Peoria Public Radio News
2:40 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

New Pekin ordinance helps landlords

Pekin's new Crime Free Housing Ordinance will help landlords and police deal with problematic tenants.

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State News
6:46 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Why does Chicago have more homicides than NYC?

A crime researcher in Chicago says New York city spends a lot more money on city services, and that might be one reason why they have so few homicides compared to Chicago.

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3:24 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Area law enforcement honor fallen officers

The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office and the Peoria Police Department held services to honor fallen officers this week. Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard says the main purpose of the ceremony is to never forget those officers who died in the line of duty:

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9:22 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Peoria officer faces child porn charges

Peoria police officer John McCavitt faces child pornography charges. His criminal investigations continue. McCavitt posted bond and was released after being charged with 10 counts of child pornography. 

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State News
9:59 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Former state lawmaker faces child pornography charges

A former Illinois state representative is facing federal charges that he possessed child pornography.

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4:08 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Area law enforcement: boost early childhood education

Area law enforcement officials are calling on the state to boost its funding for early childhood education.  Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy, State’s Attorney Jerry Brady and other police chiefs worked with the ‘Fight Crime, Invest In Kids’ group to release a report detailing the need for more funding.  McCoy says more child care assistance money could help keep people out of jail in the future:

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5:05 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Meth use rising in east central Illinois

After years of declines, meth use in east central Illinois jumped last year.  The state registered the fifth-most methamphetamine lab seizures and arrests in the country in 2012.  That’s as meth use continues to drop nationally.  Cheryl Silver of CU-CitizenAccess takes a look at what’s driving the increase and why law enforcement officials are scrambling to get a handle on it. 

CU-Citizen-Access is an online community news site based at the University of Illinois. 


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8:49 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

IL criminal justice experts oppose mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes

30 criminal justice experts and practitioners in Illinois have signed onto a research memo opposing mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:21 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Hundreds attend 39th Mayor's Leadership Prayer Luncheon

Hundreds gather for 39th Peoria Mayor's Leadership Prayer Luncheon at Four Points by Sheraton
Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

Regional leaders gathered in Peoria Thursday for the 39th annual Mayor's Leadership Prayer Luncheon. About 500 people attended the event. Mayor Jim Ardis says the annual luncheon allows people of all faith to show unity as a community.

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