Federal officials started to assess the damage to Illinois homes and businesses Monday from the recent floods. The head of Illinois’ Emergency Management Agency says the state wants tens of millions of dollars from the federal government to help pay for flood damage. Governor Pat Quinn says homeowners and businesses who suffered flood damage could qualify for loans to get back some of the money spent on clean-up. “It’s important that we assess all of the expenses and the damage that occurred because of the floods. We’ve never had, in our whole State of Illinois, in our history since 1818, such a pervasive flood in so many different parts of Illinois,” Quinn says. Quinn declared 48 counties disaster areas - stretching from Cook County to the Mississippi River. He says it could still take a few weeks before areas hit hardest by the floods are assessed.