Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is appealing the federal government decision to reject funding for cleanup from the November tornadoes. FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, approved money to go toward businesses and individuals. But it denied federal aid to local units of government that were hit by the tornadoes. Quinn says the region around Central Illinois needs the money.
"A number of those communities were hit by the flooding in the spring and then the tornadoes in November. Now the weather disaster with the snow and the very cold weather this month. I hope that FEMA would see those special circumstances and help us get the money."
FEMA said infrastructure damage after the storms was not severe enough to warrant federal help. At least seven people were killed statewide and hundreds of homes and businesses destroyed.
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