central Illinois

Four central Illinois communities will share more than $400,000 in federal housing money to help families with job-training, education and more. 

A central Illinois library is screening a series of documentaries to mark the state's bicentennial.

The National Weather Service continues to issue wind chill advisories for parts of northern and central Illinois as the state sees frigid conditions.

A central Illinois youth basketball coach has pleaded not guilty to charges he engaged in criminal sexual activity with two former players.

A federal judge in central Illinois has tossed two counts in a 24-count indictment of former Rep. Aaron Schock, including a wire fraud allegation, but he still faces serious charges.

A federal judge in central Illinois is standing by one of his findings in the theft-of-government-funds case against former Rep. Aaron Schock.

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The U.S. attorney's office for central Illinois wants a federal judge to reconsider his finding that prosecutors made false or misleading statements in former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's theft-of-government-funds case. 

Agriculture experts say pumpkin crops in central Illinois are still recovering, but improving two years after heavy rain decimated area yields.

A central Illinois soldier who died when the USS McCain collided with an oil tanker near Singapore last month has been remembered as a hero.

The Midwest Food Bank is providing a variety of ways for West Central Illinois residents to help support those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

A federal judge has delayed until February the trial of the man accused of kidnapping visiting U of I scholar Yingying Zhang.

A clinic in central Illinois is working to provide better basic health care for people who suffer from mental illnesses.

Officials of a city in central Illinois are creating a community board to review public complaints against its police department.

The owner of a poultry business operating in the heart of central Illinois' corn and soybean country says he hopes future farmers will also consider specialty farming.

A central Illinois man charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a woman more than 100 times in a Bloomington hotel room has pleaded not guilty.

The Miller Park Zoo in central Illinois is seeing increased attendance and revenue for the second year in a row.

Two juveniles and an adult are facing felony charges for allegedly dumping hundreds of tires in rural areas of central Illinois.  They were arrested Friday on charges of criminal disposal of waste. The offense carries punishments ranging from probation to three years in prison. 

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Law enforcement agencies and health centers in central Illinois are scrambling to address the opioid epidemic.  DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner says heroin is the area's top public safety threat. Shofner's office is among six agencies that make up the Illinois State Police Task Force 6 narcotics unit. 

Six schools in central Illinois are participating in a pilot project to train teachers, administrators and other adults to help students who are affected by trauma.  The program began through a Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration grant to train school district personnel and community members. 

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Two Illinois lawmakers have proposed a plan to offer tax credits to biotechnology businesses in hopes of boosting agricultural jobs in central Illinois.  The legislation, introduced by Republican state Sen. Chapin Rose of Mahomet and Democratic state Sen. Andy Manar of Bunker Hill, would provide incentives to produce and sell new renewable products made from biomass and other renewable sources.

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Nearly two dozen stretches of roadways across central Illinois are designated to memorialize someone.  An Illinois Department of Transportation report says there are 22 such designated pieces of roadway in the 12 counties of the department's fourth district, which runs from south of the Quad Cities to the McLean County line.

Pro Basketball Launches in Pontiac

Apr 2, 2016
Jeff Bossert / Illinois Public Media

A small central Illinois community might seem an unlikely place for a new professional sports team. But earlier this year, Pontiac, in Livingston County, welcomed a minor league basketball team to town. It’s a community that’s had a strong connection to basketball for decades.

Illinois Public Radio's Jeff Bossert reports. 

 

For their inaugural season, as many as 800 people have turned out for the Pontiac 66ers’ home games.  The crowd was a little lighter for the Sunday March 6th contest vs. the Champaign Swarm – with about 300 fans.

New Group Aims To Tackle Regional Heroin Use

Dec 7, 2015

Regional law enforcement, community and medical groups are joining forces to tackle the area’s heroin problem.  The Mayor’s Community Coalition Against Heroin will form a multi-agency law enforcement task force to arrest dealers, and include a new team to investigate overdose deaths.  Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy says the program will mirror techniques used in the anti-violence ‘Don’t Shoot’ program:

A plan for a central Illinois zoo and wildlife park is garnering support from economic development advocates and criticism from local landowners and the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

The American Red Cross says an internal restructuring will not impact services in west central Illinois or northeast Missouri. The changes took effect Monday morning.

Quinn: Central Illinois needs FEMA help

Jan 10, 2014

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is appealing the federal government’s decision to reject funding for cleanup from last year’s tornadoes.  FEMA - the Federal Emergency Management Agency - approved money to go toward businesses and individuals.  But it denied federal aid to local units of government that were hit by November’s tornadoes.  Quinn says the region around Central Illinois needs the money.

Regional educators, manufacturers talk job skills

Oct 7, 2013

More than 50 school and business officials from Central Illinois attended the annual Manufacturing Educator’s Day in Peoria.  Area manufacturers stressed the importance of graduating students with the skills to jump in the industry.  Lori Laredo is director of operations for East Peoria High School.  She says the school is keeping many vocational programs amid cutbacks in state funding:

Central Illinois students and education changes

Aug 19, 2013

As central Illinois children get ready to head back to school, the environment they find in their classrooms continues to change. IPR's Charlie Schlenker reports on the ongoing implementation of new learning standards:


Peoria Civic Center preparing for WorldFest 2013

Aug 5, 2013
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The Peoria Civic Center is preparing for WorldFest 2013.

Updated Road Closures & Flood Information

Apr 19, 2013
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Updated 5/01/13  7:00am