After the tornadoes ravaged Fairdale and Rochelle yesterday, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner had no hesitation in declaring DeKalb and Ogle counties state disaster areas. Here's the latest update we have about the tornado areas.
At least two people are now reported dead in DeKalb County and roughly a dozen more injured. Dozens of homes and businesses have been damaged or destroyed due to the sever storms and tornadoes that hit last night in the Stateline.

“Our hearts and thoughts go out to those impacted by yesterday’s storms,” said Gov. Rauner. “The State will do everything it can to help these families and communities recover and heal, while providing response resources.” as reported on 


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By declaring our local areas disasters, Rauner makes available a wide variety of state resources that can help affected communities respond and recover from the storms.  The state of Illinois has mobilized personnel and assets to help local government officials with disaster recovery, including conservation police officers, communication equipment and light towers.

All state roads, with the exception of a two-mile portion of Illinois 72 just north of Fairdale, are open. The state has started damage assessment flights around the hardest hit areas.

Q98.5 is putting together a relief collection for items and donations. Read all about it and help out here.