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A central Illinois youth basketball coach has pleaded not guilty to charges he engaged in criminal sexual activity with two former players.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a tax credit into law worth up to $750 for property owners in 18 Illinois counties that suffered flood damages earlier this year.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law two measures that address sexual harassment in the Illinois state Capitol. 

Road Management Agencies Gear Up for Winter

Nov 16, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Rows of snowplows lined up outside the Gateway Building Thurs., as if to say “bring it on, winter!”

Judge Denies Delay In Yingying Zhang Trial Date

Nov 16, 2017
Macon County Jail

The trial for the man accused of kidnapping University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang will go on as scheduled.

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State Treasurer Mike Frerichs is endorsing venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker for governor. The two went to Frerichs’ home turf of Champaign-Urbana to make the announcement on Wednesday.

The Illinois ACLU Is Listening...

Nov 16, 2017

The Illinois ACLU has five times more members today than it had last year at this time just after the presidential election. That’s prompted the state civil liberties union to head out on a listening tour visiting the cities with ACLU Chapters.

Monmouth Senior from Peoria Gets Statewide Recognition

Nov 15, 2017
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A Richwoods High School alum, with a heart for immigrants, has been inducted into the prestigious Lincoln Academy of Illinois.

Funding for the Peoria fire department continues to be a stumbling block in developing an overall city budget for next year.

Gov Rauner Campaigns in Peoria, Statewide

Nov 15, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner is on a campaign tour visiting businesses across the state. He made stops Tuesday in the Chicago, Moline, Rockford, and Peoria.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has chosen a retired U.S. Navy Reserves captain and deputy director of the Illinois Department of Emergency Management to be the agency's acting director.

LIVE VIDEO: Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Capitol Hill

Nov 14, 2017
Annette Elizabeth Allen / NPR

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is back on Capitol Hill for a House Judiciary Committee hearing about his oversight of the Justice Department. He is also likely to face questions about Trump campaign contacts with Russia. Watch the hearing live and learn about the key players and terms that will likely be raised.

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The Rockford native committed a sex crime, and in order to get out of prison he has to meet the state’s long list of rigid parole requirements for those convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault. He could remain behind bars for the rest of his life if he doesn’t find appropriate housing. For Lindenmeier, that means finding a place to live where, among other things, he is away from children and has no internet-accessible devices like smartphones and smart TVs.

Peoria Firefighters Denounce Proposed Service Cuts

Nov 14, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria Firefighters’ Union says cuts the city is proposing are unacceptable to maintaining adequate public safety.

Rauner Speaks on Legislative Redistricting

Nov 13, 2017

Governor Bruce Rauner continues to support legislative redistricting reforms that take politicians out of the process. But the Republican governor laughed off a reporter’s question on whether he’d recuse himself from redistricting, if elected to a second term.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers, family and friends have attended the funeral for a Rockford police officer who died in the line of duty after a traffic stop.

More than two dozen Illinois libraries are receiving grants to help young students develop skills in technology, communication, goal setting and conflict resolution.

Gov. Bruce Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner are trying to make sure that members of the military who are serving around the world receive holiday cards from people throughout Illinois.

School officials statewide are reporting that districts are having a hard time filling teaching positions. 

A new study shows a small increase in the number of international students who attended colleges and universities in Illinois last year.

A former Chicago alderman says he'll challenge Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in 2018 after she championed a highly-unpopular sweetened beverage tax.

Treatment Court Offers Second Chance for Veterans

Nov 13, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Illinois Circuit Courts will be required to have a special treatment court for veterans, starting next year. The initiative aims to reduce recidivism among soldiers who are struggling with mental health and addiction. The tenth circuit court in Peoria already offers a veteran’s treatment court and is awaiting certification to meet the Jan. 1st deadline.

Former Mayor Dave Ransburg Dies at 78

Nov 13, 2017
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Former Peoria Mayor Dave Ransburg died over the weekend. He was 78.

Ransburg was mayor from 2001 to 2005.

Before getting involved in city government, Ransburg was a business executive. The Indiana native earned an engineering degree from Purdue and an MBA from Harvard.  He moved to Peoria in 1972 when he purchased the LR Nelson Corporation, a sprinkler manufacturing company.

During his tenure as mayor, he spearheaded several initiatives including Vision 2020. He was also one of those people instrumental in the development of the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

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After recent mass shootings, some Illinois lawmakers reacted by filing legislation that would tighten restrictions on guns. Fall veto session is over and gun laws remain unchanged.

The Illinois House failed to even call legislation that would allow the state to license gun dealers. Currently, gunshops in Illinois are licensed through federal laws only. The bill also requires more training for staff in recognizing suspicious purchasers. Democratic Senator Don Harmon, from Oak Park who is the sponsor, says it lacked the needed votes.

 

Lawyers for former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson are asking the Illinois Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to uphold his first-degree murder conviction in the 2004 drowning death of his third wife. 

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's donating a portion of his private papers to Northwestern University.

University of Illinois officials say that a proposed $1.2 billion master plan that provides a flexible blueprint for future campus growth and development isn't unrealistic given the university's donor base and track record.

World War II Cannon Restored For Illinois Cemetery

Nov 10, 2017
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A restored World War II cannon that was taken away from a cemetery south of Chicago because it was falling apart is about to return. The 1943 U.S. Army M5 anti-tank weapon will be placed on a new cement pad at Pioneer Cemetery in the Will County community of Mokena during a ceremony on Veterans Day. 

This week, we're talking with Jessica Bingham, co-founder of Project 1612; and with artist Chintia Kirana. Kirana's art is featured in a two-day exhibit, Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. She will also be discussing her work from 1 to 2 on Saturday. She talks about some of the inspirations behind her work, and about choosing and curating the pieces that comprise this exhibit.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is downplaying defeats in the just-ended legislative session where lawmakers voted to nix most of the Rauner vetoes they attempted to override.

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