After FEMA denial, state turns to tornado aid

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — After the denial of federal disaster assistance, Gov. Pat Quinn is offering $45 million from state coffers to help Illinois communities recover from November's deadly tornadoes.

About two dozen tornadoes hit Illinois Nov. 17. The storms were blamed for the deaths of seven people. It damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and other buildings.

On Wednesday, Quinn will visit two communities that were especially hard-hit, the town of Washington in central Illinois and Brookport in the far south of the state.

Federal aid was given to people and businesses affected. But the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the state's request for assistance to local governments, which Quinn says have incurred $6.1 million in storm-related expenses.

The state aid package includes up to $20 million for rebuilding tornado-damaged infrastructure.