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Local news stories and features from Peoria Public Radio.

Mike Guerra / City of Pekin

Court Street in Downtown Pekin is getting some pedestrian friendly refurbishments. City workers are installing installation of decorative crosswalks  at each intersection between 2nd and 6th streets. Crews are completing the work in the overnight hours as not disrupt business or inconveniencing traffic.

Pekin City Manager Tony Carson says it’s about making everyone feel welcome and safe when walking downtown.

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Home sales were down 9.8 percent in the Peoria area for the 2nd quarter that ended June 30th.

A community health clinic in Peoria is one of ten organizations in Illinois to get major funding from the federal government.

Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo

Big Yellow is at the White House. 

Demolition of Riverfront Village at the foot of Main Street in Peoria will now begin in December at the earliest. It has housed various businesses over the past two decades. The City of Peoria owns the raised structure and plans to develop a park in its place.

The adult male skull Peoria County officials discovered in Kingston Mines a month ago is a match with the torso found in Schuyler County last year.

The torso was removed from the Illinois River November 13th. The skull washed ashore off the River in Kingston Mines and was found June 12th.

Dickson Mounds Museum will feature "Snakes, Lizards and More" for its Kids' Day presentation on Sunday. 

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Democratic gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker made several stops around the state Thurs. One of them was at the Tazewell Community Area Project or TCAP. 

Downtown Peoria Could See a New Special Service Area

Jul 14, 2017

Peoria’s Downtown Development Corporation is proposing the creation of a special service area. It would include the medical and warehouse districts plus downtown and the riverfront.

Planned services are street and sidewalk clean-up, landscape maintenance, decorations, directories and a website. Funding would come from three sources, two of which are taxes.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio


Two state lawmakers, who previously served on Peoria City Council, are pushing legislation they say would make private utility companies more accountable to customers.

The newly-formed South Side Christian Academy will have a new building when school starts in August.

Peoria’s National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research is off the chopping block.

Dieu Nalio Chery / AP Photo

The continued shortage of doctors in rural areas is further widening the healthcare disadvantage felt by communities worldwide. The University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria is hoping a new specialty track will serve as a pipeline, directing more doctors and public health solutions to areas with fewer resources.

Peoria to Crack Down on Firework Violations Next Year

Jul 12, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  There were 183 complaint calls and 270 ShotSpotter reports of fireworks in Peoria between July 3rd and 5th. The city deployed 76 percent of its eligible police officers to work during that time. Yet the department issued only eight tickets.

New Eureka College President is a Familiar Face

Jul 12, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Eureka College has its first female and African-American president in the institution’s 163-year history. Dr. Jamel Santa Cruze Wright has served as the interim president for slightly more than a year. She was officially named the 27th president of Eureka College Tues.


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.