9:20 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Tazewell County cities, county holding emergency meetings for tornado recovery

Washington Mayor Gary Manier takes a call in the Tractor Supply parking lot where he's just completed another press briefing Friday, November 29.
Credit Tanya Koonce/Peoria Public Radio

Several municipalities in Tazewell County are holding special meetings Friday to vote on expanding the scope of tornado recovery efforts.  The East Peoria, Washington and Pekin City Councils will separately vote on local disaster declarations.  Washington Mayor Gary Manier says the measure will allow public health and public works personnel to more quickly respond to recovery issues as they arise:

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12:44 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Washington talks financial impact of tornado, debris removal at meeting

The city of Washington in Central Illinois faces sobering financial numbers as it recovers from last month’s devastating tornado.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:
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11:06 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

No home access for some Washington residents for second consecutive day

Washington residents with heavily damaged or destroyed homes will still not be able to access their homes Tuesday. It’s the second day in a row that residents could not enter the affected areas following last week’s devastating tornado. Washington Mayor Gary Manier says residents stacked large amounts of debris on street-curbs over the weekend:

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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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7:15 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Officials expand entry zone for some Washington residents

Washington residents who do not live near heavily-damaged areas can now make efforts to return to the city.  The town of about 15,000 was heavily damaged following Sunday’s tornados and storms.  Washington Police Chief Don Volk says the nighttime curfew will stay in place for the city:

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6:50 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Quinn tours tornado damage in Washington

Governor Pat Quinn says the state will help tornado-ravaged communities across Illinois with "every asset we have."

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12:25 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Volunteers help Washington residents devastated by storms

Bloomington residents Cindal Price, left, and Kayla Patton brought clothes from home and helped hand out items at the Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington.

Volunteers and first responders helped residents recover from yesterday’s devastating storms in Central Illinois. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports on some of the efforts:
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5:21 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Police Extend Curfew Following Tornado


In the aftermath of Sunday's tornadoes, the City of Pekin will once again enforce a  9pm to 6am curfew for areas on Sheridan from 2nd  to 8th street, including areas north between those streets to Lakeside. Pekin Police will continue to heavily patrol all damaged areas. Residents are encouraged to call the following numbers if they need assistance, or are wanting to volunteer. This is a hotline that went live Thursday set up by the Emergency Operations Center.

Homeowners (needing assistance) 309-698-5001

Volunteers 309-698-5002

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1:19 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Work on Centennial Drive complete

Local, state and federal officials held an official ribbon cutting to mark the completion of Centennial Drive.  The more than three-mile stretch of road connects East Peoria and Washington.  East Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus says the six-phase project is vital to both cities:

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3:44 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Post shutdown, sigh of relief from state investors

With the federal shutdown over and a government default averted, investors breathed a sigh of relief Thursday.  That includes the people responsible for investing billions of dollars on behalf of Illinois state government. 

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