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The expression “it takes a village” was on clear display in Washington, Ill., on Thursday.

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Quest Charter Academy and Eureka College have a new partnership that formalizes a full-circle opportunity for students entering the field of education.

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Doris Thomas is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her heart transplant Thursday. The 85 year-old was the first person to undergo the surgery at OSF St Francis Medical Center in Peoria in 1987.

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Caterpillar’s four-percent increase in sales and revenues in the first quarter is a relief to many after ten periods of declines. Amy Campbell is the Director of Investor Relations. She says the arrow is going in the right direction, but it’s still too soon to count it as a turn around.


“We are at, still at pretty low levels for resource industries. They peaked at over 20-billion-dollars back in 2012 and we still only expect this to be less than 7-billion-dollars in sales this year.”

Campbell says the company’s resource industries are still well below peak and in fact even where they would expect normal demand.

Peoria Police Clamp Down On Loud Music

Apr 26, 2017
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Peoria Police are reminding people of the city’s loud music ordinance in an effort to get out the information ahead of an upcoming enforcement campaign. The ordinance allows police to impound a vehicle on a first offense of playing music that can be heard from a distance of 75 feet or more. The driver can be issued a citation, have their vehicle towed and incur a number of related fees.  The ticket for a second offense is $275 and all subsequent offenses are $525. The citation does not include administrative fees, towing and storage.

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If you’ve traversed Peoria’s sidewalks lately, you might’ve stumbled across a patch of pavement, decked out with a hand-painted design. It’s part of a student-led public art project that highlights water conservation. 

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The City of Peoria is offering some tenant training seminars throughout the community, but turnout so far isn't what organizers had hoped. 

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Caterpillar started off 2017 on stronger footing.

Bradley Speech Team Places Second in National Tournament

Apr 24, 2017
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Bradley University’s speech team swept several categories during the National Forensic Association’s National Championship last weekend in Eau Claire, Wis.

Professionals representing a variety of fields, like education, medicine and research, are rallying in Peoria this weekend in defense of science.

The Peoria Rally for Science is one of several hundred marches across the country scheduled Sat., which is also Earth Day.

Megan Pulley helped organize the march in Peoria. Pulley says as an educator, she fears science and evidence are increasingly ignored to leverage certain political agendas.

“It has gotten tied up in politics. It has been politicized, it has been used more by some than others,” Pulley said.

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Twenty minutes was all it took for a Peoria County Judge to vacate a man’s 47-year-old murder conviction.

Denis Cyr is the declared winner of the 5th District Peoria City Council seat.

Tanya Koonce

Peoria area home sales were up slightly in the first quarter compared to last year. Jana Heffron is the president of the Peoria Area Association of Realtors. She says the mild winter weather likely helped push forward the closings on nearly one-thousand homes in the region in January, February and March.


“Consumer confidence is definitely improving in our area and we also have a motivation to purchase and lock in affordable prices and before rates move higher for those buyers out looking for those houses today.”

Tanya Koonce

About 750 people attended 18th District Republican Congressman Darin LaHood’s town hall meeting at Five Points Washington. LaHood greeted everyone at the door and took at least 35 questions from a heated room. ACA Reform, the release of President Trump’s taxes and climate change were some of the most heated and repeated topics of the town hall meeting. LaHood also stayed calm and steady though a sometime bombastic crowd response. He says it was a productive dialogue.


Caterpillar Moves HQ to Deerfield

Apr 19, 2017

  Caterpillar is moving its global  headquarters to a Northern Chicago suburb. A statement from the company says the new headquarters building in Deerfield is minutes away from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, is centrally located near major interstates, and offers direct access to the Chicago Metra.

Exonerated Ex-Inmate Speaks Up for Heidelberg

Apr 19, 2017
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A former inmate who was wrongfully convicted of murder says he believes his friend, Cleve Heidelberg, is innocent.

Minimum Wage Increase Proposal Still Alive

Apr 19, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

A proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next five years is making its way through the state legislature.

The 42 year-old Peoria man killed in the fire at Glen Oak Towers Sunday evening died of smoke inhalation.

The Peoria Park District is looking to fill a Central District vacancy on the board of trustees. Kelly Cummings is resigning her seat effective May first. Her term expires in two years.

Tanya Koonce

Gov. Bruce Rauner toured Getz Fire Equipment Company in Peoria Monday where he praised the 60 year-old business. He also reiterated his standard remarks about growing Illinois’ economy and his pro-business agenda. 

CityLink is celebrating its 9th Annual Passenger Appreciation Day Thursday.  All passengers on fixed routes ride for free in honor of CityLink’s beloved General Manager Jerome Lilly.

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Peoria area hospitals have lifted their request for people with flu symptoms to voluntarily limit hospital visits because of a decrease in flu cases. The request was in place to help limit flu exposure for the hospitals' patients and staff.  

Haddad Family Sweeps Up Fragments of Shattered Storefront

Apr 13, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Haddad’s Restaurant on West Main Street in Peoria will be making and serving customers hummus and kibbeh as usual -- even though its front window is missing.

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Officials at Bradley University say a building on campus has become the first to use solar panels as its primary source of energy. 

City Highlights Volunteer-led Efforts to Reduce Litter

Apr 12, 2017
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After several years of inactivity, the City of Peoria has re-established a litter committee. What was once called the Mayor’s Litter Commission now operates under the banner of Pick Up Peoria. 

Gov. Rauner Pushes for 'Change' During Visit in Peoria

Apr 11, 2017
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“Hope and Change” were the key words uttered by Illinois’ Republican governor, during a stop in Peoria on Tues.

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Patrons of several Peoria establishments this month might encounter a brightly-colored cardboard box, accompanied by a small paper replica of a church.

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About 90 people representing 35 countries became US citizens during a naturalization ceremony in Peoria, on Fri.

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A republican and democratic member of the Illinois congressional delegation are encouraging a “wait and see” approach to Syria, after last night’s US missile strikes.

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The “Best City Hall in America” is hosting an open house. Peoria City Hall won the title last month in the online bracket-style contest sponsored by Engaging Local Government Leaders.