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Local news stories and features from Peoria Public Radio.

Home for Veterans Dedicates New Wing, Named 'Hope'

Jul 7, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The General Wayne A Downing Home for Veterans in Peoria is getting five new residents.

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A Peoria man, with a nearly decade long criminal history of violence against women and children, is being charged in the murder of his girlfriend.

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Peoria-area state representatives voted mostly along party lines on the decision to override the Governor’s vetoes, giving the state its first budget in more than two years.

BREAKING: State Capitol On Lockdown

Jul 6, 2017
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The capitol building in Springfield was placed on lockdown around 1:30 Thurs.

It happened just as representatives in the House were preparing to debate a possible override of the Governor’s veto of a proposed budget.

Springfield Fire Chief Barry Helmerichs says the building is on lockdown after a woman allegedly threw a powdery substance in the governor's office. 

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Illinois State Sen. David Koehler is going public with his choice for governor. On Thurs., the Peoria Democrat announced he’s throwing his support behind State Sen. Daniel Biss for the 2018 gubernatorial race.

Illinois’ junior US Senator toured the USDA Ag Lab in Peoria Wed.

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With the hottest days of the year ahead, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is teaming up with local agencies to remind people of the dangers of overexposure to heat, in particular, leaving infants in hot cars.

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The  Central Illinois Agency on Aging is offering coupons to use at farmer’s markets for those 60 and older who meet certain income guidelines. Those who turn 60 before October 31 and have an individual annual income of $22,300 or less qualify. The annual income guidelines for a couple is slightly more than $30,000 for a couple. Those who are disabled are not eligible for the program.

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Peoria’s annual firework show is expected to light up the sky tonight at 9-30 as scheduled. Unity Point’s annual Red, White and Boom is considered the largest fireworks display in the state.

An Illinois congressman says he plans to introduce legislation to name a post office after a U.S. Navy SEAL from Illinois who was killed in Yemen.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

A community organization that maintains green space bordering West Peoria is hoping to get more volunteers involved and invested in its future.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

74-year-old Cleve Heidelberg appeared in a Peoria County courtroom today, following his attorney's motion requesting a speedy trial.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

It’s a new day in law enforcement in Peoria County and the Tazewell County City of Washington. Long-time Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy is officially the new Chief of Police in Washington.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

“This is your museum.” That phrase, directed at an audience of kids, was repeated by the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s President during the announcement of a new program for Peoria Public Schools students Thurs.

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An Illinois State Police K-9 handler was killed in an accident with a semi on Interstate 74, near Farmer City Thurs.

The Sudden cardiac arrest survival rate in Peoria is nearly double the national average at 13 percent. Local health officials are working together to further improve the bottom line. 

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The Peoria City Council Tues. voted to approve an extension of a contract with the developer of the proposed River Trail Apartments.

Army Corps Farm Creek Project Seeks Public Input

Jun 28, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  More than 50 people turned out for the Open House on the Master Plan for the Farm Creek Reservoirs in East Peoria Tuesday.

It was an opportunity for people to learn about the Army Corps of Engineers management plans for the nearly 900 acres that make up the the Farmdale and Fondulac Reservoirs.

Kevin Ewbank is the Army Corps Supervisory Park Ranger for Illinois Waterway and Farm Creek Projects. He says the federally owned land is designated for flood control with recreation as an additional purpose.

Army Corps Farm Creek Project Seeks Public Input

Jun 28, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

More than 50 people turned out for the Open House on the Master Plan for the Farm Creek Reservoirs in East Peoria Tuesday.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria Chapter of the NAACP is endorsing a piece of legislation that would require life insurance companies to pay out death benefits that have been unclaimed since the year 2000.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

A vacant lot in Peoria’s Warehouse District could soon become an urban garden. It’s the next project identified by the City to help divert stormwater from the river. 

The city-owned arena downtown Bloomington in central Illinois has a new name: Grossinger Motors Arena.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Leaders from Peoria Peoria Public Schools, Canton’s School District and the Regional Office of Education joined the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce in urging Illinois lawmakers to agree on a spending plan Mon. 

Peoria Historical Society

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - The Peoria Historical Society's history tours may become history themselves.  

Downtown Development Corporation of Peoria

Street parking in Peoria’s Warehouse District is now limited to two hours.

Marseilles Infant Death Caused by Head Trauma

Jun 23, 2017
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The Peoria County Coroner says preliminary autopsy results for 12- day-old Ean Mariotto, of Marseilles show his primary cause of death is related to severe head trauma. The infant also suffered multiple areas of blunt force trauma.


The Marseilles Police arrested and charged 30 year-old Jeffrey Price Tuesday in connection to the infant’s injuries.

Peoria Workplaces Prepare to Save a Life

Jun 23, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Another workplace in the Peoria area is ready to respond in the event of a cardiac arrest. It’s part the American Heart Association’s First Aid training effort in the workplace.


Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

About two-dozen people participated in a Healthcare rally yesterday, across the street from Republican Congressman Darin LaHood’s office.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office will see an administrative change at the end of the month. But it may also prove to be one of the most competitive races in the region next year.


Long-time Bartonville Police Chief Brian Fengel is running for Peoria County Sheriff. Fengel made the announcement Wednesday at Bartonville Village Hall with a crowd of people as a backdrop.


The Policy and Politics of Appointing a New Sheriff

Jun 22, 2017
Peoria County

Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy is leaving at the end of the month to take the Chief of Police job in Washington, Illinois.


McCoy is the third Peoria County Elected Official to leave office in about six months. That means the Peoria County Board has a method in place that goes with Election Code as specified by the Illinois Constitution to fill the vacant positions.  


But the sheriff’s office is a little different according to the state constitution. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports: