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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The state of Illinois is offering free income tax preparation and filing for low-income residents.

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

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a temporary extension of a corporate tax incentive program which has been criticized as expensive and too favorable to large businesses. This extends the Economic Development for a Growing Economy, or EDGE program, through April. 

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.  

An expanded background-checks policy has led the University of Illinois to withdraw 11 job offers across its three campuses over the past year.   From November 2015 to October 2016, the university conducted nearly 12,000 background checks.

State officials say television and film production generated nearly a half-billion dollars in spending in Illinois last year.  The Illinois Film Office says the 2016 figure of $499 million represents a 51% increase over 2015. Film office officials say the state worked with 345 television, commercial and film projects which generated nearly 13,400 job hires during 2016.

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Crowds of protesters are rallying in a downtown Chicago plaza hours after President Donald Trump was sworn into office.   Students, immigrant rights activists and veterans were among those chanting Friday afternoon. Chicago Public Schools students had planned a walkout earlier in the day and several appeared in school uniforms at the event. College students also took part. 

Seoul Virus Hits Illinois Pet Rats

Jan 20, 2017

State Public Health officials are warning people who own or breed rats to watch out for the Seoul virus. Six people in Illinois and two in Wisconsin have been found to have the virus, caught from rats that were traced to two rat-breeding operations in Illinois. 

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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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This week, we're talking with George Stelluto, Music Director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. They're presenting a matinee concert this weekend, tailored to children and families. It opens with "Gershwin's Magic Key," a presentation that introduces us to George Gershwin and some of his best-known songs. It's one of several productions from  Classical Kids LIVE! which the PSO has featured. Stelluto talks about how it works to open the concert

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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.

Inauguration Day 2017: Live Blog

Jan 20, 2017
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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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Illinois Republicans are reviving plans to sell and redevelop the James R. Thompson Center, claiming their proposal for the 16-story Chicago building, housing state employees, could generate hundreds of millions of dollars.  Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner first announced plans to sell in 2015, calling the building inefficient.

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Organizers say about 50,000 people are expected to attend a women's march in Chicago the day after Donald Trump's inauguration.  The Women's March on Chicago is scheduled to begin with a rally in Grant Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The march through downtown is set for 11:30 a.m.

Chicago officials are expressing disappointment in a federal court ruling that says city restrictions on publicly accessible gun ranges violated the Second Amendment.  The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that restricting shooting ranges to manufacturing areas and bans on minors at the ranges were unconstitutional provisions.

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Imprisoned former House speaker Dennis Hastert wants one of his sexual abuse victims to return the $1.7 million in hush money the Illinois Republican paid him.  A filing in a suburban Chicago county court this week made that request on Hastert's behalf in an ongoing civil case.  The 75-year-old is serving a 15-month sentence in federal prison for violating banking laws as he sought to silence the victim. 

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University of Illinois system trustees have endorsed a plan to increase enrollment at its three campuses by 15% over the next five years.  University of Illinois President Tim Killeen presented the plan to the Board of Trustees. The plan's goal would have more than 93,600 students enrolled at the school's campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. 

President Barack Obama is leaving office without granting early prison release to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  Obama released a list of his final acts of clemency today and the list didn't include Blagojevich. 

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

Rauner: Obamacare Replacement Needed

Jan 18, 2017

Governor Bruce Rauner said Wednesday he is opposed to a repeal of Obamacare  without a replacement. It’s a rare comment from the governor about national politics.

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  Gov. Bruce Rauner's office estimates a Senate proposal to break a nearly two-year Illinois budget deadlock would still leave the treasury billions of dollars in the red.

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office is suing the nation's largest student loan company, alleging unfair and deceptive practices with lending and debt collection.

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