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County to set aid for tornado relief

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 9:40 p.m. CDT

Gov. Pat Quinn announced Wednesday the state would provide $45 million in state money to help Illinois local governments recover from November’s tornadoes.

The relief package will provide aid for affected municipalities, including Coal City and Diamond, and nine counties, including Grundy County.

“It’s really good news,” Grundy County Board Chairman Ron Severson said. “Anything we can get in that area is going to be helpful because it’s one of the many disasters we’ve had over the last few years between snowfall, floods, tornadoes and ice jams.”

The assistance was assembled following the denial by the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the state’s appeal for federal disaster assistance for local governments, according to a news release from Quinn’s office.

The $45 million total funding includes up to $10 million for local governments to rebuild tornado-damage infrastructure; up to $3.55 million to help municipalities for cost already incurred for items like debris removal and overtime; and up to $4.5 million in below-market rate loans to finance repairs to publicly owned and operated facilities that sustained damage in the tornadoes, not otherwise covered by insurance, according to the news release.

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