News

Quinn: FEMA Appeal Will Focus on Frigid Weather

Quinn: FEMA Appeal Will Focus on Frigid Weather

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Illinois has filed its appeal over the denial of federal funds for disaster relief from the November tornadoes.

At issue is $6.1 million for local governments in nine counties. The federal government said no because the damage didn’t amount to enough, but Gov. Pat Quinn says the damage is more than FEMA realizes, especially in Washington, Ill.

“It took an enormous effort by the unit of government, the municipal government of Washington, Ill., and many other governments, the counties and so on, to clean that up. They’re still working on it. So we hope the federal government, FEMA, will look at our appeal and give us the relief for our units of government,” Quinn said.

Quinn says the situation is compounded by multiple disasters last year, including floods, stressing small counties and cities.

The denial affected Champaign, Douglas, Grundy, Massac, Tazewell, Vermilion, Washington, Wayne and Woodford counties. The $6.1 million would have covered expenses including emergency protective measures, debris removal, and repairing or replacing government-owned facilities.

Aid to individuals and businesses has been approved and the money is already flowing, including $2 million from FEMA for individuals and $8.7 million in low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Bringing International Business to Springfield

8-28-15 Citizens Club

International business was the focus of the monthly Citizens Club discussion.

in Local

Springfield’s Newest Postmaster Takes the Helm

8-28-15 Israel Hilton

Springfield's 41st postmaster has officially taken his oath of office.

in Local, Sports

University of Illinois Fires Football Coach

university illinois

The university cites preliminary results of an investigation into allegations of player mistreatment and inappropriate behavior.

in Local

Farm Progress Show in Decatur Has Neighbors

farm progress show

Company's coming to the Brix familiy farm near Decatur.

in Local

Don’t Drink the Chicago River Water

chicago

High levels of bacteria from human waste at more than a dozen spots along the Chicago River.