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CORRECTED (fixed dateline) President Clinton Declares an Emergency Exists in the State of Illinois

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                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                          (Little Rock, Arkansas)

For                            Immediate                            Release
January  17, 2001

                      EXISTS IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS

     President  Clinton  today declared an emergency exists in the State of
Illinois  and  ordered  Federal  aid to supplement state and local recovery
efforts  in  the  area struck by record/near record snow on December 10-31,

     The  President's  action  makes  Federal funding available to affected
local  governments  in  the counties of Bureau, Cook, DeWitt, DuPage, Ford,
Fulton, Grundy, Henry, Iroquois, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, Livingston,
Marshall, McDonough, McHenry, McLean, Stark, Will, and Winnebago.

     FEMA  intends  to provide assistance for emergency protective measures
undertaken  to  save lives, protect public health and safety, and property.
The assistance will be provided for a period of 48 hours.

     James  L.  Witt,  Director  of the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA),  named  James Roche as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal
recovery operations in the affected area.


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