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updated: 11/1/2012 4:44 PM

Illinois sends 15 emergency workers to New York

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SPRINGFIELD -- Fifteen emergency responders from Illinois are headed to New York City to help in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday that 13 local emergency managers and two employees from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency were deployed. Quinn's office says the workers will help with operations and logistics in the city's emergency operations center. They'll be gone for two weeks, returning to Illinois on Nov. 16.

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State officials say the deployment is the first from Illinois as part of the U.S.'s state-to-state mutual aid system.

Quinn says Illinois will "provide any assistance we can."

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