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CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday his request for more than $640,000 to continue employing temporary workers helping with flood recovery has been approved.

Gov. Quinn requested $646,534 to continue cleanup efforts from last spring's flooding.

"Cleanup from a major natural disaster doesn't happen overnight, and these workers are getting the job done," Governor Quinn said. "It's important that we continue to do everything we can to help our communities get back on their feet and that we leave no one behind on the road to recovery."

The money, granted by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity through the Workforce Investment Act National Emergency Grant, is in addition to $708,444 awarded to the state for flood recovery in June 2013.

Forty-nine Illinois counties were affected by record flooding on four major river systems.

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