State activates National Guard for Snow

The state activated 500 national guard troops Tuesday morning.

The troops will be stationed at rest areas along interstate highways, including Interstate 70 and those north of I-70, and will coordinate with Illinois State Police to ensure the safety of travelers stranded along the roads.

“We must do everything we can to keep motorists safe during this massive winter storm. Illinois Department of Transportation crews are working non-stop to clear roadways, and the Illinois State Police will also be closely monitoring our highways,” said Quinn. “These troops from the Illinois National Guard will help ensure public safety along the roadways, and I urge everyone to exercise caution when traveling.”

Troops stationed along the highways will carry supplies like water and snack bars to provide to stranded motorists. Guard members will also relay information regarding road conditions, vehicle accidents and stranded motorists to ISP officers working in the area.

”I’m proud that the Illinois National Guard is able to play our part in responding to this winter storm,” said Maj. Gen. William L. Enyart, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard. ”Our Soldiers and Airmen respond to the Governor’s call to help in state emergencies just as we answer the President’s call to serve overseas. It takes selfless citizens to serve in today’s National Guard, whether in Illinois or across the world.”

Governor Quinn also activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Springfield Monday afternoon to coordinate the state’s response to the storm. The center will remain open until the storm threat subsides.