Rebuilding

A concrete slab was all that remained of the Brownfield family home after a huge tornado ripped through Washington, Illinois, on Nov. 17, 2013. A year later, they're ready to move into a new two-story home, one of at least 160 families who have new homes since the storm hit. In all, more than 1,100 homes were destroyed or seriously damaged by the twister. (Credit: CBS)

One Year Later: Rebuilding Continues In Tornado-Ravaged Washington

A lot can change in a year; the central Illinois town that literally was torn to pieces by a powerful tornado was seeing new life Monday, one year to the day after that devastating storm.

11/17/2014

Tornado damaged homes are seen on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. According to reports the tonado that ripped across Washington, Illinois has been preliminary classified as an EF-4. A fast-moving storm system that spawned multiple tornadoes which touched down across the Midwest, leaving behind a path of destruction in 12 states and killing at least five.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Rebuilding From Devastating Tornado Is ‘The New Sound’ In Washington

Seven months after a rare November tornado tore through downstate Washington, destroying or damaging more than 1,100 homes and claiming three lives, residents have taken some significant steps to rebuilding their town.

06/10/2014

Before rebuilding efforts begin in earnest, cews were finishing the hefty task of cleaning up in Washington, Ill., nearly five months after a tornado devastated the town. More than 1,100 homes were destroyed or severely damaged by the twister on Nov. 17, 2013. (Credit: Facebook)

“Hope Is In The Air” As Washington Begins Rebuilding After Tornado

With a long, harsh winter finally over, residents in downstate Washington have resumed the rebuilding process in earnest, nearly five months after the town was devastated by a tornado.

04/11/2014

Construction, generic sized image

Kankakee River Bridges To Be Rebuilt On I-57

Bridges carrying both north and southbound lanes of I-57 over the riverwill be replaced by December 2015.

12/27/2013

Debris covers the area after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Christmas Brings Brief Respite From Rebuilding Effort In Washington

Crews were out Christmas Eve, and they were back at it the day after Christmas, clearing away debris from the tornado almost six weeks ago.

12/27/2013

Volunteers and staff at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington, Ill., have served more than 20,000 meals to victims of a tornado that ripped through the town on Nov. 17, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Volunteers Busy Preparing Thanksgiving Meals For Tornado Victims

In the last nine days, residents of downstate Washington have faced challenges they never imagined, in the wake of a devastating tornado.

11/26/2013

CBS 2's Chris Martinez got a look on Wednesday at the worst damage in Washington, Ill. (Credit: Chris Martinez/CBS 2)

Winter Weather Delaying Rebuilding Efforts In Washington

Washington Ald. Tyler Gee said the weather means real reconstruction will be delayed for hundreds of families.

WBBM Newsradio–11/26/2013

Carlos Zambrano. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Spiegel: Zambrano’s Exit Is Fans’ Opportunity

After innumerable other moments in recent years when you’d think, and perhaps you openly hoped, an exit for the most confounding ballplayer in town was forthcoming, it finally goes down like this.

CBS Chicago–01/05/2012

Wacker Drive Work

New Concrete Poured For Wacker Drive

More than 100 concrete trucks will form a caravan to the intersection of Randolph Street and Wacker Drive to rebuild the pavement today.

CBS Chicago–04/15/2011

Pilgrim Baptist Church

New Plan To Rebuild Pilgrim Baptist Church

A stalled plan to rebuild the historic Pilgrim Baptist Church is getting new life.

CBS Chicago–03/31/2011