News

US Representative Rodney Davis Says FEMA Uses Fuzzy Math

US Representative Rodney Davis Says FEMA Uses Fuzzy Math

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Legislation is being introduced on Capitol Hill to eliminate the disparity in how disaster assistance is distributed.  US Representative Rodney Davis says his bill would change the formula when determining amounts for communties devastated by natural disasters.

“It is seriously flawed. Because in states like Illinois that has a large population in one corner of the state, we get penalized in rural areas like Gifford and Washington and a few years ago, Harrisburg” says Davis.

He adds “For example, a million dollars in aid to Chicago may not mean as much as it would for a rural community.”

US Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk have submitted a similar bill in the US Senate.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Lawmaker Wants to Revive Illinois Death Penalty

Fresh
jail

Just four years after capital punishment was taken off the books in Illinois, a state lawmaker says it's time to bring it back.

in Local

Number of Illinois Children in Poverty Holds Steady

Fresh
voices

The child poverty rate is holding steady in Illinois, but it's holding steady at a rate higher than advocates would like.

in Local

Sanitary District Wants $70m+ in Bonds for Plant Upgrades

water

The Springfield Metro Sanitary District could need $70 million in bond money to pay for upgrades to the Sugar Creek Treatment Plant

in Local

Police Seek Sangamon Co. Fugitives

crimestoppers_unknownpeople

Three fugitives who've stolen from a number of Springfield stores are being sought.

in Local

Cornel West Cancels U of I Appearance over Salaita

university illinois

A prominent civil rights activist and academic has cancelled a speech at the University of Illinois because of the school's decision to rescind a job offer to a Native American studies professor.