Governor Pat Quinn today encouraged everyone in Illinois to support the relief efforts that are helping millions of people in the Philippines who are recovering from Super Typhoon Haiyan. The Governor visited volunteers at the Jose P. Rizal Heritage Center in Chicago who are working tirelessly to support the besieged nation's recovery.
"I encourage everyone in Illinois to do what they can to contribute to these critical relief efforts," Governor Quinn said. "As the Philippines recovers from this unprecedented catastrophe, we want them to know they are in the hearts and prayers of the people of Illinois and help is on the way."
The Rizal Center (1332 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago) has seen enormous generosity as donations have filled the entire building, and overflowed onto the street. The Governor has ordered Illinois Department of Transportation trucks to stand ready to assist in the transportation of donated food and clothing to O'Hare for flights to Manila.
Governor Quinn also thanked the many organizations across Illinois that are working to support relief efforts, including the Filipino American Network (FAN) of Chicago, Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Chicago, Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago and National Filipino American Lawyers Association. Across Illinois, there are more than 135,000 people of Filipino heritage.
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