Latest: 6:17 pm, 4/16/14, Wednesday WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Some 8th graders, from Gifford, are getting the royal treatment during their trip to our nation's Capital.
GIFFORD -- Five months after the tornado, people are getting some help cleaning up.
ILLINOIS -- State and federal lawmakers want changes to how disaster relief aid is handed out.
Update: 10:06 pm, 4/5/14, Saturday GIFFORD -- Since the November tornadoes, it's not common to see a tree in town anymore.
ILLINOIS -- Many businesses never rebuild after disaster strikes. That is why a local lawmaker is proposing big breaks for small businesses affected by tornadoes.
GIFFORD -- People are still trying to pick up the pieces after the devastating tornado.
GIFFORD -- It's been over four months since a tornado ravaged the town.
Update: 4:07 pm, 3/24/14, Monday GIFFORD -- There are some new faces in town this week.
WASHINGTON -- Farmers are battling more than just the frozen ground.
GIFFORD -- Tornado sirens are up and running again; and could be heard during a drill at 10 am, Tuesday.
GIFFORD -- State leaders are taking action after bad news from the federal government. FEMA isn't giving money to any Illinois communities to help rebuild infrastructure after the tornado.
GIFFORD -- You might see a lot of homes of a particular design popping up around town.
GIFFORD -- A FEMA appeal denial was just one topic at a town hall meeting Tuesday night.
ILLINOIS -- For the second time, FEMA has denied the state's appeal for funding to help towns affected by November's tornadoes.
Update: 5:58 pm, 3/4/14, Tuesday GIFFORD -- The last time kids here heard sirens, it was the real thing.
ILLINOIS -- The National Weather Service (NWS) is urging all of us to prepare for the worst during Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
GIFFORD -- One Champaign County community, hit by November's tornadoes, didn't hear sirens Tuesday.
TAZEWELL COUNTY -- Three months have passed since tragedy struck Pekin, East Peoria and Washington.
GIFFORD -- Some normalcy is returning to town. The Premier Cooperative Grain Elevator is going to be rebuilt.
PEORIA -- Victims from the November tornado are getting items they've been living without.
GIFFORD -- As many of us struggle to shake off the winter chill, some families are more anxious than ever to get rid of this weather.
GIFFORD -- Officials say last year's tornado caused more damage than first thought.
Update: 4:38 pm, 1/31/14, Friday ILLINOIS -- Towns denied federal disaster assistance after November's tornado outbreak could have a second chance to claim benefits.
GIFFORD -- People met Monday night to discuss how recovery is going.
Update: 10:05 pm GIFFORD -- It's been a long road for families in this community.
Update: 10:06 pm, 1/23/14, Thursday ILLINOIS -- Good news for people trying to rebuild after November's tornadoes.
WASHINGTON -- National American Legion members are helping rebuild hope.
Update: 10:05 pm, 1/18/14, Saturday GIFFORD -- Another woman received help from FEMA.
TUSCOLA -- A community is helping out a family who lost nearly everything during November's storms.
GIFFORD -- There's a familiar sound in Champaign County, but it's not construction equipment.
GIFFORD -- It's been a windy day across much of Central Illinois, including here.
Update: 12:00 pm, 1/16/14, Thursday BLOOMINGTON -- Organizers for a benefit concert hope people who have tickets will do the right thing.
ILLINOIS -- FEMA's decision to give only $12-million to tornado victims isn't sitting well with Illinois' senators.
GIFFORD -- St. Paul's Pantry is looking for volunteers and items to restock.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Some students at UI are back on campus early to give back.
CERRO GORDO -- This Kid to Know wants people in Gifford to know they're not alone.
Update: 6:01 pm, 1/13/14, Monday RANTOUL -- Firefighters responded to a call in the 1700-block of Eater Drive Sunday.
GIFFORD -- Residents react to being turned down for federal aid from FEMA.
TAZEWELL COUNTY -- The Salvation Army is thinking into the future when it comes to tornado relief.
GIFFORD -- Bad news for towns looking for more help after tornadoes two months ago.
GIFFORD -- Residents are getting extra help to rebuild.
GIFFORD -- The Eagles at Gifford Grade School scored a big win. The 7th grade basketball team won its conference championship.
RANTOUL -- FEMA has announced the Disaster Recovery Center, at the Rantoul Recreation Building, in the 100-block of East Flessner, will close Saturday, December 21, at 8 pm.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lots of families in Central Illinois are relying on federal assistance to rebuild their lives after last month's tornadoes.
GIFFORD -- People were playing Santa for kids Monday.
RANTOUL -- Some teens are being honored for their help after the Gifford tornado.
CHAMPAIGN -- More people throughout the county are stepping up to help kids have a Merry Christmas.
GIFFORD -- Some say the sound of music heals.
CHAMPAIGN -- Some families didn't think they'd have much of a Christmas this year, but thanks to the community, the Christmas tree won't be bare underneath.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- A teacher is doing her part to make sure people in Gifford have a Merry Christmas.
Here's the latest update on tornado relief efforts in Washington.
Here's the very latest tornado relief information in Washington.
Here's the very latest information on tornado clean-up efforts as of Tuesday, November 26th at 11:00AM.
There will be no access to affected areas for Washington residents on Tuesday, November 26th. Also, information on new donation locations and a contractors meeting.
Here's the latest information on tornado relief efforts from the Central Illinois Emergency Information Public Information Office.
CHAMPAIGN – USDA Rural Development announced today that it stands ready to assist rural communities who suffered losses from the severe storms and tornados that struck Illinois this month.
Here's the latest information on clean-up efforts in the Washington area that we received from the Central Illinois Emergency Information.
Wendy Brown of B&B counseling shares advice on how to support tornado victims.
WASHINGTON - There will be a Washington Community Meeting at the Washington Community High School gymnasium tonight, Thursday, November, 21 at 5 PM.
Peoria, IL – CEFCU’s Washington Member Center (100 Legion Road) will be open on Sunday, November 24, and Sunday, December 1, from noon – 4 p.m. to provide account assistance for members impacted by the recent storms and tornadoes in central Illinois.
WASHINGTON - The Secretary of State's Office is set up at Crossroads Church, Washington, to assist 8a to 430p Thursday and Friday to assist people with vehicle titles, driver's licenses, and id cards.
The Tazewell County Animal Control picked up 60 animals at the Georgetown Common in Washington
PEORIA - The American Red Cross is providing shelter, food and comfort across several Midwestern states for people affected by last Sunday’s devastating tornadoes and severe weather.
PEKIN - Career Logics Institute of Hair Design is offering free haircuts.
A local plumbing company is no reopen and helping tornado victims.
"Until further notice, traffic on Business 24...
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced today that victims of Sunday’s tornadoes will be offered the following services over the next 30 days at no charge:
Nearly all pets being recovered by Animal Control are being reunited immediately.
There will be a free Lunch First Baptist Church tomorrow. We will be serving from 11-1 pm.
Crossroads Church says that the only donations they need at this time are tarps, nails, and screws.
Glad Tidings Assembly of God in East Peoria is partnering with Convoy of Hope on a tornado relief effort today, Nov. 19 through Nov. 21.
The city of Pekin continues to clean up and open streets where we can. Ameren has line trucks working day and night to restore power to the area.
Please come out and join us to raise funds for the hundreds of people in our community that have been effected by the recent tornados.