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Local news stories and features from Peoria Public Radio.

Advocates to Undocumented Immigrants: 'Know Your Rights'

Mar 23, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

President Donald Trump’s order to deport immigrants living in the US illegally left many undocumented people and their families feeling unsettled.

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A US District judge has ordered the former owner of four Peoria-area gas stations to pay $1.5 million and serve 21 months in prison.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Patients transitioning from a hospital stay back into a home environment are the focus of a new floor at UnityPoint-Health Proctor. 

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The Illinois River could have a brighter, cleaner future ahead.

Rauner Takes AFSCME to State Supreme Court

Mar 20, 2017

Gov. Bruce Rauner is taking his fight with Illinois’ biggest government labor union to the state Supreme Court. 

UICOMP Fourth Year Students React to 'Match Day' Reveal

Mar 17, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Fourth year medical students anxiously ripped into envelopes during Match Day in Peoria and across the country on Fri. It’s a hallmark stop on their medical career journey, as students learn where they’ll spend residency after graduation.

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The City Council At-Large candidate who lost by one vote in Peoria’s primary election is contesting the results.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Caterpillar has retained special outside counsel to help in dealing with matters related to the criminal search conducted by a trio of federal agencies earlier this month. 

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

About 100 people turned out yesterday to learn about plans for replacing the Eastbound McClugage Bridge.


UAW Reaches Tentative Deal With Caterpillar

Mar 15, 2017

  The United Auto Workers Union has a tentative deal with Caterpillar.


The UAW says it's not releasing terms of the deal until members have a chance to review and vote on it.


  The union authorized a strike vote last month as a matter of procedure. But negotiations continued and workers remained on the job after their contract expired on February 28th.


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The Peoria Police Department is taking a “wait and see” approach before formulating a policy on body cameras.

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The Peoria Police Department will begin a pilot program to evaluate the use of body cameras on officers. Three officers on different shifts will use the cameras beginning March 20.

Project manager Denise Backes told Peoria City Council on Tues. that other cities using cameras have seen increased officer performance among other benefits.

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The Peoria City Council is exploring options for adding advanced life support services at more of its firehouses.

February was another record month for the Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport.

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It’s official. The Leslie Knope Best City Hall trophy is headed to Peoria.

On Sat., the organization Engaging Local Government Leaders posted the final results of its inaugural online competition.

Peoria’s 118-year-old City Hall beat Vancouver, Wa.’s shiny, LEED certified structure in the finals, with 59 percent of the votes.

On Sat., Vancouver congratulated Peoria, Tweeting: “we’ll admit it now, it is a beautiful city hall.”

Out-of-Season Mardi Gras Returns to Peoria

Mar 13, 2017
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Two downtown blocks in Peoria will again transform into a New Orleans street party this spring.

Peoria Fire Department Gets Training Gift

Mar 10, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Dynegy Edwards Power Station donated six top level hazmat suits to the Peoria Fire Department for training purposes. The suits are valued at about $9000.


Ted Lindenbusch is the managing director of the Dynegy Edwards Power Station. He says they had the suits and weren’t using any more.


Dynegy purchased the Edwards Power Station about four years ago.

Perry in Peoria Closed for Main Break

Mar 10, 2017
Tanya Koonce

A water main break on Perry Avenue in downtown Peoria has the street closed at Main. An adjacent spot on Main Street is also reduced to one lane. There is also an opening in the road there to handle the water main repair. Workers are on site to make the repair.


Peoria city streets workers will also need to repair the road once the repair is complete.


But the break has shut off water to some of the area. The lack of water means the Peoria Public Library Main Branch closed at noon.


Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

If you’ve passed by Peoria’s City Hall in recent weeks, you may have seen people stopping to snap a photo of themselves in front of the red sandstone building. Vanity could be to blame, but it’s likely they’re posing for the Best City Hall bracket competition.

The slate of at-large candidates is set in the City of Peoria. Rob Hanauer won the fourth and final spot on the ballot by one vote. He beat Amr Elsamny 2004 to 2003.


The mailed ballots that trickled in since election day created a state of flux between Hanauer and Elsamny. Hanauer was declared the winner at the Election Commission Meeting Thursday when they certified the results of the February 28th primary.


IHSA March Madness Returns to Peoria

Mar 9, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The next two weekends in Peoria mean big bucks for the city’s tourism and hospitality business.

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Local businesses based in Peoria are making their presence known on a new social campaign, called Peoria is My Headquarters.

Local business and civic leaders attended the launch at the Civic Center. The My Headquarters initiative comes in the wake of news that Caterpillar is relocating its HQ to Chicago. That announcement last month left some Peoria residents feeling baffled and uncertain about the city’s future.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria County Election Commission makes the results of the Feb. 28th Primary official Thurs.

Peoria Police are investigating the death 23-year-old Michael Krus. Police responded to a ShotSpotter alert at 9:42 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Starr and Westmoreland.

  Krus was found with an apparent gunshot wound in the 1200 block of Westmoreland. He was transported to OSF with life threatening, underwent surgery and died at 2:33p.m.

Krus lived at 2024 S. Winston, about a mile and half from where he was shot. He also had a record. Krus was arrested last September for domestic battery.

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“Show, not tell,” was the theme of an urban development workshop in Peoria’s Center Bluff neighborhood, Wed.

The City of Peoria is continuing its Community Conversation on Race and Economic Opportunity.


The next phase of the effort is smaller subject based group discussions, including asset development, justice, education and health. The workgroup meetings are an outgrowth of two large community conversations.


The small group meetings are scheduled between Monday and Wednesday next week in the evening at Valeska Hinton School and the Lincoln Branch Public Library.


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OSF Healthcare is being recognized as the leading hospital in the state for eye donations for the fifth straight year.

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The National Weather Service, Illinois Emergency Management Agency and local EMA/ESDA officials will participate in a statewide tornado drill today at 10 A.M.. Today's test will be conducted in all Illinois counties, and will be relayed on NOAA weather radio, and on many commercial and non-commercial TV and radio stations, including WCBU.

The agencies involved in today's test recommend the public use the event to carry out a practice tornado drill at your home, work, or school, or any location where people gather. 

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Federal agents continued searching Caterpillars Headquarters building in downtown Peoria overnight. Search warrants were executed yesterday at Caterpillar offices in Peoria, East Peoria and Morton. The U.S. Attorney’s Office confirms the multi-agency investigation included the FDIC Office of Inspector General, the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, and the US Department of Commerce, Office of Export Enforcement.