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Quinn Says IL Appealing FEMA Tornado Aid Denial

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:06:07 CST
By: AP

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied a request for aid to local governments in Illinois after deadly tornadoes swept the state in November. FEMA sent a letter today to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency saying that damage after the storms wasn't severe enough to warrant federal help. The storms left at least 7 people dead statewide and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses. Gov. Pat Quinn says the state will appeal the decision. He says he's ``disappointed'' in FEMA's decision, which affects Tazewell, Woodford, Vermillion, Champaign, Douglas, Grundy, Massac, Washington, and Wayne counties. The state is seeking to recover about $6 million in costs to local governments in the nine affected counties. The federal government has previously approved millions of dollars in aid for residents and businesses.

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