GIFFORD -- Rebuilding businesses hit by the November tornado just got a little easier.
GIFFORD -- People celebrated Independence Day a little early.
GIFFORD -- Getting back to normal continues here. Monday, a company handed out free plants to help in that effort.
GIFFORD -- One family is not sure what to do since their home is in danger of collapsing nearly seven months after the tornado.
GIFFORD -- It was a beautiful day for Our Town. It was the first stop of WCIA-3's summer-long visits.
GIFFORD -- Anyone in Our Town will tell you this woman has been instrumental in getting the town back on its feet.
Latest: 3:09 pm, 6/6/14, Friday GIFFORD -- Habitat for Humanity has been making progress in Our Town all week long.
GIFFORD -- In a village of fewer than 1,000 people, one person can make a big difference.
GIFFORD -- It's hometown cooking with a heart.
GIFFORD -- There are two churches in town.
GIFFORD -- Some people in town didn't have to pay a cent for lunch Tuesday.
GIFFORD -- There are a lot of other interesting things going on in town.
GIFFORD -- The buses are out in the open, but they'll soon have a new home.
CHAMPAIGN -- It's been more than six months since a tornado ripped through the town of Gifford. Once again, people there haven't been forgotten.
GIFFORD -- It's been almost six months since a tornado ripped through town. Things are looking much different than they did in November.
SPRINGFIELD -- November 17 of last year will be a day Washington Fire Chief Mike Vaughn says he will never forget.
WASHINGTON -- Some residents are rebuilding their homes a little differently than they were before last year's tornado.
GIFFORD -- The town continues rebuilding and Friday, volunteers rallied to help preschool kids get back to having fun.
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.
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.