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Rescue workers search through rubble for survivors of tornado damage April 21, 2004 in Utica, Illinois. Utica, located about 90 miles southwest of Chicago, is home to about 1,000 people and has sustained significant tornado damage leaving eight people dead. (Photo by Jean Lachat-Pool/Getty Images)

10 Years Ago This Weekend, Deadly Tornado Ripped Through Utica, Ill.

Jeremy Thorsen had just left the Milestone Tap when he saw a tornado hit the building.

04/18/2014

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

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: Getty Images)

Palatine To Help Washington Replace Trees Lost To Tornado

In addition to more than 1,000 homes destroyed or severely damaged by the Nov. 17 twister in Washington, about 1,000 trees were ripped out.

03/21/2014

A tornado was spotted north of Downstate Concord, Ill. (Credit: Twitter)

Tornado Touches Down In Central Illinois

The Cass County emergency manager reported the tornado just before 3 p.m. Thursday near the town of Arenzville. That’s about 50 miles west of Springfield.

02/20/2014

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)

Student Raises $15,000 For Victims Of Washington Tornado

When a powerful tornado ripped through downstate Washington in November, Joe Ranallo set out to raise $10,000 as part of a class project to help provide some measure of relief to the victims – a goal he surpassed, and then some.

02/07/2014

(L-R) Walter Parazaider and Lee Loughnane of Chicago onstage at Olympic Park on February 23, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Chicago To Play Tornado Benefit Concert

Grammy-winners Chicago will play a free benefit concert later this month to raise money for tornado recovery efforts in Illinois.

01/14/2014

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

A group of students at Morton Junior High School has created the "Washington Strong" wristband to raise money for survivors of the November tornado in the neighboring town of Washington. (Credit: Jessica Heller)

Students Create ‘Washington Strong’ Wristbands To Raise Funds For Tornado Victims

A group of students in downstate Washington have created a set of “Washington Strong” wristbands, as part of an effort to support survivors of last month’s tornado.

12/17/2013

A firefighter searches 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. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Three Arrested For Looting In Tornado-Ravaged Washington

Three Peoria men are in custody after investigators say they were looting a tornado-damaged home in the central Illinois community of Washington.

12/12/2013

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

Delegation From Lombard To Distribute Relief Supplies In Washington, Ill.

A group from the village of Lombard is heading southwest tomorrow morning – with loads of tools and supplies to help the people of Washington, Illinois, rebuild after the tornado, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.

12/11/2013

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

Illinois Tornado Benefit Concert Raises $300,000

Authorities say this week’s benefit concert for Illinois tornado victims has raised about $300,000 for relief efforts.

12/06/2013

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)

Bears Players Visit Tornado Victims In Washington

More than a dozen Chicago Bears headed to central Illinois to help with cleanup efforts in the tornado-ravaged community of Washington and meet with members of the community’s high school football team.

12/05/2013

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

Washington, Ill. Seeking Volunteers To Help Cleanup Tornado Damage

The town of Washington, Ill. is looking for help with the cleanup after a tornado devastated much of the town two weeks ago.

12/02/2013

Damage to a car in the worst-hit areas of Washington, Ill., after Sunday's tornado. (Credit: Chris Martinez/CBS 2)

Second Washington Resident Dies From Tornado-Related Injuries

The latest victim is 82-year-old Rosamund Allison, who sustained injuries in the Nov. 17 tornado.

11/29/2013

Volunteers serve Thanksgiving dinner at the Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington, Ill. (CBS)

In Tornado-Damaged Washington, People Find Reason To Be Thankful

The Crossroads United Methodist Church near Peoria became a huge banquet hall, serving more than a thousand Thanksgiving meals to people whose last 10 days have been kind of a blur.

11/28/2013

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)

Obama Declares 15 Tornado-Struck Counties Disaster Areas

The announcement came one day after Gov. Pat Quinn submitted his request for tornado relief for the affected counties, where more than 1,000 homes remain uninhabitable.

11/27/2013

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

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

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

A pair of new shoes donated to Washington residents. (Credit: CBS)

Donations Give Hundreds Of Washington Residents New Pair Of Shoes

CBS 2′s Susanna Song reports one big donation is giving Washington residents a new spring in their steps.

11/25/2013

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