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Quinn Announces Relief for Tornado Ravaged Towns

Updated: Tuesday, July 8 2014, 03:35 PM CDT
GIFFORD -- More than six months after tornadoes tore through central Illinois, those communities hardest hit are seeing the first state relief checks.

This after the federal government denied Illinois' application for disaster relief.

Gov. Quinn was in Washington, Ill. today to announce the relief package. Washington alone will see $7.7 million of the $11.6 million plan.

Quinn also touted three bills to be signed into law today designed to help storm victims. One makes it easier to donate to the Red Cross. Another limits the commission rates of insurance adjusters. And the third regulates property taxes on reconstructed homes.

"We decided as a state to come together and use our state resources to help the city of Washington, and all the other communities, many of them here," Quinn said.

In addition to the state laws, Quinn said senators Kirk and Durbin are sponsoring federal legislation to reform the criteria for municipal disaster aid.Quinn Announces Relief for Tornado Ravaged Towns

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