CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - It's a snow day for thousands of students at Southern Illinois University. The Carbondale school has called off Friday classes because of the winter storm. Parts of southern Illinois could get a foot of snow before the day is over.
WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) - There was a gasp in the crowd at a meeting Thursday night in Washington when the mayor said that half the city's property tax value was lost when a tornado slammed it last month. City officials say about 1,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by the twister. The city administrator says only about 20 percent of the debris has been picked up.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Wednesday's Rock to the Rescue concert in Bloomington has raised at least $300,000 for Illinois tornado relief. Organizers of the sold-out show featuring Styx, REO Speedwagon and Richard Marx hope to have a final total next week once a memorabilia auction ends.
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - Will County employees who were on strike for more than two weeks have approved new contracts. They returned to work on Thursday and ratified a deal with the county that includes a 4.5 percent cost of living increase and changes to the county pay scale. It also shifts more of the cost of health insurance to the workers.
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