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Poll Gives Romney Advantage In Illinois Primary

Posted by wlpo on March 12, 2012

A new poll shows Mitt Romney has a slight edge  over Rick Santorum in Illinois

The Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV poll  shows 35 percent of likely GOP voters favored Romney to Santorum 35  percent to 31 percent. Newt Gingrich had 12 percent, Texas Congressman Ron Paul had 7 percent and 16 percent were undecided. However, the poll says 46 percent of voters said they could still change their minds before the state’s March 20 primary election.

The poll of 600 registered likely voters was taken March 7-9.

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FEMA Denies Aid For Southern Illinois Tornado Cleanup

Posted by wlpo on March 12, 2012

Illinois’ senators and Gov. Pat Quinn are denouncing a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deny disaster aid to southern Illinois counties ravaged by tornadoes.

A powerful Feb. 29 tornado left seven people dead in Harrisburg. Quinn’s office had sought a major disaster declaration for the state and assistance for several southern counties. In denying the request, FEMA said the damage was not “beyond the capabilities of the State, affected local governments and voluntary agencies.”

Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk said Sunday they have requested a meeting with FEMA leadership and would seek to overturn the ruling. Quinn’s office has 30 days to appeal the decision.

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