Washington Tornado 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 Illinois Politicians Challenge FEMA Formula UPDATED http://wuis.org/post/illinois-politicians-challenge-fema-formula-updated <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UPDATE: &nbsp;On Tues., March 4, FEMA denied Illinois' appeal for public assistance for nine counties. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 19750 at http://wuis.org Illinois Politicians Challenge FEMA Formula UPDATED Federal Aid Denied To Tornado Damaged Counties http://wuis.org/post/federal-aid-denied-tornado-damaged-counties <p>The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied a request for aid to local governments in Illinois after deadly tornadoes swept the state in November. &nbsp;</p><p>FEMA sent a letter on Thursday to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency saying that damage after the storms wasn't severe enough to warrant federal help. The storms left at least 7 people dead statewide and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:39:48 +0000 Associated Press 16624 at http://wuis.org Federal Aid Denied To Tornado Damaged Counties Styx And REO To Play Illinois Tornado Benefit http://wuis.org/post/styx-and-reo-play-illinois-tornado-benefit <p>Two Illinois rock groups will return to their stomping grounds to benefit those who had losses in last week's tornadoes.</p><p>Rock groups Styx and REO Speedwagon will headline a benefit concert to raise money for victims of last weekend's Illinois tornadoes. &nbsp;</p><p>The bands, which both have strong Illinois ties, will headline the event called ``Rock to the Rescue Extends a Hand to Those in Need.'' The concert will be held at Bloomington's U.S. Cellular Coliseum on Dec. 4 &nbsp;</p><p>Tickets go on sale Saturday and cost between $28 and $58. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:16:34 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 13548 at http://wuis.org Styx And REO To Play Illinois Tornado Benefit FEMA Inspectors To View Storm Damage Thursday http://wuis.org/post/fema-inspectors-view-storm-damage-thursday <p>(AP) _ Federal assessments of tornado-damaged property in Illinois are to begin Thursday.<br />&nbsp;<br />Gov. Pat Quinn's office says Federal Emergency Management Agency assessments<br />are necessary so the state can request federal assistance.<br />&nbsp;<br />Five teams will look at damage to homes and businesses in Champaign, Grundy,<br />Massac, Pope, Tazewell and Will counties. Sunday's tornadoes destroyed hundreds<br />of homes and left six people dead in the state.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;The governor's office says federal and state emergency officials will meet with Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:17:05 +0000 Associated Press 13390 at http://wuis.org FEMA Inspectors To View Storm Damage Thursday