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  • Ian Clough, left, CEO of DHL Express, Elk Grove resident Mark Evans, center, of Pizza 4 Patriots, and Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday help load boxes that will hold thousands of Chicago-style pizzas headed overseas to members of the military in time for Super Bowl Sunday.

      Ian Clough, left, CEO of DHL Express, Elk Grove resident Mark Evans, center, of Pizza 4 Patriots, and Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday help load boxes that will hold thousands of Chicago-style pizzas headed overseas to members of the military in time for Super Bowl Sunday.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

Thousands of Chicago-style pizzas are headed overseas to members of the military in time for Super Bowl Sunday.

The nonprofit group Pizza 4 Patriots has been sending pies to service members since 2008. Their mission is to bring service members the comforts of home while they're deployed.

Gov. Pat Quinn has partnered with the group and DHL Express for the project.

Officials announced Tuesday that 21,000 pizzas will be shipped to Afghanistan and Kuwait. The pizzas will be packed ready to bake and come from Great Kitchens in Elk Grove Village.

Quinn's spokeswoman says no state funds were used for the project.

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