The state’s economy continues to grow slowly, according to the University of Illinois' monthly Flash Economic Index.

Illinois transportation officials are warning motorists to beware of more active deer as mating season begins.

Peoria’s October Unemployment Rate Rises

Nov 25, 2015

The unemployment rate rose in the Peoria area last month compared to the same time in 2014. The Illinois Department of Employment Security is reporting an unemployment rate of six-point-six-percent in October for the Peoria area. That’s nearly one-percent higher than the rate last month. The Peoria metro area lost 1,800 jobs year-over-year.

October unemployment up one-percent from 2012

Dec 5, 2013

The number of people filing unemployment claims increased slightly from September to October.  The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports the unemployment rate at 8.7 percent in the Peoria Metropolitan Statistical Area.  That’s up two-tenths of a percent from September.  It’s also a more than one-percent increase from the same time last year. 

The Center for Prevention of Abuse has visited tri-county schools this month to spread awareness of bullying prevention.  October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  Center officials have worked with teachers to host school assemblies, videos and other activities focused on anti-bullying.  Rachel Boudreau is with the Center for Prevention of Abuse.  She says another top focus is talking to students about cyber-bullying: