Governor Declares Drought Relief

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Published on August 16 2012 8:38 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Millie Lange

Governor Pat Quinn Wednesday issued a statement following the announcement by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack declaring the remaining two Illinois counties, DuPage and Will, as eligible for drought relief.

"Illinois' hard-working farmers are the backbone of our economy," Governor Quinn said. "I am grateful Secretary Vilsack granted my request to declare the entire state an agriculture disaster area to help our farmers recover from this devastating drought, I thank  Senator Durbin and Secretary Vilsak for their commitment to helping our impacted farming communities."

As record drought conditions impacted the entire state of Illinois, Governor Quinn worked with Senator  Durbin, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk and members of the Illinois Congressional delegation to request a Secretarial Disaster  Declaration for every county in Illinois. Wednesday's announcement makes all 102 Illinois counties eligible for federal disaster asssitance through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For more information, visit Drought.Illinois.gov.