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Local news stories and features from Peoria Public Radio.

Area 3rd Quarter Index Shows Optimism

17 hours ago

The Pekin-Peoria economy continued to grow slightly in the third quarter of the year. Bradley University Business Management Professor Bernard Goitein says the index of 30 area businesses shows overall growth of 0.7 percent.

He says that includes a mix of 13.9 percent fewer people being laid-off than last year at the same time, as well as a 1.1 percent drop in the number of people working.

Peoria Man Killed An East Bluff Shooting

17 hours ago

32-year-old Terry Linwood Jr of Peoria was killed in the shooting in the city's East Bluff Tuesday night.

Peoria Police were called about 10:45 p.m. with reports of an armed man running down the street in the 1100 block of East Gift. Additional calls reported a man yelling in the street. Police located the shooting victim in the 1200 block of East Virginia.

Linwood was transported to a Peoria hospital from the scene critically wounded. The Peoria County Coroner says Linwood died overnight, likely from severe bleeding caused by a single gunshot in his abdomen.

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As a lot of people take to road in Illinois to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends, the Illinois State Police is reminding motorists to drive safely.

ISP Troopers are expected to be positioned every 20 miles on Interstates 55, 57, and 80 today/Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Additionally troopers will be highly visible on the interstates and heavily traveled state routes through Monday, November 27th.

Orko Manna / Peoria Public Radio

The special Peoria City Council meeting to approve the 2018-2019 budget, instead offered council members a briefing on the latest proposed cuts to the fire department.


Dunlap Superintendent Lisa Parker is leaving that post at the end of the year. The Dunlap School Board narrowly approved the separation agreement with the long-time district employee during a special meeting Tuesday night.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

A dessert that’s the centerpiece of many Thanksgiving tables this week depends on help from seasonal migrant workers. Many of whom travel from Texas and across the border to Morton, Ill. -- where nearly 90 percent of the world’s canned pumpkin is made.

Tanya Koonce

Faith and city leaders in Peoria are encouraging people to shop-on with a sense of safety over the busiest holiday shopping times of the year. That was the message after the melee last Saturday night at Northwoods Mall near the new amusement venue, Round 1. 

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

With an eye on the 2018 elections, Democrats in Congress are on a “listening tour” to hear the concerns of the working class.

City Moves to Update Strategic Plan

Nov 20, 2017
Eric Fredericks / Flickr/Creative Commons

The City of Peoria occasionally updates its 15-year strategic plan, which includes both policy and management guidelines.

The council has already established guidance for several policies for projects, like combined sewer overflow and road maintenance.

But City Manager Patrick Urich says the council still needs to develop policy direction in several other areas:

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The proposed Rivertrail Apartments project on parkland along Peoria’s riverfront has been awaiting state and federal government approval for three years.

Washington Recognizes 4 Years Post-Tornado

Nov 17, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

 The City of Washington is remembering the anniversary of the EF-4 tornado that tore through that community late on a Sunday morning, four years ago.

Road Management Agencies Gear Up for Winter

Nov 16, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Rows of snowplows lined up outside the Gateway Building Thurs., as if to say “bring it on, winter!”

The Illinois ACLU Is Listening...

Nov 16, 2017

The Illinois ACLU has five times more members today than it had last year at this time just after the presidential election. That’s prompted the state civil liberties union to head out on a listening tour visiting the cities with ACLU Chapters.

Monmouth Senior from Peoria Gets Statewide Recognition

Nov 15, 2017
Monmouth College

A Richwoods High School alum, with a heart for immigrants, has been inducted into the prestigious Lincoln Academy of Illinois.

Funding for the Peoria fire department continues to be a stumbling block in developing an overall city budget for next year.

Gov Rauner Campaigns in Peoria, Statewide

Nov 15, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner is on a campaign tour visiting businesses across the state. He made stops Tuesday in the Chicago, Moline, Rockford, and Peoria.

Peoria Firefighters Denounce Proposed Service Cuts

Nov 14, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria Firefighters’ Union says cuts the city is proposing are unacceptable to maintaining adequate public safety.

Treatment Court Offers Second Chance for Veterans

Nov 13, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Illinois Circuit Courts will be required to have a special treatment court for veterans, starting next year. The initiative aims to reduce recidivism among soldiers who are struggling with mental health and addiction. The tenth circuit court in Peoria already offers a veteran’s treatment court and is awaiting certification to meet the Jan. 1st deadline.

