An Illinois man has been charged after posting online several times that he wants to assassinate President Donald Trump.

Former President Barack Obama's presidential center could include a playground, performance lawn and a sledding hill. 

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - Representatives of University of Illinois police and a campus counseling center will meet with students to discuss the search for a visiting scholar from China.

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Summer music camps are a staple at universities and institutes across the country. Most of them focus on large ensembles playing large works. But Western Illinois Univeristy’s School of Music is trying something different and going small. Illinois Public Radio's Jonathan Ahl explains.

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About two-dozen people participated in a Healthcare rally yesterday, across the street from Republican Congressman Darin LaHood’s office.

The Policy and Politics of Appointing a New Sheriff

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Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy is leaving at the end of the month to take the Chief of Police job in Washington, Illinois.


McCoy is the third Peoria County Elected Official to leave office in about six months. That means the Peoria County Board has a method in place that goes with Election Code as specified by the Illinois Constitution to fill the vacant positions.  


But the sheriff’s office is a little different according to the state constitution. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:

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The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office will see an administrative change at the end of the month. But it may also prove to be one of the most competitive races in the region next year.


Long-time Bartonville Police Chief Brian Fengel is running for Peoria County Sheriff. Fengel made the announcement Wednesday at Bartonville Village Hall with a crowd of people as a backdrop.


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Two Illinois State Senators sat side-by-side during a legislative breakfast, hosted by AARP in Peoria Wed. It was a visible and audible display of contrasts.

The mayor of Chicago says the city will host a climate summit for North American cities this fall.

An online fundraising effort has brought in more than $80,000 for the family of a visiting scholar from China who disappeared from the University of Illinois.

Lawyers representing Chicago are not offering clues about how Mayor Rahm Emanuel might respond to a federal lawsuit seeking to force the city into implementing police reforms under court supervision.

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman says plans for a $132 million renovation at Memorial Stadium are on hold and instead the school will break ground next year on a stand-alone football performance center.

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Hospitals and medical schools in Peoria and nationwide are beginning to address an issue that’s ailing the healthcare industry. Rates of physician burnout, depression and suicide are markedly higher than the general population.

Law enforcement in Springfield are benefiting from local public officials' efforts to give them easier access to an opioid overdose antidote.

Chicago has hired a new security chief for its airports, including O'Hare International Airport where officers dragged a passenger from a United Airlines plane in April.

The Illinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing is getting a $2 million federal grant to help make the nursing workforce more diverse.

Chicago Public Schools says it has taken out a $275 million short-term loan so it can meet its obligations with the teachers' pension fund by a June 30 deadline.

The Rockford Public Library is giving kids the chance to wipe out any fines for overdue materials by checking out more books and returning them on time.

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President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for FY 2018 would cost Illinois more than $5 billion dollars in the next five years.

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CHICAGO (AP) - A progress report filed in federal court shows that Illinois' child welfare agency has slowly made "incremental" improvements, but concerns linger about the impact of the state's budget impasse and a "revolving door" of leadership. 

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There are now two separate rewards posted for information that helps solve the disappearance of Yingying Zhang. Zhang is the 26-year-old University of Illinois visiting scholar from China who has  been missing since June 9.

A New Sheriff for Peoria County

Jun 19, 2017
Peoria County


Things are shifting in Peoria County law enforcement.

Organizers of a four-day event celebrating a western Illinois community's railroad heritage are looking to again boost attendance. 

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that'll help locate a visiting scholar from China who disappeared from the University of Illinois. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration say they're working out bugs on a $94 million online portal that allows state employees to choose health care options. 

State versus state battle lines are being drawn across the Mississippi River, with a top Missouri official urging Illinois regulators to back away from a plan that would allow higher levees, potentially worsening flooding on the Missouri side of the river.

A former Lincoln Lane Community College employee has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for taking almost $700,000 from the college.

Police southwest of Chicago say they are searching for what could be a team of gun thieves who sometimes use cars to smash their way into businesses.

Teachers will be able to see a free round of golf in Springfield this month. The Lincoln Land Charity Championship has named June 22 "Horace Mann Educator's Day" at the PGA tournament.

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U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Peoria, returns to the Capitol on Tues. to debate a bill that would reauthorize a federal funding source for job training and apprenticeships.