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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

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

National Weather Service Confirms 24 Tornadoes Last Weekend

At least 24 tornadoes touched ground across the state during last weekend’s severe weather outbreak

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

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

Just part of a kitchen is essentially all the remains of this home in Washington, Ill. (Credit: Chris Martinez/CBS)

New Number: At Least 15 Tornadoes Hit Illinois

New damage assessments from the National Weather Service show that at least 15 tornadoes hit Illinois during Sunday’s storms.

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

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 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

Debris from Washington, Ill. landed in Morris, 85 miles away. (April Gerstung)

Evidence Of Lives Devastated By Downstate Tornado Found Near Chicago

Debris from someone’s life landed at April Gerstung’s residence near Morris, hours after a devastating tornado flattened parts of Washington in central Illinois.

11/17/2013

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 22: Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs passes against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Sanford Stadium on September 22, 2012 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Heisman Watch: Georgia’s Aaron Murray Coming Through In The Clutch

One of the all-time best quarterbacks in the SEC is still busy rewriting the record books while keeping the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC and BCS title hunt.

10/10/2013

Washington, DC (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Area Students May Have To Cancel Field Trips To Washington

CBS’s Dorothy Tucker shows us how schools are scrambling, no thanks to the continuing federal government shutdown.

10/03/2013

(Credit: FBI)

Navy Yard Gunman Had Chicago Area Connection

The man suspected of fatally shooting 12 people at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. has ties to the Chicago area.

09/16/2013

Washington Monument

Where To Experience National Monuments This Memorial Day

Visiting monuments this Memorial Day is a refreshing way of fostering a child’s education outside of the classroom, paying tribute to those who died in war and remembering America’s leaders.

05/13/2013

Chris Collins. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Bernstein: Collins A Risk For Northwestern

Collins and Northwestern may be an ideal fit. It will certainly look and sound that way while it’s still all about appearances.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2013

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