Central Illinois represented at President's State of the Union

By WEEK Reporter

January 28, 2014 Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 12:03 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For Washington Mayor Gary Manier the State of the Union address was another chance to fight for FEMA aid.

Mayor Manier said being a guest of Senator Mark Kirk at Tuesday's event was an honor -- and just one more way to fight not only for Washington, but for every county in Illinois impacted by the November tornados and were denied FEMA aid.

"From one Washington strong to Washington D.C. I hope Washington D.C. Becomes strong for Central Illinois in this process," said Washington Mayor Gary Manier.

Manier said being in the nation's capitol gives a strong message to his residents.

"From a National stage standpoint, it shows our residents how much I care for them. And I'm willing to fight to make sure we don't bankrupt this city. So we can move forward and be stronger than ever," said Mayor Manier.

Manier said no matter what, he will continue to fight for federal aid.

Manier also said he is confident that by working with Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman Aaron Schock the city will be successful with the appeal process.