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The Macon County State's Attorney's office plans to have a prosecutor specifically dedicated to dealing with opioid cases.

The city of Chicago has unveiled the design of a new municipal identification card that will be available next year to immigrants living in the country without legal permission and others. 

The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed a recent ruling and will now consider an appeal in a lawsuit against a town and three former police officers filed on behalf of a man who was wrongfully convicted in a 1993 murder case.

A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 69 years in prison for fatally shooting a man at a party near the University of Illinois.

Peoria Symphony Orchestra

Conductor George Stelluto and Concertmaster Marcia Henry Liebenow are with us this week to talk about the next concert with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. The concert is called "Winter Dreams," and it offers musical reflections on the season by Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Max Bruch and others.

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Throughout the year, Darien-based historian Leslie Goddard portrays Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, or Louisa May Alcott at libraries or historical societies. This year for the Christmas season, Goddard developed a new presentation. Illinois Public Radio’s Brian O’Keefe has the story. 

Democrats Vie for Rep. Davis' Congressional Seat

Dec 15, 2017

Five Democrats who want to unseat 13th District congressman Rodney Davis met the public at a candidates’ forum Thurs. at the Champaign Public Library.

State attorneys general, including in Illinois, are threatening lawsuits against the federal government's repeal of "net neutrality" rules.

A Peoria man convicted of beating and severely burning  a 2-year-old girl by putting her into a scalding hot shower to punish her has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

An investigation has found that in recent years more Chicago police officers have opted to grieve their punishments, stalling some cases for years.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos saying she failed to process applications for federal loan relief for former students of a now-defunct chain of for-profit colleges.

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A Peoria man convicted of beating and severely burning  a 2-year-old girl by putting her into a scalding hot shower to punish her has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. 

Fireworks will remain as part of the Peoria Park District July third festivities.

Illinois Education Association Opposes GOP Tax Plan

Dec 13, 2017

The Illinois Education Association opposes the GOP federal tax cut plan on many levels, including the provision that ends the tax deduction for teachers who purchase classroom supplies. 

Peoria Breaks Ground for Chicago-Style Eatery

Dec 13, 2017
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Peoria government and business leaders helped break ground on the highly-publicized Portillo’s Restaurant Wed. The national chain is opening a location across from Northwoods Mall. The business is already stirring mixed reactions.

The Chicago City Council is creating a Vehicular Terrorism Task Force that will look for ways to reduce the chances of an attack like the one in New York where a man drove a truck onto a bike path and struck and killed several people near the World Trade Center in October. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation aimed at combating fraudulent opioid prescriptions by requiring drug prescribers to use a database containing patient prescription histories.

A Chicago man beaten by a transit police officer in 2015 and wrongly jailed for nearly two years has received a $225,000 settlement from the Metra commuter railroad.

A new $3.7 million train station has opened in southern Illinois.

Gov. Rauner Touts Nuclear Progress 1 Year Later

Dec 13, 2017
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Governor Bruce Rauner stopped at the Exelon nuclear plant near Clinton yesterday to mark the one-year anniversary of legislation that kept a pair of Illinois nuclear facilities open.

Rauner says the legislation not only saved a combined 1500 jobs at the Clinton plant and one near the Quad Cities, but gave an additional boost to the local economies in those two areas.

“We preserved the economy in these communities because each job here supports four other jobs in the community … so thousands of additional jobs protected with more economic growth.” Rauner said. 

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Efforts to build an apartment complex on park land along Peoria’s riverfront will continue for another six months.

Surviving War, But Not The Veterans' Home

Dec 13, 2017
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A good Samaritan helped save an 80-year-old Illinois mayor after he fell through thin ice trying to save his dog from a lake.

Metra says kids will be able to ride for free during the last two weeks of December.

An Air Force general says he has lost confidence in a commander at Scott Air Force Base and relieved him of his command.

A longtime White House adviser to former President Barack Obama is taking a job as a senior fellow at the University of Chicago Law School.

Rep. LaHood: 'Tax Reform Plays in Peoria'

Dec 12, 2017

House and Senate Republicans are hustling on a compromise tax overhaul this week, in hopes of getting it to the President’s desk by Christmas. 

Historic Alton Depot Razed

Dec 12, 2017
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An 89-year-old train depot in Alton is being razed.  Union Pacific had been leasing the building to Amtrak . The passenger rail service started serving passengers at the new Alton Regional Multi-Modal Transportation Center in September. A demolition team began earlier this week by punching a hole in the wall of the building. That allowed benches to be moved out of the interior before machinery proceeded.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois residents are being reminded that if they need health insurance coverage for next year they must register by Friday night.

A Chicago police spokesman say there is "no credible threat"  of any attack to the city's public transportation but after a pipe bomb exploded in New York, the department deployed more officers to train stations and other transportation centers as a precaution.

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