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A rainwater irrigation system means new opportunities for a community learning center on Peoria’s South Side. 

Peoria County Jail Has A New Superintendent

Aug 15, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell received his official appointment with the Peoria County Board’s approval late last week. He’s filling out the remainder of the Sheriff's term vacated by Mike McCoy earlier this summer. And Asbell has been quick to make his first official appointments.

The former Jail Superintendent made his first appointment naming his replacement. He named Peoria County Sheriff’s Department veteran Ronda Guyton to post.

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“More Success, Less Stress,” was the theme of Monday's back-to-school kickoff event for Peoria Public School faculty.

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - High school students in central Illinois are part of an effort to renovate Peoria Stadium.


PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A homeless shelter in Peoria is opening to homeless families 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Fair Housing Act Violations Asserted Against Peoria

Aug 11, 2017
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The City of Peoria is being sued for the way it enforces its chronic nuisance ordinance. The lawsuit, filed in US District Court, alleges the city violates the Fair Housing Act.

Illinois Education Funding Is Still Up In The Air

Aug 10, 2017

Today is supposed to be the state’s first general aid payments to schools for the academic year. But political gridlock continues to withhold the money.

Peoria Public School Teachers Greet Students at Home

Aug 9, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria Public School teachers and administrators are going door-to-door this week to get their students fired up for the first day of class. 

Mapleton Board Meeting Displays Turmoil

Aug 9, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Mapleton Village board meeting last night was expected to address recent racial comments by a trustee. Instead, it brought to light government dysfunction that resulted in six resignations and one impromptu swearing-in.

The city of Peoria faces a nearly $8 million dollar deficit in next year’s budget, a deficit that will grow to $11 million dollars by 2020 without corrective action.

Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich reported to the city council Tues. that one of the primary reasons for the growing deficit is the mandatory contribution for pensions.

"In 2012, were levying about $16-million for all of our retirement costs. In 2016, we were at $19.7 million," Urich said. 

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OSF HealthCare is expanding its presence down state.

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Franklin Primary School was next in line for one of the district’s 54 facilities upgrades. But the improvement project is on hold, as school district officials address concerns from nearby residents.

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It’s the last full week of summer for Peoria Public School students. And many of them are getting a special visitor to help get them ready.

Peoria Police: Please Lock Your Car

Aug 7, 2017
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Peoria Police are asking city residents to remember to lock their vehicles.  A rash of recent burglaries and vehicle thefts city wide is prompting the call.

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The City of Peoria is one of three communities nationwide to receive a $150,000 grant from the American Water Charitable foundation.

City Puts Code Violations Up Front in Property Auction

Aug 7, 2017
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Every year, Peoria County auctions off property that has been acquired through the tax process system.

OSF HealthCare is planning to open a new medical building in north Normal in the Constitution Trail Centre.

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The last registration hub for Peoria Public School students is tomorrow, and District officials are reminding parents to immunize their children before the first day of classes, Aug. 16th.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

 A chemical company off of Route 24 in Mapleton had a fire Thursday afternoon that garnered a sizable initial response. LANXESS, the company that purchases Chemtura earlier this year, works with volatile chemicals. It sits along the portion of Route 24 sometimes referred to locally as chemical alley.


Peoria County Sheriff Chief Deputy Joe Needham says they got the call about 2:00 p.m. and Timber Hollis Fire Department responded.

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The Tazewell County Coroner’s Office is still waiting for DNA test results on the human remains thought to be a missing Pekin boy.

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The state is inching closer and closer to missing its first school aid payments due next week.

Local Schools Remain Hopeful for State Payments

Aug 2, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Students in Illinois are preparing for the new school year. And school districts that rely on state aid for operating are still hoping the first payment arrives as scheduled, August 10th.

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A Democratic congressional candidate from Illinois who lost in 2016 is running again.


Caterpillar CFO Brad Halverson is retiring early next year. His career spans three decades with the company.

Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby says Halverson assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer just as the company faced an unprecedented downturn in business. Caterpillar undertook significant restructuring in response. Umpleby says Halverson helped the company maintain a strong balance sheet and good cash flow in that process.

The company is planning an external search to fill the CFO position. Halverson will work into early 2018 to ensure a smooth transition.

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The owners of Peoria’s Cooperage 214 building on Pecan Street in the Warehouse District are being recognized for the historic preservation practices carried out in rehabbing the building.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio


  Ameren Illinois has adopted a new tool for power line maintenance and storm recovery.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The state budget impasse restored funding to human service agencies that went unpaid for more than two years. But a nonprofit that provides support for victims of domestic abuse still hasn’t gotten paid for services provided during that time.

Allison Walsh / Peoria Public Radio

The Center for Prevention of Abuse is expanding its services to address the specific needs of victims of human trafficking.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

About the same time Republican Governor Bruce Rauner received Senate Bill 1 Mon., a trio of Democrats arrived in Peoria to encourage support for it.

A former Pekin Police officer is hospitalized from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound. Police were called to Williamsburg Apartments at about 2 a.m., on a report of three shots fired.