A disaster aid package promised by Gov. Pat Quinn may soon be rolled out.
Quinn announced in early March that several Illinois agencies were combining to issue $45 million in relief to communities hit by the Nov. 17 tornado outbreak. The announcement came after the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied twice public assistance to local governments, who were asking to be reimbursed for some of the costs incurred by the disaster.
Cities wanting a piece of the pie had to apply by Sunday. Washington Mayor Gary Manier, whose community was hardest hit by the storm, says the city's application was sent to Springfield on Saturday both electronically and via certified mail.
"We should be hearing something real soon," Manier told 1470 & 100.3 WMBD.
Meanwhile, progress in the rebuilding effort continues to happen at a steady clip.
"We have issued over 650 building permits. We're recovering best we can, considering the harsh winter we had," Manier said.
FEMA denied reimbursement for local governments on the grounds that the statewide damage estimate didn't meet the $17.8 million threshold. It's not yet clear exactly how much of an impact the state package will have on Washington's recovery. Local officials estimate the twister will ultimately cost the city well over $20 million.