Forty-eight people from Illinois are are stranded in Mexico's Cabo San Lucas after Hurricane Odile.
The group includes 16 firefighters from Hoffman Estates.
The firefighters and thousands of tourists have been trapped in Cabo for days and now power, food and water are running low.
Flights resumed Tuesday, but with massive looting in the area, the firefighters say there's not a safe way to get to the airport.
Sources tell WGN the U.S. has just requested permission from Mexican government to grant approval for U.S. to take an active role in getting the Americans, including out. The State Department is negotiating with Mexican government, and WGN is told the Mexican government is stalling.
Sources also tell WGN the governor's office is doing everything possible to work with the State Department and Mexican government to resolve the crisis.