Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough co-hosted a luncheon in the community of Washington to aid victims of last week's tornado. The event, sponsored by Chicago Blackhawks Charities, was also a way to thank emergency responders and volunteers who have worked continuously since the November 17 storm. Co-hosts were US Representative Aaron Schock, a Peoria Republican, and Washington Mayor Gary Manier. Manier says as his town cleans up, he's repeatedly reminded of support from all over the state. Quinn reported that President Barack Obama approved the governor's request late Tuesday for federal assistance to help people and businesses in Washington and 15 counties around Illinois. The request detailed damage from at least 24 tornadoes to 2,400 homes.
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