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EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - An art exhibit featuring works by central Illinois veterans is set to open in East Peoria. 

Peoria Hears Both Sides of Water Buyout Debate

Oct 26, 2017
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It’s a full year before the city of Peoria must decide if it wants to buy the water company. But competing views on a possible purchase were at the forefront Wed.

Illinois American Water, the company that currently owns Peoria's water utility, held a forum at Trewyn Middle School Wed. Proponents of a publicly-owned utility held a press conference at Trewyn to offer their alternative perspective.

City of Peoria Eyes Budget Cut Options

Oct 25, 2017

In the face of declining revenue, Peoria city staff has proposed a net cut of 11 workers to help balance the 2018 budget.

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The new AmeriCorps program in Peoria is officially off the ground and ready to take on some of the city’s most pressing challenges.

Vigil For Eddie Russell Jr. Calls For Justice

Oct 25, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  A vigil for Eddie Russell Jr. outside Peoria City Hall preceded the regular council meeting. Many who proceeded into the meeting took a knee during the pledge of allegiance.

Caterpillar Shares Strong, Following Upbeat Q3 Report

Oct 24, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Caterpillar’s third quarter figures are out -- The company’s revenues continue to climb, and its stock followed suit Tues.

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The City of Peoria is offering residents assistance with rodent control.

Peoria Lock Gets $4.8M Upgrades This Week

Oct 23, 2017
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The Peoria Lock, located on the Illinois River in Creve Coeur, is getting some major infrastructure improvements this week.

Steel House Gets a New Home

Oct 20, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The historic LeTourneau steel house from the Komatsu plant has a new address.

It was trucked to the Wheels O’ Time Museum Wednesday and lowered onto its new foundation Thursday.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Caterpillar Visitors Center has a new moniker coinciding with its five-year anniversary. It’s now the Doug Oberhelman Caterpillar Visitors Center. 

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The Mexican Consulate in Chicago set up its mobile unit in Peoria this week.

Peoria Police Department Sees Leadership Transitions

Oct 19, 2017

A long time Peoria Police professional retired this week. Assistant Chief Lisa Snow’s retirement was official Tuesday.

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Peoria’s Lock and Dam is getting some national attention, as Congress heads into discussions on wide-ranging legislation dealing with the country's aging infrastructure. 

Peoria NAACP President: PHS' Officer Needs to Go

Oct 17, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria’s NAACP chapter is calling for the immediate termination of Peoria High School’s resource officer.

PHS Officer Under Fire for Controversial Facebook Post

Oct 17, 2017

A resource officer at Peoria High School faces scrutiny, following a controversial Facebook post.

Officer Ryan Schubert posted a comment Mon. that says he wants to urinate on a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. -- though, in more vulgar terms.

In response, Peoria Public School's Superintendent Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat issued a written statement that says the post "doesn't align with the district’s core values.”


Peoria Area Home Sales Down for 3rd Quarter

Oct 17, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria area home sales were down slightly in the third quarter, despite robust September sales.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria Firefighters were called to the Chase Bank Building at Jefferson and Hamilton downtown for a smoke alarm about 1:50 p.m Monday afternoon. 

Tazewell County Deputies Get Narcan

Oct 13, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Tazewell County Deputies are all now carrying Narcan Nasal Spray to counteract opioid overdoses.

Local Church Embraces Hispanic Heritage

Oct 12, 2017
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A church in downtown Peoria is highlighting cultural contributions of the Hispanic community. First United Methodist Church’s Mariachi Night block party includes live performances and local food vendors.

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The Pekin Police Department and its K9 Officer are participating in the Aftermath contest again this year.

City Looks to Add Stormwater Utility in 2018

Oct 12, 2017

Peoria residents may be paying a new storm water utility fee next year.

For people seeking transgender health services in Peoria, Illinois, chances are the first person they’ll talk to is Dana Garber.

Garber is the transgender hormone intake coordinator at the Peoria Planned Parenthood, the only clinic in the area that offers hormone-replacement therapy for people seeking gender transition.  

City Council held a policy session Tues. to discuss tax incentives in so-called Special Service Areas. The subject is part of the ongoing discussions with the developer of a Portillo's restaurant in Peoria.

Councilman Chuck Grayeb says the incentives are misconstrued as corporate welfare.


"That is implicit in the analysis many people give this," Grayeb said. "They really don’t understand it. They think that we’re providing corporate welfare and we’re not.

PPD to Expand Body Camera Program

Oct 11, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Most Peoria police officers will be wearing body cameras by March of next year.

Tazewell County Board Studies Property Tax Increase

Oct 11, 2017

Tazewell County’s planning to operate on about $63-Million in its next fiscal year starting December first. The county is also expecting a one-point-two-million dollar deficit.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is shaking up its network.

Illinois American Water is providing grants to ten area fire departments. The grants announcement comes during National Fire Prevention Week.

East Peoria has reinstituted its burning season. The recent rainfall makes the burning of dry yard waste an option for East Peoria residents from October 15th through Nov 30th.

Rep. Bustos Endorses Pritzker for Governor

Oct 9, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Illinois’ 17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos endorsed Democratic candidate JB Pritzker in his run for Governor, Mon. His appearance at the AFL-CIO Labor Temple started 90 minutes later than scheduled, due to unfavorable flight conditions.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

US Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Ill., visited a small engine components maker in Peoria Fri., touting career and technical education and the GOP’s tax plan.