5:21 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Talking with an Illinois storm chaser

Tornado season starts in March. On average, 35 tornados touch down in Illinois each year.   Jeffrey Frame is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois.  He says that makes Illinois one of the better places for chasing storms.  

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11:25 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Washington Mayor: FEMA failed Illinois

Washington, Illinois Mayor Gary Manier, left, and City Administrator Tim Gleason speak with reporters following the FEMA appeal denial.
Credit Alex Rusciano / Peoria Public Radio

FEMA has denied Illinois’ appeal for public assistance with recovery from the November 17th tornadoes. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that leaves the town of Washington with a monster clean-up bill:
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2:52 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

International group helping tornado victims

Donated baby items for tornado survivors.
Denise Molina-Weiger Peoria Public Radio

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.

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8:21 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

State submits $21M to FEMA for tornado clean-up costs

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency appealed the federal decision to deny public reimbursement for November tornado clean-up costs. Peoria Public Raido’s Alex Rusciano reports the appeal includes more than $21 million in disaster-related expenses state-wide:
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12:15 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Mayor Manier reacts to State of Union speech

Washington, Illinois Mayor Gary Manier was in the nation’s capitol for the State Of The Union last night.  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:

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:33 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Washington Mayor to attend State of the Union address

The mayor of one of the hardest-hit communities during the November tornadoes is headed to the nation’s capital. U.S. Senator Mark Kirk invited Washington Mayor Gary Manier to attend next week’s State of the Union address. Manier says Kirk toured the damage shortly after the destructive storm destroyed hundreds of homes.

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6:11 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Area mayors stop by in-studio to talk tornado recovery

It’s been two months since the devastating tornadoes ripped through Central Illinois.  Washington Mayor Gary Manier, Washington City Administrator Tim Gleason, East Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus, and Pekin Mayor Laurie Barra stopped by the Peoria Public Radio Studios to discuss the last eight weeks since the storms, the recovery process so far and what lies ahead in each community.  

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4:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Quinn: Central Illinois needs FEMA help

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is appealing the federal government’s decision to reject funding for cleanup from last year’s tornadoes.  FEMA - the Federal Emergency Management Agency - approved money to go toward businesses and individuals.  But it denied federal aid to local units of government that were hit by November’s tornadoes.  Quinn says the region around Central Illinois needs the money.

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11:38 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

FEMA announces agreement for tornado inspections at Washington apartment complex

Hundreds of Washington, Illinois residents gather during a January 9th community meeting to learn the latest on recovery efforts following the tornado.

FEMA officials say they have a solution for apartment renters in the city of Washington following the November tornado.  Many of the 200 people from Georgetown Common apartments were denied by FEMA because inspectors couldn’t access the units and determine damage.  Donald Keldsen is FEMA’s federal coordinating officer for Illinois.  He says FEMA staff will reach out to apartment residents to better process applications:

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4:34 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

FEMA denies public tornado assistance, state to appeal

Residents learn about recovery efforts at a public meeting in Pekin on Tuesday, December 17th.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Illinois federal public assistance for communities hit by last November's tornadoes.  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:

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