Peoria

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria Firefighters were called to the Chase Bank Building at Jefferson and Hamilton downtown for a smoke alarm about 1:50 p.m Monday afternoon. 

For years, dusty, battered volumes of records from the 19th and early 20th century have been stored in boxes in a forgotten corner of the Peoria County Courthouse.

City Council to Take up Portillo's Plan

Sep 11, 2017
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The Peoria City Council Tuesday is expected to set in motion a process whereby a Portillo’s Restaurant will open next year in the city. Developer Willie Torchia has acquired the land at Sterling Avenue and Baumann Way, in front of the Westlake Shopping Center. He will spend about 700-thousand dollars to prepare the site and construct a building to lease to Portillo’s. He is asking the city to create a Special Service Area tax, where Portillo’s will add one additional percent to the tax rate on their sales. That money will reimburse Torchia for development costs.

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

The Salvation Army is supporting one of the largest disaster relief operations in its history. The organization has 71 mobile feeding units from across the nation deployed in Texas.  Salvation Army trained disaster workers are also being deployed and staged in waves to help with the immediate need and ongoing recovery effort that will be necessary.

A Peoria fire department wants to teach CPR to 8,000 people over the next two years.

The 46th annual Steamboat Festival kicked off Thursday on the Peoria Riverfront. 

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.

Two judges in Illinois say a new pilot program aimed at ensuring minorities are well represented in local jury pools will be "revolutionary."  

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The “Best City Hall in America” is hosting an open house. Peoria City Hall won the title last month in the online bracket-style contest sponsored by Engaging Local Government Leaders.

Central Illinois Election Highlights

Apr 5, 2017

The general election results in Peoria mean several members of the city council will be returning for another term. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis defeated political newcomer Couri Thomas for a fourth term.

 

Fi rst District Incumbents Denise Moore maintains that seat with a more than 50 percent margin of victory over David Berry. Jim Montelongo also won another term over challenger for Peoria Police professional Mike Eddlemon.

 

Election Day polling places closed at 7:00p.m. Peoria Election Commission Executive Director Tom Bride says election day has been pretty smooth.

The City of Peoria is continuing its Community Conversation on Race and Economic Opportunity.

 

The next phase of the effort is smaller subject based group discussions, including asset development, justice, education and health. The workgroup meetings are an outgrowth of two large community conversations.

 

The small group meetings are scheduled between Monday and Wednesday next week in the evening at Valeska Hinton School and the Lincoln Branch Public Library.

 

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Multiple Federal Law Enforcement agencies executed search warrants at three Caterpillar offices today. Federal agents entered Caterpillar’s World Headquarters Building on South West Adams St. in Peoria, Building AD in East Peoria and the Morton offices. The identical search warrants allowed the federal government to seize a wide range of documents, hardware and software related to the movement of any products between the U.S. and Switzerland, specifically the Swiss Subsidiary Caterpillar known as CSARL.

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The Illinois ACLU is calling on Peoria’s federally-funded health clinics to remove limitations on contraception and women’s health care services.

 

Peoria Prepares to Replace an Aged Bridge

Feb 21, 2017
Peoria Public Works Department

The MacArthur Highway Bridge Replacement Project got more public attention last night when residents had the opportunity to see the two options for it.

 

One offers a left turn on Richard Allen for those heading south and would not have a southbound exit ramp onto Saratoga. That’s I-DOT’s preferred design, as it provides more pedestrian safety. The second option rebuilds the south exit ramp to get to Romeo Garrett Avenue and moves the sidewalks.

 

A former teacher at a Peoria school has been convicted of sexually assaulting one of her students last year.  28-year-old Veronica Dixon was found guilty of criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Peoria's State of the City Resolved After CAT News

Feb 1, 2017
Tanya L Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis delivered the annual State of the City Speech Wednesday, a day after Caterpillar announced it will take its headquarters and top 300 executive jobs to Chicago.

Caterpillar News A Gut Blow to Peoria

Feb 1, 2017

 The news Caterpillar is moving its world headquarters to Chicago came as a surprise to most Tuesday. The announcement of the move follows the February, 2015 declaration the company would stay in Peoria. In fact, Caterpillar was planning to expand its world headquarters, taking up 31-acres downtown near the Peoria Riverfront.

Peoria Protest Supports Others In U.S.

Jan 29, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

More than 100 people turned out in downtown Peoria Sunday afternoon, despite the cold, to protest President Trump's recent executive order barring immigrants and refugees from seven countries.

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Jurors in Peoria have convicted a 19-year-old man of first-degree murder in the shooting death of another man after an argument over a dice game.  Jurors found Darrell M. Brown of Peoria guilty in the 2015 death of Quenton Lowe. Lowe died at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.  Brown's attorney questioned witness credibility and sizes of the bullets' entry wounds.

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Slightly fewer people were seeking full-time employment last year in the Peoria Metro area as well as statewide. Generally that translates to a lower unemployment rate. But for last-year it only tells half the story.

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The Peoria area continues to be a hotbed for millennial home buyers. The overall number of properties sold last year was slightly less than in 2015, when real estate moved at a 7-year high.

Police Seek Help Locating Bank Robbery Suspect

Jan 20, 2017
Peoria Police Department

One of the two males suspected of robbing Commerce Bank on North Knoxville in Peoria last week has been identified.  Peoria Police say 28 year-old Tarius D. Ganaway is wanted for armed robbery.  

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The ribbon cutting for the Cooperage Building in Peoria means there’s another place with historic character for people to live and work in the Warehouse District. The building that was constructed in 1925 started as a door and windows manufacturing company and later was a cooperage factory that made whiskey barrels for Hiram Walker.  Katie Kim is the CEO of the Kim Group. She says it was a 5-million-dollar project that was only possible with the extension of the state and federal historic tax credits:

 

 

Former Congressman Aaron Schock was in court today via video link. Four separate locations participated in the hearing with a federal courtroom linked for viewing in Peoria.

Tanya Koonce

The 25th annual MLK Day luncheon at the Peoria Civic Center drew more than 2,100 people for the meal and concert with Patti LaBelle. LaBelle was this year’s keynote speaker but rather than a traditional luncheon speech, LaBelle offered a full concert in the Civic Center Arena.  

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Gov. Bruce Rauner and U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth were among those volunteering to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Illinois.  The Republican governor and Democratic senator were at Chicago's Marie Curie High School for an event hosted by the nonprofit group City Year Chicago. 

The City of Peoria saw an increase in shootings last year but fewer homicides. Peoria Police Department Data shows a 40% increase in shootings. There were 98 shooting incidents in Peoria last year. Though some of those instances had multiple victims. 122 people were shot.

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The icy road conditions have trash and recycling collection a day late in Peoria. The Peoria Public Works Department says pick-up that usually would have happened Thursday will instead be Friday and Friday’s normal pick up will happen Saturday due the icy roads. Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Peoria Disposal Company via phone or website.

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