Gov. Pat Quinn hopes a reassessment of storm damage will enable the state to get some federal monetary help. Quinn hopes the Illinois congressional delegation, led by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), have been able to convince the Federal Emergency Management Agency to take another look at the needs in Harrisburg after a tornado Feb. 29.
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“Senator Durbin knows where I’m coming from and he’s coming from the same place,” Quinn said. “We want to make it crystal clear that when seven people lose their lives, when literally many people lose their entire commitment to their house, to their business … that we need the federal government to step forward and help us recover.” Quinn says the state has 30 days to put together an appeal and says the paper work will likely be submitted faster than that.