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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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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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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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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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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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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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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6:15 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Local communities applying for FEMA public assistance

The deadline for communities affected by last month’s devastating weather to submit for federal public assistance is Tuesday. The Tazewell County Board and the Washington, Pekin and East Peoria councils voted on declaring a local public disaster last week. Dawn Cook directs the Tazewell County Emergency Management Agency. She says a local declaration allows communities to ask for more federal assistance not included in original estimates:

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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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