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Work crews have hauled hundreds of tons of debris from Fairdale in the week after a deadly tornado, but said cleanup likely will last another week or so. (Credit: CBS)

Group Of Storm Chasers To Donate Gift Cards To Northern Illinois Tornado Victims

A group of people who chase violent weather as a hobby are making donations next week to the tornado victims in Rochelle and Fairdale, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

04/18/2015

The EF-4 tornado that hit Rochelle. (Credit: NIU)

Massive Fairdale Tornado Was One Of 11 In Illinois Last Week

Last Thursday’s severe weather created a total of 11 tornadoes in Illinois, including the rare EF-4 storm that destroyed much of two small towns west of Chicago.

04/16/2015

iPhone video of one of the tornadoes to hit north central Illinois on April 9, 2015. (Source: YouTube)

WATCH: Man Films Tornado From His Truck; ‘I Don’t Know How To Get Away’

Video posted on YouTube shows a North Carolina man’s close encounter with one of the powerful tornadoes that hit Illinois near Rockford last week.

04/14/2015

Houses and property in ruin the morning after a tornado swept through the town the previous day on April 10, 2015 in Fairdale, Illinois. According to reports, 11 people were injured and one person was killed when tornadoes and thunderstorms passed through the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Recovery Efforts Continue After Thursday’s Tornado

Neighbors in Fairdale and Rochelle have been rallying together to pick up the pieces, and get through this difficult time, after Thursday’s devastating tornado. Survivors and volunteers spent the entire weekend cleaning, but there’s still a lot of work left to do.

04/13/2015

Fairdale Neighborhood Damage-Ed Curran

Donations Pouring In To Aid Tornado Victims

Volunteers and donations continue to pour into Fairdale, days after much of it was destroyed by a tornado. WBBM’s Nancy Harty spoke with a volunteer on the ground.

04/12/2015

Fairdale Street Damage_Ed Curran

Residents Return To Fairdale Two Days After Tornado Ripped Through Town

Residents of the town of Fairdale were escorted back to their homes Saturday, two days after an EF-4 tornado ripped through the town, killing two people.

04/11/2015

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Levity Amid The Rubble: Why Is This Man Attacking Dryer With A Shovel?

After Thursday’s tornado and the devastation it brought, Emily Dickow wasn’t asking for much. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

04/10/2015

Erin Johnson talks with CBS 2's Suzanne Le Mignot in tornado-damaged Rochelle. (CBS)

Tornado Survivor: ‘I Knew I Didn’t Have A Whole Lot Of Time’

CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot talks with Erin Johnson of Rochelle, whose home was ripped off its foundation Thursday.

04/10/2015

Crews search through the town for unaccounted people the morning after a tornado swept through the town on April 10, 2015 in Fairdale, Illinois. According to reports, 11 people were injured and one person was killed when tornadoes and thunderstorms passed through the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Want To Help Tornado Victims? Stay Home And Donate

Authorities in the tornado zones in Rochelle and Fairdale have asked people wanting to help the victims not to get in their cars to make the trip, but do what they can from home instead.

04/10/2015

Fairdale Street Damage_Ed Curran

Twister Kills 2, Injures 20; Governor Bruce Rauner Declares DeKalb, Ogle State Disaster Areas

After touring the damage left by powerful tornadoes that killed two people and injured nearly two dozen others, Gov. Bruce Rauner declared two counties disaster areas.

04/10/2015

A family of seven survived Thursday's tornado in Rochelle, Illinois, in the basement of this destroyed home. (Photo: Nancy Reyes)

One Story Of Survival After Tornado: “Everything Is Gone”

Dozens of families in two towns in north central Illinois were left sifting through the rubble, after tornadoes leveled their homes.

04/10/2015

A Salvation Army truck assisting in relief efforts in north central Illinois, after at least two tornadoes touched down on Thursday. (Credit: Salvation Army/Twitter)

Disaster Relief Groups Offer Helping Hand To Tornado Victims

The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross have set up shelters for victims, served hot meals to first responders, and provided other relief supplies as residents dig out, and begin the slow recovery process.

04/10/2015

The EF-4 tornado that hit Rochelle. (Credit: NIU)

Storm Chaser Captures 90 Minutes Of Fury In Northern Illinois

For nearly 90 minutes, Walker Ashley followed the violent storms that pulverized northern Illinois on Thursday evening.

04/10/2015

A firefighter hangs an American flag from a tree in Fairdale, Illinois, a day after a tornado virtually destroyed the tiny hamlet of 200 people. At least one person died, and at least 11 others were injured. (Credit: CBS)

Photos And Video Of Thursday’s Tornadoes Near Rockford

At least one person was killed in Fairdale, Illinois, on Thursday, when a massive “wedge” tornado ripped through the tiny hamlet of 200 people. A second tornado also hit nearby Rochelle. No fatalities were reported there, but at 12 people were trapped in the basement of a restaurant when it was leveled.

04/10/2015

Crews search wreckage on the IL-72 after a tornado came through the town earlier in the day on April 9, 2015 in Fairdale, Illinois. According to reports, seven people were injured and one person was killed when tornadoes and thunderstorms passed through the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

2 Dead After Two Tornadoes Hit Near Rockford; Searches Of Rubble Resume

Gov. Bruce Rauner confirmed two people have died in the tiny hamlet of Fairdale, Illinois, after a massive “wedge” tornado virtually destroyed the town.

04/09/2015

Two Aurora Central Catholic High School students were killed when their SUV struck a semi-trailer truck in Rochelle on Tuesday. One other student in the SUV was seriously hurt. Three others walked away from the crash. (Credit: Twitter/@CollinStuhl7)

Two High School Students Killed In Crash

Two Aurora high school students were killed Tuesday evening, when their SUV was hit by a semi-trailer truck while they were on their way to a basketball game in far west suburban Rochelle.

03/11/2015

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Watch: Cubs Fan Robs Homer From Reaching Waveland

This is a smooth move by a veteran Cubs fan.

CBS Chicago–08/12/2014

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Woman Celebrates 83rd Birthday By Skydiving

While most of us were watching a parade, lounging by the pool, or cooking out on the grill on the 4th of July, a Lee County woman was celebrating her 83rd birthday by jumping out of a plane.

07/08/2014

A black bear was seen in DeKalb County and appears to have moved on to Ogle County. (DeKalb County Sheriff)

Wandering Black Bear Could Be Headed Back To Wisconsin

Chris Young, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, said it appears the bear is making a loop — down from Wisconsin; through Winnebago, Boone, DeKalb, and Ogle counties; then apparently back northwest.

06/16/2014

Car dealership (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Dealer To Give Away Free Cars If Bears Shut Out Packers

Can the Bears shut out the Green Bay Packers this weekend at Lambeau Field? A Rochelle car dealer thinks they can, and is willing to put free cars on it.

WBBM Newsradio–12/20/2011

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