Washington Illinois http://wuis.org en Lawmakers Propose Tax Break For Businesses Blighted By Tornadoes http://wuis.org/post/lawmakers-propose-tax-break-businesses-blighted-tornadoes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Four months ago, tornadoes whipped through Central Illinois, ravaging communities like Washington and Gifford. As the towns rebuild, some lawmakers want to give businesses a break when fixing up their properties.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rebuilding after a natural disaster can be expensive; insurance money only covers so much. A proposal making its way through the General Assembly could help ease that burden on businesses, by providing a property tax break.</span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:19:21 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21990 at http://wuis.org Lawmakers Propose Tax Break For Businesses Blighted By Tornadoes Thousands Of Tornado Victims Apply For Federal Help http://wuis.org/post/thousands-tornado-victims-apply-federal-help <p>Illinois officials say more than 2,000 people in counties declared federal disaster areas after tornadoes struck in November applied for federal assistance. &nbsp;<br />Gov. Pat Quinn visited the central Illinois community of Washington on Tuesday.<br />&nbsp;<br />His office says more than $1.6 million in federal grants and more than $5.6 million in low-interest loans have been approved. &nbsp;<br />Washington was hit hard by one of the roughly two dozen tornadoes that struck on Nov. 17. Seven people died and thousands of buildings were damaged or destroyed. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 00:39:00 +0000 Associated Press 16036 at http://wuis.org Thousands Of Tornado Victims Apply For Federal Help Tornado Damage Now At Least 1,500 Homes http://wuis.org/post/tornado-damage-now-least-1500-homes <p>State officials now say at least 1,500 homes were<br />destroyed or badly damaged in Illinois as federal storm-damage assessors began<br />work in the state.<br />&nbsp;<br />Patti Thompson is a spokeswoman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.<br />She said Thursday that that figure will almost certainly rise after Sunday's<br />tornadoes.<br />&nbsp;<br />Officials also said Thursday that 22 tornadoes touched down around the state.<br />Six people were killed.<br />&nbsp;<br />Thompson says Federal Emergency Management Agency workers started assessing Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:15:34 +0000 Associated Press 13536 at http://wuis.org Tornado Damage Now At Least 1,500 Homes Number Of Tornado Damaged Homes Expected To Go Higher http://wuis.org/post/number-tornado-damaged-homes-expected-go-higher <p>State officials now say that at least 900 homes were either destroyed or badly damaged by Sunday's tornadoes. And that figure is likely to grow. &nbsp;</p><p>Patti Thompson is a spokeswoman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. She says Wednesday the agency doesn't have anything close to a full count of the homes affected in Washington, which was hardest hit by the storms. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:40:32 +0000 Associated Press 13426 at http://wuis.org Number Of Tornado Damaged Homes Expected To Go Higher Football Team Deals With Tornado Aftermath http://wuis.org/post/football-team-deals-tornado-aftermath <p></p><p>This has not been an easy week for the Washington, Illinois High School Football Team. Instead of just preparing for a playoff game this weekend, they have one of the largest distractions imaginable, an EF-4 tornado that hit their community.</p><div id="stcpDiv"><br /><p></p><p>The Washington Panthers are practicing at Illinois State University's Hancock Stadium in Normal getting ready for Saturday's Class Five-A Semifinal game in Springfield against Sacred Heart-Griffin. At least nine of the team lost their homes in Sunday's Tornado.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 17:40:08 +0000 Charlie Schlenker 13422 at http://wuis.org Football Team Deals With Tornado Aftermath Washington Mayor Says 1,000 Homes Sustained Damage http://wuis.org/post/washington-mayor-says-1000-homes-sustained-damage <p>The mayor of the central Illinois community of Washington says more than 1,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed by strong storms. &nbsp;</p><p>Mayor Gary Manier says that figure includes homes that were totally destroyed as well as properties that received minor damage. Officials still haven't said how many people in the community have been affected by Sunday's tornado. Washington has about 16,000 residents and is about 10 miles east of Peoria. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:55:52 +0000 Sean Crawford 13364 at http://wuis.org Washington Mayor Says 1,000 Homes Sustained Damage Washington Mayor: As Many As 500 Homes Damaged Or Destroyed http://wuis.org/post/washington-mayor-many-500-homes-damaged-or-destroyed <p></p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:56:16 +0000 Associated Press 13259 at http://wuis.org Washington Mayor: As Many As 500 Homes Damaged Or Destroyed Tornado Damaged Town Under Curfew http://wuis.org/post/tornado-damaged-town-under-curfew <p>The central Illinois community of Washington will be under a curfew for at least a week after a deadly tornado turned scores of houses into rubble.<br />&nbsp;<br />Illinois State Police Trooper Dustin Pierce says Monday that the curfew will<br />run from 6 p.m. until 7 a.m.<br />&nbsp;<br />Authorities implemented the curfew in large part for safety reasons. With power<br />lines knocked down and tons of debris from the hundreds of homes that were<br />destroyed or badly damaged, authorities do not want people walking around _<br />particularly when it's dark.<br />&nbsp; Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:50:09 +0000 Associated Press 13258 at http://wuis.org Tornado Damaged Town Under Curfew