Peoria officials will use a state grant to turn downtown office space in the central Illinois community into subsidized housing for the homeless.

The Illinois attorney general has announced a settlement by the state and more than 20 other states in a lawsuit accusing a Rockford-based veterans nonprofit of scamming donations.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois’ CEO Patty Fuchs has resigned. The local Goodwill chapter said in a new release that Fuchs is retiring after 22 years leading the organization. 

When she took the job in 1993, Goodwill of Central Illinois employed 65 workers, the organization said. It now employs 400. 

The board of directors will launch a search with the firm DHR International in January. Fuchs’ retirement is effective June 2016.

IL Comptroller pledges quicker nonprofit payments

Jul 15, 2013
Tanya Koonce / WCBU

  Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is creating an advisory council to help non-profit groups receive state payments in a more timely fashion. Topinka visited the Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria yesterday to talk with non-profit human service groups about the state’s financial condition. She says her office is now paying bills from June 21st, a shorter delay than usual. But Topinka says its still within the first month of the state’s new fiscal year. She says by fall and into the holiday season, the payment delay gap could get larger: