Tornado-stricken communities to receive $45M

The communities in Illinois that are still recovering from last fall’s deadly and devastating tornadoes will receive a $45 million funding boost from the state.

The money will help nine counties rebuild homes and roads.

The state was forced to come up with the money because the federal government rejected the request for financial assistance.

Gov. Quinn visited the hard-hit community of Washington on Wednesday.

“Well, part of it is leveraging the money. There are opportunities for many people who had private insurance in order to begin the rebuilding process. So, once you make a government investment, you try to have a public-private partnership that leverages the money and gets as much as possible into the rebuilding process. Clearly, our insurance companies are part of the equation here too,” said Quinn.

U.S. Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin plan to propose new guidelines for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to ensure a more generous response to future requests for disaster aid.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

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