11:47 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Quinn announces aid to southern Ill. tornado victims

An aerial view of the devastation of Harrisburg, Ill. after a tornado ripped through the small town on Feb. 29.
(UPI/Steve Jahnke /The Southern)

Harrisburg and other southern Illinois communities affected by a deadly tornado in February are getting up to $13 million in state and Small Business Administration aid.

Gov. Pat Quinn's office announced Monday that the help includes reimbursements to local governments for some of their disaster-related expenses and road improvements. The aid also involves grants for home repairs and low-interest loans to storm-affected businesses.

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Leap Day Storms
2:11 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Illinois to recalculate storm damage cost for FEMA

Residents take in some of the damage after a severe storm hit in the early morning hours on February 29, 2012, in Harrisburg, Ill.
UPI/Paul Newton/The Southern

Illinois will get the chance to convince the federal government to reverse denial of aid to southern Illinois homeowners socked by last month's deadly tornados.

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Harrisburg tornado
1:55 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Death toll from Harrisburg tornado up to 7

A seventh person has died from injuries suffered in an EF-4 tornado that devasted the small town of Harrisburg, Ill.
(UPI/Steve Jahnke /The Southern)

Authorities in southern Illinois say a seventh person has died from injuries suffered in the EF-4 tornado that slammed into the town of Harrisburg on Feb. 29.

Saline County coroner Doug Watson says 70-year-old Donald Smith, a retired coal miner from Harrisburg, died Wednesday night at a hospital in Indiana. Smith's wife remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Most of the victims, including the Smiths, lived along a street that took the brunt of the storm, which authorities say was 200 yards wide and packed sustained winds of 170 miles per hour.



Morning round-up
10:08 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Morning headlines: February 29, 2012

Severe weather destroyed a Shopping Center in Harrisburg, Ill. on February 29, 2012. Winds were reported overnight at about 60 miles per hour.
(UPI/Caleb Cattivera)

Nixon declares state of emergency for severe storms, possible tornadoes hit southwestern Mo., southern Ill.; at least four confirmed dead

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