Six months since they last collectively met, Governor Bruce Rauner and the four top legislators will gather again.     They're set to meet Tuesday afternoon in Springfield.  It comes as Illinois rounds out a fifth month without a state budget.   Rauner says he'll talk finances once changes are made he believes will improve the business climate.  But Steve Brown, the spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan, says Madigan will press budget issues at the meeting.

Local Workshop Tuesday For Laid Off Cat Workers

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Local non-profit groups and government agencies are offering a workshop Tuesday to help recently laid-off workers at Caterpillar.  The Rapid Response workshop is at Illinois Central College’s North Campus in Arbor Hall starting at 10 Tuesday morning.  Officials from Career Link, the state Department of Employment Security, and Navicore Solutions will be available at the workshop.

Pekin Worker Killed In Accident At Processing Plant

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A worker was killed in Pekin Monday after he became trapped in a corn dryer at a processing plant.  Pekin Police Detective Mike Eeten says a piece of metal fell on the man as he walked through the Illinois Corn Processing plant. He says rescue crews were trying to take the dryer apart to free the man when part of the dryer collapsed on him:

Police in Pekin say a man is dead after he became trapped in a corn dryer at a processing plant.  Pekin Police Public Information Officer Mike Eeten says a piece of metal fell on the unidentified man as he walked through the Illinois Corn Processing plant and trapped him sometime before 11 a.m. today.

A 21-year-old Chicago resident is charged with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce.  Jabari R. Dean threatened on a social media website to kill 16 white male students or staff at the University of Chicago. 

District 150 looks to parents for leadership, feedback

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Peoria Public School officials are hoping to strengthen ties with parents, as the district works toward finalizing a long-term strategic plan. 

District 150 board members  meet with the Parent-Teacher Organization at Glen Oak Community Learning Center at 5:30pm tonight. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The city of Springfield's new micro-lending program has given out a total of $120,000 in loans to small business owners and entrepreneurs in its first two months.

The micro-lending program started in mid-September. According to the city, about 40 people have applied for loans, and 22 have been approved.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Marijuana-friendly doctors in states with similar medical cannabis laws face starkly different treatment by government regulators. When it comes to oversight of doctors, enforcement practices vary in the 23 states allowing medical cannabis. How governments oversee pot doctors has become an issue, even in more tolerant states such as California and Colorado.

A Chicago Democrat says he hopes a new state law will prevent the very situation that’s playing out over the death of a 17-year-old killed by a Chicago police officer.  The new law sets standards for police officers who wear body cameras.

Illinois’ human service providers are calling on lawmakers and the governor to go beyond passing this year’s fiscal budget – which is five months overdue. They also want a plan passed that covers the next fiscal year. 

Judith Gethner with Illinois Partners for Human Services, says they want both to happen in January so providers can prepare for cuts that are likely to come.

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A medical school professor in Peoria will continue his research into Alzheimer's Disease thanks to a $440,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health. 

Doctor Ken Fukuchi has spent 30 years researching the disease. Fukuchi is a professor in the department of cancer biology and pharmacology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. 

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has repeatedly pledged to save taxpayers money by eliminating some of Illinois' nearly 7,000 units of government.   Now a task force the Republican governor named to put that idea in motion is preparing its final recommendations. 

Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, the commission's chairwoman, says its suggestions could make government more efficient and effective if the Legislature and Rauner choose to implement them. They include letting voters decide whether a unit of government should be eliminated.

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A newspaper report says proposed plans to move a federal spy agency's regional headquarters from St. Louis to Illinois' Scott Air Force Base have been around for over a decade. Southwestern Illinois and Missouri are competing to house the project. The Belleville News Democrat reports 2005 minutes from a meeting of top Pentagon leaders show they considered the Illinois option for moving the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

U of C Shuts Down Following Online Threat

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The University of Chicago said all classes and activities are canceled Monday after the FBI passed on an online threat of gun violence on the campus quad at 10 a.m. Monday. The decision, which the FBI says the university made, could affect more than 30,000 students, faculty and staff who work on the Hyde Park campus south of downtown Chicago.

Peoria Looking At Business Incentive Guidelines

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The City of Peoria is continuing to re-evaluate incentives used to entice business investment.  It already has incentives on the books, including TIF rebates, revolving loan funds, and enterprise zones.   Assistant City Manager Chris Setti says staff are looking at guidelines to qualify for incentives, like how many jobs are created and the size of the investment:

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Attorneys for former Illinois congressman Aaron Schock say they have reached an agreement with federal prosecutors on documents currently under review by a federal judge.

Even if Illinois lawmakers reach a compromise soon, it's too late to help improve the state's credit rating, it's already the lowest rated state in the nation.

As we enter the holiday season, many workers are thinking about the extra days off.  The State Chamber of Commerce keeps tabs on paid holidays by employers across the state.   


CHICAGO (AP) - Officials of Chicago Public Schools say they're preparing for the fallout resulting from the video showing a police officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Parents have received a letter from Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson assuring them the video of McDonald's death won't be shown in schools.

 In the letter, Jackson went on to say it's likely students will discuss the video when they return to classrooms Monday. 


CHICAGO (AP) - Protests over the videotaped fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer are set to move to the heart of the city's famed retail district on the busiest shopping day of the year.

A protest march down part of Michigan Avenue called the Magnificent Mile is planned for Friday at 11 a.m. It is being organized by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and other local activists.

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It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and your refrigerator is filled with leftovers from the big meal. You might just warm them up and eat them as they are … or you might get a bit creative. For some input on how to make you day-old turkey into something new, Jim Meadows turned to Jessica Gorin. She’s the executive chef at Big Grove Tavern in downtown Champaign. She says you can use those Thanksgiving leftovers in ways that aren’t exactly like what you had yesterday.

A Look At Peoria's Annual Christmas kick-off events

Nov 27, 2015
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The 128th Annual Santa Claus Parade kicks off at 10:15 this morning at the Central Fire Station on Monroe Street in downtown Peoria. It’s the longest continuously running holiday parade in the U-S. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says the annual tradition is a large draw for the city:

A national retail group says sales are expected to increase nearly four percent over last year's holiday shopping. 

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Protest groups returned to the streets of Chicago today, one day after the city released a squad-car video showing a white police officer fatally shoot a black teenager.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has pardoned a man who spent seven years in prison but was later judged innocent of attempted murder. 

A senior accountant at the Illinois Medical District Commission has pleaded guilty to embezzlement for allegedly transferring more than $130,000 into personal accounts.

Advocacy groups and community leaders are calling for more investigations of the Chicago Police Department and authorities after the release of a video that shows a white police officer shooting a black teen.

Peoria’s October Unemployment Rate Rises

Nov 25, 2015

The unemployment rate rose in the Peoria area last month compared to the same time in 2014. The Illinois Department of Employment Security is reporting an unemployment rate of six-point-six-percent in October for the Peoria area. That’s nearly one-percent higher than the rate last month. The Peoria metro area lost 1,800 jobs year-over-year.

Deere & Co. sales, profits drop in 2015

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 As expected, sales and profits fell during the past year for Deere and Company. This week it reported year-end net income of 1.9 billion dollars or 5-dollars and 77-cents per share, compared to 8-dollars and 63-cents a year ago. Sales for the year dropped 20 per cent. 

CHICAGO (AP) - The latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer: 

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 Most protesters in Chicago seemed to honor pleas for restraint in the hours after the release of a dash-cam video showing the shooting death of a black teen by a white police officer.