6,000 Katrina Evacuees Still Living in Illinois

The refugees are down from the nearly ten thousand who came to Illinois immediately after Katrina, but the Illinois Department of Human Services says many of the remaining evacuees now intend to become permanent Illinois residents.

Department secretary Carol Adams assured them today that they are still eligible for aid through 2009 through the state's Illinois Katrina Assistance and Relief Effort.

The state says two-thirds of the evacuees now live in the Chicago area, and there many others in the Rockford area and the metro east region of Madison and St. Clair counties.

Most have been able to find permanent housing, either through federal funded programs or on their own.

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