Illinois senators working to change FEMA aid program

By WEEK Producer

February 2, 2014 Updated Feb 3, 2014 at 11:59 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Washington Mayor Gary Manier along with Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin are moving forward to change the FEMA disaster aid formula.

Manier said the numbers for the city of Washington and Tazewell county were submitted again last Thursday, but the amount FEMA is giving out statewide remains low.

Only $7.5 million is being given to help those counties effected by the November tornadoes.

Manier said Washington will continue to remain strong and the city of Peoria plays a big part in that.

"Without Peoria, Washington doesn't survive. During that crisis, Peoria was on our doorstep day one," said Mayor Gary Manier, Washington.

Mayor Manier was in Washington D.C. last week for President Obama's State of the Union address.

While there he was able to get support from a Virginia Senator on proposed legislation that would change the FEMA formula.