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Local news stories and features from Peoria Public Radio.

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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. 

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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.


Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Multiple Federal Law Enforcement agencies executed search warrants at three Caterpillar offices today. Federal agents entered Caterpillar’s World Headquarters Building on South West Adams St. in Peoria, Building AD in East Peoria and the Morton offices. The identical search warrants allowed the federal government to seize a wide range of documents, hardware and software related to the movement of any products between the U.S. and Switzerland, specifically the Swiss Subsidiary Caterpillar known as CSARL.

Pere Marquette Hotel in downtown Peoria will remain a Marriott.

Robbery the Motive for Tuesday's Homicide

Mar 1, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Police have arrested three people in the shooting death of 63-year-old Garrison Collins. He was found by a family shot in his 1400 block South Stanley home just before 1:00 a.m. Tuesday.


Gemia Shird, 21, Michael Howard, 27 and Samantha Gordon, 20 are each charged with first degree murder and armed robbery.


Washburn Residents Assess Tornado Damage

Mar 1, 2017
H.Wayne Wilson / Peoria Public Radio

Eight houses on the far north end of Washburn took a direct hit from a tornado Tuesday evening. The twister barely missed the  Low Point-Washburn Elementary School, but 100 yards away it slammed into the home of 84-year-old Nelda Bevill.


Her son, Brian says she was looking out the east side of the house when she realized the tornado was coming from the west.

“She scurried toward the basement, even threw her walker roller aid to the side just in time to get on down the stairs to the bottom and made it just in time.”

Victim, Suspects Identified in Tuesday Homicide

Mar 1, 2017
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Details are emerging related to a homicide that took place during the early morning hours on Peoria’s South Side.

The County Coroner released the identity of the victim as 63-year-old Garrison R. Collins. He was the resident of a home on the the 1400 block of S. Stanley, where police found him in the basement, following the shooting Tues., just before 1:00am.

Coroner Jamie Harwood says a gunshot wound to the neck likely caused Collins to die immediately.

Peoria's a March Madness Finalist, Minus the Basketball

Mar 1, 2017
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The City of Peoria is the finalist in a March Madness bracket -- of a different sort.


Yesterday’s primary election results in Peoria mean incumbent Mayor Jim Ardis faces political newcomer, Couri Thomas. Ardis received 52.5 percent of the vote and Thomas 33.3 percent.   

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The City of Peoria is dismissing a recent social media post suggesting the police department hired a part-time officer to implement strict federal requirements on illegal immigration.

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Attorneys for Cleve Heidelberg are celebrating the seven hours of testimony yesterday as “an accomplishment.” Four separate witnesses were called to testify Tues. in Judge Albert Purham’s courtroom in the Peoria County Building.

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The City of Peoria is asking residents to talk trash. The city’s waste hauling contract with Peoria Disposal Company expires in 2019.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

A murder case involving the killing of a Peoria County Sheriff's sergeant in 1970 will get a modern-day reconsideration this week. 74-year-old Cleve Heidelberg’s sentence will be reexamined Tues. in a hearing that will consider new evidence and testimony.

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Residents of Peoria’s South Side offered numerous complaints Sat. about their relationship with police.

Peoria Holocaust Memorial Gets a New Home

Feb 26, 2017

Peoria Holocaust Memorial is about to have a new home. The 11 million buttons formerly housed in glass cases at the Shoppes at Grande Prairie will soon be on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

Bob Michel Remembered

Feb 25, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

A number of dignitaries joined Bob Michel's family and friends today for his memorial service. The services was at Michel's amateur, in the Renaissance Coliseum at Bradley University.

The long-time Congressman was a highly decorated World War II Veteran with legendary statesmanship.

Michel had a special gift for consensus building and respectful policy making. During his 38 years in congress he was the longest-serving minority leader. Hence, anything he achieved in legislative policy happened with strong bipartisan support.

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder at Bradley University

Feb 24, 2017

One of the women who founded Black Lives Matter wants a grassroots movement to counter what she calls the suppression of African American opportunity.

Patrisse Cullors told an audience at Bradley University, today’s political environment is not new. She compares it to the time when she grew up in the 1980s and early 90s.

Bradley Demonstrates for Black History Month

Feb 22, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Bradley University Student Center was the site of a Black Lives Matter Rally yesterday. About two dozen students held computer generated signs and chanted ‘No justice - No Peace,’ ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘hands up - don’t shoot.’  

Sherry Gunn is the Assistant Director in The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Bradley. She says the University has done demonstration every week in February to celebrate Black History Month and recognize different forms of protests.

PRM's Next Chief is Peoria Native John Morris

Feb 22, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria native and former city councilman John Morris will be the the new president and CEO of the Peoria Riverfront Museum.


Morris is currently the development director of major gifts at Eureka College, serving in that role for about a decade. He spent the previous decade heading up development for WTVP and started his career at Lakeview Museum.


Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Residents of Peoria with ties to Mexico lined up outside First United Methodist Church Wed. to meet with the Mexican Consulate. 

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Illinois ACLU is calling on Peoria’s federally-funded health clinics to remove limitations on contraception and women’s health care services.


Peoria Prepares to Replace an Aged Bridge

Feb 21, 2017
Peoria Public Works Department

The MacArthur Highway Bridge Replacement Project got more public attention last night when residents had the opportunity to see the two options for it.


One offers a left turn on Richard Allen for those heading south and would not have a southbound exit ramp onto Saratoga. That’s I-DOT’s preferred design, as it provides more pedestrian safety. The second option rebuilds the south exit ramp to get to Romeo Garrett Avenue and moves the sidewalks.


Morton Community School District #709 has tapped the current superintendent of the Illinois State University Lab Schools to be their new School Superintendent.  

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The Peoria Health Care Coalition is talking about the future of health insurance coverage, prompted by concerns about a possible repeal or replacement of Obamacare.