November 17th tornadoes

Peoria Public Radio News
6:50 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Washington officials hope to remain fastest growing city in the area

Leaders in Washington say they're hopeful last year's tornado won't affect the area's previous double-digit growth rate. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Long Term Recovery Center continues to help tornado victims

Hundreds of families lost everything in last year’s November 17th tornadoes that ripped through Pekin, East Peoria and Washington. Some recovery needs were met soon after with the help of insurance and government resources. But coming into the one year anniversary of the disaster, the Tri-County Long Term Recovery Center has been a constant provider of help for those who were impacted by the storms. 

More than 1000 tornado victims have sought assistance from the Tri-County Long Term Recovery Center, in Washington since February. The center aims to make the process easy by pairing individuals and families with case managers. Recovery Center Chairman Jim Fassino says the case managers make requests for their clients to about 40 service agencies.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:35 am
Tue October 14, 2014

HOI United Way project offers a new pathway

Credit 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.

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:09 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

State offers tornado recovery relief after FEMA denial

The scene of the November tornado field in Washington, IL on March 5, 2014.
Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Governor Pat Quinn is offering 45 million dollars in state funding to help Illinois communities recover from November's deadly tornadoes. That’s after FEMA’s second denial for public disaster assistance. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:44 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Gov Quinn visits Washington Jan 31

IL Gov Pat Quinn signs legislation in Washington.
Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation in Washington Illinois today that ensures FEMA funds to cover last spring’s flooding. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports the state’s shared obligation for the FEMA relief is nearly six million dollars:

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:30 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Gov. Quinn announces more than $1 million approved to help tornado victims

Tornado victims throughout Illinois are being approved for more than one-million dollars in federal aid. Governor Pat Quinn says the money is helping those impacted by the tornadoes that struck the state last month. The federal grants are paying for disaster-related expense like temporary home rental, home repairs, and replacement of damaged personal property.

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State News
6:22 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Gifford slowly recovering

Damage from Gifford tornado
Credit Sean Powers / WILL

It’s been three weeks since an EF-3 tornado ripped through the Champaign County town of Gifford. As IPR'S Sean Powers reports, the community is slowly coming back together.

When Christina Gann, woke up Monday morning, she says it felt weird not going to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gifford. For the last few weeks, she’s served hot meals there to people affected by the storm.

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