State Money Released For November Tornado Damage

(Washington, IL) -- Governor Pat Quinn is releasing more money to help communities recover from tornadoes that struck the state in November. The state is releasing more than eleven-and-a-half-million dollars to help local governments with their recovery efforts. The money is part of a 45-million-dollar relief package put together by the state after Illinois was denied federal disaster aid for local governments. The governor also signed three new laws while in Washington and Gifford yesterday. One lets current and retired state workers give part of their paycheck to the Red Cross. A second sets a ten-percent limit on compensation for an insurance adjuster representing a consumer in a disaster claim. The third law prevents an immediate tax hike on repaired or rebuilt business property.