SPRINGFIELD – In 2004, the Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program (FTRLP) was created to provide zero-interest loans of up to $250,000 to fire departments to help cover the cost of purchasing a new fire truck. The price tag of a new truck has increased over the years and lawmakers believe the amount the program can loan should follow suit.

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032113br0206BENTON – Illinois State Senator Gary Forby (D–Benton) once again is working to ensure Southern Illinois children get a visit from Santa and have a present to open this Christmas. On Wednesday, Senator Forby joined Pat Benton on his morning radio show to present a check for Pat’s charity, Pat’s Kids. For the past five years, Forby has donated to Pat’s Kids from funds raised at his annual bocce ball tournament, totaling more than $60,000 during that time span.

“Every child should have a present to open on Christmas,” Forby said. “I am proud of the work that Pat’s Kids has done for our area over the years and I believe Southern Illinois is a better place because of it. I hope that the people in our district will realize the impact Pat’s Kids has on children’s lives.”

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BENTON – To help local police, fire and emergency response agencies assess damage caused by the recent tornadoes, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is urging Illinois residents to take an accurate account of damage by taking photos and contacting their insurance company.

IEMA would like to stress that damage assessment teams can determine damage even after clean-up efforts have begun.

There are several ways people can help in the wake of Sunday’s tornado.

-- First Baptist Church, is accepting donations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the American Red Cross shelter there will remain open at least through the end of the week. The church is 307 Massac Creek Road in Metropolis, and the phone number is 618-524-8681.

-- Any individual affected by the tornado may register at the Brookport City Council chambers, 209 Ohio St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If people cannot get to city hall, they may call 618-564-2351.

-- For those who live on Unionville Road who were displaced, the Methodist Church men will be doing a mobile registration and finding out what needs can be met there.

-- Financial donations can be made at Banterra bank, 101 W Eighth St., Metropolis. Checks should be made payable Shawnee Development Council and include a note about the Brookport tornado.

-- For information on displaced animals or to help those animals, call The Landing Strip bar, 6850 U.S. 45, Brookport; 618-638-6697.

-- From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, there will be a drop-off point at the former Kroger parking lot in Du Quoin. Goods accepted are non-perishable food items, toiletries, paper products, cleaning supplies and pet food. Clothing will not be accepted.

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Illinois Treasurer's Office

The Illinois treasurer's office can provide low-interest disaster recovery loans to residents, business owners and farmers who are waiting on insurance settlements or other aid programs to take effect. (For example, declaring a federal disaster area, which makes residents eligible for a wider variety of loans, can take time.)

The loan must be used to pay the cost of repairs and expenses arising directly from the disaster.

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Illinois Department of Insurance

The Department of Insurance has a handy fact sheet about what you should do and what you should expect from your insurance company when dealing with disaster recovery. Knowing the facts is an important way to avoid missing opportunities. The fact sheet is available here.

As the fact sheet notes, one of the most important parts of the recovery process is selecting a reputable contractor. Con artists known as "storm chasers" often go door-to-door after major storms offering to repair homes. They frequently do a shoddy job or simply steal money or property. For more information about avoiding storm chasers, visit the National Storm Damage Center's website.

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ForbyFloor1SPRINGFIELD – The speed limit on rural interstate highways will increase from 65 mph to 70 mph under legislation signed by the governor on Monday. State Senator Gary Forby (D–Benton) was a co-sponsor of the measure:

“Illinois’ rural interstate speed limits are now in-line with Kentucky and Missouri,” Forby said. “Thousands of drivers travel on Southern Illinois’ interstates each day, and the higher speed limit will hopefully help reduce traffic congestion.”

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