Katrina Victims Arrive In Chicago, Not Rockford

By: 23 Newsroom
By: 23 Newsroom

Evacuees were supposed to arrive in Rockford Tuesday. Then Hurricane Katrina victims were supposed to land at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, now the time in unknown.

So far Chicago is the only city in Illinois where evacuees have arrived. Governor Rod Blagojevich's office says he will welcome 180 Hurricane Katrina evacuees Tuesday night just before midnight in Chicago.

The governor's office says Blagojevich will welcome the evacuees at the House of Hope church on the city's far South Side at around 11:30 p.m. after they arrive at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

The governor's office has said Illinois expects to provide housing, food and medical care to up to ten-thousand evacuees. Several communities around the state including Chicago, Alton, Peoria and Rockford have been preparing for the hurricane victims.

State and Red Cross officials say as of this evening, more than one-thousand Hurricane Katrina evacuees are in Illinois -- with more than 620 in the Chicago area.


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