(Springfield, IL) – March 22, 2012. In a relentless pursuit of federal assistance, Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the Illinois’ request for a U.S. Small Business Administration disaster declaration has been approved for Southern Illinois, including Harrisburg, which was whacked by deadly tornadoes in February.
The declaration makes low-interest loans available to homeowners, renters and businesses in the primary county of Saline, as well as the nearby counties of Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Johnson, Pope, White, and Williamson.
“I’m very pleased with the swift approval of our request for SBA assistance,” said Quinn who in Belgium on a trade mission.
Quinn submitted the request for an SBA disaster declaration on Wednesday after receiving word that the state’s appeal to FEMA for a federal disaster declaration had been denied.
In his letter to the SBA, Quinn affirmed that there are at least 25 homes and/or businesses that sustained uninsured losses of 40 percent or more.