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With the hottest days of the year ahead, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is teaming up with local agencies to remind people of the dangers of overexposure to heat, in particular, leaving infants in hot cars.

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The  Central Illinois Agency on Aging is offering coupons to use at farmer’s markets for those 60 and older who meet certain income guidelines. Those who turn 60 before October 31 and have an individual annual income of $22,300 or less qualify. The annual income guidelines for a couple is slightly more than $30,000 for a couple. Those who are disabled are not eligible for the program.

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Despite Illinois’ problems, economic growth continues at a slow but steady pace.

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Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed Illinois’ first complete budget legislation in more than two years. The Illinois Senate already voted to override him. Now the question is when the Illinois House will try to do the same thing. Bond rating agencies have warned of “junk” status if Illinois doesn’t act soon, but state Representative Lou Lang says he believes the rating agencies will see Illinois is moving in the right direction.

The budget plan includes spending cuts, changes to the state pension systems, and a tax increase. Sixteen Republicans broke with Rauner to get it passed.

The Illinois Senate has voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's vetoes of a $36 billion budget plan and $5 billion income tax increase. 

An Illinois zoo is heading a program that breeds snow leopards as part of the Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan, which was created after the leopard population began declining in the 1970s.

The University of Illinois will hold a conference focusing on the problem of hunger in college students.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a $36 billion budget plan that includes a $5 billion income tax increase. 

 

Republican State Rep. Chad Hays, of Catlin, says he will not seek reelection for a fifth term in the Illinois House.

Illinois Senate to Vote on Budget Plan

Jul 4, 2017
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The Illinois Senate is expected to vote on a full budget today. That’s after the House passed a spending plan and a tax increase over the weekend to try and end the two-year long impasse.

In the House, 15 Republicans went against Governor Bruce Rauner and voted yes. It’s not a given that the Senate has the votes to pass it. Senate Democrats already passed a budget that included more spending than the plan they’re set to consider today.

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Peoria’s annual firework show is expected to light up the sky tonight at 9-30 as scheduled. Unity Point’s annual Red, White and Boom is considered the largest fireworks display in the state.

An Illinois congressman says he plans to introduce legislation to name a post office after a U.S. Navy SEAL from Illinois who was killed in Yemen.

Officials in La Salle say the community's 1928 fire truck will be moving into a new home this year. 

Decatur officials spent most of a $2 million grant for an affordable housing project, but the houses sat empty for months.

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A community organization that maintains green space bordering West Peoria is hoping to get more volunteers involved and invested in its future.

U of I Kidnapping Suspect to Appear in Federal Court

Jul 3, 2017
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The man accused of kidnapping Yingying Zhang is scheduled to make his first appearance in federal court this morning.

Friends are remembering an Illinois State Police trooper who died in a vehicle crash as a hard worker and good-hearted man.

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74-year-old Cleve Heidelberg appeared in a Peoria County courtroom today, following his attorney's motion requesting a speedy trial.

Republicans in the Illinois Senate have elected Sen. Bill Brady to serve as the chamber's minority leader.

Black workers at Chicago's Department of Water Management have filed a federal lawsuit contending they were routinely denied promotions and subjected to racial slurs.

An 89-year-old bridge that spans from Missouri to Illinois is expected to be replaced by fall 2019.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department will send more federal prosecutors to Chicago to focus on ending gun violence in the city.

This week, we're talking with Eric Ewan. He's directing "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" at Corn Stock Theatre. The names of the characters are drawn from the works of Anton Chekhov, but Ewan says the play stands on its own, without requiring a knowledge of those works. He also talks about the six-person cast, three of whom are returning to the Corn Stock stage after absences of varying lengths.

The production continues tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Corn Stock Tent in Upper Bradley Park.

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It’s a new day in law enforcement in Peoria County and the Tazewell County City of Washington. Long-time Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy is officially the new Chief of Police in Washington.

House Speaker Michael Madigan says he will call a $36.5 billion spending plan for a vote Friday while Democrats and Republicans continue to negotiate tangential issues crucial to a state budget deal with Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

As Illinois’ top political leaders struggle to end a two year budget standoff, one of them has announced she’s resigning. 

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“This is your museum.” That phrase, directed at an audience of kids, was repeated by the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s President during the announcement of a new program for Peoria Public Schools students Thurs.

The extended Fourth of July weekend is expected to be one of the busiest periods of the year on Illinois's tollway with nearly 8 million vehicles on the system.

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An Illinois State Police K-9 handler was killed in an accident with a semi on Interstate 74, near Farmer City Thurs.

The Sudden cardiac arrest survival rate in Peoria is nearly double the national average at 13 percent. Local health officials are working together to further improve the bottom line. 

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