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Kinzinger Tours Tornado Damage Across 16th District

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Washington, March 7, 2017 | Maura Gillespie ((202) 225-3635) | comments
Last week, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) visited the Pilkington Glass Factory and other parts across Ottawa and Naplate that were severely damaged by the EF-3 tornadoes that struck the area on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
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Washington, DC – Last week, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) visited the Pilkington Glass Factory and other parts across Ottawa and Naplate that were severely damaged by the EF-3 tornadoes that struck the area on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Following the Congressman’s meeting with the mayors of Ottawa and Naplate, he shared a statement expressing his thoughts and prayers to the families affected.

After visiting Pilkington, Ottawa, and Naplate in-person on Friday, Congressman Kinzinger released the following statement on the damage:

“First, I want to say thank you the first responders and emergency personnel who came to help our local police and our community after the deadly tornadoes.  My heartfelt condolences are with the families and loved ones of those lives we lost. And my thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.

“It was shocking to see the havoc these tornadoes wreaked on our small towns here in Illinois, but I have no doubts we will rebuild and continue to help each other through this time. Special thanks to the folks at Pilkington for allowing me to come and visit the factory. With over 50% of the roof in need of repairs, their facility will be closed for the next few months as they undergo repairs. As I said before, I stand ready with our community leaders to assist the people of IL-16 any way possible.” 

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