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 Former U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock was in federal court in Springfield this week, challenging a potential civil contempt citation.  U.S. Attorney's office spokeswoman Sharon Paul says the possible citation stems from Schock allegedly failing to turn over campaign and congressional records.  She declined to comment whether this week’s hearings were connected to an ongoing grand jury investigation of Schock into allegations of improper campaign spending.  Paul says the civil contempt matter was delayed pending a status conference set for late next month.

State investigation follows cancelled music festival

Jun 17, 2015

The Illinois Attorney General’s Office is investigating Blu Entertainment Group after the Country Life Music Festival was canceled.  Office spokeswoman Annie Thompson says they’ve received multiple consumer complaints following the cancellation.  She says people with tickets to the event should contact their credit card companies to cancel the payments or get a chargeback. 

  A National Transportation Safety Board investigator says a private plane that crashed in near Bloomington early Tuesday, killing seven, climbed and turned in an unexpected direction before plunging into a farm field.  Investigator Todd Fox said Wednesday the twin-engine Cessna 414 appeared to miss its approach to Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington. If that happened, the plane should have turned west to try again. Fox said instead, the plane climbed and turned east before crashing. He said the pilot's last radio communication didn't indicate any distress.

Caterpillar Inc. says a federal grand jury is investigating the Peoria based company's financial dealings in the U.S. and abroad.

The Pekin Police Department and state Department of Children and Family Services are investigating allegations of abuse and neglect at a local daycare.  The accusations surround the daycare service of Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ on North 8th Street in Pekin.  Pekin police began the investigation earlier this month, and both agencies are conducting interviews and investigating the allegations.

Latest on the patronage scandal in Illinois

Sep 24, 2014

Dozens of state employees will hold onto their jobs for at least another month, while a court case seeking to prevent their being laid off continues. It's part of a patronage scandal that's playing out ahead of the November election.

Missouri Congressman Lacy Clay says the investigation into the police shooting of Michael Brown needs to happen faster. 

Peoria police continue infant death investigation

Aug 4, 2014

The Peoria Police Department continues investigating the death of an eight-month-old Peoria boy.  The infant, Antonio Carpenter Junior, was taken off life support last week after suffering severe head trauma. Assistant Peoria Police Chief Mike Eddlemon says it’s important for parents and caregivers to remember to seek assistance if they’re in a difficult situation with children:

Federal request to pospone investigation of NRI

Jul 10, 2014

Illinois Republicans say they want to continue a legislative investigation into a mismanaged anti-violence program. But that goes against the wishes of the federal government.

The Illinois State Board of Education says it found no evidence that a District 150 primary school manipulated test scores. However, a letter sent from the ISBE to the district says it’s forwarding its report to its Licensure Division for further review. 

State auditors to oversee Charter Oak ISAT testing

Mar 7, 2014

The Illinois State Board of Education is asking a contracted-auditor to oversee annual testing at District 150 Charter Oak Primary School. State board spokeswoman Mary Fergus says most schools are chosen randomly for overseeing how the I-SAT test is given. But Fergus says the current investigation into testing irregularities at Charter Oak prompted the state board to specifically ask that the school be observed.  ISAT testing is currently underway in the district, and ends March 14th. 

District 150 Superintendent Grenita Lathan is responding to critics of her administration and what they say is a ‘culture of fear’.  Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports the comments follow the fourth straight meeting where parents are voicing concern:

Former Charter Oak Principal John Wetterauer is requesting a leave of absence for the rest of the school year.  

School Board OKs transferring Charter Oak principal

Jan 27, 2014

The District 150 School Board removed a principal from his duties at a primary school amid an investigation into state test practices. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports two teachers at Charter Oak Primary School will also get re-assigned:

New DCFS director investigating child deaths

Nov 20, 2013

The new acting director of Illinois’ child welfare system is investigating an analysis of child deaths compiled by Chicago Public Radio and the Chicago Sun-Times.

State DCFS head resigns post

Nov 15, 2013

The head of Illinois’ troubled child welfare system resigned Friday.  A press release from the governor’s office says the director has been diagnosed with cancer.  The resignation comes in the wake of recent media reports on the child welfare system, including an investigation on child deaths by WBEZ  and the Chicago Sun-Times.  

The body found in the home of Gary Sandberg is believed to be that of the at-large city councilman.  Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says good friends went to Sandberg’s home at 1213 South West Adams Street this afternoon to check on him. They called 911 about 2:15, saying they had found a man deceased. 

Schock calls for top IRS official to resign

May 14, 2013

U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock is calling on the acting IRS commissioner to resign after the agency gave extra scrutiny to tea party groups applying for tax exempt status.  Schock, a Republican, is on the Ways and Means Committee that oversees tax policy. He says the Ways and Means Committee is launching an investigation into the IRS controversy