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DeKalb County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski says while the residents of Fairdale may not be able to get federal disaster relief funds, the county and its citizens are doing everything they can to help with their long-term recovery needs.

Speaking on the B-95 public affairs program “Spectrum”, Pietrowski says Illinois Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin are among those lobbying for changes in federal funding regulations; the level of damage and expense incurred by the April 9th tornado isn’t high enough to qualify Fairdale for disaster relief, so monies would have to come from the local level…and possibly the state.

He says the county is helping to organize a long-term recovery committee, which will assess homeowners’ needs and decide how to divide up the monies received by various donor relief funds.  And a county task force is also being set up; the structure of this task force would be codified, so DeKalb County will have it ready to go should another such incident occur in the future.

Donations are still coming in, and the latest contributor is the Chicago Bears.  The NFL team says it will donate $100,000 to the United Way of Rock River Valley, earmarked for those areas hit by the tornado.

(You can hear our interview with Mark Pietrowski in its entirety, this Sunday morning at 7:30 during “Spectrum” on B-95.)

Nina Blackwood

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