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FEMA denies disaster aid again, Quinn announces millions in state aid for areas hit by tornadoes
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor Quinn is releasing a $45 million dollar relief package for areas affected by the November tornadoes. This, after FEMA denied Illinois disaster aid for a second time. Nine counties applied for help, but were denied aid in January. Area leaders appealed that decision, but it was denied again Tuesday night. FEMA says those areas didn't meet its "damage threshold" amount.
Now, Governor Quinn says $45 million dollars in state aid will go to those areas. The money will help pay for more clean-up and rebuilding efforts in places like Washington and Gifford. Quinn says many state agencies came together to make the money available.
Quinn will speak in Washington on Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. He'll be at the "Tractor Supply Company" on Washington Road.
Other state leaders are expressing disappointment about FEAM's decision as well. Senator Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin are working together to try and change the FEMA funding formula. Kirk and Durbin say they're hoping to pass reforms so communities in need aren't denied help.