Washington

Storms
12:36 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Washington issues 600 permits for tornado recovery efforts

Washington has issued more than 600 permits to help residents rebuild following last year’s tornado. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:
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Government
4:34 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Part of Business 24 in Washington closing for pavement repair

Part of a major road in Washington is closing for three weeks to repair severe potholes and pavement damage.  Business Route 24 on both sides of the viaduct just south of Wood Street is closing starting Monday. Jennifer Rudzinski is IDOT’s operations engineer for District 4. She says the pavement repairs should last for decades once complete:

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Government
6:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

IL Senate passes tornado disaster funding bill

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.

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Storms
6:17 am
Fri March 28, 2014

25-percent of destroyed Washington homes getting rebuilt

Earlier efforts to help Washington recover from the complete devastation left following the Sunday, November 17, 2013 tornado.

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:

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Community
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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Government
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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Storms
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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Storms
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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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Out and About - December 20, 2013

Credit Peoria Area Civic Chorale

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.

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Business
3:48 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Washington launches shop local campaign amid recovery

Washington is focused on financial as well as physical recovery from last month's tornado.  The city's Chamber of Commerce launched a new campaign called 'Visit, Shop, Eat Washington'.  Mayor Gary Manier says the goal is to get residents from other communities to shop in the town:

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