State officials met in Harrisburg Monday to talk about Governor Pat Quinn's tornado assistance package.
A $13 million relief package of a combined effort of several state agencies will provide help to families that lost homes or were heavily damaged, business owners who lost their businesses, and city governments.
The help includes reimbursements to local governments for some of their disaster-related expenses and road improvements. The aid also involves grants for home repairs and low-interest loans to storm-affected businesses.
Seven people were killed by the twister that tore through Harrisburg on Feb. 29.
Since then, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied the state's request for help from U.S. taxpayers in the recovery effort.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Illinois Finance Authority, IEMA, IDOT, and Illinois Housing Development Authority are agencies coming together to help with the relief efforts in Harrisburg and Ridgway.
The mayor of Ridgway says the money is desperately needed for her community.
The interim mayor of Harrisburg says the money will help the city with some of the costs it incurred during the tornado response.
According to Gov. Quinn's office, the state's multi-agency relief package includes:
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