The Peoria Fire Department has an expanded advanced life support presence in the city. A new pilot program was authorized by Peoria Area Emergency Services. 


Caterpillar Group President Ed Rapp’s recent announcement of his retirement in the face of an A-L-S diagnosis has generated an overwhelming response from those wanting to help. To meet that call Rapp has established a donor advised fund called Stay Strong vs ALS. The Caterpillar Foundation is making a one million dollar donation and giving another million for employee, retiree and dealer employees.

To learn more, visit the Stay Strong vs. ALS Fund website. GO>


Caterpillar’s group president and 36-year veteran Ed Rapp is retiring. Cat announced Friday that Rapp is leaving the company due to a recent diagnosis of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Rapp said in a press release that the was “the toughest choice I’ve ever faced.” 

Rapp is currently the company's Resource Industries group president. He previously served as CFO and has worked for the Caterpillar abroad in Africa, Europe and Asia. 

Cat says it plans to announce a replacement early in 2016.

A Bradley University professor is involving his students in the popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Dr. Steven Tippett is Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Health Science. He’s taking the plunge Wednesday at noon outside Olin Hall of Science.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum staff and boardmembers take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  All the money raised by the Riverfront Museum participants is being donated locally, to the Peoria Walk to Defeat ALS fund. The Museum has issued the challenge to the Peoria Park District, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and the Peoria Civic Center.  Listen to the radio story here:

Tamie Yost

You’ve likely seen the videos, someone gets a bucket of ice-water poured over their head and then challenges a friend or family member to do the same. 

The first woman elected to statewide office in Illinois has died. Dawn Clark Netsch was 86. In January, she revealed she had ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.