State Rep. Scott Drury says he's dropping out of the race for Illinois governor to run for attorney general.

Illinois public health officials say a Kankakee County resident is the first Illinoisan to die from West Nile virus this year in the state.

Emergency management agencies in 32 counties will be getting thousands of dollars each to beef up their emergency operations centers.

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A 31-foot tall bronze sculpture of Abraham Lincoln was crane lifted from the back of a semi onto a concrete base, behind the Peoria Riverfront Museum, on Tues. A variety of spectators gathered on the museum terrace overlooking Water St. to watch the installation. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has a word of warning for investors: Recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida will likely produce investment scams.

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Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell made his candidacy official Mon.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she has no "immediate plans" to run for another office when her term is up in 2019, including mayor of Chicago. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that re-establishes an economic-development tax incentive with greater transparency.

The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Springfield has received historic documents tracing a southern Illinois family's history back to the 1790's.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is poised to host more than 20 international buyers from six countries in an effort to increase export sales for the state grain industry.

A group of business and community leaders in Peoria met with the Japanese Consul General Monday.

Consul General Naoki Ito was assigned to Chicago in February and vowed to pursue further economic opportunities for Japan in the Midwest.

La Favorita Opens in Peoria With Help from Family, DACA

Sep 18, 2017
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A beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, in Peoria says if it weren’t for the program, he wouldn’t have started his business.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has wrapped up a nine-day trade mission to China. 

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A 768-pound pumpkin took home the gold during the weigh-in at the annual Pumpkin Festival in Morton.

City of Peoria

The Northmoor Road Project poses a new wrinkle for Peoria motorists starting today. Northmoor is closed at Rosemead Drive and the Exposition Gardens entrance. Peoria Public Works Director Scott Reeise says they’re closing the road to construct other underground utilities for a new signalized intersection.

Annual Parade Highlights CU Pride Fest

Sep 18, 2017
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Now in its eighth year, the CU Pride Festival bills itself as the largest gay pride event in downstate Illinois. The three-day festival in downtown Champaign runs September 15th-17th instead of the traditional June for gay pride events, so that University of Illinois students can attend.

Festival director Josh Laskowski says Champaign-Urbana’s status as a college town has helped the event grow.

A federal judge has ruled Attorney General Jeff Sessions cannot follow through with his threat to withhold public safety grant money to Chicago and other so-called sanctuary cities for refusing his order to impose tough immigration policies.

University of Illinois researchers discovered significant atmospheric changes during last month's solar eclipse. 

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett's son is to become the interim sheriff of Macon County in central Illinois.

The first woman to serve as majority leader in the Illinois House of Representatives and a top lieutenant to House Speaker Mike Madigan says she won't seek re-election.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she’s not running for re-election.The surprise announcement comes midway through her fourth term. 

Madigan has been attorney general since 2003 and has focused much of her energy on consumer protection. The Democrat has filed lawsuits over student debt, worker abuse, and drug prices.

That’s led some Republicans to say she ought to have spent more time fighting public corruption.

Still, Madigan has been popular with voters, winning re-election three times with anywhere from 60 to 70 percent of the vote.

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A nonprofit human service agency in Peoria reintroduced a program that was previously suspended, due to the state budget impasse.

This week, we're talking with Kip Strasma and artist Preston Jackson. The MAXAM Building is presenting its Fall Art Show, featuring the work of Central Illinois Artists. Jackson is one of the artists whose work will be on display. They talk about the initial decision to identify a potential art venue in the building, and about its proximity to places like the Contemporary Art Center and the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Many of the works in this show are designed to encourage interaction between the art (or the artists) and the observer.

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State University officials say a $33 million renovation project will create a more welcoming atmosphere for the campus.

     Construction on the Bone Student Center began a couple weeks ago, but a formal groundbreaking is scheduled for Friday.


  Vice President for Student Affairs Levester Johnson says the student center's upgrades will "transform the experience and your perception of the campus and how you're being welcomed."

WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee has determined it will take no further action involving the arrest of Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois during an immigration-related protest outside the White House last month.

     The committee says Gutierrez paid a $50 fine and was released following his arrest for unlawful assembly. At the time, Gutierrez was showing support for a program that gives young immigrants protection from deportation and the ability to work and go to school.

Democrat Chris Kennedy has selected his running mate in his campaign for Illinois governor. His choice: A good government advocate whose son was murdered earlier this year. Tony Arnold reports.

Ra Joy’s son was shot and killed in Chicago in June. "My heart is broken and it will never be fixed."


Joy pointed out Kennedy’s own family history - his father, Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated. "He was on my list because his family endured the loss of a loved one to violence."


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Replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships the Nina and the Pinta are moored on Peoria Riverfront.

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   CHICAGO - Most public universities in Illinois have seen enrollment decreases this year as they recover from a two-year state budget impasse, but enrollment continues to increase at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

     The state operated without a budget from July 2015 until this July, when the Legislature overrode Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a spending plan and tax increase.

Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein To Step Down

Sep 14, 2017

Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein is stepping away from the position effective December 1st.

The Bradley University English Professor has served in the role for 14 years.  As state poet laureate, Stein offered nearly 250 presentations, poetry readings, school visits and judging activities. The Poetry Now project was one of his most notable endeavors. Stein presented his work at more than 5o libraries in Illinois and donated funds for the purchase of collections written by Illinois poets.

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CHICAGO - A former Illinois county board chairman has been sentenced to serve 12 months and a day in federal prison for a wire fraud scheme.


   51-year-old Matt Sorensen pleaded guilty in November, admitting he defrauded a Chicago consulting firm of nearly $500,000. He must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence and will be on parole for year after he's released.

     At the sentencing hearing, Sorensen said he "should have known better."