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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

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)

FEMA On Ground In Washington To Assess Tornado Damage

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.

11/21/2013

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

House Tornado

Watch: Tornado Blows House Away In An Instant

Surveillance video outside a store in Diamond, Ill. shows a tornado blowing a house away in an instant.

11/20/2013

A home damaged from a Tornado in Frankfort, Ill. (CBS)

Residents Of Frankfort, Manhattan Vow To Rebuild

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.

11/20/2013

View of Edward Jones Dome. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Rams Donate Suite To Bears To Aid Tornado Relief Efforts

Chicago Bears players and coaches will be wearing the gear of a different team this week, but it’s not what you think.

670 The Score–11/20/2013

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

One of many cars destroyed in the tornado in Washington, Ill. (Credit: Chris Martinez/CBS)

Cleanup, Heartbreak In Wake Of Killer Tornadoes

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.

11/19/2013

Bear Sherrick McManis of Peoria helps unload donated goods. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Bears Help Out Tornado Victims In Coal City

Some players from the Chicago Bears are spending part of the day visiting with and helping people affected by the big storms this week.

11/19/2013

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)

Washington Mayor: 1,000 Homes Damaged Or Destroyed By Tornado

Officials acknowledge initial damage assessments underestimated extent of devastation from Sunday’s tornado.

11/19/2013

The sun rises over the devastation in Washington, Ill., on Monday.  (Credit: by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

President Phones Home To Check On Illinois Tornado Damage

Gov. Pat Quinn gave President Obama an update on the damage, relief efforts and emergency response.

11/18/2013

The damage is surveyed along Elgin Avenue 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)

History Of Powerful Tornadoes In Illinois

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.

11/18/2013

Jeremy Janssen of Mackinaw Fire Department walks through debris along Elgin Avenue 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)

Washington Tornado Rated An EF-4

The tornado that leveled the town of Washington contained winds between 170 and 190 miles per hour.

11/18/2013

Storm damage in Diamond, Ill. (Credit: Jeff Torino)

Disaster: Deadly Storms Leave Huge Path Of Devastation

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.

11/18/2013

Storm damage in Diamond, Ill. (Credit: Jeff Torino)

Southwest Suburbs Battered By Storms, Tornado

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.

11/17/2013

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