Washington

Government
10:29 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Washington residents voice support for fire chief

The Washington City Council heard from dozens of residents in support of keeping Fire Chief Mike Vaughn at his post. An independent board voted NOT to renew Vaughn's contract and let it expire this month. Residents say the independent fire board lacks oversight. Some urged the city to dissolve the board and instead take over fire department operations.  But Washington Mayor Gary Manier says that isn't currently an option:

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:43 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Gov. announces disaster relief for tornado-stricken communities

$11.6 million of state relief is being made available to help the communities hit by the November 2013 tornadoes.

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Education
1:11 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Washington schools honors city for tornado recovery efforts

Washington School District 51 recognized city officials for their recovery efforts following the November 17th tornado. The district recognized Washington’s mayor, city administrator, police and fire chief for helping re-open the schools following the devastating storms.  District Superintendent Chad Allaman says the officials helped quickly re-open the primary and middle schools:

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Government
5:06 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Washington business owners impacted by roadwork project

Area business owners in Washington want residents to use traffic detours as part of Business Route 24 remains closed.  They say the repair of pavement damage at a railroad viaduct has turned people away from eating and shopping in the area.  Jim Linsley owns Lindy’s downtown Market near the city square. He says his customer count was down 320 people last week:

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Storms
4:29 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

For some, closure after demolition of tornado-damaged apartment complex

Crews begin demolition on the heavily-damaged Georgetown Common apartments in Washington, Illinois, May 20, 2014.
Credit Alex Rusciano / Illinois Public Radio

Demolition crews are tearing down the Georgetown Common Apartments in Washington, Illinois. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the apartment complex is one of the focal points in the recovery from November tornado:

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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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