Sen. Dick Durbin spoke on the senate floor Tuesday in response to the deadly tornadoes that killed two and severely damaged cities across northern Illinois last week.
In his speech Sen. Durbin offered his condolences to the families who were impacted by the severe storms while commending the state responders who continue to help them rebuild their lives and communities.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the families and first responders in north central Illinois today who are sorting through debris after deadly tornadoes tore through the area last Thursday evening,” Durbin said.
“As is so often the case when a disaster like this strikes, first responders and friends and family members wasted no time rushing to the aid of people whose homes and businesses were damaged," he continued. "I have no doubt that the people in Fairdale, Rochelle, and all of the other areas that were struck will clean up and rebuild. The Illinois delegation and I stand ready to help in any way we can, particularly if the Governor requests federal assistance.”
His speech comes after Gov. Bruce Rauner spoke on Friday, where he officially declared DeKalb and Ogle Counties state disaster areas following the severe storms.