Peoria Public Radio News

Crime
7:49 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Peoria standoff ends without incident

Credit Alex Rusciano / Peoria Public Radio

A police standoff in Peoria lasted more than four hours Monday.  Police arrested a man on domestic battery charges in the 1300 block of N. Sheridan.  Police removed both a dog and the suspect after he told officers he would harm himself and officers.  Peoria Police Spokeswoman Officer Amy Dotson says the event happened without injuries:

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:53 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Search for Pekin man continues

Pekin Police Department continue asking for public assistance in the search for Lonnie Graham. The 58 year-old Graham disappeared 

June 12th. His apartment, car and bank accounts have remained untouched since he went missing. Friends and family say it is unusual for them not to hear from Graham daily. He also does not have a cell phone. 

  Pekin police are asking anyone with information about Graham’s whereabouts is asked to call the  department or Crimestoppers.

Pekin Police: (309)346-3132

Crimestoppers: (309) 673-9000

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Government
1:27 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

District 150 considering terminating Grenita Lathan’s contract

Credit psd150.org

The Peoria Public School Board will consider whether to terminate Superintendent Grenita Lathan.  The board will also consider putting Lathan on administrative leave at its annual meeting Wednesday.  Lathan came to District 150 more than five years ago.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
9:01 am
Mon June 29, 2015

It's the wettest June in Illinois history

        CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois' wet June is now one for the record book.      State Climatologist Jim Angel says rainfall the past few days has officially made the month Illinois' wettest June in recorded state history. State records go back to 1895.      Angel says through Saturday the statewide average rainfall total for the month was 8.91 inches.

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Government
5:19 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Traffic preparations for Peoria’s Fourth of July show

  Car traffic on Water Street will be closed during Peoria’s Fourth of July Fireworks events from State Street to Eaton.  That’s due to the excessive rainfall and flood barriers along the riverfront.  Pedestrians can still enjoy the fireworks display from Water Street.  Parking will also still be available in the Niagara and Jefferson decks. 

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Government
5:17 am
Mon June 29, 2015

State budget issues leave uncertainty for local governments

Illinois begins its new fiscal year later this week.  That carries some uncertainty for the City of Peoria, even though most operations will carry on as usual. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
10:38 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Peoria museum sees financial health

  PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Officials at the Peoria Riverfront Museum believe their budget will be in the black when the facility wraps up its third year next week. That's a long way from the museum's first two years. The museum's board reports having to use about $1.5 million in reserves over those two years to balance the budget. Museum CEO Sam Gappmayer says attendance this year has been good. The museum will surpass its goal of 160,000 visitors this year. Gappmayer says the resurgence of Peoria's downtown has helped.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:35 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Rainfall prompts foundation failures in Peoria

The City of Peoria has recently performed seven emergency demolitions of vacant homes.. The City has received multiple complaints of foundation failures in homes in older neighborhoods.  Usually the foundation issues arise in homes with no gutters to capture and drain the recent heavy rain fall. 

The City is asking residents to report any signs of foundation failures to the Code Enforcement Division. That number is 494-8654.

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Government
5:11 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Lyme disease cases seen in Tazewell County

Credit health.com

Cases of Lyme Disease have turned up in Tazewell County. There are two confirmed and another anticipated case of the bacteria. 

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Business
4:41 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Area unemployment rate sees slight monthly increase, decrease from 2014

The unemployment rate fell in every metro area in the state for the 15th month in a row. The Illinois Department of Employment Security is reporting an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent in May for the Peoria area. That’s slightly higher than last month, but a 1.4 percent decline from the same time last year. The Peoria lost 25-hundred jobs year-over-year

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