Chicago delegation arrives in Puerto Rico with supplies

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on hand Friday as the city of Chicago donated more than 5,000 pounds of supplies to Puerto Rico.

Much of the island was still without power Friday, six months after Hurricane Maria struck the U.S. territory.

Emanuel joined U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez and several other Chicago-area politicians on a tour of hard-hit areas. The group brought 5,200 pounds of goods from Chicago to be distributed in coming weeks.

"Six months after a hurricane," Emanuel said, "there shouldn't be anybody without power, anybody without resources. We're the United States of America. We don't leave anybody behind."

Gutierrez said the group has donated food, medicine and other resources so that Puerto Rico can "rebuild itself to 21st Century standards."

Emanuel said the tour was designed to keep Puerto Rico's plight in the news. He hopes to launch a mayoral exchange program in the future so that Puerto Rican mayors can learn how Midwestern cities prepare for disasters.

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