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Peoria REACHes to Address Opioid Epidemic

The Peoria Recovery Project is planning a broad-based opioid awareness event in April at the Peoria Civic Center. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says the goal of the group is to 'REACH a solution'. “The Acronym stands for Recovery, Education, Advocacy, Community, and Health.” Ardis was one of many community leaders who joined in the announcement for the event. Others included the Peoria Police and Fire Chiefs, the Peoria County Sheriff, State's Attorney and Coroner and others. The Peoria Recovery...

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Sen. Duckworth: Keep Crop Insurance at Current Levels

President Donald Trump has proposed a 33 percent cut to the crop insurance program. That has left area farmers concerned about their ability to weather any storms that could damage their crops. A group of farmers gathered at the Peoria County Farm Bureau Monday and told U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth crop insurance not only should be kept at current levels, it should be expanded to dairy farmers. "Crop insurance is a cost-effective program. Farmers have to buy crop insurance. It’s not a handout...

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More Than Twice As Many Women Are Running For Congress In 2018 Compared With 2016

It was Saturday afternoon, and Abigail Spanberger was in a busy hallway at the Chesterfield County Public Library in Midlothian, Va., minutes away from training a room of about 40 campaign volunteers. She seemed ready for a quick interview, but then abruptly called out to her campaign manager. "Hey Dana, Eileen Davis is about to come through. Can you head her off at the pass so she doesn't interrupt the — " She cut herself off and turned to me. "That's my mother," Spanberger said, laughing....

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A Thai court on Tuesday granted sole custody of 13 children to a reclusive Japanese businessman who fathered the babies through surrogates, putting an end to a bizarre and controversial legal battle involving the man police called a "baby-factory."

An Illinois proposal has been drafted in response to the deadly shooting at a Florida high school last week. The newly filed measure would ban so-called "ghost guns." 

Senate Democrats blasted Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration for failing to appear to answer questions about a report showing a possible fix for a veterans' home beset by Legionnaires' disease would cost far less than what officials have repeatedly said.

Botanist David Fairchild grew up in Kansas at the end of the 19th century. He loved plants, and he loved travel, and he found a way to combine both into a job for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Illinois Senate is endorsing a plan to require children to ride in rear-facing car seats until age 2.

The application system is scheduled to reopen next week for Illinois families wanting to apply for the state's new private school scholarship program.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says state fishing licenses for the year go on sale March 1.

The school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that took 17 lives followed one in rural western Kentucky by three weeks. The Kentucky shooter killed two high school sophomores and injured 18 other people.

In the wake of the tragedy at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky's Republican governor and legislature say they won't consider gun any control proposals. Rather, a measure allowing teachers or staff to carry guns on campus has gained traction.

Republican state Sen. Steve West admits his bill isn't going to stop all school shootings, but he hopes it'll help.

An Illinois man will get mental health treatment and substance abuse counseling after pleading guilty to making online threats against President Donald Trump.

As the death toll climbs for opioid-related overdoses in Illinois, state leaders are looking for solutions. Advocates have highlighted a Whiteside County Clinic as a state leader in its outpatient drug rehabilitation program. WNIJ's Jessie Schlacks went to Rock Falls to tour the facility:

Whitney Miller is case manager of the Medication Assisted Treatment program - or MAT - at the Whiteside County Clinic.

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