Governor Returns to Utica

He is going to take a look at efforts to clean up and rebuild in the tornado-ravaged town.

Blagojevich is meeting with federal Homeland Security Undersecretary Mike Brown, who's coming to Illinois to tour the damaged area.

The governor Thursday asked the federal government to help the town of Utica and five counties that were hit by storms that left eight people dead and hundreds of homes damaged.

Blagojevich sent a letter urging President Bush to declare LaSalle, Putnam, Will, Grundy and Kankakee counties federal disaster areas. That would make them eligible for a variety of grants, loans and other assistance.