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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has chosen a retired U.S. Navy Reserves captain and deputy director of the Illinois Department of Emergency Management to be the agency's acting director.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A study of hazardous materials shipped by train and truck through a three-county area in central Illinois is expected to begin this spring.

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U.S. Senator Mark Kirk says he is still hopeful about passing the measure to change the federal funding formula used after a disaster.  Kirk made his comments in Washington today, nearly three years after the EF-4 tornado struck Tazewell County. FEMA denied funding to the town.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied the state's appeal for federal assistance to help local governments recover from flooding and storms in December and January. 

Durbin: Rauner's FEMA appeal unlikely to help

Apr 11, 2016

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he'll appeal an Obama administration decision last month, denying the state millions in federal disaster assistance. The governor's office says late December’s severe flooding in southern Illinois caused more than 16 million dollars in damage. 

But U-S Senator Dick Durbin says an appeal won't help ... because federal government’s assistance formula is stacked against states like Illinois.

Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is appealing the federal government's decision to deny funding to help residents, businesses and local governments pay for damages following winter floods.

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SPRINGFIELD, Il. (AP) - Illinois has received additional time to determine whether to seek a federal disaster declaration for early-winter floods.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency says its federal counterpart has extended by two weeks a Friday deadline to make such a request. The state agency had sought to push the deadline back to mid-March. 

Peoria County is getting more than $2 million to remove homes damaged in the floods two years ago.  FEMA awarded the county two grants to acquire 35 properties near Edwards and in flood plains along the Illinois River.  Officials say some of the homes are vacant.  Grant money will pay homeowners of occupied structures to vacate.  Peoria County has been buying-out property owners for the last three decades following floods under a special program.

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk is pushing a measure to change the federal funding formula used after a disaster.  Kirk made his comments in Washington, Illinois nearly a year-and-a-half after FEMA denied funding to the tornado-ravaged town.  Kirk says a previous attempt to pass the measure failed because some lawmakers feared the change would take away disaster funding in their states:

U.S. House introduces plan to revise FEMA formula

Mar 26, 2015
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Illinois' Congressional delegation is trying to get the Federal Emergency Management Agency to revise how it distributes aid after natural disasters. 

$11.6 million of state relief is being made available to help the communities hit by the November 2013 tornadoes.

Washington Mayor: FEMA failed Illinois

Mar 4, 2014
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FEMA has denied Illinois’ appeal for public assistance with recovery from the November 17th tornadoes. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that leaves the town of Washington with a monster clean-up bill:

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency appealed the federal decision to deny public reimbursement for November tornado clean-up costs. Peoria Public Raido’s Alex Rusciano reports the appeal includes more than $21 million in disaster-related expenses state-wide:

Those impacted by the November 17th tornadoes who’ve registered with FEMA also need to make sure to apply with the Small Business Administration by the new extended date of February 3rd. FEMA officials say nearly 2,000 SBA applications have been sent to homes and some business, but the rate of return is low. Spokeswoman Deanna Frazier says people registered with FEMA might receive an S-B-A loan. If so, Frazier says it’s a necessary part of the federal funding assistance package offered to individuals and businesses:

Washington Mayor to attend State of the Union address

Jan 22, 2014

The mayor of one of the hardest-hit communities during the November tornadoes is headed to the nation’s capital. U.S. Senator Mark Kirk invited Washington Mayor Gary Manier to attend next week’s State of the Union address. Manier says Kirk toured the damage shortly after the destructive storm destroyed hundreds of homes.

Quinn: Central Illinois needs FEMA help

Jan 10, 2014

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is appealing the federal government’s decision to reject funding for cleanup from last year’s tornadoes.  FEMA - the Federal Emergency Management Agency - approved money to go toward businesses and individuals.  But it denied federal aid to local units of government that were hit by November’s tornadoes.  Quinn says the region around Central Illinois needs the money.

FEMA officials say they have a solution for apartment renters in the city of Washington following the November tornado.  Many of the 200 people from Georgetown Common apartments were denied by FEMA because inspectors couldn’t access the units and determine damage.  Donald Keldsen is FEMA’s federal coordinating officer for Illinois.  He says FEMA staff will reach out to apartment residents to better process applications:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Illinois federal public assistance for communities hit by last November's tornadoes.  Local and state communities say FEMA dollars would help pay for debris removal and other publicly funded clean-up efforts. The state plans to appeal the decision. Jonathon Monken is the director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. He says an appeal gives the state and local communities another chance to calculate damage costs:

FEMA officials are at the Pekin Walmart Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to answer questions about federal disaster assistance.  The federal disaster survivor assistance team will also offer registration services to those impacted by last month’s devastating tornadoes.  Residents can also get information on wind mitigation tips when rebuilding damaged structures.  

FEMA: Some residents avoiding recovery assistance

Dec 17, 2013

FEMA officials say some residents affected by last month's devastating weather are avoiding registration for assistance.  Deanna Frazier handles public information for FEMA. She says some residents think they are taking away from others by accepting help:

Local communities applying for FEMA public assistance

Dec 16, 2013

The deadline for communities affected by last month’s devastating weather to submit for federal public assistance is Tuesday. The Tazewell County Board and the Washington, Pekin and East Peoria councils voted on declaring a local public disaster last week. Dawn Cook directs the Tazewell County Emergency Management Agency. She says a local declaration allows communities to ask for more federal assistance not included in original estimates:

Tornado victims throughout Illinois are being approved for more than one-million dollars in federal aid. Governor Pat Quinn says the money is helping those impacted by the tornadoes that struck the state last month. The federal grants are paying for disaster-related expense like temporary home rental, home repairs, and replacement of damaged personal property.

The city of Washington in Central Illinois faces sobering financial numbers as it recovers from last month’s devastating tornado.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

Accessing federal tornado relief funds

Dec 4, 2013

  FEMA officials encourage anyone displaced or directly impacted by the November 17th tornadoes to register for disaster relief. 

East Peoria to halt debris pickup on Friday

Dec 3, 2013

East Peoria public works crews are stopping curbside debris pick up later this week following last month’s devastating storms. Public Works Director Steve Ferguson says crews have removed debris from about 75-percent of the damaged properties. He says the pick-up ends Friday because the Federal Emergency Management Agency might not reimburse the city for expenses associated with all debris removal:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline that individuals affected by extreme flooding can apply for assistance. Today was supposed to be the final day. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

Businesses and people affected by this spring's storms and flooding now have until August 8 to register. FEMA says it extended the deadline another 15 days because it wants to make sure sure all people affected are able to apply for disaster assistance. 

FEMA registration deadline extended to July 24

Jul 2, 2013

The FEMA registration deadline for residents affected by the April 18 - May 5 flooding is extended to Wednesday, July 24. Residents will get a nine-digit Registration Identification Number verifying their registration status.

FEMA closing Disaster Recovery Center in Peoria County

Jun 10, 2013

FEMA is closing its Disaster Recovery Center in Peoria County for flood victims to register for federal recovery assistance. The center is at Chillicothe Fire Hall. It’s closing Friday. People can still register with FEMA online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov

FEMA opens two flood victim centers in Peoria County

May 28, 2013

  FEMA has opened two Disaster Recovery Centers in Peoria County for flood victims to register for federal recovery assistance.  One center is at the Chillicothe Fire Department and the other is at Kickapoo Township Hall in Edwards.  The County says individuals can also register with FEMA online at DisasterAssistance.gov. 

Governor Pat Quinn has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with flood damage assessments in Illinois. He spoke in Meredosia, along the Illinois River, which has flooded to record levels. Quinn says the state is working to get federal assistance to help Illinois communities recover from last week's flooding.