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Tornado outbreak – November 2013

At least 14 tornadoes struck Illinois and northwest Indiana on Sunday, November 17, 2013.

Click here for details from the Chicago Tribune.

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WGN Radio Reporter Kim Gordon shares her  stories of Washington, IL in the aftermath of the tornado.

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Storm damage in Washington, IL (Kim Gordon / WGN Radio)

Nearly ten days after a tornado damaged parts of Manhattan, IL, work continues to clean up the damage. Meanwhile, downtown, life goes on and the town prepares for the holiday season. Photos by Andrea Darlas.

Laura Ruff, a volunteer at the Morton Public Library, talks about ongoing efforts to reunite Tornado survivors with missing photos and other items.

Morton Public Library in Morton, IL has a large collection of found pictures. For the address and hours, visit their website here.

There is also a facebook group with photos of found pictures & items. Visit the page here.

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Debris in Washington, IL (Kim Gordon / WGN Radio)

 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan discusses her office’s investigations in to tornado relief scams.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune)

Nick Doerfler, Lieutenant  and Public Information Officer for the Coal City Fire Dept, joins Bill and Wendy to describe how the first responders in Coal City helped in the aftermath of the Nov 17th tornadoes.

Raw: Damage in Coal City

Along with all of the listeners’ generous donations, we had several companies on-air today who were big contributors to the campaign. These are: Tom Buddig of Buddig Meats, Tim Condon from Schafer, Condon & Carter, Dr. Kevin Most from Cadence Health, Kathy Cummings from Medline, Roger Germann of the Shedd Aquarium,  and CEO David Hiller of the McCormick Foundation. Hear all of their spots below.

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Steve and the morning crew talk to Beth Verdun, a woman in Homer Glen who found a photo of tornado survivor Josie Wells. The miraculous part is that Beth lives 125 miles away from the Wells household.

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Aftermath of the severe tornado damage a large portion of Washington, Illinois near Peoria on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune)

Governor Quinn talks with Steve about what has been happening in the tornado affected areas of Illinois. He reminds us that although we’re talking a lot about Washington, there is damage across the state. He talks the logistics of Federal Disaster Aid and what we can expect in the coming weeks and months.

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(Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune)

Annmarie Klein, a survivor of the tornado, desperately needs our help! She is searching for three envelopes which contain sealed notes from her late brother to his children. The cards are in a mint green card storage box; the envelopes are brightly colored and are labeled “Brendan,” “Cameron,” and “Erin.” They are of high sentimental value and the family is desperate to get them back.

Since items from the tornado have been found hundreds of miles away from the actual disaster sites, it isn’t too far a stretch to think these ended up somewhere as well.

Please contact us if you find anything: stevecochranshow@wgnradio.com

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Aftermath of the severe tornado damage a large portion of Washington, Illinois near Peoria on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune)

Our own Mr. Fix-It, Lou Manfredini, talks about post-tornado recovery efforts and what we can all do to help.

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