Governor Bruce Rauner says state government has help for flood-damaged counties --- but not in the form of money to cover flood-related expenses. Rauner visited the Douglas County town of Villa Grove yesterday, part of a three-day tour of flooded counties that have been declared state disaster areas. Rauner says the state's inability to provide flood-relief funding has nothing to do with Illinois’ budget impasse.
Rauner says the state is helping flooded counties with equipment and supplies such as water pumps and sandbags… plus guidance from state personnel. And he says the state disaster declaration is the "first step" in trying to secure federal aid. Rauner admits the federal government’s standards for approving a federal disaster declaration are ‘pretty tough’… and it will all come down to a final figure.