The only thing keeping Washington, IL from receiving federal aid for tornado clean-up assistance was its location. That's what US Senator Dick Durbin said during a stop in Normal. The Democrat from Springfield says the federal formula used to calculate aid to municipalities is based on the population of the state in which the community is located.
"If this were the state of Kansas, the amount that the local governments paid in Washington, IL would be more than enough to qualify for federal assistance. But because we're a heavily populated state, we've got to hit that number...$17 million."
The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Washington's appeal for aid to help cleanup from the November tornado because it fell below the threshold. Governor Quinn says the state will step in to fill some of the gap. Meanwhile Durbin says he's working with Republican Senator Mark Kirk and Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock to change the federal law to make it less reliant on state population standards.
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