Governor Pat Quinn is asking for additional federal aid for victims of last month’s floods.
Quinn asked the government to add an additional 16 counties to a recent federal disaster declaration that covered 11 counties.
The change would allow for home and business owners in those counties to qualify for grants and loans to cover the costs of their flood losses.
The additional counties are Bureau, Crawford, Henderson, Knox, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, Warren and Woodford.
On May 10, President Obama declared Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry and Will, federal disaster areas triggering the release of federal funds to help individuals and businesses recover from severe storms and flooding that began on April 18, 2013.
So far more than 16-thousand applications for assistance have been submitted for disaster aid.