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PEORIA - A Washington business owner is being recognized for his volunteer efforts after last month’s tornadoes.
Volunteers with Home Depot and Team Rubicon assist storm victims.
PEORIA - The Children's Home and Aid Stuff-A-Bus campaign has had another successful year.
BLOOMINGTON - Bloomington High School students are busy making holiday gifts for others...
COOPERSTOWN, NY - Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox have been unanimously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed December 9 as “Mike Ditka Day” in Illinois in recognition of the Chicago Bears' retirement of Ditka's jersey number 89 during halftime at tonight's Bears – Cowboys game in Chicago.
WASHINGTON - Four local NFL players will put on a Monday Night Football watch party at Five Points.
The Cumulus radio group is excited to announce “The Nightmare before Christmas has transformed into Radio 4 Relief, an all-day live music event benefitting the Red Cross and tornado victims.
EUREKA - Principal Richard Wherley had known the results of State Farm's Celebrate My Drive Contest for days.
BLOOMINGTON - The YMCA is opening its doors this weekend.
BLOOMINGTON - Senior Josi Banales has taken an active role in student activities on campus, since she started in 2010.
NORMAL - It's a part of the game of baseball we don't often think about: traveling and housing.
PEORIA - Christmas may be the last thing on the minds of those affected by last month’s tornadoes.
BLOOMINGTON - The Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal is offering families a chance to get into the holiday spirit.
PEORIA - With the holidays approaching the fire department is reminding you to be safe when decorating with lights.
PEORIA HEIGHTS - A man is charged today in connection with what undercover agents call a major indoor marijuana growing operation.
One-way streets change to two-way
Nelson Mandela, the former South African President has died. The anti-aparthied leader and political prisoner spent 27 years behind bars and became South Africa's first black President.
Local Fast Food Employees Strike For Higher Wages
Authorities investigate the cause of a tank explosion near Edelstein, Illinois
If you live in Peoria, you have one extra week to get your yard waste picked up.
25 children from Crittenton Center's Child Development Center visit Stocking Stuffer Store at Northwoods Mall
PEORIA - Walters Brothers Harley Davidson has been helping Toys for Tots for the past 25 years
BLOOMINGTON - You've probably seen electric cars on the streets or on the TV screens, but student groups at campuses like ISU'S are turning their attention to another type of energy: solar.
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois legislature has approved a plan to eliminate the state's $100 billion pension deficit. Late Tuesday afternoon, the Senate voted 30 to 24 while the House voted 62 to 53 in favor of the plan.
SPRINGFIELD - Before lawmakers met to debate the pension proposal, there were some tense moments across the street. Mail containing a suspicious substance was opened at the Governor's Office of Citizen Assistance.
Organization introduces program to mentor children during the holidays
Donations reach record levels for Stuff-a-Bus campaign
BARTONVILLE - This weekend you can have some family fun and help those affected by this month’s tornadoes.
PEORIA HEIGHTS - A small group of animal protesters says they've had enough with real furs.
PEORIA - Thanksgiving may have been a big eating day for you, but some people aren't just shopping to work it all off.
PEORIA - The retail world gets a big boost with Black Friday sales over this holiday shopping season. It's a time where shoppers are starting earlier and earlier.
NORMAL - ISU art professor Claire Lieberman went with a team of 26, from 14 different countries, into the wilderness.
DOWNS - The Tri-Valley community prepares for the state championship.
GRIDLEY - We often think of firefighters as heroes, and perhaps as those who live to serve and never give up. The town of Gridley is saying good bye to a man who did that and more...
BLOOMINGTON - Bloomington preschoolers collect donations for Clare House.
WASHINGTON - Congressman Aaron Schock hosts a Thanksgiving luncheon for Washington residents.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS - Now that federal aid has been approved, storm victims can begin applying.
CHICAGO - After more than a year of stalled talks, our state's top lawmakers say they have reached a deal on pension reform. Political leaders met in Chicago this morning to continue their ongoing negotiations. Now they say they're ready for a vote.
ROANOKE - Woodford County authorities are investigating the suspicious and unnatural death of a 17-year old Roanoke girl.
South Side Mission prepares to deliver meals on Thanksgiving Day
Local organizations are teaming up to feed the hungry this holiday season.
PEORIA - Five people are now in custody for a string of home invasions across Peoria dating back to the summer.
CARLOCK - Volunteers are preparing for a special ceremony at Carlock Elementary. It’s a time to reflect back and show students a slice of what life was like when it first opened.
Federal disaster aid will be coming to Tazewell and Woodford counties.
PEORIA - The Red Cross emergency command center has set up shop in the Peoria Civic Center.
PEORIA - The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will take the stage tonight to raise money for storm victims.
BLOOMINGTON - “Rock To The Rescue” concert has grown even bigger
NEW YORK, NY - Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. Chairman, President and CEO Perry Sook rang the opening bell at the NASDAQ Marketsite in New York City Tuesday to celebrate 10 years of trading on NASDAQ. Nexstar is the parent company of WMBD-TV.
NORMAL - School District Unit Five of Mclean County is taking to the phones to test the viability of a proposed county wide sales tax.
