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.
In the last nine days, residents of downstate Washington have faced challenges they never imagined, in the wake of a devastating tornado.
The state is trying to prevent Illinois tornado victims from becoming victims of scam artist contractors.
Washington Ald. Tyler Gee said the weather means real reconstruction will be delayed for hundreds of families.
CBS 2′s Susanna Song reports one big donation is giving Washington residents a new spring in their steps.
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.
For the first time since the deadly tornadoes hit Illinois on Sunday, federal emergency management officials were on the ground in Washington on Thursday to survey the damage.
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.
Surveillance video outside a store in Diamond, Ill. shows a tornado blowing a house away in an instant.
The weather service estimates winds of up to 135 miles an hour hit Manhattan and Frankfort. Three days after that terrible tornado those communities are beginning to bounce back.
Chicago Bears players and coaches will be wearing the gear of a different team this week, but it’s not what you think.
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.
The sounds of residents and volunteers trying to pick up the pieces of lives shattered by a violent tornado filled this small Midwestern town, largely destroyed in moments by a horrific act of nature.
Some players from the Chicago Bears are spending part of the day visiting with and helping people affected by the big storms this week.
Officials acknowledge initial damage assessments underestimated extent of devastation from Sunday’s tornado.
Gov. Pat Quinn gave President Obama an update on the damage, relief efforts and emergency response.
At least two tornadoes that raked Illinois on Sunday were rated EF-4, which is extremely rare for our area–especially this late in the season.
The tornado that leveled the town of Washington contained winds between 170 and 190 miles per hour.
Officials continued to assess the damage across the state after a 300-mile long swath of violent storms exploded across Illinois on Sunday, leveling scores of neighborhoods, killing at least six people and injuring many others.
The Chicago area was beset by a fast-moving storm Sunday that temporarily halted the Bears game at Soldier Field and downed power lines and trees.