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Peace Urged In The Wake Of Police Shooting

The Peoria County State’s Attorney is asking people to remain peaceful and reserve judgment on the police shooting Wednesday that resulted in the death of 25-year-old Eddie Russell Jr. According to the Peoria County Coroner, the autopsy shows Russell was shot 18 times. Peoria Police confirm the evidence they found at the scene is consistent with 18 shots fired. Peoria Police says Special Response Team Officers fired on Russell as he aggressively emerged from his home on Sheffield Drive with a...

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DREAMers are Believers: What You Can Do to Help DACA Beneficiaries

On September 10, I attended a rally in Springfield in support of the beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The day before, I made three signs for the rally that read: "Defend DACA," "Dreamers, not Criminals," and "Dreamers are Here to Stay."

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The Next Big Focus In The Russia Investigations: Social Media

For more than nine months, Twitter and Facebook have tried to dodge the intense public scrutiny involved with the investigation into Russian interference in last year's presidential election. Now they're in the spotlight. Congressional investigators are digging in on Russia's use of Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies to try to influence the 2016 campaign. And after a series of escalating complaints by the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Facebook said Thursday it...

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When Alexia Boggs was applying to law school, she initially considered all the big specialties, but none of them seemed quite right.

"I was looking for a field of law where none of my family could ever seek my help," she says, sarcastic but also not really joking.

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This week the big story in baseball is pretty sobering. It's about the safety of fans at the ballpark.

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The trouble at West High School started on Monday. That's when students and teachers at the Salt Lake City school noticed something.

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Nasty, brutish and short.

Until about the last decade or so, that's how many of us were accustomed to thinking about Neanderthal life.

But a lot has changed since then, not least of which is the emergence of smoking-gun DNA evidence that Neanderthals are, in fact, family.

Now a new study runs counter to earlier thinking by suggesting that Neanderthals reached maturity at about the same rate as modern humans.

An Illinois judge has ordered mental evaluations for a freshman high school student charged in the shooting of another student.

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Marchers peacefully protested outside the Peoria Police Department today in response to the fatal shooting of Eddie Russell Junior. The 25-year-old was the suspect of an armed bank robbery Wednesday and was shot and killed after a standoff with police, a few hours later. 

Officials at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville are offering a semester's free tuition and fees for information in a case involving a racial slur.

Illinois is receiving more than $110 million in federal grants to help prevent and respond to terrorism and other emergencies.

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