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Governor Praises Tornado Recovery Efforts In Harrisburg

Governor Pat Quinn Sunday revisited areas of Harrisburg that were devastated by a Feb. 29, 2012 tornado.  

The Governor viewed first-hand the progress that has been made due in part to $8.8 million in state assistance following the disaster. Several state of Illinois agencies provided funding and manpower to clean up, rebuild and improve storm-ravaged areas of southern Illinois as a part of Governor Quinn's commitment to make all possible assistance available to the area.

Quinn says he's happy to see that Harrisburg is once again a thriving community that demonstrates the resilience and determination of southern Illinois."   The state money helped renovate or reconstruct 66 homes, repair a senior citizen center, clear debris, as well as make infrastructure improvements.  

"We are honored to have Governor Quinn back in Harrisburg," former Harrisburg Mayor Eric C. Gregg said. "He has been a true friend to our community and area, and we want to personally thank him for helping us put this community back together and moving us forward. Without Governor Quinn's leadership and commitment to Harrisburg and southern Illinois in the aftermath of the 2012 Leap Day Tornado, we would still be picking up the pieces. We are back, thanks to Governor Quinn and his great staff."

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