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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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