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In the past few decades, the sex industry has become easier to conceal, in part because of the internet. Back channels open pathways for anonymous transactions. Peoria Public Radio reports on one particular illicit business that's operating in many communities, including this one, in broad daylight.

City Council to Take up Portillo's Plan

Sep 11, 2017
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The Peoria City Council Tuesday is expected to set in motion a process whereby a Portillo’s Restaurant will open next year in the city. Developer Willie Torchia has acquired the land at Sterling Avenue and Baumann Way, in front of the Westlake Shopping Center. He will spend about 700-thousand dollars to prepare the site and construct a building to lease to Portillo’s. He is asking the city to create a Special Service Area tax, where Portillo’s will add one additional percent to the tax rate on their sales. That money will reimburse Torchia for development costs.

Peoria Public High Schools were on lockdown this afternoon after reports of a gun at the career center. Students from the other three high schools come and go from Woodruff Career and Technical Center. 

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The Heart of Illinois United Way has so far raised more than $1.4 million dollars in its annual campaign that kicked off Fri. 

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The Peoria NEXT Innovation Center is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The med-tech business incubator has helped launch or support more than 40 different entrepreneurial endeavors over the last decade.

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In response to President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a pastor in Peoria is urging his parishioners to keep the faith.  

Public Health Event Focuses on LGBTQ Youth

Sep 5, 2017
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An advocacy group that promotes equal rights for gay and transgender people in Peoria is hosting a public health event this weekend, centered on children and teens.

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Peoria police officers are renting a vacant building and launching a program for young boxers.

The Midwest Food Bank is providing a variety of ways for West Central Illinois residents to help support those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

The Salvation Army is supporting one of the largest disaster relief operations in its history. The organization has 71 mobile feeding units from across the nation deployed in Texas.  Salvation Army trained disaster workers are also being deployed and staged in waves to help with the immediate need and ongoing recovery effort that will be necessary.

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois National Guard says it's sending seven airmen and a C-130 cargo plane to help with the response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

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Area law enforcement are operating special “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” patrols this Labor Day.

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Illinois American Water is preparing to make $5.7 million worth of improvements to its distribution system.

Following a modest decline for three consecutive quarters, a Bradley University study suggests the Peoria area economy has returned to where it was a year ago.

Public Weighs In On Future of Peoria Lakes

Aug 30, 2017
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A coalition of government and environmental groups in the Tri-County region is sailing closer toward finalizing massive projects to improve the Peoria Lakes. The Peoria Lakes Basin Alliance compiled responses from an open house last month that asked residents: “what’s your favorite memory of the Peoria Lakes?”

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More than 500 people turned out for a public forum at Bradley University on the subject of hate groups and the proliferation of hateful acts.

Southern Poverty Law Center Outreach Director Lecia Brooks was the featured speaker. She says the sharp increase in acts of hate are real. She says the First Amendment protects all but people should sit idly by when hate speech comes up:

 

UICOMP Expansion Includes Accomodations for 'All Genders'

Aug 29, 2017
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Medical students at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria successfully advocated for two “all gender” bathrooms on campus. It’s just one of several efforts aimed at improving awareness and understanding of LGBTQ patients.

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Monday he’ll be taking a temporary leave of absence for undisclosed medical reasons.

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There’s a renewed movement to ratify the US Equal Rights Amendment. Nevada was the 36th state to ratify five months ago. The country needs two more states to follow suit to make it the law of the land.

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A coalition of senior care organizations in the state is calling on the Gov. Bruce Rauner to drop his proposed Community Reinvestment Program.

City Looks to Tech Community to Solve Complex Challenges

Aug 22, 2017
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Road projects are often seen as a hassle to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. That’s why the City of Peoria challenged developers at its first Hackathon this month to develop an app that would help users navigate the smattering of road closures and lane changes in the area. 

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Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Daniel Biss started a 10-Day Campaign Tour in Peoria Friday. Biss is a state Senator who represents the 9th District. He’s calling the tour The Road Forward.

A Peoria fire department wants to teach CPR to 8,000 people over the next two years.

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Award-winning broadcaster and former NBC news anchor Tamron Hall will headline the Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon in Peoria.

City Preparing to Launch AmeriCorps-funded Program

Aug 17, 2017
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The City of Peoria Public Works Department is launching a new AmeriCorps-funded program this fall. The City’s Innovation Team and Public Works Department designed the initiative, called Peoria Corps.  

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The first day of the academic year was marked by a special ending at Manual Academy yesterday.

The McLean County Republican Party is facing criticism over a Facebook post that sided with President Donald Trump and his widely condemned “both sides” remarks in the wake of the Charlottesville violence.

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There’s a new street scape around Trewyn Middle School in Peoria. A $1.1 million road improvement project was completed just in time for the first day of school and might be a model for future effort. But it’s been a long time coming.

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A rainwater irrigation system means new opportunities for a community learning center on Peoria’s South Side. 

Peoria County Jail Has A New Superintendent

Aug 15, 2017
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Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell received his official appointment with the Peoria County Board’s approval late last week. He’s filling out the remainder of the Sheriff's term vacated by Mike McCoy earlier this summer. And Asbell has been quick to make his first official appointments.

The former Jail Superintendent made his first appointment naming his replacement. He named Peoria County Sheriff’s Department veteran Ronda Guyton to post.

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