.
of Transportation personnel investigated bridge safety and
dispatched trucks, end-loaders, heavy equipment and personnel to
help in the cleanup effort.