On Friday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the state of Illinois’ appeal for federal assistance to help local governments in several counties recover from severe flooding and storms in late December and early January. The state submitted an appeal of FEMA’s earlier denial of assistance on April 8th, which outlined nearly $16.8 million in local government costs and spelled out additional factors that justify Illinois request for federal assistance in Alexander, Bureau, Calhoun, Clark, Cumberland, Jackson, and other counties. Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency James K. Joseph says the denial demonstrates that only the numbers really matter. Illinois thresholds for federal public assistance is $18.1 million, which is based on the state’s population of $12.8 million multiplied by $1.41. Under federal rules, the state cannot submit another appeal for federal assistance.