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Local news stories and features from Peoria Public Radio.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

A critical source of funding will flow into a public housing project, amidst a shortage of affordable options in Peoria.

Durbin Concerned about Trump’s Tweets

Jan 19, 2017

Illinois U-S Senator Dick Durbin is voicing concerns with Donald Trump’s cabinet appointments.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Illinois’ State Treasurer is doubling down on a legislative effort to make sure that people get the life insurance money they’re owed.

Peoria Convenes 2nd Black Life Meeting

Jan 18, 2017

A second meeting on African American quality of life in Peoria is scheduled for January 31st.

Former Congressman Aaron Schock was in court today via video link. Four separate locations participated in the hearing with a federal courtroom linked for viewing in Peoria.

Tanya Koonce

The 25th annual MLK Day luncheon at the Peoria Civic Center drew more than 2,100 people for the meal and concert with Patti LaBelle. LaBelle was this year’s keynote speaker but rather than a traditional luncheon speech, LaBelle offered a full concert in the Civic Center Arena.  

Photos courtesy Wikimedia Commons/Graphic by Cass Herrington

Attendees gathered at the Civic Center Mon. for a sold out luncheon honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Peoria Public Radio was there to hear what people are saying about race and Dr. King’s legacy in 2017.

Women's Caucus Seeks to Level Economic Playing Field

Jan 16, 2017

The Congressional Women’s Caucus is a group of US representatives seeking to improve the economic condition of single, working parents.

Peoria County Offers Buy-Out to Balance Budget

Jan 13, 2017

Peoria County hopes to reduce the number of employees it must layoff to balance its budget. The county board Thursday night approved a voluntary employee-buyout plan.

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Organizers of the annual march in Peoria honoring Martin Luther King Jr. hope to inspire more people, especially youth, to engage in social and political issues.

The annual MLK holiday is bookended by the departure of America’s first African American president and the inauguration of Donald Trump.

Freedom March organizer Eugene Daniel says the timing couldn’t be better. Daniel says the event aims to remind attendees of their constitutional rights to speak out against injustice and to unite around common values.

The City of Peoria saw an increase in shootings last year but fewer homicides. Peoria Police Department Data shows a 40% increase in shootings. There were 98 shooting incidents in Peoria last year. Though some of those instances had multiple victims. 122 people were shot.

Hy-Vee’s home office in West Des Moines, Iowa is recalling about 20 different kinds of candy and cookie trays. They have the potential to to be contaminated with Salmonella.

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The icy road conditions have trash and recycling collection a day late in Peoria. The Peoria Public Works Department says pick-up that usually would have happened Thursday will instead be Friday and Friday’s normal pick up will happen Saturday due the icy roads. Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Peoria Disposal Company via phone or website.

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Peoria Police are asking for help in find the suspects of two bank robberies Wednesday evening. The first happened at Commerce Bank on North Knoxville about 4 o’clock, and included 2 armed men.

U.S. Department of Agriculture's Crop Production Report is out. The President of the Illinois Corn Growers Association says it’s worth farmers excitement to see the considerable increases in exports coupled with increases in feed and ethanol uses.

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The Illinois State Police has issued a winter weather travel advisory for this weekend. State Police along with the Department Transportation are urging motorists that travel may be impacted by freezing rain and sleet today through Sunday.

Rodrico McLeod's Family Seeks Answers

Jan 12, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The NAACP and Rodrico "Ricco" McLeod’s family are asking for a full investigation into his death. McLeod died of Bacterial Meningitis in the Peoria County Jail sometime overnight, between January first and second.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Peoria County are looking to increase the number of children they serve.

Savory Seeks Civil Damages From Peoria

Jan 11, 2017

Johnnie Lee Savory who maintains police coerced him into making a false confession to a double murder is suing the city of Peoria, its police department and a number of police officers.


Attorneys for Johnnie Lee Savory filed the civil suit Wednesday in federal court in Chicago. The suit asserts Peoria police coerced a false confession from Savory when he was 14 after 31 hours of "abusive and illegal interrogation." It also claims the city destroyed evidence and that recent DNA testing rules out Savory as a suspect.


Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A federal judge is being asked to rule on how former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock spends remaining campaign money as he awaits trial.

Peoria Airport Adds 3rd Florida Destination

Jan 10, 2017
Peoria Public Radio

  Peoria International Airport is adding another direct flight to Florida in May. Allegiant Airlines is adding two seasonal weekly flights to Destin/Ft Walton Beach Airport (VPS) May 24th.


The addition of the destination means PIA serves more cities than any other downstate airport. It offers nonstop service to 12 cities on four airlines. The new Destin flight will happen on Wednesday and Saturday mornings on a 177-seat plane.


Pekin Hospital Is Now A UnityPoint Affiliate

Jan 10, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

UnityPoint Health - Peoria now includes Pekin Hospital. The affiliation was official January 1. Leaders with UnityPoint Health and Pekin’s Progressive Health Systems made the public announcement Tuesday.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

OSF Health Care celebrated the return of its pioneering “flying nun” on Tues.

Criminal Justice Reforms Get 11th Hour Push

Jan 9, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The so-called Neighborhood Safety Act is on track to become law in the final two days of the 99th Illinois General Assembly. A bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers worked on the measure.


Democratic State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth is a co-sponsor of the bill. Standing alongside local leaders in education, justice, law enforcement and city government Monday morning, Gordon-Booth outlined three areas the measure impacts.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

A peculiar steel structure designed by the late inventor Robert Gilmore LeTourneau is getting a facelift and a new permanent home. 

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The Marriott Corporation is prepared to withdraw its corporate name from the Pere Marquette Hotel. The company’s reservation system is no longer booking rooms for the downtown Peoria hotel after Jan. 23.

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NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Rivian Automotive has completed the purchase of the former Mitsubishi plant in the central Illinois city of Normal, where it plans to manufacture electric vehicles. 

Financing for Downtown Hotels in Question

Jan 5, 2017
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The owner of the downtown Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette hotel is attempting to refinance a loan.

City Council Moves Ahead to Fill Vacant Seat

Jan 5, 2017
Peoria Public Radio

The deadline to replace former Peoria councilman Ryan Spain is quickly approaching.  Council members met in executive session Thurs. to pare down the number of candidates. 

Caterpillar is contemplating moving machine production out of its Aurora facility. The move will be in addition to the global restructuring and cost savings plan announced in September 2015.