Governor Pat Quinn has asked President Obama to declare 15 Illinois counties as federal disaster areas.
Those counties were the hardest-hit by devastating and deadly tornadoes earlier this month.
The National Weather Service now says 24 tornadoes struck the state on November 17th, the worst November outbreak on record.
One twister, the EF-4 that struck the town of Washington, is believed to be the single most powerful tornado to hit the state in more than 100 years.
More than 2400 homes were damaged… including 700 that were destroyed by the storms.
A federal disaster declaration would open the door for federal grants and low-interest loans for residents in the affected counties.