Governor Quinn Announces Federal Disaster Aid Approved for 14 Additional Counties
Federal Grants, Low-Interest Loans Will Help Families and
Businesses Recover from Historic Floods
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced 14 more counties were approved for federal disaster aid to help people and businesses recover from historic flooding in mid-April. Counties approved today include Bureau, Crawford, Henderson, Knox, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, Peoria, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford. These add to 11 counties already approved for federal aid last week.
“I thank the Obama administration for quick approval of my request for federal assistance to help people recover from this devastating flood,” Governor Quinn said. “This action will help speed assistance to people who suffered flood damages and help them begin rebuilding their lives.”
The state’s request was supported by damage assessment documentation that identified 14 homes in the area that were destroyed and 202 that suffered major damage. Thousands of additional homes were also affected by the floods. More than 800 homes in those counties were surveyed.
The governor’s request for federal assistance was supported by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Illinois’ entire congressional delegation.
The federal disaster declaration makes assistance available to flood victims, including grants to individuals and households to help with temporary housing, home repairs or replacement and other disaster-related expenses, as well as low-interest SBA loans to residents and businesses.
On May 10, Governor Quinn’s request for federal aid for Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry and Will counties was approved.
“We will begin working immediately with FEMA to ensure flood victims can get needed help as quickly as possible,” Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathon Monken said.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which administers the assistance program, has a toll-free telephone number (800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for hearing and speech impaired) for victims to apply for assistance. Registration can also be done online at http://disasterassistance.gov.
Damage assessments are continuing in many other counties hit by severe flooding and additional requests for federal assistance to help citizens in those counties are expected.
ONARGA — After a lot of speculation, the University of Illinois has a new place to call home for its Extension Office in Onarga. And that home isn’t far away. It’s next door.
A June 30th deadline had the Extension backed up, forced to find a new location. The current office at 912 W. Seminary in Onarga will soon become a medical facility.
The Extension officials are working with the Bork family to use a building right next door to the current Extension. The Bork family also owns the building Extension now occupies. So, the Onarga location will continue to serve the immediate area.
The Extension was notified earlier this spring that its current office will become the new home of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services' Onarga Clinic.
F-I Department of Health questioned about possible illegal meeting; Administrator Corbett stripped of duties
A two-hour closed meeting of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Board is now questioned as a possible illegal meeting. And—action taken by the Board could be challenged.
Administrator Doug Corbett was stripped of any duties concerning the hiring, firing, or other disciplinary matters of any employees. The Board will further discuss the matter.
Corbett’s executive powers were reduced after a two-hour closed session that apparently was not part of the agenda.
The meeting, at the Gilman-Danforth Library Monday, listed “security procedures” as the reason for the closed session. The Board went into the closed session to talk about discipline of specific employees, which included Corbett.
The matter was brought to light by the Paxton Record. The state Open Meetings Act requires a governmental body to name the reason for a closed session.