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President Obama calls Gov. Quinn after tornadoes

Many homes in the town of New Minden were leveled in Sunday's EF-4 tornado.  The tiny town of 250 is about 50 miles east of St. Louis. Many homes in the town of New Minden were leveled in Sunday's EF-4 tornado. The tiny town of 250 is about 50 miles east of St. Louis. Image source: Fox 2 News

   WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he's received a phone call from President Barack Obama after fatal storms hit Obama's home state.

   Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said Monday that Quinn received the call on his cellphone while touring damage in the central Illinois community of Washington.  The community was among the hardest hit. The White House confirmed the call, saying Obama relayed concern and expressed gratitude for the responders.

   Quinn gave Obama an update on the damage, relief efforts and emergency response. Quinn was with Washington Mayor Gary Manier, who also spoke to Obama.

   Authorities say six people died in Sunday's storms when tornadoes flattened homes and caused severe damage. So far seven counties have been declared state disaster areas.

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