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Samuel Love (Credit: CBS)

11-Year-Old Collecting Toys For Fairdale Tornado Victims

In the face of disaster, a Chicago boy’s acts of kindness continue to grow. Samuel Love is organizing another toy drive, this time for the victims of last week’s deadly tornadoes.

04/17/2015

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)

Recovery Moving Forward After Fairdale Tornado, But Much More Work Ahead

A week after a deadly tornado devastated the small town of Fairdale, there already have been signs of major progress, but lots more work is needed as survivors recover from the storm.

04/16/2015

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

Demolition crews working in Fairdale, Illinois, found this cat in the rubble of a home destroyed by a tornado. (Credit: Kris Haberhehl/WBBM)

Demolition Crews Find Beauty (The Cat) Amid Devastation In Fairdale

For nearly a week now, WBBM Newsradio traffic reporter Kris Habermehl has been in the tornado zone near Rockford, serving as a volunteer firefighter.

04/15/2015

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 tornados that hit Illinois near Rockford last week.

04/14/2015

The photo of Geri and Clem Schlutz was found 35 miles away from Fairdale in the town of Harvard. (Source: Facebook)

Photo Of Fairdale Tornado Victim Found 35 Miles Away In Harvard

A photo from the home of a Fairdale tornado victim was found 35 miles away, reports WBBM’s Mariam Sobh.

04/13/2015

Rochelle Tornado

Ham Radio Operators Serve As ‘Eyes On The Ground’ When Severe Weather Hits

Tom Ciciora has been involved in amateur radio, or ham radio, for more than 40 years. He said, when thunderstorm or tornado warnings are issued by the National Weather Service, amateur radio enthusiasts will head toward areas where it might be worst, using smartphone app radar as a guide.

04/13/2015

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

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DeKalb Animal Shelter Holding On To Pets While Tornado Victims Find Living Arrangements

At least one animal shelter near tornado-ravaged Fairdale is housing several pets, but not because they can’t find the owners.

04/12/2015

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

Missy the German shepherd has been recovered, alive, in northern Illinois. (TR Robinson/Facebook)

Fatal Tornado Victim’s Dog Found, Alive

Missy the German shepherd had been spotted in video following Thursday’s devastating tornado, but was apparently traumatized by the event and was on the run, a family member says.

04/11/2015

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

Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle (CBS)

Among Those Left Homeless By Tornado: The Ogle County Sheriff

Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle says he got a call from Woodstock Police, who found some of his mail – 60 miles away. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

04/10/2015

Geraldine Schultz, left; Jacklyn Klosa (courtesy: Tanya Robinson, Facebook, respectively)

Fairdale Mourns Two Women Killed By Tornado

Both Geraldine Schultz, 67, and 69-year-old Jacklyn Klosa were friends and lived in Fairdale, which was leveled Thursday evening by an EF-4 tornado that reached 200 mph.

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

Animals at Summerfield Zoo in Belvidere trying to get back into their routine after Thursday's storm. (Credit: Samira Kanacevic)

Belvidere Zoo Ravaged By Tornado, Two Animals Killed

A zoo in Belvidere, Illinois, took a direct hit from one of the two tornadoes that touched down in north central Illinois on Thursday.

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

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