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      Gov. Quinn hopes to get federal aid for Winter Storm 2011

      Illinois Governor Pat Quinn hopes counties will get some federal help to recover from Winter Storm 2011.

      He sent a formal request to President Barack Obama asking that 60 counties be declared federal disaster areas.

      That would help local governments recover from the major blizzard and winter storm that impacted much of Illinois earlier this month.

      State and local government expenses related to storm response and recovery are estimated to be more than $64 million.

      If approved, local government entities could receive reimbursement for 75% of their eligible storm-related expenses.

      Counties included in this portion of the request include:

      Adams

      Bond

      Boone

      Brown

      Bureau

      Calhoun

      Carroll

      Cass

      Christian

      Clark

      Clay

      Coles

      Cook

      Crawford

      Cumberland

      DeKalb

      Douglas

      DuPage

      Edgar

      Effingham

      Fayette

      Ford

      Fulton

      Hancock

      Henderson

      Henry

      Jasper

      Jo Daviess

      Kane

      Knox

      Lake

      LaSalle

      Lee

      Logan

      Marion

      Marshall

      Mason

      McDonough

      McHenry

      Menard

      Mercer

      Morgan

      Moultrie

      Ogle

      Peoria

      Pike

      Putnam

      Richland

      Rock Island

      Schuyler

      Scott

      Shelby

      Stark

      Tazewell

      Warren

      Washington

      Whiteside

      Will

      Winnebago

      Woodford

      Governor Quinn also requested a snow storm declaration for 43 counties that experienced a one, two or three-day record or near-record snow fall. A snow storm declaration would enable the counties to recoup 75 percent of extraordinary snow removal costs for a 48-hour period. Those counties include:

      Adams

      Boone

      Brown

      Bureau

      Calhoun

      Carroll

      Cass

      Cook

      DeKalb

      DuPage

      Ford

      Fulton

      Hancock

      Henderson

      Henry

      Jo Daviess

      Kane

      Knox

      Lake

      LaSalle

      Lee

      Logan

      Marshall

      Mason

      McDonough

      McHenry

      Menard

      Mercer

      Morgan

      Ogle

      Peoria

      Pike

      Putnam

      Rock Island

      Schuyler

      Scott

      Stark

      Tazewell

      Warren

      Whiteside

      Will

      Winnebago

      Woodford

      Additionally, nine of the counties included in the snow storm request experienced snowfall that exceeded their record snowfall by at least 50 percent. Those counties include Adams, Boone, Brown, Ford, Henderson, Knox, McHenry, Menard and Scott. For those counties, Governor Quinn requested a 24-hour extension of the 48-hour period for snow removal, which, if approved, would allow those counties to receive 75 percent reimbursement for snow removal costs during a continuous 72-hour period.

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