Illinois Tornadoes http://wuis.org en 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 Arrests Made For Alleged Looting Of Tornado Damaged Home http://wuis.org/post/arrests-made-alleged-looting-tornado-damaged-home <p>Three Peoria men are in custody after investigators say they were looting a tornado-damaged home in the central Illinois community of Washington.</p><p>The Pekin Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/18WoXnT ) the trio was arrested Tuesday. They're set to appear in court on Thursday. &nbsp;<br />All three are from Peoria and being held on felony looting charges. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:06:19 +0000 Associated Press 14855 at http://wuis.org Arrests Made For Alleged Looting Of Tornado Damaged Home 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 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 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