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State Rep. Mike Unes is working with Hollis Township, I-DOT and the Illinois State Police to install a stop light at the intersection of Route 24 and Cameron Lane.

 

Unes says a car crash at the intersection last month that killed a 21-year-old mother, Kaitlyn Hines, was devastating. He says too many accidents and close-calls have taken place at the intersection to overlook the issue.

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The outdoor mall on the North Side of Peoria, known as the Shoppes at Grand Prairie, has a new management company. Chicago-based JLL is a Fortune 500 company. It’s a registered trademark of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. Singerman Real Estate recently purchased the 14-year-old outdoor shopping center in the northern part of Peoria. The Shoppes at Grand Prairie includes nearly 30 national, regional and local shops and services.

 

Illinois State Police officials have launched statewide training for officers in dealing with Alzheimer's disease patients who wander away and need to be found.

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A 43-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of a suburban Chicago woman more than 20 years ago.

The Republican leader of the Illinois House wants to establish a hotline for helping victims of sexual harassment.

Maryland's attorney general opposes the proposed merger between Sinclair Broadcasting Group and rival TV station operator Tribune Media.

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - A federal judge in central Illinois must decide in coming days whether to grant a defense motion to delay the trial of a 28-year-old man accused of killing a University of Illinois scholar from China. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Some 150 Illinois Army National Guard Military police soldiers are flying to Puerto Rico to help with security and other efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

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The Cook County Democratic Party Fri. invited every Democratic candidate running for Illinois Attorney General to address the question at the top of the news lately: Have you ever been accused of sexual harassment? 

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Governor Bruce Rauner has declared a “harvest emergency” across Illinois.

The designation means trucks carrying grain can exceed weight limits by 10 percent. State Agriculture Director Raymond Poe says it should help farmers get their product to market more efficiently.

Poe says it could help farmers move as much as 70 more acres per day.
Wet weather earlier this year delayed planting in parts of the state, which in turn delays the harvest. That’s led to congestion at grain elevators.

The Chancellor for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign predicts the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine will transform the way schools train physicians.

Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock is appealing a recent lower-court decision allowing prosecutors in his corruption case to take the Peoria Republican to trial on 22 criminal counts.

U of I Prepared in Case of Future Budget Crisis

Nov 3, 2017

The Chancellor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says the campus is implementing a financial and budget plan that can sustain a budget crisis.

Imprisoned ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has again asked the U.S. Supreme Court to toss his convictions on corruption charges, saying he never crossed lines into illegal fundraising.

Cook County's Democratic Party has endorsed state Sen. Kwame Raoul for attorney general over former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and several other candidates who urged party leaders not to pick a favorite.

The state of Illinois has repaired and digitized 57 maps that the Illinois National Guard used during World War I to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the war.

Illinois climate experts say the state saw the tenth-wettest October since 1895 this year thanks to average statewide precipitation of nearly 5 inches.

Corn Stock Theatre

Our guest this week is Amy Glass. She's directing "The Glass Menagerie," which continues this weekend at Corn Stock Theatre's Winter Playhouse. Glass says she was drawn to the show for the family dynamics it depicts, and for the theme of escape which is present in each of the central characters -- and which continues to have resonance in 2017. The play is a "memory play" in which narrator Tom Wingfield appears in the main story, and reflects on it as narrator years later. Glass talks about using lighting and staging to define the two spaces.

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A public allegation of sexual harassment against an Illinois state lawmaker has people wondering: Is there a watchdog over the legislature? There used to be. 

A report says safety corrections have been made at a University of Illinois Springfield auditorium after one concert patron was hurt and another died from a fall earlier this year.

Budding entrepreneurs will compete for financial investment and in-kind services in the Startup Showcase on Friday in Bloomington.

The woman who claims that an Illinois Senate Democratic leader sexually harassed her wants to know why Sen. Ira Silverstein faced no repercussions until after she went public this week.

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The story of the nation’s largest case of municipal embezzlement hit the big screen this weekend. The subject seemed irresistible for a filmmaker: a bottomless well of money, corruption at city hall, gold-plated extravagance... and horses. But filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope had another reason for being drawn to the story of Rita Crundwell, Dixon’s former comptroller who stole nearly 54-million dollars from her hometown. Illinois Public Radio’s Susan Stephens explains.

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Chicago Democrat Ira Silverstein is resigning his leadership position in the Illinois Senate. That’s following accusations he sexually harassed an advocate working with him on a bill.

King Creates BU Scholarship Fund

Nov 2, 2017
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Radio and television host Larry King is donating $1 Million to Bradley University. King’s donation is to start a scholarship for under-represented students majoring in communications.

  King will make a return visit to Bradley, November 7th to participate in the Charley Steiner Symposium for Sports Communication.

Tony Adams Chairs the Department of Communication at Bradley. He says King’s gift provides an important financial resource and secures the ability to continue offering inclusive educational opportunities.

 

The Illinois economy is still growing, but not as fast as the national economy.

An Illinois task force that's studying adult education is brainstorming potential goals and will determine what improvements or problems need to be considered. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois has signed a research partnership with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem . 

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The Peoria City Council is close to approving its 2018 budget except for one contentious item -- the mothballing of a fire truck.

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