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Cook Among Counties on Storm-Aid List

March 01, 2011

The snow may have melted, but Chicago-area residents won’t soon forget the Blizzard of 2011.

The storm is on the mind of our president, too, and not just because his Chicago home was buried in snow like the rest of us.

President Barack Obama on Monday received a formal request from Governor Pat Quinn asking that 60 Illinois counties be declared federal disaster areas due to February’s snowstorm.

According to Quinn’s office, state and local governments spent more than $64 million dealing with the storm and its aftermath.

If federal disaster assistance is approved, local governments could be reimbursed for 75 percent of their extraordinary storm-related expenses, including emergency protective measures, debris removal and permanent repair of damages to government-owned buildings and utilities.

“Record snowfall and dangerous ice from this major winter storm created significant challenges for local governments earlier this month,” said Governor Quinn. “While the snow is mostly gone, the serious financial impacts of the storm remain. Today I am asking President Obama to help these communities recover many of their expenses by approving this request.”

Here are the 60 counties in Illinois requesting federal assistance for February’s winter storm:

Adams

Bond

Boone

Brown

Bureau

Calhoun

Carroll

Cass

Christian

Clark

Clay

Coles

cars abandoned on Lake Shore Drive during the blizzard

Cars stuck and abandoned on Lake Shore Drive will forever be associated with Chicago's Blizzard of 2011.

Cook

Crawford

Cumberland

DeKalb

Douglas

DuPage

Edgar

Effingham

Fayette

Ford

Fulton

Hancock

Henderson

Henry

Jasper

Jo Daviess

Kane

Knox

Lake

LaSalle

Lee

Logan

Marion

Marshall

Mason

McDonough

two adorable kids holding shovels outside their Chicago home in the snow.

Many students enjoyed days off school during the snowstorm, even Chicago Public School students, who hadn't had a snow day since 1999.

McHenry

Menard

Mercer

Morgan

Moultrie

Ogle

Peoria

Pike

Putnam

Richland

Rock Island

Schuyler

Scott

Shelby

Stark

Tazewell

Warren

Washington

Whiteside

Will

Winnebago

Woodford

Stay tuned to Chicagoland Real Estate Forum to see if Chicago resident and President of the United States Obama approves the aid for Illinois.

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