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A family-owned sporting goods store on the square in Washington is generating some buzz by changing its primary focus.

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UPDATED 3:42 p.m. | As voters in Washington elect Gary Manier to a sixth term as mayor, his opponent said she's leaving the door open to another run in the future.

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With the Peoria mayor’s office and five city council seats at stake in Tuesday's municipal election, Thomas Bride expects turnout to be above average in the city – but that may not hold as true throughout the county.

On Tuesday, voters in Washington will make city history in choosing their mayor for the next four years.

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A 31-foot tall Abraham Lincoln sculpture is heading to Washington.

Washington rebuilds, nearly two years after tornado

Aug 12, 2015
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

US Senator Dick Durbin today toured one of the subdivisions in Washington that was mostly leveled in the November 17, 2013 Tornado.

The rebuilding of Washington Estates is mostly complete. When Durbin stepped out of the car his first words were: “what a comeback.”

“To think, what it was then and what it is now, is quite an indication of community strength, community pride and determination in our part of the world,” Durbin said.

Washington's city administrator moving on

Mar 3, 2015

Washington’s city administrator is leaving. Mayor Gary Manier says Tim Gleason has accepted the position of city manager for Decatur, Illinois.

Tornado recovery a year later in Washington

Dec 8, 2014
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

No part of the City of Washington went completely unaffected by last year’s tornado, whether directly or indirectly. Monday, November 17, 2014 at 10:45a.m. the community gathered for a collective moment of silence at the same time the EF-4 tornado tore through the community last year. 

Leaders in Washington say they're hopeful last year's tornado won't affect the area's previous double-digit growth rate. 

Corporate volunteers help in Washington

Nov 7, 2014
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  More than 30 Caterpillar and Honeywell Technologies employees built a new gazebo today in one of the Washington Community Park hardest hit by last year’s tornado.

HOI United Way project offers a new pathway

Oct 14, 2014
Peoria Public Radio

It’s nearing the one year anniversary of the November 17th tornadoes that tore through the Midwest. Tazewell County and specifically the community of Washington was by far the hardest hit in the state that day because of the number of homes and businesses damaged.

The school districts in the City of Washington are evaluating the property tax horizon as the community is rebuilding from the EF-4 Tornado last November.

The school boards heard some of their options last night. The School Boards of Elementary and Middle School Districts 50, 51 and 52 met with the Board of the High School District 308.

At stake is determining the districts’ tax levies after the community lost about $8-million of its assessed value in the November 17th tornado last year.

Gov. Quinn announces more money for Washington

Aug 22, 2014

The city of Washington is again getting some financial help from the state as it recovers from last year’s devastating tornadoes. Governor Pat Quinn announced the city will receive five million dollars to improve its wastewater systems.