Peoria Public Radio News

Peoria Public Radio News
7:28 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Peoria is again an All America City

Peoria is once again an All-America City thanks to a local group. The Peoria Chamber’s Young Professionals Organization of Greater Peoria made the announcement Sunday. The organization is responsible for submitting the application for the honor. It brought a delegation of more than 30 people to make a presentation about the city to the National Civic League in Denver. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:25 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Pete Vonachen's farewell

The statue in Dozer Park of Pete Vonachen handing a baseball to a child. It's called 'Peoria's Mr Baseball'. It was unveiled as part of his 80th birthday. Pete Vonachen died Monday, June 11th at 87-years old.
Credit Tanya Koonce / WCBU

  The community said farewell to Harold “Pete” Vonachen Friday. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:


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Peoria Public Radio News
2:19 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Tazewell County allowing concealed-carry

Tazewell County is joining two other Illinois counties in allowing concealed carry. That’s as the state waits for Governor Pat Quinn to decide what he’ll do with legislation that would allow people to carry concealed guns.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:16 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

BU Alumni Association's Leadership Summit underway

The Bradley University Alumni Association’s first Leadership Summit is underway. The event began Thursday and runs through Saturday on campus. The goal of the summit is to motivate aspiring leaders working to advance their careers and enhance their leadership skills.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:30 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Carver Community Center Board asked to step aside

Credit Tanya Koonce / WCBU

The Peoria Chapter of the NAACP and members of the community are calling for the removal of the Carver Community Center Board. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports they are passing petitions in support of the effort. 


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Peoria Public Radio News
6:30 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Remembering Pete Vonachen

Credit Tanya Koonce / WCBU

Peoria lays to rest today the man many called 'Mr Baseball.'  Pete Vonachen died Monday. He was 87. Vonachen purchased Peoria’s minor league baseball team about 30 years ago, and shared a great friendship with the late Harry Carey.

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10:15 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Reduced building permit fee Peoria County flood victims

The Peoria County board approved reducing building and maintenance fees by half for flood victims. The board voted 11 to five on the fee reduction while also adding two new full time employees to the Planning and Zoning Department.

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:42 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Ticket vendor for Cat's Visitors Center experiences security breach

Credit: Caterpillar Visitor's Center Facebook page

Caterpillar says the third party ticket vendor for its visitor’s center has experienced a security breach. That has the potential to impact those who’ve purchased tickets to Cat’s Visitors Center online or at the box-office. It does not include Caterpillar’s adjacent Merchandise Center or the company’s systems or hardware.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:32 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Cat will continue not funding the Boy Scouts

The Caterpillar Foundation will continue to NOT fund the Boys Scouts of America. Spokeswoman Rachael Potts says the company’s foundation is reaffirming the decision it made last July. At the time, the Scouts decided to continue a ban on homosexual members or leaders. That went against Caterpillar’s anti-discrimination policy. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:01 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Man found in Illinois River likely died from drowning

The Peoria County Coroner says the man fished out of the Illinois River Tuesday night likely died from drowning. Johnna Ingersoll identified the man as 31-year old Matthew Nettles of Washington. She says there was no evidence of trauma and she’s following through with toxicology testing.

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