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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.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says collaboration between the University of Illinois and Tel Aviv University in Israel will make for groundbreaking technology and engineering initiatives.

The union that represents Springfield police officers says most of the force doesn't have confidence in the chief's ability as a leader.

University of Illinois police are looking for two men suspected of removing a branch of a menorah outside the Chabad Center for Jewish Life.

Ten agriculture-related projects that are looking for way to expand the availability of fresh, locally-grown produce in Illinois will be sharing $550,000.

Peoria Public School Enrollment Holds Steady

Oct 31, 2017

The Illinois State Board of Education released its annual report card Tues. and the data show some shifts in Peoria Public Schools 2017 enrollment. 

Peoria Officers Named in Sept 20th Shooting

Oct 31, 2017

  The Peoria Police Department released the names of the officers involved in the September 20th standoff and shooting of Eddie Russell Jr.

The Illinois Office of Tourism is planning to expand and open offices in China and Mexico to attract foreign visitors and help boost the state's tourism industry.

Authorities say a suburban Chicago middle school student has been charged with a hate crime after posting a threatening video on social media.

An Illinois museum has opened a theater where visitors can have conversations with Holocaust survivors through 3-D holograms and sophisticated voice recognition technology.

Eighteen western Illinois farmers pitched in to help harvest beans and corn belonging to a farmer who recently fell from his grain trailer and broke two vertebrae.

16-year-old homicide victim identified

Oct 30, 2017

The Peoria County Coroner has released the name of the teenage boy who was shot and killed Sun.

Halloween Hours and Information

Oct 30, 2017

Its that time of year when costumed ghosts and goblins take to the streets to trick-or-treat. Below, we've listed some of the public safety information that may come in handy as everyone prepares for the evening's festivities. 

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 PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in Peoria say a weekend shooting left one 16-year-old boy dead another 16-year-old boy wounded.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Portraits of Abraham Lincoln will be given to all 102 county courthouses in Illinois to mark the state's upcoming bicentennial.

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CHICAGO (AP) - A law passed last year requires every judicial circuit in Illinois to have a veterans treatment court starting Jan. 1.

Former Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn is joining a crowded field attempting to become the state's next attorney general.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen are leaving for a trade and research mission to Israel on Sunday.

Police across Illinois are stepping up patrols this weekend in an effort to keep roadways safe as people celebrate Halloween.

State officials estimate Illinois hunters will harvest about 150,000 deer this fall and winter.

Proposals calling for sexual harassment training for elected officials and others at the state Capitol are in the works. 

Scott Kanoff and Susan Somerville Brown are with us this week, to talk about the Bradley University Theatre Department's production of "Little Women." It's a musical adaptation of the well-known novel, and Kanoff describes it as perhaps the department's most ambitious undertaking. After staging several rock-oriented musicals in the past few seasons, the department wanted its students to experience a more traditional musical this year. They were also looking for a show that offered multiple prominent roles for female performers.

Stuff-A-Bus Kicks Off 30th Food Drive

Oct 27, 2017
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The Stuff-A-Bus food drive is commemorating its 30th anniversary by raising this year’s collection goal even higher.

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EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - An art exhibit featuring works by central Illinois veterans is set to open in East Peoria. 

Jurors in a lawsuit against the city of Chicago have concluded that a police officer shot his friend in the head after a night of heavy drinking in 2010 and awarded the victim $44.7 million.  

A suburban Chicago mayor is the latest Democrat to announce a 2018 bid for Illinois attorney general.

Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois is backing an effort to expand background checks for firearms.

A Chicago businessman and his wife have donated $150 million to the College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus.

There’s another new effort to honor the memory of Chief Illiniwek during this week’s University of Illinois homecoming celebration -- a decade after the U of I retired the Chief. However, it's meeting opposition from Native American groups on the Urbana campus.

Peoria Hears Both Sides of Water Buyout Debate

Oct 26, 2017
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It’s a full year before the city of Peoria must decide if it wants to buy the water company. But competing views on a possible purchase were at the forefront Wed.

Illinois American Water, the company that currently owns Peoria's water utility, held a forum at Trewyn Middle School Wed. Proponents of a publicly-owned utility held a press conference at Trewyn to offer their alternative perspective.