State of Illinois

During his daily COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, Governor J-B Pritzker announced the federal government approved his request for a major disaster declaration for the State of Illinois.


The fate of a Mississippi River levee that's awaiting a decision on federal accreditation could put a southern Illinois village at risk of destructive flooding.

The 2019 flood in southern Illinois is going to be a costly one.

In Jackson County alone, preliminary flood damage reports turned into the Illinois Emergency Management Agency total just over $7 million.

State of Illinois

Illinois Gov. J-B Pritzker is urging residents to report flood damage to their county's emergency management agencies.

He says that will increase the likelihood the state will qualify for federal disaster aid.


A national test for Wireless Emergency Alert and Emergency Alert System capabilities will take place Wednesday afternoon.

FEMA and the FCC will jointly conduct the nationwide test to assess if the infrastructure is ready to distribute a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

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For years, Illinois 13th District Congressman Rodney Davis has been trying to get legislation passed that give local governments in rural Illinois a better shot at disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. Now, the Taylorville Republican says he may finally have his chance.

Only days removed from attending a training course, members of a southern Illinois coalition put some of their knowledge to work to assist storm victims.
Representatives of the Shawnee Preparedness and Response Coalition - or SPARC - took part in the Healthcare Coalition Response Leadership course last week at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness in Alabama.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has asked federal officials to reconsider their recent denial of Illinois' request for federal aid in the wake of severe storms and flooding in late December and early January.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Illinois' request for federal assistance to help residents, businesses and municipalities recover from flooding in about two dozen counties.

Illinois' Congressional delegation is trying to get the Federal Emergency Management Agency to revise how it distributes aid after natural disasters. As WUIS has previously reported, the lawmakers tried before to no avail.

When a tornado touched down in southern Illinois several years ago, devastating the small town of Harrisburg, FEMA turned down Illinois' request for disaster assistance.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Information Officer Darrell Habisch. The deadline for residents affected by the November 17th severe weather is January 27.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied a request for aid to local governments in Illinois after deadly tornadoes swept the state in November.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews FEMA Public Information Officer Darrell Habisch.

Gov. Pat Quinn says nine southern Illinois counties struck by deadly storms are eligible for U.S. Small Business Administration aid.

Quinn's announcement came yesterday, a day after the state's appeal for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency was denied.

Hundreds of homes in southern Illinois counties were damaged or destroyed by the Feb. 29 storms that killed seven people in Harrisburg, a town of 9,000 in Saline County.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's news and weather.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the latest news on FEMA storm assessments, an attempted bank robbery and more local and state information as well as your morning weather forecast.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller starts your work week with the region's news and weather.