Disaster Relief

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS)

Kirk Seeks Federal Probe Of Disaster Funds From Hurricane Ike

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has called for a federal investigation of federal disaster relief funds that the Quinn administration used for an anti-violence program already under the microscope for mismanagement of funds.

08/01/2014

Tornado damaged homes are seen on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. According to reports the tonado that ripped across Washington, Illinois has been preliminary classified as an EF-4. A fast-moving storm system that spawned multiple tornadoes which touched down across the Midwest, leaving behind a path of destruction in 12 states and killing at least five.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Obama Declares 15 Tornado-Struck Counties Disaster Areas

The announcement came one day after Gov. Pat Quinn submitted his request for tornado relief for the affected counties, where more than 1,000 homes remain uninhabitable.

11/27/2013

Firefighters search a heavily damaged home after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

State Warns Of Disaster Relief Scams

The state is trying to prevent Illinois tornado victims from becoming victims of scam artist contractors.

11/26/2013

Rescue crews use inflatable boats to evacuate Albany Park neighborhood residents from their homes on April 19, 2013, after heavy flooding in the area from a deluge of rain. (Credit: CBS)

State, Feds Begin Flood Damage Assessments To Pave Way For Disaster Relief

Help is on the way. That was the message Monday from Gov. Pat Quinn to flood victims in the Chicago area.

CBS Chicago–04/29/2013

In this handout GOES satellite image provided by NASA, Hurricane Sandy, pictured at 1255 UTC, moves inland across the mid-Atlantic region on October 30, 2012 in the Atlantic Ocean. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

Disaster Expert: Social Media Making Us Impatient For Relief

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, one disaster expert said you can blame social media for the change in expectations on how quickly relief can actually come to those struck by disaster.

WBBM Newsradio–11/02/2012

A neighborhood destroyed by Hurricane Sandy (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Opinion: Sandy Reminds Us Of The Need For FEMA And That Romney Would Shut It Down

Romney was asked at a presidential debate whether FEMA should be shut down in light of the deficit. Romney replied that FEMA should “absolutely” be shut down. He was asked specifically if that included disaster relief. He replied that it was “immoral” to provide such relief in the face of “larger debts”, emphasizing that “it makes no sense at all” to have such programs.

10/30/2012

A worker attaches plywood to the window of his shop ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac on August 27, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to strengthen into at least a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall near Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Opinion: As Hurricane Isaac Threatens The GOP Continues To Party

As Hurricane Isaac threatens the Gulf again, we will see if Katrina and Isaac serve as bookends of GOP hostility to federal disaster relief. An odd stance for a party that claims to “choose life” while watching people die in natural disasters rather than provide an adequate response.

08/28/2012

Extensive damage after an EF-4 tornado hit Harrisburg, Ill. (Credit: Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)(Credit: Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

Durbin Confident FEMA Will Grant Relief For Tornado Damage

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) said Wednesday he’s confident that federal officials will reverse their denial of federal disaster relief funds to five tornado-ravaged counties in southern Illinois.

CBS Chicago–03/14/2012

New Jersey Experiences Major Flooding From Tropical Storm Irene

Roskam: Disaster Relief Funds Might Become Big Budget Battle

Disaster relief aid for those impacted by Hurricane Irene and other spring and summer storms may be the next big budget battle in Congress.

WBBM Newsradio–08/30/2011