Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is calling on FEMA to make changes to its disaster aid criteria. He says FEMA has been a great partner in helping Illinois rebuild after nearly a dozen major disasters in recent years, but he says the agency's outdated formula often excludes some of the hardest-hit communities.
Case in point, FEMA denied aid to nine counties after a round of deadly tornadoes left them in shambles last November. Quinn has appealed that ruling hoping FEMA will reconsider. Meanwhile, the far southern Illinois town of Brookport is looking for volunteers to help with tornado cleanup. Officials say there’s still plenty of work to do after an EF-3 twister hit the town back in November of last year. They’re focusing their efforts on cleaning the town’s park, roads, and ditches. Volunteers are being asked to help during the weekends of March 7th and March 14th. They can call 618-889-2641 for more details.