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As of Tues., the Peoria City Council now has a full complement of members.


For the second time in six months, Peoria councilwoman Beth Akeson has upset some residents with her use of social media.

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A statewide grassroots initiative launched a decade ago to get more minorities teachers into the classroom lost funding when Illinois went without a budget. A teacher shortage surfaced about the same time. One Peoria educator is working to bring back the Grow Your Own Teacher program to address both issues.

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Peoria City and County leaders are sharing their so-called “wish list” to area lawmakers. 

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A central Illinois city that restricts speakers at council meetings is seeking advice from the state attorney general.  Normal limits speakers to one appearance every 45 days. City Manager Mark Peterson says the council likely will follow the attorney general's opinion. The restriction might violate the Illinois public meetings law.

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The Peoria area continues to be a hotbed for millennial home buyers. The overall number of properties sold last year was slightly less than in 2015, when real estate moved at a 7-year high.

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Peoria’s about to get a bouncy new option for recreation and fitness.

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The Women’s March On Washington included sister protests held across the country, including Peoria.

Police Seek Help Locating Bank Robbery Suspect

Jan 20, 2017
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One of the two males suspected of robbing Commerce Bank on North Knoxville in Peoria last week has been identified.  Peoria Police say 28 year-old Tarius D. Ganaway is wanted for armed robbery.  

Governor Bruce Rauner said he does not support a repeal of Obamacare without a replacement.

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The Peoria Rotary Club has three newly bald members. The service club’s Friday lunch meeting started with shaving the heads of 182nd Airlift Wing Colonel Robbie Roberts, businessman Steve Driscoll and retired TV news anchor Tom McIntyre.

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The Peoria Rivermen’s game Fri. is being postponed, due to the opposing team’s bus crashing in Morton Thurs., which resulted in players and staff being taken to area hospitals.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A federal judge who was to preside over the corruption trial of former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock has recused herself.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency added 25 significant properties to the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.  The list includes a historic apartment building on Main St. in Peoria. 

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The ribbon cutting for the Cooperage Building in Peoria means there’s another place with historic character for people to live and work in the Warehouse District. The building that was constructed in 1925 started as a door and windows manufacturing company and later was a cooperage factory that made whiskey barrels for Hiram Walker.  Katie Kim is the CEO of the Kim Group. She says it was a 5-million-dollar project that was only possible with the extension of the state and federal historic tax credits:



Toxicology Results: Meningitis is COD for McLeod

Jan 20, 2017

Toxicology tests confirm bacterial meningitis was the cause of death for 36-year-old Rodrico McLeod on Jan. 2.

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Those traveling from northbound Interstate 155 to westbound I-74 were rerouted into Morton Thursday afternoon and evening. Emergency responders were working to remove a charter bus that rolled over while negotiating the exit ramp at about 1:00p.m.

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Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford Counties are now joined together in the state’s first regional health assessment. 

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Ridership at Peoria's airport has declined for the first time in four years.

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A critical source of funding will flow into a public housing project, amidst a shortage of affordable options in Peoria.

Durbin Concerned about Trump’s Tweets

Jan 19, 2017

Illinois U-S Senator Dick Durbin is voicing concerns with Donald Trump’s cabinet appointments.

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Illinois’ State Treasurer is doubling down on a legislative effort to make sure that people get the life insurance money they’re owed.

Peoria Convenes 2nd Black Life Meeting

Jan 18, 2017

A second meeting on African American quality of life in Peoria is scheduled for January 31st.

Former Congressman Aaron Schock was in court today via video link. Four separate locations participated in the hearing with a federal courtroom linked for viewing in Peoria.

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The 25th annual MLK Day luncheon at the Peoria Civic Center drew more than 2,100 people for the meal and concert with Patti LaBelle. LaBelle was this year’s keynote speaker but rather than a traditional luncheon speech, LaBelle offered a full concert in the Civic Center Arena.  

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Attendees gathered at the Civic Center Mon. for a sold out luncheon honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Peoria Public Radio was there to hear what people are saying about race and Dr. King’s legacy in 2017.

Women's Caucus Seeks to Level Economic Playing Field

Jan 16, 2017

The Congressional Women’s Caucus is a group of US representatives seeking to improve the economic condition of single, working parents.

Peoria County Offers Buy-Out to Balance Budget

Jan 13, 2017

Peoria County hopes to reduce the number of employees it must layoff to balance its budget. The county board Thursday night approved a voluntary employee-buyout plan.

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Organizers of the annual march in Peoria honoring Martin Luther King Jr. hope to inspire more people, especially youth, to engage in social and political issues.

The annual MLK holiday is bookended by the departure of America’s first African American president and the inauguration of Donald Trump.

Freedom March organizer Eugene Daniel says the timing couldn’t be better. Daniel says the event aims to remind attendees of their constitutional rights to speak out against injustice and to unite around common values.

The City of Peoria saw an increase in shootings last year but fewer homicides. Peoria Police Department Data shows a 40% increase in shootings. There were 98 shooting incidents in Peoria last year. Though some of those instances had multiple victims. 122 people were shot.