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Warm And Sunny Start, But Cool And Rainy End To The Weekend

Some parts of the Chicago area could be forgiven for thinking summer has arrived early, as temperatures were expected to flirt with the 80s Friday afternoon.

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Work crews have hauled hundreds of tons of debris from Fairdale in the week after a deadly tornado, but said cleanup likely will last another week or so. (Credit: CBS)

Recovery Moving Forward After Fairdale Tornado, But Much More Work Ahead

A week after a deadly tornado devastated the small town of Fairdale, there already have been signs of major progress, but lots more work is needed as survivors recover from the storm.

04/16/2015

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Spring Weather Also Means Return Of Skunk Season

The smells of rain and fresh grass aren’t the only signs of spring. The strong aroma of skunk is frequently in the air.

04/16/2015

The EF-4 tornado that hit Rochelle. (Credit: NIU)

Massive Fairdale Tornado Was One Of 11 In Illinois Last Week

Last Thursday’s severe weather created a total of 11 tornadoes in Illinois, including the rare EF-4 storm that destroyed much of two small towns west of Chicago.

04/16/2015

Demolition crews working in Fairdale, Illinois, found this cat in the rubble of a home destroyed by a tornado. (Credit: Kris Haberhehl/WBBM)

Demolition Crews Find Beauty (The Cat) Amid Devastation In Fairdale

For nearly a week now, WBBM Newsradio traffic reporter Kris Habermehl has been in the tornado zone near Rockford, serving as a volunteer firefighter.

04/15/2015

iPhone video of one of the tornadoes to hit north central Illinois on April 9, 2015. (Source: YouTube)

WATCH: Man Films Tornado From His Truck; ‘I Don’t Know How To Get Away’

Video posted on YouTube shows a North Carolina man’s close encounter with one of the powerful tornados that hit Illinois near Rockford last week.

04/14/2015

Rochelle Tornado

Ham Radio Operators Serve As ‘Eyes On The Ground’ When Severe Weather Hits

Tom Ciciora has been involved in amateur radio, or ham radio, for more than 40 years. He said, when thunderstorm or tornado warnings are issued by the National Weather Service, amateur radio enthusiasts will head toward areas where it might be worst, using smartphone app radar as a guide.

04/13/2015

Houses and property in ruin the morning after a tornado swept through the town the previous day on April 10, 2015 in Fairdale, Illinois. According to reports, 11 people were injured and one person was killed when tornadoes and thunderstorms passed through the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Recovery Efforts Continue After Thursday’s Tornado

Neighbors in Fairdale and Rochelle have been rallying together to pick up the pieces, and get through this difficult time, after Thursday’s devastating tornado. Survivors and volunteers spent the entire weekend cleaning, but there’s still a lot of work left to do.

04/13/2015

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Warm Sunday But Rain Possible In Evening

Sunday is set to be another warm day.

04/12/2015

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Residents Return To Fairdale Two Days After Tornado Ripped Through Town

Residents of the town of Fairdale were escorted back to their homes Saturday, two days after an EF-4 tornado ripped through the town, killing two people.

04/11/2015

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Warm, Sunny Saturday For Chicago Area

Saturday is set to be a warm, sunny day for the Chicago area.

04/11/2015

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Twister Kills 2, Injures 20; Governor Bruce Rauner Declares DeKalb, Ogle State Disaster Areas

After touring the damage left by powerful tornadoes that killed two people and injured nearly two dozen others, Gov. Bruce Rauner declared two counties disaster areas.

04/10/2015

Animals at Summerfield Zoo in Belvidere trying to get back into their routine after Thursday's storm. (Credit: Samira Kanacevic)

Belvidere Zoo Ravaged By Tornado, Two Animals Killed

A zoo in Belvidere, Illinois, took a direct hit from one of the two tornadoes that touched down in north central Illinois on Thursday.

04/10/2015

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Ed Curran Goes Inside The Devastation In Fairdale, Illinois

Daylight brought a harsh reality in the tiny town of Fairdale: The tornado that hit the night before essentially spared nothing.

04/10/2015

A Salvation Army truck assisting in relief efforts in north central Illinois, after at least two tornadoes touched down on Thursday. (Credit: Salvation Army/Twitter)

Disaster Relief Groups Offer Helping Hand To Tornado Victims

The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross have set up shelters for victims, served hot meals to first responders, and provided other relief supplies as residents dig out, and begin the slow recovery process.

04/10/2015

The EF-4 tornado that hit Rochelle. (Credit: NIU)

Storm Chaser Captures 90 Minutes Of Fury In Northern Illinois

For nearly 90 minutes, Walker Ashley followed the violent storms that pulverized northern Illinois on Thursday evening.

04/10/2015

A firefighter hangs an American flag from a tree in Fairdale, Illinois, a day after a tornado virtually destroyed the tiny hamlet of 200 people. At least one person died, and at least 11 others were injured. (Credit: CBS)

Photos And Video Of Thursday’s Tornadoes Near Rockford

At least one person was killed in Fairdale, Illinois, on Thursday, when a massive “wedge” tornado ripped through the tiny hamlet of 200 people. A second tornado also hit nearby Rochelle. No fatalities were reported there, but at 12 people were trapped in the basement of a restaurant when it was leveled.

04/10/2015

Crews search wreckage on the IL-72 after a tornado came through the town earlier in the day on April 9, 2015 in Fairdale, Illinois. According to reports, seven people were injured and one person was killed when tornadoes and thunderstorms passed through the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

2 Dead After Two Tornadoes Hit Near Rockford; Searches Of Rubble Resume

Gov. Bruce Rauner confirmed two people have died in the tiny hamlet of Fairdale, Illinois, after a massive “wedge” tornado virtually destroyed the town.

04/09/2015

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Bad Weather Causes Delays, Cancelations At Chicago’s Airports

Delays of up to 90 minutes were reported at O’Hare, where more than 735 flights had been canceled.

04/09/2015

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Tornado Watch Issued For Chicago Area

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for the Chicago area on Thursday.

04/09/2015

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