- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has announced $11.6 million in aid for communities recovering from deadly tornadoes that occurred in November 2013.

Quinn stopped in the central Illinois community of Washington on Monday. It was among the hardest hit communities when roughly two dozen tornadoes hit on Nov. 17. More than half a dozen people died as a result.

The money will go toward local governments to help make repairs. It comes through several agencies, including the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Recipients include the communities of Washington, Pekin and Gifford.

The state was denied federal disaster assistance.

Quinn also signed three laws connected to disaster recovery. Those include one allowing current and retired state employees to donate a part of their paycheck or annuity to a local American Red Cross chapter.

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