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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.

OSF Center For Health Opens Soon in Pekin

Apr 6, 2017
OSF HealthCare Media Relations

The new OSF Center for Health in Pekin is a step closer to seeing patients. OSF HealthCare did a blessing and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new East Court Village Shopping Center on Court Street in Pekin yesterday.

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Citizen scientists in Peoria have a chance to explore genetics through a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian and the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Central Illinois Election Highlights

Apr 5, 2017

The general election results in Peoria mean several members of the city council will be returning for another term. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis defeated political newcomer Couri Thomas for a fourth term.


Fi rst District Incumbents Denise Moore maintains that seat with a more than 50 percent margin of victory over David Berry. Jim Montelongo also won another term over challenger for Peoria Police professional Mike Eddlemon.


Election Day polling places closed at 7:00p.m. Peoria Election Commission Executive Director Tom Bride says election day has been pretty smooth.

Pawar Touts Roosevelt-esque 'New Deal' for Illinois

Apr 4, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

A self-described “underdog” in the race for Illinois governor says he already has a plan to address the state’s ailing economy.

Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar is one of six contenders for the Democratic bid for governor in 2018. Pawar says he strongly favors a progressive tax structure -- meaning, higher taxes on the wealthy.

“But there are other things we can do as well. If we want to cut costs and cut the prison population, then let’s legalize and properly regulate the sale of marijuana. So you generate revenue, but you solve a social problem while you’re doing it.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

10 school districts are participating in a pilot program designed to help the Illinois State Board of Education identify some best practices in competency-based learning. It’s a national trend in education.


Union local 974 in East Peoria ratified its supplemental agreement that goes along with its six-year main contract with Caterpillar Inc. The UAW announced the agreement had been "overwhelmingly ratified" by Local 974 workers of the heavy equipment maker.

An actor who's known for his quirky dad roles in the movie "Mean Girls" and the ABC sitcom "The Middle" is getting an alumni award at Bradley University.  Neil Flynn graduated from the Peoria university in 1982 and was on the school's speech team for four years. 

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Peoria’s diversity was on full display during a pro-immigrant rally at the Gateway Building Sun.

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Former Peoria City Council Candidate and self proclaimed activist Amr Elsamny says he will persist in his effort to have the primary election results thrown out. Although it’s unclear how that might happen.

Peoria County Judge James Mack today dismissed his case with prejudice. That’s a final judgment.

Caterpillar has finalized details on its decision to move production out of its Aurora factory. The production of large wheel loaders and compactors is moving to Decatur. Medium wheel loader manufacturing is moving to North Little Rock, Arkansas. Despite the move of manufacturing, Caterpillar will maintain an Aurora office for engineering and product support work.

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A 74-year-old Peoria man returns to prison in Galesburg this evening, but he could be freed later this spring if a judge believes new evidence proves his innocence.

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Every five years the City of Peoria has the option to purchase its water company. The issue divides people into separate schools of thought on the issue -- and this year is no exception.

Driver Flees Scene of Crash in Downtown Peoria

Mar 30, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  The crash at Main and Adams streets about noon yesterday in downtown Peoria left one with life threatening injuries.


The crash happened when the driver of a Lexus ran a red light on Adams and crashed into a minivan carrying a mother and her three children. All four were taken to the hospital, the children sustained what were believed to be minor injuries. The mother left the scene with significant injuries.


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As one building in Peoria Heights reaches full occupancy, another one is about to be added to the Prospect Road streetscape.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorneys for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock say a staffer secretly provided the government with a trove of confidential documents in violation of Schock's protection from unreasonable search and seizure.

Peoria Makes Way for Bradley's $85M Construction

Mar 29, 2017
Young H. Ki & Associates

The Peoria City Council amended the Bradley University development plan to allow for the construction of a new building along Main Street. 

Bradley this summer will demolish Baker Hall, which houses the business college.  In its place, the university will construct a building that will allow instruction for both business and engineering courses.

The Peoria County Board has selected the long-time chief deputy treasurer to be the next treasurer. Nicole Demetreas has worked in Peoria County government finance for nearly two decades and has served as the chief deputy treasurer since 2000. Demetreas was appointed to fill the role yesterday/Tuesday during a special Peoria County Board Meeting. She is filling the position vacated by the retirement of Tripp O’Connor January 31st. The term expires November 30th, 2018. Demetreas will be sworn in after the completion of bonding paperwork.   

PIAvotes Holds Details for Peoria Voters

Mar 29, 2017


A website that popped up during the consolidated primary is full of information for Peoria voters in the April election.

State Rep. Ryan Spain is pushing for Illinois lawmakers to rewrite the state’s pension system.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Five female Peoria High School students have been arrested or face school discipline, following a fight that resulted in one student getting tased.

UAW Ratifies Caterpillar Contract

Mar 27, 2017

Caterpillar has a new six-year agreement with its United Auto Workers Union. The new agreement is effective immediately.

Advocates to Undocumented Immigrants: 'Know Your Rights'

Mar 23, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

President Donald Trump’s order to deport immigrants living in the US illegally left many undocumented people and their families feeling unsettled.

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A US District judge has ordered the former owner of four Peoria-area gas stations to pay $1.5 million and serve 21 months in prison.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Patients transitioning from a hospital stay back into a home environment are the focus of a new floor at UnityPoint-Health Proctor. 

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The Illinois River could have a brighter, cleaner future ahead.

Rauner Takes AFSCME to State Supreme Court

Mar 20, 2017

Gov. Bruce Rauner is taking his fight with Illinois’ biggest government labor union to the state Supreme Court.