Gov. Pat Quinn said the state is stepping in with $45 million in disaster relief funds to help local governments recover from last November’s tornados, after the federal government turned them down.
Grammy-winners Chicago will play a free benefit concert later this month to raise money for tornado recovery efforts in Illinois.
Crews were out Christmas Eve, and they were back at it the day after Christmas, clearing away debris from the tornado almost six weeks ago.
Washington Ald. Tyler Gee said the weather means real reconstruction will be delayed for hundreds of families.