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Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis opened his State of the City speech by addressing the “elephant” in the room: Caterpillar’s announcement that it’s moving headquarters to Chicago.

Hijab Day Sparks Conversations at Richwoods High School

Feb 1, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The Muslim Student Association at Richwoods High School invited classmates to try on a hijab for the day.

Morton Police: Security Breach Linked to Russia

Feb 1, 2017
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Morton School District was the target of a cyber-attack Tues., allegedly linked to Russia. 

The Heart of Illinois United Way is celebrating the close of its 2016 fundraising campaign that collected more than $11 million.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The same day Caterpillar announced its plans to move 300 of its top executives to Chicago, more than 350 people attended a town hall conversation focused on racial disparities in Peoria.

Caterpillar News A Gut Blow to Peoria

Feb 1, 2017

 The news Caterpillar is moving its world headquarters to Chicago came as a surprise to most Tuesday. The announcement of the move follows the February, 2015 declaration the company would stay in Peoria. In fact, Caterpillar was planning to expand its world headquarters, taking up 31-acres downtown near the Peoria Riverfront.

Tanya Koonce

The director of Peoria airports says he doesn't think Caterpillar's decision to move its headquarters to the Chicago area will have much effect on travel.

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President Donald Trump is expected to announce his nomination for U.S. Supreme Court Justice. WCBU will offer live NPR News coverage of the announcement, along with analysis from NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg and others. Join Audie Cornish and Ari Shapiro for live coverage of President Trump’s Supreme Court pick tonight at 7 on WCBU, Peoria Public Radio. 


Caterpillar is moving its global headquarters to Chicago. The company announced today it will locate a limited group of senior executives and support functions to the Chicago area later this year. Caterpillar also reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to Peoria and Central Illinois. The company will not build the previously announced headquarter complex in Peoria. 

Navy Times

The Navy Seal killed during the January 28th raid on al-Qaida in Yemen was 36-year-old chief petty officer, William "Ryan" Owens of Peoria. That’s according to the Defense Department. Owens died of wounds sustained in the Saturday raid. He was a 1998 graduate of Illinois Valley Central. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says our nation owes Owens and his family deepest and heartfelt gratitude.


Bradley University joins a chorus of American colleges and universities to end the executive order that suspended the entry of refugees, immigrants and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Analysts Project ACA Repeal Would Hurt Illinois' Economy

Jan 30, 2017
Evan Vucci / Associated Press

Illinois is among the top 20 states that would be most hurt by a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. 

Peoria Protest Supports Others In U.S.

Jan 29, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

More than 100 people turned out in downtown Peoria Sunday afternoon, despite the cold, to protest President Trump's recent executive order barring immigrants and refugees from seven countries.

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Jurors in Peoria have convicted a 19-year-old man of first-degree murder in the shooting death of another man after an argument over a dice game.  Jurors found Darrell M. Brown of Peoria guilty in the 2015 death of Quenton Lowe. Lowe died at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.  Brown's attorney questioned witness credibility and sizes of the bullets' entry wounds.

Caterpillar Looks to Year Ahead

Jan 26, 2017

2016 saw more reductions in sales and revenues for Caterpillar. That grows on the losses of 2015. Sales and revenue of $38.5 billion represents a more than 30-percent decline over the two year period.

Since the company announced its massive restructuring plans at the end of 2015, it’s cut 16,000 jobs around the globe. Caterpillar’s 2017 outlook also anticipates another $500 million in restructuring costs.

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Slightly fewer people were seeking full-time employment last year in the Peoria Metro area as well as statewide. Generally that translates to a lower unemployment rate. But for last-year it only tells half the story.

Pekin Police Still Searching for 13-Year-Old

Jan 26, 2017

A 13-year-old Pekin boy who went missing in November is still yet to be found. 

Jump Tests Cadaver Alternative for Anatomy Ed

Jan 26, 2017
Wikimedia Commons

A medical simulation lab in Peoria is the testing site for new anatomy specimens that reduces its reliance on cadavers for dissections.

Caterpillar finished up 2016 in the red. The company released its fourth quarter and year-end reports Thurs.

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As of Tues., the Peoria City Council now has a full complement of members.


For the second time in six months, Peoria councilwoman Beth Akeson has upset some residents with her use of social media.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

A statewide grassroots initiative launched a decade ago to get more minorities teachers into the classroom lost funding when Illinois went without a budget. A teacher shortage surfaced about the same time. One Peoria educator is working to bring back the Grow Your Own Teacher program to address both issues.

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Peoria City and County leaders are sharing their so-called “wish list” to area lawmakers. 

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A central Illinois city that restricts speakers at council meetings is seeking advice from the state attorney general.  Normal limits speakers to one appearance every 45 days. City Manager Mark Peterson says the council likely will follow the attorney general's opinion. The restriction might violate the Illinois public meetings law.

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The Peoria area continues to be a hotbed for millennial home buyers. The overall number of properties sold last year was slightly less than in 2015, when real estate moved at a 7-year high.

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Peoria’s about to get a bouncy new option for recreation and fitness.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Women’s March On Washington included sister protests held across the country, including Peoria.

Police Seek Help Locating Bank Robbery Suspect

Jan 20, 2017
Peoria Police Department

One of the two males suspected of robbing Commerce Bank on North Knoxville in Peoria last week has been identified.  Peoria Police say 28 year-old Tarius D. Ganaway is wanted for armed robbery.  

Governor Bruce Rauner said he does not support a repeal of Obamacare without a replacement.

Tanya Koonce

The Peoria Rotary Club has three newly bald members. The service club’s Friday lunch meeting started with shaving the heads of 182nd Airlift Wing Colonel Robbie Roberts, businessman Steve Driscoll and retired TV news anchor Tom McIntyre.