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Manier To Attend State Of The Union Speech
Washington Mayor Gary Manier is headed to Washington, D.C.
Manier will be a guest of Illinois Senator Mark Kirk during the President's State of the Union address next Tuesday.
"I wasn't sure I wanted to go from the standpoint I didn't want this to be a consolation prize," Manier tells WMBD's Robbins and Markley Show. "I want it to be something where I represent Washington, Illinois and people remember what happened and the help we need from FEMA."
Earlier this month, FEMA turned down public assistance aid to Illinois communities like Washington affected by the November 17th tornadoes.
Manier says the Governor is appealing that decision, and he's confident the appeal will be successful, "so the State of Illinois and smaller communities like ourselves won't be faced with this again."
"We're getting our numbers together even as we speak. We're going to submit those numbers pretty quick, maybe by the end of this week," Manier says. "The State of the State Address is next Wednesday and the Governor might need those numbers for that speech, as well."
Kirk wants Manier's presence to serve as a reminder of how FEMA should treat all communities.
Does Manier expect to be officially recognized during the President's speech?
"I have a face for radio," Manier quips, "so I hope I'm not really recognized."
"I don't know what my role will be. All I know is I'll be in the balcony as the good Senator's guest."