Police have identified a man who drowned in a northern Illinois lake while trying to save a cat.  The Lake County Sheriff's Office identified the man as 46-year-old William Anderson of Ingleside.

Caterpillar's first-quarter earnings jumped more than 20 percent to top expectations, dispute a slight slip in revenue. 

Caterpillar Inc. earned $1.11 billion, and $1.81 per share, in the quarter. That compares with $922 million and $1.44 per share, the same time last year. The $1.81 per share earnings do not counting restructuring costs.

Peoria County animal services sees gains in 2014

Feb 2, 2015

Peoria County Animal Protection Services is placed more cat and dogs last year compared to 2013. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner has named Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman and Congressman Aaron Schock to his transition team. 

The Caterpillar Visitors Center unveiled a new exhibit Tuesday to honor a longstanding tradition for the company. This is the 50th anniversary since Cat launched the first of its five ‘Power Parades’.  Katheryn Spitznagle manages the Caterpillar Visitors Center.  She says the power parades were held for employees and their families:

Adoption fee waived for Adopt-a-Cat Month

Jun 19, 2014

Peoria County Animal Protection Services is waiving the adoption fee for cats and kittens for the next 30 days.  To promote more cat adoptions during Adopt-a-cat month.  

Caterpillar says financial uncertainty could impact a study of whether to update its aging world headquarters building. The company has spent two years studying its headquarters layout and technological needs of other downtown facilities. In a statement, the company says it remains committed to the study and is looking at new office space needs in the region. The study also remains focused on downtown Peoria. But Cat says current global and economic risks could negatively affect business.

Cat consolidating plants, affecting 170 IL workers

Jun 6, 2014

170 Caterpillar employees are losing their jobs as the company consolidates four plants into one. Cat says its consolidating two plants in Sterling and one in Dixon into its facility in Menominee, Michigan.