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Peoria Public Radio News
7:12 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Five Points Washington continuing to host MARC

Five Points Washington is continuing to host a Multi-Agency Resource Center for victims of the November 17th tornadoes. The center is a one-stop-shop for people to access disaster-related services and information.

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Storm Recovery
11:58 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Washington Tornado Information and How to Donate

The work goes on to help Washington recover from the complete devistation left after the Sunday, November 17, 2013 tornado.
Tanya Koonce Peoria Public Radio

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Peoria Public Radio News
10:32 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

WHS Football Team ready to play SHG

The Washington High School Football Team and Head Coach speak with reporters.
Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  The Washington High School Football Team plays Sacred Heart-Griffin in the the IHSA Semifinal game in Springfield. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports the game comes six days after the EF4 tornado violently wiped-out whole subdivisions in the city.

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Tornado Coverage
10:26 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

New Images Put Tornado Damage Into Broad Perspective

Before and after photos offer chilling review of tornado damage in Washington, Illinois.
Credit City of Pekin GIS

New images gathered by the City of Pekin using satellite imagery shows the full scale of destruction as viewed from space. The city's GIS data from before and after the storm, was referenced and compiled using ESRI software to reveal the path of destruction that Sunday's EF-4 in Washington took. The EF-2 tornado damage in Pekin, and East Peoria is also displayed in the website.  The large footprint of the damage is immediately evident, as is the debris field just outside of the areas in the nearby farm fields.

By selecting "bookmarks" on the upper right-hand side of the web page, users can also view additional overlays of satellite images.

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:10 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Senator Durbin tours devastated parts of Washington

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin speaks after touring devastated community of Washington
Credit Denise Molina / Peoria Public Radio

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he will do everything he can to make sure the state receives federal assistance following Sunday’s storms. Durbin toured the devastated community of Washington Friday.

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Out and About
11:02 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Out and About - November 22, 2013

Credit photo: Bradley University Department of Music

This week, we're talking with John Jost, conductor of the Bradley Community Chorus. Their fall concert, with the Bradley Symphony Orchestra, presents settings of the "Te Deum."  Jost talks about the celebratory nature of the text has inspired many composers to "pull out all the stops," and about how the chorus and orchestra practice separately for most of the rehearsal process. The concert will be presented Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:06 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Discussion with Pekin man who helped make images of Kennedy assassination public

On this 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, images of that day have been etched into the public consciousness due to the home movie taken by Abraham Zapruder. The man who helped make those images public was Richard Stolley, who grew up in Pekin. He was the Los Angeles bureau chief for Life Magazine in 1963. Stolley talks about how after the assassination, he quickly flew to Dallas and got a tip about the film from a part-time Life magazine correspondent…

Stolley says he had to size up Zapruder quickly to get him to let Life use the film.   

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State News
6:56 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Il Supreme Court rules on practice allowing businesses to avoid paying local taxes

The Illinois Supreme Court has ended a practice that let businesses avoid paying millions of dollars in local taxes. The decision could change things in the future WITHOUT punishing companies for past practices. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

Most retail companies based in Chicagoland have to pay a fairly high tax rate. In the past, if you set up a way to take orders somewhere else in Illinois, you’d face a much lower tax burden there, instead. This is reportedly fairly widespread, but now the Illinois Supreme Court is stopping it.

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Peoria Public Radio News
10:47 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Washington Tornado update from Central Illinois Joint Emergency Information Center

  Central Illinois Emergency Information on Facebook

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Weather
10:42 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Washington residents express frustration, hope

Hundreds of Washington residents packed the high school gym last night for a community meeting with local and state officials. It was the first time that residents could formally gather since Sunday’s tornado damaged or destroyed more than 1,000 homes. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports residents left the meeting expressing both hope and frustration in the recovery efforts:

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