BLOOMINGTON - For nearly two years, the city of Bloomington has been trying to solve an issue with its garbage.
BLOOMINGTON - A unique item is back up for sale at Miller Park Zoo.
NORMAL - It’s still a little early to see Santa’s helpers, but traffic was stopped in Uptown Circle today for a special project.
NORMAL - Renovations at ISU’s Student Health Services are officially complete.
WASHINGTON - A Texas-based organization is helping those in Washington who may be shoeless following the storm.
JOPLIN, MO -In May of 2011, an EF-5 tornado hit Joplin, Missouri destroying nearly a third of that city and claiming one hundred sixty one lives. Mark Rohr was the city manager of Joplin at the time. He's written a book of what happened in Joplin. It's called Joplin - The Miracle of the Human Spirit.
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today asked President Barack Obama to declare 15 Illinois counties major disaster areas to help people and businesses recover from a violent outbreak of tornadoes across the state on Nov. 17.
The Panthers took on Springfield Sacred Heart Griffin in the 5A State Semifinals - less than a week after a tornado went through town.
BLOOMINGTON - It’s also beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Interstate Center in Bloomington.
Wisconsin company donates equipment to family in need
Big Concert/Fundraising Announcement!! - U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington is hosting "Rock to the Rescue Extends a Hand to Those in Need" with REO Speedwagon, STYX, and a special guest to be named shortly.
The Edwards Coal Plant near Bartonville is getting more time to install controls for pollution.
MINONK - A rural Minonk family is counting their blessings after Sunday’s tornado destroyed their home.
NORMAL - Residents in the town of Normal will see higher property taxes next year.
Through the generosity of everyone in central Illinois, WMBD 31 was able to help raise $109,000 for the tornado victims.
PEORIA - Governor Pat Quinn attends WMBD's "Help on the Homefront" telethon.
With trees scattered across yards and in the streets, the city is now allowing its residents to burn any tree limbs or brush that blew into their yards.
PEKIN - Pekin residents are still sorting through the wreckage of Sunday's tornado. Some houses are destroyed, while other structures are unharmed.
BLOOMINGTON - Midwest Food Bank is on stand-by with food and water for storm victims.
A new state of the art sports complex is coming to Central Illinois
WASHINGTON - Dozer Park in downtown Peoria is now a “drop off" location for emergency supplies. Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington is overflowing with donations and is asking people to take supplies to the home of the Peoria Chiefs. The ballpark filled with supplies in a matter of hours. Items will be distributed to Washington and Pekin. The team is also hosting a special auction for tornado victims. Players from the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and Peoria Chiefs have agreed to autograph and help with the efforts. For more information, visit the Peoria Chiefs website.
WASHINGTON - Sunday's EF-4 tornado accelerated winds to speeds of nearly 200 miles an hour.
WASHINGTON - D.J. Martin is still grateful that her family was safe during Sunday’s tornado. She says her brother was upstairs...
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.
WASHINGTON - The images of the tornado that ripped through Washington are tragic.
LINCOLN - WMBD 31 Chief Meteorologist Marcus Bailey says the National Weather service is reporting that the tornado that hit Pekin, E. Peoria, Washington and other communities was on the ground for 46.2 miles and was rated an EF-4 with winds peaking at 190 mph when it hit Washington.
WASHINGTON- Helplessness and fear, that's what one family describes how it felt to watch a tornado inflict heavy damage on the city of Washington Sunday.
Search and rescue still ongoing.
You can help with relief efforts by donating to this link set up by the Washington Chamber of Commerce.
Central Illinois now has a Facebook page available to post emergency preparedness information and updated information about large-scale disasters that may occur in the region.
Governor Pat Quinn, Washington Mayor Gary Manier and other lawmakers held a news conference today around 11:30AM to discuss the tornado damage in Washington. Here's the complete news conference.
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today declared seven counties, including Tazewell, Woodford, and LaSalle, state disaster areas after severe storms generating tornadoes and high winds ripped across Illinois on Sunday.
WMBD 31 news crews cover the devastation left behind from Sunday's tornadoes. This is the first block of the 10:00PM newscast.
BLOOMINGTON - State Farm Insurance is the process of collecting damage totals, but says Sunday’s historic event will likely be declared a statewide catastrophe.
A tornado also ripped through East Peoria around 11:00 am, Sunday. It devastated areas in the south-east edge of the city near Springfield road.
Thanks to you, our WMBD-31 viewers, we've received multiple social media updates through our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The city faces multiple gas leaks and downed power lines that could be live.
PEORIA - OSF Saint Francis Incident Command Center is shut down.
Meteorologist Karissa Sanford takes a look at the path of the tornado that caused extensive damage in Pekin, E. Peoria, Washington, and other locations in central Illinois.
PEKIN - Damage in northern parts of Pekin.
WASHINGTON - An update from Washington.
Power lines are down with significant damage to buildings and homes.
On Friday afternoon, staff cut the ribbon on their holiday fundraising campaign. The goal for this year is $440,000 in the Twin Cities area, with $230,000 coming from the red kettles.
FUNKS GROVE - Beekeeping is making a comeback in Illinois.
