Quinn hopes winter weather changes FEMA's mind

By WEEK Producer

January 10, 2014 Updated Jan 10, 2014 at 10:51 PM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Governor Pat Quinn hopes recent winter weather could change the minds of FEMA officials regarding tornado damage.

In a devastating move, Thursday, FEMA denied federal aid for local governments affected by the November tornadoes.

The decision is mostly due to the fact that Illinois did not have enough monetary damage to meet FEMA's minimum requirement.

Quinn is appealing that arguing the deep freeze made it even more difficult for those communities to recover.

"A number of those communities are hit by flooding in the spring, and then tornadoes in November, and now the weather disaster with the snow and the very cold weather," said governor Quinn. I hope FEMA will see those special circumstances to help up gather federal money. That is our first and foremost mission now."

Quinn also says the state will do whatever it can to make sure communities get back on their feet.

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