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Ill. governor presses for disaster aid overhaul

Published: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 4:13 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is calling for an overhaul of how the federal government distributes disaster assistance after Illinois was denied aid to local governments affected by deadly tornadoes.

The Democrat made the pitch Monday in Washington, D.C., during a keynote speech at the National Journal's State of the States Policy Summit. Quinn's remarks focused on natural disasters.

Quinn says 15 Illinois counties received Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance after tornados in November. But he says FEMA denied aid to local governments in nine affected counties.

The tornados killed eight people and damaged or destroyed thousands of homes.

Quinn supports a measure in Congress that would give weight to different factors in aid decisions and add some economic criteria.

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