November 17 tornadoes

Remembering November 17th in Tazewell County

Nov 17, 2014
Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

A moment of silence happened Monday in remembrance of the November 17th tornadoes that hit Tazewell County. Residents and public officials attended the outdoor event in Washington’s LaHood Park, despite the frigid temperatures.

November 17th tornado victims share their stories

Nov 17, 2014

A year ago today a tornado that was a half-mile wide with 190-mile-an-hour winds started in East Peoria and cut a mean path through Washington. Another tornado was on the ground in Pekin.

HOI United Way project offers a new pathway

Oct 14, 2014
Peoria Public Radio

It’s nearing the one year anniversary of the November 17th tornadoes that tore through the Midwest. Tazewell County and specifically the community of Washington was by far the hardest hit in the state that day because of the number of homes and businesses damaged.

The school districts in the City of Washington are evaluating the property tax horizon as the community is rebuilding from the EF-4 Tornado last November.

The school boards heard some of their options last night. The School Boards of Elementary and Middle School Districts 50, 51 and 52 met with the Board of the High School District 308.

At stake is determining the districts’ tax levies after the community lost about $8-million of its assessed value in the November 17th tornado last year.

Volunteers still needed in tornado clean up efforts

Sep 15, 2014

Compassion fatigue appears to be setting in for the communities impacted by the November 17th tornadoes. That’s according to the Tri-County Long Term Recovery Center that helps coordinate resources for those seeking assistance following the disaster.

The National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud is coming to Washington, Illinois. The non-profit organization is holding a free home repair fraud prevention clinic to educate homeowners on how to deal with contractors and avoid scams.

Gov. Quinn announces more money for Washington

Aug 22, 2014

The city of Washington is again getting some financial help from the state as it recovers from last year’s devastating tornadoes. Governor Pat Quinn announced the city will receive five million dollars to improve its wastewater systems.

Additional Disaster Relief for Tornado Victims

Apr 24, 2014

Individuals affected by November’s tornado will be getting extra help in the recovery process. The American Red Cross is partnering with AmeriCares and Lutheran Disaster Response to provide disaster case management. The expanded services will benefit families in Champaign, Massac and Tazewell counties, the areas hardest hit by the tornado.

Accessing federal tornado relief funds

Dec 4, 2013

  FEMA officials encourage anyone displaced or directly impacted by the November 17th tornadoes to register for disaster relief. 

Volunteers still needed in tornado zones

Dec 2, 2013
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

East Peoria, Pekin and Washington continue post-tornado debris removal and volunteers are still needed.