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Planning for Illinois' bicentennial celebration lags behind recent anniversaries elsewhere.

The state of Illinois is looking for residents' help to create a plan to determine how to best use the state's roadway rest areas.

Illinois transportation officials are warning motorists to beware of more active deer as mating season begins.

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The northern Illinois community of Belvidere has unveiled a new mural honoring a local resident who played in the 1933 World Series. The Rockford Register Star reports the Boone County Arts Council unveiled the mural downtown Belvidere on Saturday. It honors Fred Schulte, who played with the Washington Senators. He hit a 3-run home run to tie Game 5 against the New York Giants. The Giants went on to win the series. 

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EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois State Historical Society is offering all 102 counties a tree that descends from an original "Johnny Appleseed" tree as part of the state's 200th birthday celebration.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is collecting data on recyclables in each county. 

Millikin University in Decatur plans to break ground next year on a $25 million Center for Theatre and Dance.

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This week, we're talking with Susan Hazzard. She's directing "The Woman In Black," now on stage at Peoria Players Theatre. It's her directorial debut, and she talks about why she chose it as her first production. She also talks about working with the small cast of three actors, about the technical elements that create a mood of suspense, and about the effect she hopes the production will have on audience members.

"The Woman In Black" continues with performances tonight, tomorrow night, and Sunday at Peoria Players.

Tazewell County Deputies Get Narcan

Oct 13, 2017
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Tazewell County Deputies are all now carrying Narcan Nasal Spray to counteract opioid overdoses.

The U.S. Justice Department contends the city of Chicago and Cook County violated federal immigration laws when they were awarded public safety grants last year.

Illinois Sets Out to Stop Opioid Abuse

Oct 12, 2017

The governor’s new Opioid Prevention and Intervention Task Force made a stop in Urbana Thursday, to hear ways to curtail drug abuse in the state. 

The union representing corrections officers says inmate attacks on state employees have increased 51% since 2015.

The sheriff in northern Illinois' Winnebago County says budget cuts mean he will lay off 64 reserve deputies on Oct. 20.

An Amtrak employee has pleaded guilty to a scheme in which he steered thousands of dollars in business from its "Polar Express" train ride to his wife's photo company.

A man exonerated in a killing for which he spent 15 years in prison has reached a $9 million settlement with investigators in northern Illinois.

Local Church Embraces Hispanic Heritage

Oct 12, 2017
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A church in downtown Peoria is highlighting cultural contributions of the Hispanic community. First United Methodist Church’s Mariachi Night block party includes live performances and local food vendors.

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A public defender entered a “not guilty” plea Wed. for Brendt Christensen, the 28-year-old man accused of kidnapping and killing Yingying Zhang. 

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The Pekin Police Department and its K9 Officer are participating in the Aftermath contest again this year.

City Looks to Add Stormwater Utility in 2018

Oct 12, 2017

Peoria residents may be paying a new storm water utility fee next year.

A man accused in the abduction and killing of a University of Illinois scholar from China is to be arraigned on new charges.

The University of Illinois is appointing a task force to develop policies to avoid issues with disruptions while maintaining free speech and a welcoming environment.

Soda Tax Not Done ---Yet

Oct 11, 2017

Cook County Commissioners took the final vote to repeal the controversial sweetened-beverage tax Wednesday. But it’s not gone just yet.

Illinois State University is getting a $12.5 million federal grant to help school principals.

Twenty-four people working in fields ranging from music to computer science have been selected as MacArthur fellows and will receive so-called "genius" grants of $625,000 to spend any way they wish.

A former worker implicated in the death of a 16-year-old resident of a northern Illinois youth home has reached a plea deal sparing him some prison time.

An Indiana group has won nearly $1 million in federal funds to boost efforts to use technology to bring healthcare to under-served areas in four states.

City Council held a policy session Tues. to discuss tax incentives in so-called Special Service Areas. The subject is part of the ongoing discussions with the developer of a Portillo's restaurant in Peoria.

Councilman Chuck Grayeb says the incentives are misconstrued as corporate welfare.

 

"That is implicit in the analysis many people give this," Grayeb said. "They really don’t understand it. They think that we’re providing corporate welfare and we’re not.

PPD to Expand Body Camera Program

Oct 11, 2017
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Most Peoria police officers will be wearing body cameras by March of next year.

Tazewell County Board Studies Property Tax Increase

Oct 11, 2017

Tazewell County’s planning to operate on about $63-Million in its next fiscal year starting December first. The county is also expecting a one-point-two-million dollar deficit.

The former head of Chicago's police oversight agency plans to run for state attorney general.

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