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Blagojevich Appeals to Bush For Federal Disaster Funds

10/26/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

As residents in the Chicago area continued to clean flood-damaged homes and businesses, Gov. Rod Blagojevich asked President George W. Bush on Wednesday to designate seven Illinois counties as major disaster areas, which could bring federal assistance.

Blagojevich sought federal disaster funds for Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, LaSalle and Will Counties.

State officials have identified more than 2,500 structures affected by the flooding earlier this month and are still counting. Damage assessments are still being done in three other counties: Bureau, Kendall and Woodford.

"Thousands of people . . . have suffered flood damage to their homes, appliances, furniture and other possessions," Blagojevich said in a statement released Wednesday.

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