Governor Pat Quinn today issued the below statement in response to today's tragic events in Boston, Massachusetts:
"We are closely monitoring the developments in Boston and the people of Illinois stand with those impacted by today's tragic explosions. As we wait for more details to become available, all of the runners, spectators, loved ones and first responders are in our thoughts and prayers.
"May God bless our emergency responders and the everyday people for their heroic efforts to help the wounded and save lives.
"I have directed all of the state's public safety agencies -- including the Illinois State Police, Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Illinois Department of Military Affairs and Office of the State Fire Marshal -- to stand ready to assist and remain vigilant in responding to and reporting suspicious activity. As always, the people of Illinois should be aware of activities around them and report anything suspicious to local law enforcement officials."