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As officials warn coastal residents to get out of Hurricane Matthew's path Illinois elections officials are putting out a notice of their own.

The Illinois National Guard hasn't been activated to help, at least not yet. Nor has the Illinois Emergency Management Agency received a request for aide.

IEMA's spokeswoman says the state is part of a pact in which Illinois could be called on to help. She says if it happens at all, it will likely be after any potential damage; Illinois sent about 2500 employees out following Hurricane Katrina.

IMRF's 'Year Of The Volunteer'

May 12, 2015

The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund – a local government pension fund, is pushing an effort this year to get more of their members to help out others. We spoke with the head of IMRF, Louis Kosiba, about it:

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