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Additional Federal Assistance for Blizzard Approved



    Gov. Pat Quinn said today the state's request for federal assistance in five more counties due to the storm in February has been approved. 

    Grundy, Livingston, McLean, Sangamon and Stephenson counties will receive reimbursement for 75 percent of their storm related expenses including over-time for snow removal, debris removal and repair or replacement of damaged public facilities. 

    Quinn asked for federal assistance in March after the February storm dropped more than 21 inches of snow on Northern Illinois. State and local governments spent an estimated $64 million for response to the storm and recovery afterward.

    “By working with the Federal government, we have been able to help municipalities and counties bear the expense of one of the largest storms in recent history,” Quinn said.  
    Quinn originally submitted a request for 60 counties in Illinois, but the five counties approved Monday did not have information available. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency worked with officials to gather information and submit a request on April 8 to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.