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The Peoria County Coroner’s office and Sheriff’s Department are working to identify the adult male skull found in South West Peoria County Monday.

An annual data report says Illinois ranks 19th in the nation when it comes to the well-being of children. The 2017 Kids Count Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation measures areas including family and community, health, education and economic factors. 

The Illinois State Fire Marshal's office is reminding municipal government officials who want to light up the July 4 night sky to apply for a permit by Thursday. 

Officials of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum said the state has suspended a project searching the National Archives for papers written by Abraham Lincoln.

A program in Cook County to help non-violent offenders with drug or alcohol problems is receiving a federal grant of more than $324,000.

The City of Pekin is adding more outdoor furnishings to its downtown streetscape.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A Democratic congressman from Illinois has introduced a bill named for President Donald Trump's infamous "covfefe" tweet with the goal of ensuring presidential social media posts are archived.

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The Cook County Jail is no longer under federal monitoring after a federal judge lifted a consent decree.

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Educators at Glen Oak are concerned the building will have more students than it can accommodate when the new school year begins.

Public Universities Continue Battle with Budget

Jun 12, 2017

There are many ways to track the toll of the state’s nearly two-year-old budget standoff. Illinois Public Radio’s David Mercer reports for public universities that is often meaning job cuts. 

Chicago's police board is delaying disciplinary proceedings for four officers accused of filing false reports in the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Whatever discipline the officers face will wait until after the trial of the officer charged in the shooting. 

Some say Illinois can't afford to cut its media service that transmits state news, even though it costs $3 million a year as the state is in financial turmoil.

A medical school in Chicago is launching a new center to study tissue regeneration and stem cell biology. 

State transportation officials are warning motorists that the expected hot weather over the next few days might cause pavement to buckle around Illinois.

The University of Illinois plans to renovate and expand its historic Illini Union built during the Great Depression.

A central Illinois man charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a woman more than 100 times in a Bloomington hotel room has pleaded not guilty.

A new exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will explore the state's connections to baseball, from Little League to the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox.

The legal team that investigated and prosecuted a former suburban police officer in a murder-for-hire plot is being honored by the Illinois State Crime Commission.

Members of the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff, the union representing teachers at city's charter schools, have voted to join the Chicago Teachers Union.

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The onset of hot summer temperatures have some groups urging extra caution.

The Peoria City/County Health Department says cooling centers are available through the area, including Friendship House at corner of Madison & Wayne and the Peoria Civic Center Verizon Café during business hours, the CityLink Transit Center on South West Adams that has more expanded hours.

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Preliminary autopsy results show a woman found inside a burning home over the weekend died of strangulation.

Peoria Police Ask People to Secure Firearms

Jun 9, 2017
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Peoria’s experienced more gun crimes in the last 40 days than it did in the previous four months. But gun thefts are also higher for the year.  

 

So far there have been 32 shooting incidents and victims, most all black, one white including four women and 28 men. Most of the shooting happened between 10:00p.m. and 2:00a.m. to people 18 to 29 years-old. But police have also seized 144 guns. That’s more than double the number collected during the same period two years ago.

 

Illinois Legislators Attempt to Maintain Environment

Jun 9, 2017

Illinois lawmakers are announcing legislation to maintain the state’s environmental standards amid concerns that the federal government may dial them back.

Western Illinois University Battles Budget

Jun 9, 2017

The state budget stalemate in Illinois has public universities playing a guessing game as they try to figure out how much money they’ll have to spend.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to reduce county jail crowding by granting bail relief to non-violent offenders. 

Ex-inmates have appeared in Chicago federal court, not to face charges, but to receive certificates for completing a program that helps one-time convicts reintegrate into society.

An 88-year-old Illinois election judge has pleaded guilty to casting a vote as her late husband.

This week, we're talking about the Peoria Riverfront Jazz and Art Festival, with Mary Jo Papich. The event features live performances throughout the day, representing a wide range of jazz styles; a jazz improv workshop; and exhibiting artists. Papich talks about the need she saw for the event, about some of the Peoria natives who are returning to perform, and about other upcoming jazz events with the Central Illinois Jazz Society.

The Peoria Riverfront Jazz and Art Festival runs Saturday from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the CEFCU Stage on the Peoria Riverfront.

The museum at Southern Illinois University has become another casualty of Illinois legislators' failure to come up with a state budget.

The Springfield Municipal Band is kicking off its season a few days late after someone stole the group's audio and other equipment. 

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