Gov. Pat Quinn said the state is stepping in with $45 million in disaster relief funds to help local governments recover from last November’s tornados, after the federal government turned them down.
As survivors sift through the debris from at least 1,000 damaged and destroyed homes, they’re also finding bright spots and good reason to look to the future.
The sounds of residents and volunteers trying to pick up the pieces of lives shattered by a violent tornado filled this small Midwestern town, largely destroyed in moments by a horrific act of nature.
Some players from the Chicago Bears are spending part of the day visiting with and helping people affected by the big storms this week.
Officials acknowledge initial damage assessments underestimated extent of devastation from Sunday’s tornado.
A 33-year-old woman from Coal City is suing LaSalle County after video from the county jail’s security system showed her face down on the floor of her cell stripped nude.
Firefighters spent several hours Thursday working to put out an extra-alarm blaze at a warehouse building in far southwest suburban Grundy County.