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Government
7:10 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Ill. Sec. of State Police dies

The director of the Illinois Secretary of State Police has died.  

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Crime
12:48 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Pekin Police search for robbery suspect

Pekin Police are searching for an armed-robbery suspect at the USCO Gas Station on South Second Street last night.  A male suspect robbed the gas station attendant, struck her with an object, and fled the scene. The attendant was taken to the hospital with significant but non-life threatening injuries. Pekin Police officers are investigating the case. 

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State News
5:26 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Illinois lawmakers talk about police body cameras

The idea of requiring police to wear body cameras has been a hot topic after the protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Friday, a group of Illinois lawmakers will take up the issue. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
9:36 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Eddlemon picked for Assistant Peoria Police Chief

Peoria City Police Captain Mike Eddlemon is now the department’s Assistant Chief. Eddlemon served has as interim assistant chief since early July. He joined the department in 1992 and served positions including Criminal Investigations, Vice, and the Street Crimes Unit. Eddlemon’s new duties include leading the city’s anti-violence program known as Don’t Shoot.

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Community
4:31 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Area emergency groups test response in mock terrorist incident

Credit Central Illinois Emergency Information Facebook

Local, state and federal emergency officials responded to a mock terrorist attack on the Illinois River Monday morning. The drill was hosted by the Fondulac Park District Police and U-S Coast Guard. It was designed to test how well different groups work together to respond to an emergency.  Fondulac Park District Police Chief Michael Johnson says the mock attack involved terrorists taking over the Peoria Lock and Dam and taking hostages:

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State News
5:00 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Traffic citations could help fund police cameras

Getting a traffic ticket would cost you a few extra dollars under legislation before the Illinois General Assembly.  A pair of state legislators want to increase by $6 the penalty you pay for a traffic citation, or nearly any other offense, with some of that extra money going to help for police cameras. 

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State News
5:01 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Surplus military equipment for police draws scrutiny

Several Missouri lawmakers are calling for a review of programs that allow surplus military equipment to go to local police departments.  The scrutiny comes in the wake of a heavily armed police presence during protests in Ferguson.

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State News
7:05 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Military style police equipment sparks discussion

Since law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri, began using its federally supplied military-style equipment, the spotlight has been on police departments everywhere. Members of Congress have begun to question the program that distributes extra supplies to local law enforcement.

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Crime
3:23 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

ACLU report: signs of racial bias in Illinois traffic stops

Police in the City of Peoria and County are more likely to ask to search the vehicles of minority drivers compared to whites during traffic stops. That's according to data collected by the state from 2013. The American Civil Liberties Union says that mirrors statewide numbers. But ACLU Spokesman Ed Yohnka says statewide and central Illinois data also show targeting blacks and Latinos is not only discriminatory, it's not a wise enforcement effort:

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Government
5:04 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Peoria City Council approves school cops, medical marijuana guidelines

Five Peoria Police officers are going back to high school. The intergovernmental agreement between the City of Peoria and Peoria School District 150 received unanimous support from both governing bodies. The five officers have to have juvenile certification to take the assignment. The four year agreement will be reduced to one year if the city does not receive a Department of Justice COPS grant. The grant application period opens this fall and is to be decided by the end of the year. 

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