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Firefighters search a heavily damaged home 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)

State Warns Of Disaster Relief Scams

The state is trying to prevent Illinois tornado victims from becoming victims of scam artist contractors.

11/26/2013

The Georgetown Commons apartment complex was among the first residential areas hit by a tornado that swept through the small town of Washington, Ill., on Sunday. (Credit: CBS)

Many Tornado Victims Return Home To Search For Possessions

Many residents in downstate Washington were getting their first chance to return to what’s left of their homes on Friday, five days after a violent tornado ripped much of the small town to shreds.

11/22/2013

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

Students Return To Class As Feds Begin Official Tornado Damage Assessment

Federal officials will be meeting with state and local authorities in downstate Washington on Thursday to begin evaluating the damage caused to homes and businesses on Sunday, when tornadoes devastated the small town and other parts of central Illinois.

11/21/2013

Residents of Elgin Avenue sort through debris 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)

Rain Might Slow Cleanup In Tornado-Ravaged Washington

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.

11/20/2013

A boy looks at the debris of destroyed houses in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on November 12, 2013, after Super Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful storm in the world this year, hit the Philippines on November 8. (Photo credit: NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Philippines Diplomat: ‘We Need Superheroes’ In Wake Of Typhoon

The ranking diplomat for the Philippines in the Midwest estimated rebuilding will take two years after a typhoon ravaged the Pacific island nation, and he called for cash donations to help victims right away.

11/13/2013

People assess the damage after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The tornado, reported to be at least EF4 strength and two miles wide, touched down in the Oklahoma City area on Monday killing at least 51 people. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Chicago Red Cross Joining Tornado Relief Effort In Oklahoma

The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago has begun mobilizing to help with the relief effort in Oklahoma, after a devastating tornado killed dozens of people.

05/21/2013

Natalie Kelley (R) and sister Emily Kelley (L) of South Roalton, VT., play at the end of the road where the White River extension washed away miles of road on August 30, 2011 in Bethel, Vermont.  Vermont is reeling from historic flooding in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, in what is expected to be the worst flooding in Vermont since the epic flooding in 1927, after 8.3 inches of rain fell in less than 24 hours.  (Photo by Chip Allen/Getty Images)

Quinn Sending 95 National Guard Troops To Vermont

Gov. Pat Quinn is sending 95 members of the Illinois National Guard and eight helicopters to Vermont to help with flood relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

CBS Chicago–08/31/2011