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The Peoria City Council Tues. voted to approve an extension of a contract with the developer of the proposed River Trail Apartments.

Army Corps Farm Creek Project Seeks Public Input

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Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  More than 50 people turned out for the Open House on the Master Plan for the Farm Creek Reservoirs in East Peoria Tuesday.

It was an opportunity for people to learn about the Army Corps of Engineers management plans for the nearly 900 acres that make up the the Farmdale and Fondulac Reservoirs.

Kevin Ewbank is the Army Corps Supervisory Park Ranger for Illinois Waterway and Farm Creek Projects. He says the federally owned land is designated for flood control with recreation as an additional purpose.

Army Corps Farm Creek Project Seeks Public Input

54 minutes ago
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  More than 50 people turned out for the Open House on the Master Plan for the Farm Creek Reservoirs in East Peoria Tuesday.

It was an opportunity for people to learn about the Army Corps of Engineers management plans for the nearly 900 acres that make up the the Farmdale and Fondulac Reservoirs.

Kevin Ewbank is the Army Corps Supervisory Park Ranger for Illinois Waterway and Farm Creek Projects. He says the federally owned land is designated for flood control with recreation as an additional purpose.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria Chapter of the NAACP is endorsing a piece of legislation that would require life insurance companies to pay out death benefits that have been unclaimed since the year 2000.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

A vacant lot in Peoria’s Warehouse District could soon become an urban garden. It’s the next project identified by the City to help divert stormwater from the river. 

The city-owned arena downtown Bloomington in central Illinois has a new name: Grossinger Motors Arena.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Leaders from Peoria Peoria Public Schools, Canton’s School District and the Regional Office of Education joined the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce in urging Illinois lawmakers to agree on a spending plan Mon. 

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - The Peoria Historical Society's history tours may become history themselves.  

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Street parking in Peoria’s Warehouse District is now limited to two hours.

Marseilles Infant Death Caused by Head Trauma

Jun 23, 2017
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The Peoria County Coroner says preliminary autopsy results for 12- day-old Ean Mariotto, of Marseilles show his primary cause of death is related to severe head trauma. The infant also suffered multiple areas of blunt force trauma.

 

The Marseilles Police arrested and charged 30 year-old Jeffrey Price Tuesday in connection to the infant’s injuries.

Peoria Workplaces Prepare to Save a Life

Jun 23, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Another workplace in the Peoria area is ready to respond in the event of a cardiac arrest. It’s part the American Heart Association’s First Aid training effort in the workplace.

 

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

About two-dozen people participated in a Healthcare rally yesterday, across the street from Republican Congressman Darin LaHood’s office.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office will see an administrative change at the end of the month. But it may also prove to be one of the most competitive races in the region next year.

 

Long-time Bartonville Police Chief Brian Fengel is running for Peoria County Sheriff. Fengel made the announcement Wednesday at Bartonville Village Hall with a crowd of people as a backdrop.

 

The Policy and Politics of Appointing a New Sheriff

Jun 22, 2017
Peoria County

Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy is leaving at the end of the month to take the Chief of Police job in Washington, Illinois.

 

McCoy is the third Peoria County Elected Official to leave office in about six months. That means the Peoria County Board has a method in place that goes with Election Code as specified by the Illinois Constitution to fill the vacant positions.  

 

But the sheriff’s office is a little different according to the state constitution. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Two Illinois State Senators sat side-by-side during a legislative breakfast, hosted by AARP in Peoria Wed. It was a visible and audible display of contrasts.

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Hospitals and medical schools in Peoria and nationwide are beginning to address an issue that’s ailing the healthcare industry. Rates of physician burnout, depression and suicide are markedly higher than the general population.

The Illinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing is getting a $2 million federal grant to help make the nursing workforce more diverse.

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President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for FY 2018 would cost Illinois more than $5 billion dollars in the next five years.

A New Sheriff for Peoria County

Jun 19, 2017
Peoria County

 

Things are shifting in Peoria County law enforcement.

Organizers of a four-day event celebrating a western Illinois community's railroad heritage are looking to again boost attendance. 

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Peoria, returns to the Capitol on Tues. to debate a bill that would reauthorize a federal funding source for job training and apprenticeships. 

Budget Impasse Could Stall Peoria Roads Projects

Jun 16, 2017
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The Peoria County Highway Department says it’s possible ongoing-state-funded road projects will be shut down June 30th.

The 46th annual Steamboat Festival kicked off Thursday on the Peoria Riverfront. 

Peoria County Man Sentenced for Possessing Child Porn

Jun 15, 2017
Peoria County Jail Records

A Peoria County man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for receiving and possessing child pornography.

On Tuesday, a US District Judge ordered that 61-year-old Richard L Sills, of Mapleton, remain on supervised release for another 10 years, following his release from incarceration.

 

A news release from the Justice Department says a forensic examination of Sills’ home and computer turned up more than a thousand images and 73 videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

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More than 2,100 Peoria residents were without power Wed. night, as a result of the afternoon and evening storms.

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The Pekin Police Department wants its beat officers to get to know people in the area they patrol. A program called Community and Police Problem Solving or CAPPS is using Facebook and quarterly meetings to get people talking with the officers assigned to their neighborhood. Each of the five Pekin police districts has its own Facebook page with information about the area and the beat officers will manage their page. Each page also has the date of its district meeting. All the meetings will happen at 5:30.

Congressman Rodney Davis was not hurt during the shooting of five people at a Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. Davis plays catcher on the team.

Peoria Cyclist Pays Tribute to Kids With Autism

Jun 14, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

 

A Peoria man biking across the US coasted into his hometown Wed., as he completes his 3,400 journey.

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Members of Illinois’ Congressional delegation are calling for unity in the wake of the shooting that left Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and five others wounded.

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A banner flies across the street from Peoria city hall, prominently displaying a black officer of the police force. But inside city hall on Tues., residents of the African-American community told the city council there are not enough blacks on city-contracted job sites.

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