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Local news stories and features from Peoria Public Radio.

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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
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

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.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

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. 

Biss Campaign

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
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

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.  

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

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.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

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.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

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
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

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.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio


“More Success, Less Stress,” was the theme of Monday's back-to-school kickoff event for Peoria Public School faculty.

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - High school students in central Illinois are part of an effort to renovate Peoria Stadium.


PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A homeless shelter in Peoria is opening to homeless families 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Fair Housing Act Violations Asserted Against Peoria

Aug 11, 2017
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The City of Peoria is being sued for the way it enforces its chronic nuisance ordinance. The lawsuit, filed in US District Court, alleges the city violates the Fair Housing Act.

Illinois Education Funding Is Still Up In The Air

Aug 10, 2017

Today is supposed to be the state’s first general aid payments to schools for the academic year. But political gridlock continues to withhold the money.

Peoria Public School Teachers Greet Students at Home

Aug 9, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria Public School teachers and administrators are going door-to-door this week to get their students fired up for the first day of class. 

Mapleton Board Meeting Displays Turmoil

Aug 9, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Mapleton Village board meeting last night was expected to address recent racial comments by a trustee. Instead, it brought to light government dysfunction that resulted in six resignations and one impromptu swearing-in.

The city of Peoria faces a nearly $8 million dollar deficit in next year’s budget, a deficit that will grow to $11 million dollars by 2020 without corrective action.

Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich reported to the city council Tues. that one of the primary reasons for the growing deficit is the mandatory contribution for pensions.

"In 2012, were levying about $16-million for all of our retirement costs. In 2016, we were at $19.7 million," Urich said. 

OSF HealthCare

OSF HealthCare is expanding its presence down state.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Franklin Primary School was next in line for one of the district’s 54 facilities upgrades. But the improvement project is on hold, as school district officials address concerns from nearby residents.

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It’s the last full week of summer for Peoria Public School students. And many of them are getting a special visitor to help get them ready.

Peoria Police: Please Lock Your Car

Aug 7, 2017
Peoria Police Department

Peoria Police are asking city residents to remember to lock their vehicles.  A rash of recent burglaries and vehicle thefts city wide is prompting the call.

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The City of Peoria is one of three communities nationwide to receive a $150,000 grant from the American Water Charitable foundation.

City Puts Code Violations Up Front in Property Auction

Aug 7, 2017
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Every year, Peoria County auctions off property that has been acquired through the tax process system.

OSF HealthCare is planning to open a new medical building in north Normal in the Constitution Trail Centre.