NORMAL - The Amateur Softball Association will hold its 2015 fast pitch tournament in Normal.
PEORIA - Caterpillar today announced plans to close a mining facility in Virginia eliminating a workforce of approximately 240 people.
The Bloomington police department has investigated six vehicle thefts since October.
Bradley University has chosen the gargoyle for a new mascot, but it still needs a name.
PEORIA - Archer Daniels Midland Company will be conducting maintenance work this weekend on equipment at its Peoria, Ill., corn processing plant that will increase water vapor clouds and may cause fog and ice on the Cedar Street Bridge near the plant.
Peoria police are searching for suspects after another home invasion in the river city.
PEORIA – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the nation's most powerful lawyer and legal adviser to the president, was in Peoria.
PEORIA - The Riverfront Museum welcomes a new exhibit that requires more cautious care than most.
BLOOMINGTON - McLean County says it's used its carbon monoxide gas chambers to euthanize dogs for the last time.
Central Illinois Riding Therapy in East Peoria is helping more than 100 people locally.
The death of an eight-year-old boy found in a refrigerator in the back yard of a home on Peoria's south side in August is ruled a homicide.
NORMAL - Unit 5 school district leaders continue to express their desire to raise the property tax levy in McLean County.
NORMAL - After years of working on the radio and in professional sports, J.D. Justice's voice will become synonymous with ISU basketball.
PEORIA - City-wide celebration of women artists is in the River City until November 15th.
Peoria police arrested 41-year-old Timothy Wilson who appeared this afternoon on two separate cases.
MAPLETON - A Mapleton man faces multiple counts of aggravated battery and assault for a Canton home invasion.
A central Illinois organization is holding a benefit on Saturday to help the thousands of people impacted by Typhoon Haiyan.
BLOOMINGTON - A career fair at Illinois Wesleyan University is giving prospective nurses a chance to network with area hospitals.
Are you getting enough zzzs?
PEORIA - Peoria Public Schools is handing over one of its older buildings to the city.
BLOOMINGTON - Bloomington residents could see slightly lower taxes next year.
A 71 year old woman from McNabb dies in multiple vehicle accident.
PEORIA - Reginald Gress is devastated by what he's seeing from his wife's native country.
TOWANDA - Students at Towanda Elementary School are saying thank you for the troops that serve us every day.
BLOOMINGTON- Family and friends are getting ready to welcome back a community hero, U.S. Army PFC Willy Fouts, for the first time.
BLOOMINGTON - An off-duty Bloomington Police Officer was arrested by Illinois State Police for Driving Under the Influence following an accident which occurred in Bloomington.
NORMAL - One man is dead and another is charged with aggravated DUI following a car accident Sunday morning.
EAST PEORIA - The Red Cross is helping the victims.
EAST PEORIA - In honor of Veterans Day, a local restaurant is thanking service members with a free lunch.
A Pekin veteran is sharing a story of unexpected kindness.
A tribute to our veterans was held Sunday afternoon on Soldier Hill.
Dozens of people took part in a charity work out Sunday.
BLOOMINGTON - A local charity is in a race against time.
CANTON - A canton police officer was honored for his courageous work this week with a life-saving award.
CANTON - Lake Canton is normally one of Canton's most peaceful, and desirable, family destinations. But now, that's changed.
Fire Damages two story house in the 2200 Block of West Garden Street.
PEORIA - Residents in the nearby area are searching for ways to make their community safer.
NORMAL - Illinois State University is searching for suspects involved in a theft reported after Saturday’s home football game.
PONTIAC - One week ago, Pontiac lost one of its top police officers, when Casey Kohlmeier and his K-9 partner, Draco, died after their car was struck on interstate 55.
NORMAL - A violent week in Peoria and across the nation has leaders evaluating their emergency response plans.
PONTIAC - Ten years ago, Pontiac didn't even have an FFA chapter. Now, they're the national champions and have the hardware to prove it.
BLOOMINGTON - A conference focused on creating affordable housing for those in need, is working to balance bigger numbers with current funding.
BLOOMINGTON - The American Red Cross has named a new interim executive director in Central Illinois.
PHA Receiving Large HUD Grant
Strong Start for United Way of McLean Co. Campaign
Offices to fit the modern employee
The Peoria Friendship House says its food pantry supplies are low, but the line of hungry people keeps growing.
It's the inaugural year for the Sugar Grove Nature Center and HOOAH Deer Hunting for Heroes.
Peoria Police are expanding their resident officer program. The second officer moved into his new home Wednesday.
Dozens of Peoria police officers surrounded the home of kidnap suspect Phouvone Sophanavong for nearly ten hours Tuesday afternoon and evening.
You can ride a CityLink bus for free with a donation.
Peoria Police confirm that the kidnapping suspect is out of his home and the stand off is over.
Millions of people living in Illinois can soon carry a handgun on their hip. But having a potentially lethal weapon easily accessible raises a question. WMBD’s Alexandra Sutter has more in this special report.
El Paso-Gridley senior Rebekah Ehresman was recognized as the top senior girl in the state of Illinois for the high school Heisman.
Peoria Teen Indicted for Double Shooting