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ETA News Release: [06/27/2008]
Contact Name: Terry Shawn or Jennifer Kaplan
Phone Number: (202) 693-4676 or x5052
Release Number: 08-906-CHI

U.S. Department of Labor announces $3.5 million to help Illinois clean up and recover from severe storms and flooding

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $3,500,000 grant to the state of Illinois to create approximately 200 temporary jobs to assist in cleanup and recovery efforts as a result of recent storms and flooding.

"This $3.5 million grant will boost cleanup and recovery efforts in Illinois and provide funds for humanitarian assistance for residents who have suffered storm and flooding damage," said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao.

On June 24, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared the following counties in Illinois eligible for FEMA's Public Assistance Program: Adams, Calhoun, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Hancock, Henderson, Jasper, Lawrence, Mercer, Pike and Rock Island.

The grant, awarded to the Illinois Department of Workforce Development, will be used to provide temporary employment on projects for the cleanup, demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction of damaged public structures, facilities and lands within affected communities. Funds also will be used for projects that provide food, clothing, shelter and other types of humanitarian assistance for disaster victims, including work on the homes of individuals who are eligible for the federally funded weatherization program.

Of the $3.5 million awarded, $2 million will be released initially. Additional funding up to the amount approved will be made available as the state demonstrates a continued need for disaster assistance.

National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor's discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state's ability to meet specific guidelines. For more information visit

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