How much will the recent snowfall and cold snap cost the state? Gov. Pat Quinn says he can’t put a dollar amount on clearing roads and paying overtime to cleanup crews yet, but says it’s a necessary expense. "You don’t scrimp when it comes to public safety,” Quinn said. “We have to deploy every asset we have. At the end, we’ll calculate it.”
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Quinn says there may be some relief thanks to the federal disaster funds made available for areas affected by the tornadoes in November and last spring’s floods. “We were, with the tornadoes, able to get a federal disaster declaration, and uh, same thing happened in the spring,” Quinn said. “We’ll take a look at this winter storm and see what the costs are.” According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, it can spend up to $1 million per day for each snowfall.