State officials say victims of the weekend storms should take extra care in documenting their material losses. About two years ago, seven people died in the tornadoes that rocked Harrisburg, in deep southern Illinois. Yet, the state was denied a request for federal assistance. Home and business owners could not get federal loans, grants and other aide. Gov. Pat Quinn says the state has gone through this before and he urges everyone to document their damage as much as possible to make a federal disaster declaration possible.
Quinn has declared seven Illinois counties state disaster areas, which lets local governments make use of state resources. Included in the declaration are: Champaign, Grundy, LaSalle, Massac, Tazewell, Washington and Woodford counties.
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