Peoria Public Radio News

Tornado
9:08 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Utility Crews Working Through the Night To Restore Power

An Ameren truck heads south on Illinois Route 40 Sunday night, as crews continue to restore power to thousands of residents.
Credit Sarah Scott

Ameren officials have activated their emergency operations center following the severe weather that ravaged portions of central Illinois Sunday, rendering some 140,000 residents powerless at the peak of the storms.  Utility crews have focused on the cities of Washington, Pekin, Bloomington and as far east as Danville after the tornados and high winds damaged service lines. At 10:00pm Sunday, roughly 42,000 residents in Tazewell, Woodford, Peoria and McLean counties remain without electricity, while additional dangers exist for those customers with damaged homes and businesses.

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Tornado
5:21 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Police Extend Curfew Following Tornado

UPDATED

In the aftermath of Sunday's tornadoes, the City of Pekin will once again enforce a  9pm to 6am curfew for areas on Sheridan from 2nd  to 8th street, including areas north between those streets to Lakeside. Pekin Police will continue to heavily patrol all damaged areas. Residents are encouraged to call the following numbers if they need assistance, or are wanting to volunteer. This is a hotline that went live Thursday set up by the Emergency Operations Center.

Homeowners (needing assistance) 309-698-5001

Volunteers 309-698-5002

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:48 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Tornadoes Level Homes Across Tri-County Area

Tornado aftermath in Trails Edge subdivision, Washington.
Alex Rusciano

Heavy storms and at least one tornado ripped through Central Illinois Sunday morning. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports the storms devastated parts of Washington.

 

 Hundreds of people picked through the rubble of what remained of their homes in the town of about 15-thousand.  The tornado destroyed entire blocks of homes.  Resident Susan Newton lives next door to the Trails Edge neighborhood that was heavily damaged.  She says the tornado demolished most of her street while she was at church

  

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LIVE STREAM
2:13 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Tornado Relief Telethon-LIVE

Peoria Public Radio News
12:16 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Peoria police investigating more home invasions

Peoria police are reporting two more home invasions. The first break-in occurred at 29-01 West Winterberry Lane, and was similar to four other home invasions that have occurred in the northwest part of the city.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:13 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Heart of Il United Way makes push for more donations

The Heart of Illinois United Way is making the final push for individuals to give to its annual campaign. Campaign Chairs, Doug and Vicky Stewart, say more than nine million dollars has been raised so far. That’s about one-point-four million dollars away from the final amount raised last year.

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Medical
11:16 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Parking, entrance improvements planned for UnityPoint Health-Methodist

UnityPoint Health-Methodist plans to add a new hospital entrance and surface parking at the corner of Glen Oak and Hamilton.  

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Government
10:45 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Peoria County OKs septic system code changes

The Peoria County Board voted overwhelmingly to approve on-site wastewater system code changes.  A special wastewater working group has met 11 times since April working on the proposed rules.  Two board members voted against the rules, saying they were beyond what state code required and were too strict on residents.  Board member Mike Phelan supported the code changes.  He says the new regulations reflect months of cooperation between residents:

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:55 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

U.S. Attorney General Holder visits Peoria

Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called a local program that helps certain non-violent offenders stay out of prison a model for what his office wants to do.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:34 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

City and owners of Madison Theater looking for proposals to renovate building

The owners of the historic Madison Theater in downtown Peoria and city officials are looking for those interested in renovating the run-down building. The two are issuing requests for interest and qualifications to rehab the theater, and for potential new construction on the adjacent city-owned parking lot.

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