Obama signs Illinois disaster relief declaration

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WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared Illinois eligible for disaster relief, following tornadoes ripping through the state on Nov. 17.

The White House said in a statement that Obama “today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Illinois and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes on November 17, 2013.

“The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Champaign, Douglas, Fayette, Grundy, Jasper, La Salle, Massac, Pope, Tazewell, Vermilion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, Will, and Woodford.

“Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

“Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

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