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Navigating portions of Peoria could be much easier in the near future. City officials unveiled a Downtown Wayfinding Plan at an open house Tuesday night. It includes a series of directional signs to navigate from the interstate to various destinations in the downtown, city center, riverfront and warehouse districts.

A major credit ratings agency says Illinois' new budget is "more of the same" from the worst-rated state in the U.S.

Illinois' imprisoned ex-governor, Rod Blagojevich, has filed paperwork asking President Donald Trump to commute his 14-year prison term for corruption that included seeking to sell an appointment to the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated to become president.

An Army brigadier general who served in Afghanistan and Iraq has been named director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs. 

The director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services is leaving her role for a job in the private sector.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Former Cook County State's Attorney Bernard Carey, a Republican who was elected in the wake of a Chicago police raid that killed two Black Panther Party members in 1969, is dead at age 83. Wife Mary Rita said Carey died Friday of stomach cancer at his home in Naples, Florida.

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DECATUR  - The Children's Museum of Illinois will open a pro-law-enforcement themed exhibition next month. The two-story, 7,000-square-foot exhibit is called "Heroes Hall." The $3 million exhibit was funded by billionaire Warren Buffett's son Howard Buffett.

McDonald's Opens New Headquarters in Downtown Chicago

Jun 5, 2018
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CHICAGO - Fast-food giant McDonald's Corp. has unveiled its new headquarters in Chicago, a move company officials say is intended to attract top talent. McDonald's had been based in a forested campus in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook since the 1970s.

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  CHICAGO - A federal court has ruled that printing "In God We Trust" on U.S. currency doesn't amount to a religious endorsement and therefore doesn't violate the U.S. Constitution.

     The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago made the ruling Thursday in a lawsuit brought by a self-declared Satanist, Kenneth Mayle. He argued that the motto propagates a religious view he opposes.

Democratic billionaire J.B. Pritzker has made a $25 million contribution to his campaign for Illinois governor.

  CHICAGO - A lawsuit that challenges the rigidity of Chicago's restrictions on mobile food vendors will go before the Illinois Supreme Court.

The state Supreme Court agreed on May 30 to hear Laura Pekarik's case.

She's the owner of LMP Services Inc. and runs a food truck called Cupcakes for Courage. Pekarik sued Chicago in 2012 shortly after the city's food truck regulations were introduced.

The rules require food trucks to be at least 200 feet away from businesses that serve food.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed Illinois' new state budget, the first full-year spending plan he's enacted since taking office in 2015.

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DECATUR, Ill. - More than two dozen Illinois schools have started e-sports teams as the Illinois High School Association has recognized video gaming as an emerging high school sport.

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CHICAGO - The largest study ever done of breast cancer treatment finds most women with the most common form of the disease can skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the cancer.

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The country’s low unemployment rate is challenging companies seeking workers with specific skills. The Labor Department says the nation’s May unemployment rate was 3.8 percent, an 18-year low. The metropolitan Peoria rate is 4.1 percent.

  CHICAGO - Chicago has paid out more than $650 million in police misconduct cases over the past 15 years or so, and that expenditure is expected to increase.

In recent months, a growing number of men who say they were framed for murders they didn't commit or convicted on trumped-up drug charges have seen their convictions overturned. And now they're suing the city.

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  CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - A developer from Rhode Island has begun work on a 538-bed luxury apartment building for students in Champaign.

Gilbane Development Co. hopes to open the new housing development in summer 2019.

It's located near Champaign's Campustown on the site of the former Marquette School. Public records show Gilbane bought most of the block in August 2017 for $6.8 million.

  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Children across Illinois will have access to free, healthy meals and snacks this summer even though they're not in school.

The Illinois State Board of Education and the U.S. Agriculture Department are partnering with local organizations on the Summer Food Service Program.

Food is available to youth age 18 and younger who meet income eligibility guidelines. Last year, Illinois sponsored more than 1,900 sites statewide.

Mickey Schallau

Jun 3, 2018

Jugglers use balance to do many things at once. This story shows that sports leaders often concentrate on many things. 

From 1968 through 1975, Mickey Schallau played third base for the Pekin Lettes, this country’s longest-standing Amateur Softball Association squad. 

In 1973, Mickey started the girls’ sports program at Peoria’s Spalding & Academy of Our Lady High Schools. This pioneering work began one year after Title IX went into effect: teaching golf skills and leading girls in competitive sports was uncharted territory.

Illinois' new state budget relies on more than $400 million in savings from a new pension buyout plan that finance experts caution is highly speculative and may not save as much money as lawmakers say.

John Jost is with us to talk about the Peoria Bach Festival. As in previous years, the festival presents an array of activities--lectures, recitals and concerts--over the next week. Jost talks about several of those events, about Bach's particular versatility as a composer, and about his enduring place in the world of music.

The Peoria Bach Festival opens with an organ concert, tonight at 7:30 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. More concerts and events continue through June 10th at Trinity Lutheran Church.

A trial attorney for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says she's excited that President Donald Trump is considering commuting the Democrat's 14-year prison sentence for corruption.

A top Democrat has resigned his leadership post in the Illinois House after a legislative activist alleged he harassed and humiliated her. But he calls the allegations "absurd."

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CHICAGO - In the first weeks of its operation, the University of Chicago Medicine's new Level I adult trauma center has become one of the busiest in Illinois.

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Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti believes telemedicine is the right prescription for rural medical needs. She made the comments following a tour of Peoria’s Jump Innovation Center.

An appeals court has refused to toss corruption charges against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, saying it can't assess whether his prosecution violated constitutional separation-of-powers clauses until after he goes to trial.

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there continues to be issues with Legionnaires' disease at an Illinois veterans home despite improvements.

The Illinois House has sent the governor a measure raising public school teacher salaries to a minimum of $40,000 a year.

A northern Illinois school resource officer is being honored for stopping a gunman who fired shots inside a school while seniors gathered for graduation rehearsal.

Some Worry PFD Money Saving Strategy Will Cost Safety

May 30, 2018
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  The Peoria Fire Department is on a path toward spending $22-million this year. That’s $1.5-million more than its annual budget.

Much of that deficit can be attributed to overtime pay because the department has operated with a turnover rate of 10 percent.

The department is currently down 10 positions. The agency has not been able to fill those positions in a timely manner because of lengthy training.