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FEMA Extends Tornado Federal Aid Deadline into February

Those who have yet to apply for federal aid now have a little more time.

February 3, is the new deadline for disaster aid -- a one-week extension pass the original deadline -- which was Monday, January 27.

Between Washington, Gifford and Tazewell county nearly 2,000 homes were damaged or destroyed on November 17th.

Just days after that, Governor Quinn secured federal aid for 15 Illinois counties but some people say more still needs to be done.

"What has to happen for people to get FEMA help? I mean my God, people lost everything here maybe not as many homes were destroyed as we saw in Washington, Illinois but still people had their lives completely torn apart," said extension supporter Valerie Vandervliet.

More than 24-hundred aid applications have been submitted since the disaster and millions in aid has reached tornado victims...   

However, earlier this month, FEMA denied funding to local goverments to help them recoup disaster-related costs.

Governor Quinn appealed this decision and a number of U.S. Representatives have already submitted the "Fairness in Federal Disaster Declarations Act of 2014."

It's a bill calling for revision of FEMA current disaster qualificiation rules. If passed, it would streamline FEMA's evaluation process - giving more certainty to states and small towns.

ABC NewsChannel 15's Kim Shine reports.