President Declares Tornado-Ravaged Counties Federal Disaster Areas

Federal Homeland Security Undersecretary Mike Brown says Bush signed the disaster declaration on Air Force One, making LaSalle, Putnam, Will and Kankakee counties eligible for federal assistance.

Brown toured Utica's downtown Friday with Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Senator Dick Durbin and other official. And he says he was encouraged by what he saw, with business owners already starting to rebuild.

Blagojevich had included Grundy County in his request for a disaster declaration, and federal officials say it could be added later.


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