An Illinois judge has ordered mental evaluations for a freshman high school student charged in the shooting of another student.

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Marchers peacefully protested outside the Peoria Police Department today in response to the fatal shooting of Eddie Russell Junior. The 25-year-old was the suspect of an armed bank robbery Wednesday and was shot and killed after a standoff with police, a few hours later. 

Officials at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville are offering a semester's free tuition and fees for information in a case involving a racial slur.

Illinois is receiving more than $110 million in federal grants to help prevent and respond to terrorism and other emergencies.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a new Illinois law that will let adults earn high school diplomas instead of general-education certificates.

The union representing Chicago police officers is asking the Illinois Labor Relations Board to stop the city from implementing a new use-of-force policy.

Illinois Department of Transportation officials will offer child safety-seat checks at dozens of locations around the state on "National Seat Check Saturday."

A woman in southwest Illinois has created a series of exhibits that tell the story of soldiers who died or went missing during the Vietnam War.

Our guests this week are George Stelluto, conductor of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra; and Gary Roberts, President of Bradley University. The Peoria Symphony begins it's 120th season this weekend. They talk about the shared history of the orchestra and the university (which celebrates it's own 120th anniversary this year). The concert recognizes other notable anniversaries, of Johannes Brahms and Leonard Bernstein.

The autopsy of Eddie Russell, Jr., who was shot and killed by Peoria Police Wed., confirmed he died of multiple gunshot wounds. The Peoria County Coroner reports Russell was shot 18 times.

That number is more than three times what the Peoria Police Chief reported in the hours immediately after the incident.

On Wed., before police fired at Russell, he emerged from his home and advanced toward officers with a raised gun. He was the suspect of an armed bank robbery earlier in the day.

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Supporters of right to die legislation are hosting a public event in Peoria this weekend.

Having Faith for Breakfast in Peoria

Sep 22, 2017
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More than 200 people turned out for the Peoria Mayor’s 43rd Annual Prayer Breakfast Thursday.


The so-called NFL-Farmer, Jason Brown was the speaker. He left professional football in 2012 after being signed by the St. Louis Rams in 2009 as the highest paid center in the NFL.


Brown started a 1,000-acre endeavor called First Fruits Farm where he and wife raise their family. It’s also a learning center for children. Most of the farm’s crops are donated to food pantries.


Northern Illinois University's acting president says she plans to request a 3% salary increase for university employees.

Members of the state's largest immigrant rights group say they're boosting efforts to preserve a federal program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

An attorney for Drew Peterson says he'll likely appeal an Illinois Supreme Court ruling upholding the former suburban Chicago police officer's murder conviction in the death of his third wife.

Allstate expects insurance losses of about $593 million in August after Hurricane Harvey left a path of destruction along the Gulf Coast.

Students at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville are responding to incidents of racism on campus by writing messages of peace on a door propped up in the campus quad.


Mattoon police say a shooting Wed. at Mattoon High School was carried out by one student, who is in custody.

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Students at Parkland Community College in Champaign rallied in support of a student arrested earlier this month, saying police and administrators are “persecuting” black students and teachers.

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Peoria Police shot and killed 25-year-old Eddie Russell Jr. Wednesday when he advanced toward officers with a gun.


Russell was the identified suspect in the armed robbery of First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust on North Sterling just before 1:00 p.m. The robbery suspect had also fled in the direction of Russell’s family home.


Police spent the next two hours trying to make contact via telephone, bullhorn and opened the front door to have his mom try to make contact.


Officials at a central Illinois high school say police have someone in custody after one person was wounded during a shooting.

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Nearly 700 new Americans and their supporters filled the Peoria Civic Center ballroom Wed. to take the Oath of Allegiance. It’s being called the region's largest naturalization ceremony.


Governor Bruce Rauner announced last week that Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein is stepping down from the post after a long run. Poet Laureate is a position that comes with a title, but no job description, no budget, no staff , and no salary. Stein, a Bradley University English professor, has held the position since December 2003.

Planning a New Natural Gas Pipeline for Pekin

Sep 20, 2017
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Ameren is in the planning process to install a new underground natural gas pipeline in Pekin. It’s being called the Pekin Reliability Enhancement Project or PREP.


The company is still finalizing the roughly 6.5-mile route it will propose to the Illinois Commerce Commission for approval to build.


The new 16-inch steel pipeline will replace the existing six-inch vintage steel natural gas pipeline that’s more than 80 years-olds.


Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation making it harder for authorities to confiscate property from crime suspects. 

State Rep. Scott Drury says he's dropping out of the race for Illinois governor to run for attorney general.

Illinois public health officials say a Kankakee County resident is the first Illinoisan to die from West Nile virus this year in the state.

Emergency management agencies in 32 counties will be getting thousands of dollars each to beef up their emergency operations centers.

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A 31-foot tall bronze sculpture of Abraham Lincoln was crane lifted from the back of a semi onto a concrete base, behind the Peoria Riverfront Museum, on Tues. A variety of spectators gathered on the museum terrace overlooking Water St. to watch the installation. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has a word of warning for investors: Recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida will likely produce investment scams.