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The odor of decomposing bodies has renewed calls to replace a county morgue in northern Illinois.

The conviction of a man for the murder of two Chicago police officers 40 years ago has been overturned by a Cook County judge.

Kentucky's Democratic attorney general has filed a sixth lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company for deceptive marketing of opioid-based painkillers.

The Illinois Labor Relations Board is moving forward with giving step increases to unionized state workers. 

The second black justice in the Illinois Supreme Court's 170-year history is preparing to take the oath of office. 

The latest skirmish between Governor Bruce Rauner and the AFSCME labor union took place in a Springfield courtroom today. This time it was before a panel of appellate judges.

It’s been just about three years since AFSCME workers were due for a new contract. But Gov. Rauner made tough demands — like a new pay structure, more expensive health insurance, and more power to outsource jobs.

Mike Newman is the No. 2 man in the Illinois branch of AFSCME.

Nati Harnik / AP

Illinois anti-abortion groups were back in a Springfield courtroom today ... arguing against the new state law allowing for taxpayer-funded abortions.

They’re asking the Fourth District Appellate Court to overturn a trial judge’s dismissal of their case last year.

State Representative Peter Breen, a Lombard Republican and lawyer for the plaintiffs, says this goes beyond abortion. He says his case is really about the procedures the state legislature follows when passing a budget.
 

A federal judge announced today that a consultant based in Florida will oversee reforms to children’s mental health services in Illinois.

 

John O’Brien has 30 years of experience in federal and state reform.

 

He’ll serve as the court-appointed expert to help Illinois ensure Medicaid-eligible children throughout the state have access to mental health services within their communities.

 

Peoria's 3 High Schools Will Have Police Officers

Jun 13, 2018

Peoria Public High Schools will have an assigned Peoria Police Officer starting next year.

It seemed like a fairly straightforward issue. Should the city provide a Peoria police officer to each of the three Peoria public high schools at 47 dollars per hour?

But before the vote, councilman Chuck Grayeb criticized Peoria schools for lack of student discipline. Councilwoman Denise Moore responded that there are limitations on teachers.

  Illinois Central College will explore racial disparities in college policies and practices. The institution is the recipient of a grant from the Lumina Foundation’s Fund for Racial Justice and Equity. The $25,000 award allows ICC to hire a local project coordinator and facilitators to direct discussions on equity issues within the education field.

A judge says the remains of famous Catholic Archbishop Fulton Sheen can be moved to Illinois from New York, nearly 40 years after his death.

The Peoria Public Schools board have decided to remove Woodrow Wilson's name from an elementary school and instead honor the area's first black female doctor.

The Chicago Crime Commission has officially unveiled its first new street-gang guide in six years, detailing changes in where and how 59 Chicago gangs operate.

The Republicans in Illinois' congressional delegation are asking President Trump not to grant former Gov. Rod Blagojevich clemency.

Police say seven people were wounded in an apparent gang-related shooting at a child's birthday party in suburban Chicago.

Police in Chicago say they've discovered the dismembered body of an 81-year-old woman in her home.

To solve Chicago's affordable housing crisis, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling on developers to think small.

Repairs to Bradley University’s iconic Lydia Moss Bradley statue are expected to take about a month. 

Illinois has become the 30th state to adopt the Uniform Bar Exam allowing state attorneys to more easily practice in other states.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The much loved Lydia Moss Bradley statue that graces the circle drive in the heart of Bradley University’s campus is absent, at least for now.

It was EPIC Firefighter Day at the Peoria Fire Department’s Central House. Peoria firefighters and managers hosted 20 EPIC participants.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law an overhaul in the handling of ethics complaints against Illinois legislators and staff members. 

Illinois Democratic Party Chairman Michael Madigan has named a committee composed entirely of women to choose the party's next executive director.

Our guest this week is Bruce White, talking with us about the "Show Tunes Sing-Along" this weekend at Peoria Players Theatre. He says the theatre was looking for a unique experience to offer in the run-up to it's 100th season; the result was this event, which encourages audience members to join in singing favorite show tunes from favorite musicals. A cast of familiar veterans will lead the performance, and lyrics will be projected on a screen, so the audience can follow along. Songs are arranged thematically, and shows coming up in the theatre's upcoming season are highlighted.

Mugshot 06-07-18 / Peoria County Jail

Anthony L. Jackson, 27 is being held on $2 million bond for the shooting death of his uncle, Timothy Jackson.

The details of the deadly disagreement are not completely clear. But 43-year-old Timothy Jackson was apparently stabbed about 3:45 a.m. Thursday, in a fight at the same location he was shot to death less than three hours later.

Some Bloomington residents are leaving bulky waste on their curb despite the next free collection not being scheduled until October.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says one of its agents has been shot during an operation in Indiana.

A suburban Chicago woman charged in an online murder-for-hire case has pleaded not guilty.

An autopsy has determined that a man fatally shot on Chicago's South Side by police was shot in the back.

The Bloomington and Peoria Invest Health teams hosted a day long peer exchange event. The event at the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront included more than 100 people from the region. They shared ideas and strategies to improve overall community health. 

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