natural disaster http://wuis.org en Lawmakers Propose Tax Break For Businesses Blighted By Tornadoes http://wuis.org/post/lawmakers-propose-tax-break-businesses-blighted-tornadoes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Four months ago, tornadoes whipped through Central Illinois, ravaging communities like Washington and Gifford. As the towns rebuild, some lawmakers want to give businesses a break when fixing up their properties.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rebuilding after a natural disaster can be expensive; insurance money only covers so much. A proposal making its way through the General Assembly could help ease that burden on businesses, by providing a property tax break.</span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:19:21 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21990 at http://wuis.org Lawmakers Propose Tax Break For Businesses Blighted By Tornadoes Want FEMA Aid? Even If "Home Is Totally Destroyed" Governor Tells Victims To Document http://wuis.org/post/want-fema-aid-even-if-home-totally-destroyed-governor-tells-victims-document <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>State officials say victims of yesterday's (Nov. 17) storms should take extra care in documenting their material losses. Illinois learned the hard way why that can be important.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About two years ago, seven people died in the tornadoes that rocked Harrisburg, in deep southern Illinois. And yet the state was denied a request for federal assistance. That meant home and business owners could not get federal loans, grants and other aide.</span></p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:50:07 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 13304 at http://wuis.org Want FEMA Aid? Even If "Home Is Totally Destroyed" Governor Tells Victims To Document