Insurance counseling for storm victims

June 9, 2010 Governor Pat Quinn has declared disaster areas in LaSalle, Putnam, Peoria and Livingston counties.

Locally, Streator and Dwight were hard hit when tornadoes ripped apart homes and buildings Saturday night.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the Illinois Department of Insurance will provide free, one-on-one counseling services at Streator City Hall, 204 South Bloomington Street, and Dwight Village Hall, 209 South Prairie Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.

Department staff can assist with questions such as how to properly document storm damage, whether to make temporary repairs, what a consumer's homeowner policy covers, and what to expect during the claims process.

The Department also has insurance professionals available to answer questions via toll-free hotline at (866) 445-5364.

More info can be found on the department's website,, and A list of agencies and organizations available to help ease the burdens caused by a major disaster can also be found at

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