10 communities get 6 generators each
State stocks up on generators in case of emergency
From powering up street festivals to pumping sewage during electrical outages, power generators have been put to work in numerous ways in Chicago’s suburbs.
Now several communities in the Chicago area and downstate are receiving their share of 60 new mobile generators through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Illinois Terrorism Task Force for use in natural disasters, terrorist attacks or other emergencies.
Illinois officials used $2 million of the state’s $33 million homeland security annual allocation to buy the generators after getting complaints that too few generators have been available when storms have knocked out power, mainly in downstate areas. Host communities are allowed to use them for their own needs, as well.