Thousands apply for tornado recovery assistance

Illinois officials say 2,000 people in counties declared federal disaster areas after tornadoes struck in November have applied for federal assistance.

Gov. Pat Quinn visited the central Illinois community of Washington on Tuesday.

His office says more than $1.6 million in federal grants and more than $5.6 million in low-interest loans have already been approved.

Washington was hit hard by one of the roughly two dozen tornadoes that struck on Nov. 17. Seven people died and thousands of buildings were damaged or destroyed.

Quinn also signed legislation allowing the state to match federal money used to help people replace personal property damaged or lost in flooding last spring. The state's share is $5.9 million.

The bill (SB1955) passed the House and Senate unanimously.