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Services Mark Memorial Day in the Region

12 hours ago
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Communities across the country celebrated Memorial Day over the extended weekend. Those in the greater Peoria region have also paused for services between Saturday and Monday.

 

The annual service on the Peoria Riverfront at the Gateway Building included a number of community leaders and the municipal band that's celebrating 80 years of music this year.

 

Some elements of the service included the Armed Forces Salute as well as a rifle salute, and the lone trumpeter playing Taps.

 

22-Year-Old Man Killed During Memorial Day Weekend

19 hours ago
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A 22-year-old Peoria man was shot and killed over the weekend.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate and billionaire businessman JB Pritzker campaigned in Peoria Fri. to distinguish himself from another wealthy Illinoisan -- Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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Attorneys representing Cleve Heidelberg are pushing back against a request by the Illinois Attorney General’s office to end a review of his case.

This Weekend: Ceremonies Honor Soldiers for Memorial Day

May 25, 2017
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Several communities in the Peoria area are commemorating veterans this weekend, in honor of Memorial Day.

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Peoria City Council okayed two amendments to extend funding for land acquisition and engineering work on the Pioneer Parkway extension.

Cleve Heidelberg Released After 47 Years

May 22, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

When Cleve Heidelberg woke up in his jail cell Monday morning, he didn’t know he’d be stepping outside hours later in civilian clothing. In fact, Heidelberg was notified just minutes before that he’d be released, for the first time in 47 years.

Two judges in Illinois say a new pilot program aimed at ensuring minorities are well represented in local jury pools will be "revolutionary."  

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The daughter of a World War II veteran who died 47 years ago has finally received her father’s Purple Heart.

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EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - The city of East Peoria is donating items to Habitat for Humanity that were salvaged from seven households that were condemned following landslides four years ago.

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A Peoria writer is coming home this weekend to discuss her first book that centers on black female representation in the US.

Terrion Williamson, a South Side native and graduate of Manual Academy, wrote the cultural critique “Scandalize My Name: Black Feminist Practice and the Making of Black Social Life.” The book analyzes pop culture, literature -- and it even includes narratives about growing up in Peoria. 

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - The World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships trade show has drawn far-flung enthusiasts to Peoria.

Tazewell County Teens Learn to Drive for Life

May 19, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  More than 100 Tazewell County teens went through the Ford Driving Skills for Life training Thursday at the Army National Guard Base in Peoria.

Peoria Public Radio's Tanya Koonce reports, it was the 10th anniversary of the initiative in Tazewell County after 15 teens were killed in car accidents in 15 months.

 

Jim Graham is the Global Manager of Ford Driving Skills for Life. He was in Tazewell County when the program was introduced and returned Thursday.

Attorneys for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock have asked a federal judge to reschedule his trial, citing evidence delays in a case centered on the Republican's alleged lavish spending.  Defense attorney George J. Terwilliger asked that the trial set for July be delayed until January. Terwilliger says the government hasn't handed over all evidence and Schock will likely file more motions.

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A row of pristine, white bicycles is stationed outside Peoria City Hall, ahead of Friday’s official launch of a bike share service.

Peoria Historical Society Unveils New Logo

May 18, 2017
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There’s a new look for the Peoria Historical Society. For the first time in 83 years, the Society has unveiled a new logo. It replicates the lower left portion of the old Peoria County Courthouse clock. The logo was designed by the Simantel Group and suggests movement through time.

 

Pekin Boy Still Missing Without a Trace

May 17, 2017
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It was six months ago when Robert Bee of Pekin went missing. Family and friends marked the occasion with an evening vigil at Pekin’s Riverfront Park.

District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly calls the news absolutely deplorable that there is a web site that offers trading of nude photos purportedly of Bloomington High School students.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The City of East Peoria is working with a strategic planning consultant that has a track record in the state.

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The Peoria Healthcare Coalition hosted its first annual forum at the Carver Center Tues.

Two juveniles and an adult are facing felony charges for allegedly dumping hundreds of tires in rural areas of central Illinois.  They were arrested Friday on charges of criminal disposal of waste. The offense carries punishments ranging from probation to three years in prison. 

Industrial Hemp Bill Headed to Illinois House

May 16, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

There’s one piece of legislation that seems to be getting broad bipartisan support in Springfield.

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The Tazewell County Health Department, All Our Kids, and the Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center, are teaming-up for another community health seminar.

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Illinois Interstate travel may seem grassier this summer than in years past.

 

The Illinois Department of Transportation is reducing its mowing along Interstate greenways. Starting this month, IDOT is only mowing 15 feet of right of way beyond the edge of the roadway. It’s part of the effort to encourage growth of plant species as a food source for bees, butterflies and other insects. Specifically, the goal is to help revive shrinking populations of the monarch butterfly and other pollinators.

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As Illinois’ record budget impasse nears the 2-year mark, the morale at non-profits across the state continues to decline. 

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A pilot project has kept over 600,000 gallons of rainwater out of Peoria's sewer system.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Cleve Heidelberg could just be days away from stepping outside Peoria County Jail, for the first time since 1970.

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A Republican Congressman from Peoria is expressing surprise at what he’s calling the abrupt dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.

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A man who died in the fire last month at Glen Oak Tower in Peoria was asleep, when a lit cigarette incinerated his couch and the rest of his one-bedroom apartment.

Peoria Revises Penalties for Cannabis Possession

May 10, 2017
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There was wide opinion among Peoria City Council members Tues., regarding penalties for possession of marijuana.

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