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  The 10th Judicial Circuit in Peoria is offering paperless filing for civil cases.


Chief Judge Paul Gilfillan, chair of the E-Filing committee Judge Jodi Hoos, and Peoria County Circuit Clerk Bob Spears, jointly announced the opening of E-Filing for all civil cases Monday.


Peoria County Courtrooms 213 and 214 are set up for the paperless cases. Courtrooms 322 and 323 are in line next to be outfitted for handling electronically filed cases.


A Chicago man pleaded guilty Monday for using information obtained in the 2015 Bradley University data breach to file false income tax returns. 41-year-old Gbadebo Adebiyi appeared before U.S. District Judge Joe Billy McDade.


Adebiyi admitted to conspiring with others to get refunds from false income tax returns including the information obtained from the data breach Bradley reported in March 2015. Bradley employee’s personal information was used to file 2014 false federal income tax returns.


Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Families with children who are blind or disabled have a new option for investing money, without jeopardizing their federal benefits.

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Authorities continue to investigate the death of a man whose body was found in a Peoria hospital bathroom but the coroner says it appears he died as a result of a broken neck. 

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In the year of the fire rooster, the Peoria Playhouse Children's Museum is importing cultural festivities from Asia.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum  is celebrating the Lunar New Year this weekend with traditional activities and exhibits. Each year, the  holiday begins on the first new moon, between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20. It fell on Jan. 28 this year.

The cultural celebration is part of the Museum's ongoing Celebrate Peoria program that highlights the many nationalities and ethnicities in the community.

'No Ban, No Wall' Protest Takes Aim at Rep. LaHood

Feb 3, 2017

This story has been updated.

Another protest is slated to take place at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Peoria in response to the president’s executive order that bans certain immigrants and refugees.

The “No Ban, No Wall” protest Friday is directed specifically at Peoria Congressman Darin LaHood.

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Three regional groups got together yesterday to compare and share notes about the strength and diversity of the local economy. 

Peoria's State of the City Speech

Feb 3, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis gave the State of the City speech Wednesday, February 1, before a record 625 business and civic leaders.

Crime Stoppers Payoff Grows for Certain Information

Feb 2, 2017

Greater Peoria Area Crime Stoppers is increasing the reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment on a homicide with a gun. The reward that had been $1000 is being raised to $5000.


Peoria Police Chief Jerry Mitchell says he’s hopeful the increase will bring closer to more homicide cases.

"We do need that help in getting some of these cases solved. We have a large number of violent cases that need some assistance. We are hopeful that these new measures will increase that participation,” Mitchell says.

Peoria Police: Be Vigilant Against Burglars

Feb 2, 2017

Peoria Police are urging residents of several neighborhoods to remain vigilant and keep an eye on their neighbor's property. Neighborhoods including Northmoor Hills, Northmoor Knolls, Willow Knolls, Tanglewood, and Hawthorne Hills are experiencing an increase in residential burglaries.

The burglaries have been happening at various hours throughout the day and night since December. Those living in the affected neighborhoods are asked to report any suspicious activities or vehicles to police, and call 911 if a burglary is occurring.

Peoria's State of the City Resolved After CAT News

Feb 1, 2017
Tanya L Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis delivered the annual State of the City Speech Wednesday, a day after Caterpillar announced it will take its headquarters and top 300 executive jobs to Chicago.


Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis opened his State of the City speech by addressing the “elephant” in the room: Caterpillar’s announcement that it’s moving headquarters to Chicago.

Hijab Day Sparks Conversations at Richwoods High School

Feb 1, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The Muslim Student Association at Richwoods High School invited classmates to try on a hijab for the day.

Morton Police: Security Breach Linked to Russia

Feb 1, 2017
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Morton School District was the target of a cyber-attack Tues., allegedly linked to Russia. 

The Heart of Illinois United Way is celebrating the close of its 2016 fundraising campaign that collected more than $11 million.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The same day Caterpillar announced its plans to move 300 of its top executives to Chicago, more than 350 people attended a town hall conversation focused on racial disparities in Peoria.

Caterpillar News A Gut Blow to Peoria

Feb 1, 2017

 The news Caterpillar is moving its world headquarters to Chicago came as a surprise to most Tuesday. The announcement of the move follows the February, 2015 declaration the company would stay in Peoria. In fact, Caterpillar was planning to expand its world headquarters, taking up 31-acres downtown near the Peoria Riverfront.

Tanya Koonce

The director of Peoria airports says he doesn't think Caterpillar's decision to move its headquarters to the Chicago area will have much effect on travel.

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President Donald Trump is expected to announce his nomination for U.S. Supreme Court Justice. WCBU will offer live NPR News coverage of the announcement, along with analysis from NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg and others. Join Audie Cornish and Ari Shapiro for live coverage of President Trump’s Supreme Court pick tonight at 7 on WCBU, Peoria Public Radio. 


Caterpillar is moving its global headquarters to Chicago. The company announced today it will locate a limited group of senior executives and support functions to the Chicago area later this year. Caterpillar also reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to Peoria and Central Illinois. The company will not build the previously announced headquarter complex in Peoria. 

Navy Times

The Navy Seal killed during the January 28th raid on al-Qaida in Yemen was 36-year-old chief petty officer, William "Ryan" Owens of Peoria. That’s according to the Defense Department. Owens died of wounds sustained in the Saturday raid. He was a 1998 graduate of Illinois Valley Central. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says our nation owes Owens and his family deepest and heartfelt gratitude.


Bradley University joins a chorus of American colleges and universities to end the executive order that suspended the entry of refugees, immigrants and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Analysts Project ACA Repeal Would Hurt Illinois' Economy

Jan 30, 2017
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Illinois is among the top 20 states that would be most hurt by a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. 

Peoria Protest Supports Others In U.S.

Jan 29, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

More than 100 people turned out in downtown Peoria Sunday afternoon, despite the cold, to protest President Trump's recent executive order barring immigrants and refugees from seven countries.

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Jurors in Peoria have convicted a 19-year-old man of first-degree murder in the shooting death of another man after an argument over a dice game.  Jurors found Darrell M. Brown of Peoria guilty in the 2015 death of Quenton Lowe. Lowe died at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.  Brown's attorney questioned witness credibility and sizes of the bullets' entry wounds.

Caterpillar Looks to Year Ahead

Jan 26, 2017

2016 saw more reductions in sales and revenues for Caterpillar. That grows on the losses of 2015. Sales and revenue of $38.5 billion represents a more than 30-percent decline over the two year period.

Since the company announced its massive restructuring plans at the end of 2015, it’s cut 16,000 jobs around the globe. Caterpillar’s 2017 outlook also anticipates another $500 million in restructuring costs.

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Slightly fewer people were seeking full-time employment last year in the Peoria Metro area as well as statewide. Generally that translates to a lower unemployment rate. But for last-year it only tells half the story.

Pekin Police Still Searching for 13-Year-Old

Jan 26, 2017

A 13-year-old Pekin boy who went missing in November is still yet to be found. 

Jump Tests Cadaver Alternative for Anatomy Ed

Jan 26, 2017
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A medical simulation lab in Peoria is the testing site for new anatomy specimens that reduces its reliance on cadavers for dissections.

Caterpillar finished up 2016 in the red. The company released its fourth quarter and year-end reports Thurs.