Washington http://peoriapublicradio.org en IL Senate passes tornado disaster funding bill http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-senate-passes-tornado-disaster-funding-bill <div>A bill allowing state funding to help towns hit by the November 17th tornadoes has passed the State Senate. The measure was introduced by state senator Dave Koehler and co-sponsored by Darin LaHood.</div><div> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:00:39 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21551 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL Senate passes tornado disaster funding bill 25-percent of destroyed Washington homes getting rebuilt http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/25-percent-destroyed-washington-homes-getting-rebuilt <div>The City of Washington has issued 150 permits to rebuild homes that were destroyed in last November’s tornado. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:</div><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:17:11 +0000 Alex Rusciano 20939 at http://peoriapublicradio.org 25-percent of destroyed Washington homes getting rebuilt International group helping tornado victims http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/international-group-helping-tornado-victims <div>An international organization is teaming up with local non-profits to provide starter kits for families who lost everything in the November 17th tornadoes. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul as well as the local Red Cross, Salvation Army, and Jewish Federation raised enough funds to help up to 200 families.</div><div> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:52:32 +0000 Denise Molina 19244 at http://peoriapublicradio.org International group helping tornado victims Mayor Manier reacts to State of Union speech http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/mayor-manier-reacts-state-union-speech <div>Washington, Illinois Mayor Gary Manier was in the nation’s capitol for the State Of The Union last night. &nbsp;He was the guest of U.S. Senator Mark Kirk. The Central Illinois town was devastated following last November’s tornado. Manier says it was a thrill to see President Obama deliver the speech. But Manier says he was hoping the President would mention the state’s recovery efforts:</div><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 06:15:15 +0000 Alex Rusciano 18186 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Mayor Manier reacts to State of Union speech FEMA announces agreement for tornado inspections at Washington apartment complex http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/fema-announces-agreement-tornado-inspections-washington-apartment-complex <p></p><div>FEMA officials say they have a solution for apartment renters in the city of Washington following the November tornado. &nbsp;Many of the 200 people from Georgetown Common apartments were denied by FEMA because inspectors couldn’t access the units and determine damage. &nbsp;Donald Keldsen&nbsp;is FEMA’s federal coordinating officer for Illinois. &nbsp;He says FEMA staff will reach out to apartment residents to better process applications:</div><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 05:38:30 +0000 Alex Rusciano 17405 at http://peoriapublicradio.org FEMA announces agreement for tornado inspections at Washington apartment complex FEMA denies public tornado assistance, state to appeal http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/fema-denies-public-tornado-assistance-state-appeal <p></p><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; ">The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Illinois federal public assistance for communities hit by last November's tornadoes. &nbsp;Local and state communities say FEMA dollars would help pay for debris removal and other publicly funded clean-up efforts. The state plans to appeal the decision. Jonathon Monken is the director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. He says an appeal gives the state and local communities another chance to calculate damage costs:</div><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:34:37 +0000 Alex Rusciano 17396 at http://peoriapublicradio.org FEMA denies public tornado assistance, state to appeal Out and About - December 20, 2013 http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/out-and-about-december-20-2013 <p>This week, we're talking with Mark Grizzard, Music Director of the Peoria Area Civic Chorale. They're presenting their annual holiday concert, "An American Family Christmas," with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30, and Sunday at 2:30, at Five Points Washington. This is Grizzard's first season with the Chorale, and he talks about bringing his own touch to the group's signature concert. Grizzard also contributed two original arrangements to the program.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 16583 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Out and About - December 20, 2013 Washington launches shop local campaign amid recovery http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/washington-launches-shop-local-campaign-amid-recovery <p></p><div>Washington is focused on financial as well as physical recovery from last month's tornado. &nbsp;The city's Chamber of Commerce launched a new campaign called 'Visit, Shop, Eat Washington'. &nbsp;Mayor Gary Manier says the goal is to get residents from other communities to shop in the town:</div><p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:48:40 +0000 Alex Rusciano 16573 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Washington launches shop local campaign amid recovery Local communities applying for FEMA public assistance http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/local-communities-applying-fema-public-assistance <p></p><div>The deadline for communities affected by last month’s devastating weather to submit for federal public assistance is Tuesday. The Tazewell County Board and the Washington, Pekin and East Peoria councils voted on declaring a local public disaster last week. Dawn Cook directs the Tazewell County Emergency Management Agency. She says a local declaration allows communities to ask for more federal assistance not included in original estimates:</div><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:15:00 +0000 Alex Rusciano 16317 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Local communities applying for FEMA public assistance Tazewell County cities, county holding emergency meetings for tornado recovery http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/tazewell-county-cities-county-holding-emergency-meetings-tornado-recovery <p></p><div>Several municipalities in Tazewell County are holding special meetings Friday to vote on expanding the scope of tornado recovery efforts. &nbsp;The East Peoria, Washington and Pekin City Councils will separately vote on local disaster declarations. &nbsp;Washington Mayor Gary Manier says the measure will allow public health and public works personnel to more quickly respond to recovery issues as they arise:</div><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 03:20:49 +0000 Alex Rusciano 16258 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Tazewell County cities, county holding emergency meetings for tornado recovery