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An advertising group in Illinois is providing free advertising space statewide to help promote a new helpline for those struggling with opioids and other substance abuse.

The University of Illinois is hoping to strengthen its connections with Africa through new partnerships, research exchanges and student enrollment.

Starved Rock State Park is struggling to keep up with the more than 10 million visitors that have come to the Illinois park in the last four years.

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The opioid epidemic continues to hurt communities across the state. But for Illinois’ youth, it’s not the illicit drugs, it’s the prescription pain pills that can too often be easily accessed from their home medicine cabinet. The Illinois State Police will now house receptacles for people to safely dispose of unused pills. That's something Lieutenant Matt Boerwinkle says is greatly needed.

 

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Groups are working to complete restoration of a century-old landmark known as the Black Hawk statue in northern Illinois. The 48-foot-tall, 270-ton statue in Lowden State Park has been covered in black protective sheets since a restoration effort that started five years ago came to a halt. A lack of state funding and a dispute on the restoration team stopped work.

 

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Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says while President Trump made the right call to attack the Assad regime last Friday, he suggests the Commander-in-Chief use more precaution moving forward.

Trump last Wednesday tweeted about Russia with a heads-up on a possible U.S. missile attack on Syria. Durbin says the use of social media could have dire consequences.

 

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Lonnie Smith, 46, made his first court appearance in Pekin Friday on charges that include the drug-induced homicide of Anthony Phillips.

Illinois farmers are getting nervous that the long, cold and wet spring will delay the planting season.

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Our guest this week is John Jost, with the Bradley University Music Department. He joined us to talk about this weekend's concert with the Bradley Community Chorus. It's a double milestone for the choir -- the ensemble is celebrating it's 60th anniversary, and this will be Jost's final concert as conductor.

The program consists of a selection of popular opera choruses, including the "Toreador Song" by Georges Bizet and Borodin's "Polovtsian Dance." Narration by Lee Wenger will introduce each of the composers and pieces.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Thursday signed legislation that will bring so-called 5G wireless technology to the state. Some cities are worried about the unintended consequences. 

Wireless providers can now install small devices on utility poles. These will increase cell phone or internet signal, promising faster connections.

But opponents say cities will lose authority over how much they can charge private companies for using their public infrastructure. Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder says this opens the door for other proposals that overstep local authority.

The Illinois Senate is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to reject a presidential call to send National Guard troops to help secure the U.S.-Mexican border.

Illinois prisons officials have told state lawmakers that they need an extra $420 million to get through the rest of the budget year.

16-year-old Jermontay Brock is charged with first degree murder for the death of Anthony ‘AJ’ Polnitz at a house party last weekend. Brock is being held on $1 Million bond.

A proposal has failed that would have reallocated state funding from Southern Illinois University's Carbondale campus to the Edwardsville campus to reflect enrollment changes.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner agrees that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should resign.

The $15 million renovation of the Illinois Executive Mansion is continuing as its July reopening approaches.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he's traveling to Germany and Poland next week to try to draw more companies to Illinois.

The state of Illinois is asking the federal government to help residents in three counties who are recovering from flooding during February.

IDOC Funding Shortage Reaches Critical Level

Apr 12, 2018
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The Illinois Department of Corrections says a major cash crunch has it struggling to keep its facilities running. The warning came Wednesday at a Senate budget hearing. But some Democratic lawmakers say that was the first time they were hearing the situation was so dire. Illinois Public Radio's Mary Hansen explains.

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Peoria Police have made an arrest in last weekend's shooting that killed two at a house party.  A 16-year-old was arrested without incident about 7:40 Wednesday night in the 2700 block of West Trewyn.

18 year-old Bradley University pre-med major Nasjay Murry from Chicago and 22-year-old Anthony Polnitz of Peoria were shot and killed about 1:40 Sunday morning at a crowded house party at the corner of Bradley and Western Avenues. Another female Bradley student was injured in that shooting.

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The East Peoria man whose truck was struck in the accident on I-74 at Pinecrest in Drive Monday evening has died. The Peoria County Coroner says 39-year-old Wayne Farrow succumb to the traumatic head injuries he sustained.

 

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The owner of the shuttered Vermilion Power Station says it’s looking at additional measures to prevent toxic coal ash stored at the site from leaking into the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River in east-central Illinois.

Dynegy had previously proposed capping the coal ash pits at the site. But Andrew Rehn with the Prairie Rivers Network says that’s not enough, in part, because the pits are unlined and could leak toxic heavy metals from the bottom.

The Illinois Senate has advanced a plan requiring public schools teach a unit on the role and contributions of gays, lesbians and other LGBT individuals in society.

Illinois House Republicans are lashing out at a Democratic suggestion that the state should adopt a graduated income tax.

The Illinois state comptroller is releasing $350 million to public school districts statewide as part of the newly approved education-funding overhaul. 

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A semi carrying a combine failed to make it under the overpass at Pinecrest Drive on Interstate 74 Monday evening. The semi was traveling eastbound about 6:30 when it struck the overpass. Debris from the combine struck the 2003 Ford pickup truck traveling behind the semi and flatbed.

Police Seek Information on Weekend Shootings

Apr 9, 2018
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Peoria Police are asking for help in solving three separate shootings between Saturday and Sunday nights. Five people total were shot. Three are dead.

24-year-old John W. Bell III was killed at the corner of Wyoming and Oregon Streets Saturday, April 7th at 9:15 p.m. He was shot 10 times, twice in the back of the head, with six penetrating wounds. The coroner says Bell died on the sidewalk in front of a church.

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Illinois climate experts say the state saw the fourth wettest February and March on record this year. Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey says the statewide average precipitation for the two months was nearly 8.7 inches.

 

The wettest February-March period was in 1898 with nearly 9 inches.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is set to release $5 million to fund the state's soil and water conservation districts for the fiscal year that ends June 30.

 

The money is much less than the $13.5 million which lawmakers appropriated for the 96 county-based offices. But Rauner spokeswoman Rachel Bold said the Republican governor is trying to manage spending because the budget the Legislature adopted has a deficit.

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