FEMA Denies Illinois Appeal on Storm Damage Help

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is calling disappointing the decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency denying the state's appeal for federal disaster assistance for local governments impacted by the Nov. 17 tornado outbreak.

Quinn said FEMA's decision was based on outdated federal rules and not the serious need that exists in hard-hit Illinois communities.

Federal aid was given to people and businesses affected by those tornadoes, but FEMA denied the state's request for assistance to local governments, which Quinn said incurred $6.1 million in storm-related expenses. Two dozen tornadoes killed eight people and destroyed or damaged 2,500 homes.

Republican Sen. Mark Kirk said in a statement Tuesday he will work with Durbin and other members of Illinois' congressional delegation to pass the reforms needed to ensure Illinois is treated fairly.

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