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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

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

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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

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