Former Mayor Dave Ransburg Dies at 78

Nov 13, 2017

Former Peoria Mayor Dave Ransburg died over the weekend. He was 78.

Ransburg was mayor from 2001 to 2005.

Before getting involved in city government, Ransburg was a business executive. The Indiana native earned an engineering degree from Purdue and an MBA from Harvard.  He moved to Peoria in 1972 when he purchased the LR Nelson Corporation, a sprinkler manufacturing company.

During his tenure as mayor, he spearheaded several initiatives including Vision 2020. He was also one of those people instrumental in the development of the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Seven entrepreneurs made their pitches to investors for the final day of Brave Launch at Bradley University Thurs.

Washington, Ill. Gets a Special Census

Nov 9, 2017
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More than 20 neighborhoods in the City of Washington are expected to receive a visit from special census counters starting today.

Sandburg College Threat Closes Campuses

Nov 9, 2017
Carl Sandburg College

 Classes at Carl Sandburg College Main Campus and the Annex are canceled Thursday. Both campuses are also closed until further notice.


  The college reports receiving a threat Wednesday evening directed toward the Main Campus in Galesburg. Both campuses are shut down as a precaution.


A statement from the school says Sandburg Public Safety is cooperating with the Galesburg Police Department in investigating the threat.


Peoria Ranks 2nd Worst for Black Americans

Nov 8, 2017

Peoria gained a spot on the annual 24/7 Wall St report on The Worst Cities for Black Americans. Last year, Peoria was rated the worst. This year Erie, Pennsylvania holds the spot. Peoria is rated 2nd worst.


Peoria has one of the largest black-white earning gaps of any city according to the report. The average black household in Peoria earns 43-cents for every dollar earned in the average white household.


9.3-percent of the population in Peoria is black but 19.3 percent are unemployed. That’s compared to the 5.4-percent unemployment rate of the largely white population.  


About 8.6-percent of white Peoria residents live below the poverty line, but that jumps more than four times compared to the number of blacks living in poverty. 35.2-percent of black Peoria residents are below the poverty line according to the 24/7 Wall St annual report.


The report does not go into detail but points to the systemic income inequity driving other quality of life issues like education and health outcomes. The 24/7 Wall St report says the difference in age-adjusted mortality rates of black and white residents in Peoria is one of the largest in the country.

Teaching Tech for STEAM in Greater Peoria

Nov 8, 2017

  The U of I Extension and a regional education collaboration called Tech Teachers GP is offering a networking opportunity for teachers to expand STEM or STEAM curriculum. About 75 educators turned out last night at the Caterpillar Visitors Center for the group’s Teacher Tuesdays.

Larry King Gives to Bradley University

Nov 7, 2017
Jenise Rebholz / HOI

Radio and television host Larry King is in Peoria for the third annual Charley Steiner Symposium on Sports Communication at Bradley University. 

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Developers, historic preservationists and city council members are crying foul on House Republicans' proposed federal tax plan that includes eliminating the Historic Tax Credit.

State Rep. Mike Unes is working with Hollis Township, I-DOT and the Illinois State Police to install a stop light at the intersection of Route 24 and Cameron Lane.


Unes says a car crash at the intersection last month that killed a 21-year-old mother, Kaitlyn Hines, was devastating. He says too many accidents and close-calls have taken place at the intersection to overlook the issue.

The Shoppes at Grand Prairie / Facebook

The outdoor mall on the North Side of Peoria, known as the Shoppes at Grand Prairie, has a new management company. Chicago-based JLL is a Fortune 500 company. It’s a registered trademark of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. Singerman Real Estate recently purchased the 14-year-old outdoor shopping center in the northern part of Peoria. The Shoppes at Grand Prairie includes nearly 30 national, regional and local shops and services.


Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

King Creates BU Scholarship Fund

Nov 2, 2017
Tamie Yost / Peoria Public Radio

Radio and television host Larry King is donating $1 Million to Bradley University. King’s donation is to start a scholarship for under-represented students majoring in communications.

  King will make a return visit to Bradley, November 7th to participate in the Charley Steiner Symposium for Sports Communication.

Tony Adams Chairs the Department of Communication at Bradley. He says King’s gift provides an important financial resource and secures the ability to continue offering inclusive educational opportunities.