While we dodged a bullet yesterday in Champaign-Urbana, several communities in northern Illinois took direct hits. The town of Fairdale, IL has suffered unfathomable destruction, with every building in the town being either damaged or completely destroyed. Two people lost their lives and many others suffered injuries.
If you're looking for a way to help out - consider making a donation through Storm Assist. These guys are some of my best friends, and are a trusted resource in supplying assistance in the wake of natural disasters, so you know your dollar is going straight to the aid of the victims.