FEMA Denies IL Governments Aid After Tornadoes
CHICAGO, IL - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied a request for aid to local governments in Massac County and eight other counties in Illinois, after deadly tornadoes swept the state in November.

FEMA sent a letter on Thursday 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.

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.

Gov. Pat Quinn says the state will appeal the decision. He says he's ``disappointed'' in FEMA's decision, which affects Massac, Champaign, Douglas, Grundy, Tazewell, Vermilion, Washington, Wayne and Woodford counties.

Published 03:00 PM, Thursday Jan. 09, 2014
Updated 05:53 PM, Sunday Jan. 12, 2014

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