Governor Pat Quinn issued a statement today, about Illinois' efforts to secure federal assistance for people affected by the devastating tornado which tore through the state on February 29.
Today I spoke with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and informed
her that we intend to appeal FEMA's denial of our request for much-needed individual
assistance for the people of Southern Illinois. I urged Secretary Napolitano to reconsider
FEMA's decision. We are doing everything possible at the state level to help these devastated
communities, but some of the assistance that our residents need to begin rebuilding their lives
is only available through a federal disaster declaration. I met with local officials, spent time with
residents and saw firsthand the devastation and damage caused by the tornado in Southern
Illinois. FEMA underestimated the impact this deadly tornado had on small towns like
Harrisburg and Ridgway. We have already begun work on our appeal of this decision in order to
secure federal assistance. I am grateful to Senator Dick Durbin, Senator Mark Kirk and the
Illinois Congressional Delegation for their vigorous support of our efforts to bring assistance to
the people whose lives were ripped apart by the Feb. 29 tornado. We are hopeful our joint efforts
will help FEMA understand that a full recovery from this disaster cannot happen without their
Original: 9:37 pm, Sunday, March 11
ILLINOIS - Several state leaders are outraged with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA denied five southern Illinois counties relief after tornadoes ripped through them last month. Now Governor Pat Quinn and Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk are trying to change that. They're calling for a meeting between Illinois congressman and FEMA'S administrator. It's to discuss the state appealing the agency's decision.