Illinois National Guard troops to help with Irene

August 29, 2011

By Associated Press

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Illinois National Guard troops are heading east to help out in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Illinois Radio Network reports that the troops got word Saturday to be ready to move out if needed. IRN says about 160 troops will be on the East Coast to provide assistance. About 90 of those were dispatched from a base in Ohio, while others in Chicago, Decatur and Peoria also got the call.

Initially, about 1,000 troops were put on stand-by, but most have now been told to stand down.

The governor's office says New York has agreed to reimburse Illinois for expenses related to the deployment.