Gov. Pat Quinn announced Monday $11.6 million in state relief to help Illinois local governments recover from the deadly November 2013 tornadoes.
Locally, the City of Brookport received $1,803,334, while Massac County was awarded $31,399.
The assistance is part of $45 million multi-agency relief package assembled earlier this year at the governor’s direction following the denial of the state’s appeal for federal disaster assistance for local governments.
Quinn also signed three new laws in the tornado-damaged communities of Washington and Gifford that will help Illinois communities recover from disasters.
“Illinois has faced a record number of natural disasters in recent years, but we are committed to helping each and every community get back on its feet,” Quinn said. “The disaster donation, insurance adjustment and small business recovery laws I’m signing today will help ease the disaster recovery process for communities now and in the future. I thank every first responder and volunteer who donated their time, material and funds to assist with recovery efforts statewide.”
The $11.6 million state relief comes from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).
The IDOT funds help communities repair storm-damaged infrastructure.
IEMA assistance helps municipalities pay for costs already incurred for items such as debris removal, emergency protective measures and overtime payments.
The communities applied for the funds, and to date all eligible requests for assistance have been approved.
Numerous other municipalities are receiving disaster recovery funding in addition to those listed.
“I can’t thank Gov. Quinn and his agency directors enough for all they’ve done for us in Brookport to help us recover from the tornado,” said former Brookport Mayor Pro Tem Tom Souders said.
When certain federal disaster recovery assistance for local governments was denied, Quinn directed state agencies to assemble a $45 million relief package for Illinois communities devastated by the November 2013 tornadoes.
Quinn also signed three new laws Monday related to disaster recovery:
House Bill 4590 creates the Illinois Gives Initiative that allows current and retired state employees to donate a portion of their paycheck or annuity to Illinois chapters of the American Red Cross whose territories are affected by disasters. The law is effective immediately.
Senate Bill 2922 sets a limit of 10 percent on the amount of compensation an insurance adjuster may receive when representing a consumer in a claim resulting from a disaster. The law is effective Jan. 1, 2015.
Senate Bill 3259 protects small businesses that rebuild after being affected by a disaster. The law slowly phases in property taxes over a 15-year period to prevent an immediate tax hike on the repaired or rebuilt business property. The new law is effective immediately.