Tornado-Damaged Ill. Village Upset Over Aid Denial

GIFFORD, Ill. (AP) Residents of a central Illinois village hit by November’s tornadoes say they’re upset the federal government has denied a state request for aid.

The owner of Giffords’s North Forty bar, Mike Swinney, tells The (Champaign) News-Gazette ( ) he can’t understand how the U.S. government provides aid to foreign countries but refuses it to Illinois. And the owner of Bibb’s restaurant, Lorin Schluter, calls the denial “a snub of the nose.”

Around two dozen tornadoes damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and businesses in Illinois on Nov. 17.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency notified the state Thursday that it was denying its request for $6.1 million for local governments on grounds the damage wasn’t severe enough.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he’ll appeal FEMA’s decision. He has 30 days to file it.

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