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Tornadoes damage communities in north-central Illinois

Deadly tornadoes and strong thunderstorms wreaked havoc in parts of north-central Illinois during the evening of Feb. 28. The communities of Ottawa and Naplate in LaSalle County were hardest hit with dozens of homes and structures damaged. Authorities say two people were killed by a falling tree.

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Bittersweet memories after sale of Chicago church

Another chapter has closed on a significant Chicago church with a rich history dating back to the 1890s. In October the Northern Illinois Conference finalized the building sale of St. James United Methodist Church located at 4611 South Ellis Avenue, more than six years after its official closing in the spring of 2010.

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Oak Park Church Goes Green

Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church in Oak Park, Ill., celebrates the completion of a new green project.

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