Illinois Delegation asks President Obama for Disaster Relief

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WASHINGTON - Republicans and Democrats alike are joining hands in support of Governor Bruce Rauner's request for federal aid to help counties hardest hit by recent storms and flooding dating back to December.

Preliminary damages are estimated at more than $15 million.

“Governor Rauner has determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and local governments.  Supplemental federal assistance is necessary to help local governments in these counties recover up to 75 percent of their disaster-related expenses to clean up and rebuild. We respectfully request that you approve our request for federal assistance so counties can receive the financial assistance that they need,” the Illinois Delegation said.

The Illinois members, joined by Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin, asked for Individual Assistance designations for 10 Illinois counties: Alexander, Christian, Clinton, Douglas, Iroquois, Jersey, Madison, Randolph, Sangamon, and St. Clair counties.  Individual Assistance funding allows individuals and businesses to apply for low interest loans and other funding sources to help with temporary housing, home repairs or replacement and other disaster-related expenses.  

 A Public Assistance designation was requested for 16 Illinois counties: Alexander, Bureau, Calhoun, Cass, Cumberland, Jackson, Jersey, Madison, Menard, Monroe, Morgan, Moultrie, Pike, Randolph, St. Clair, and Vermilion counties.  Public Assistance eligibility which would allow the State of Illinois, local governments, and certain non-profit organizations to apply for grants through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities. 

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