The head of security at Chicago's airports has been fired, just weeks after a passenger was dragged from a United Airlines plane by security officers at O'Hare International Airport.  The Department of Aviation says Jeffrey Redding has been terminated from his duties at O'Hare and Midway airports. No reason was given.

Caterpillar laying off 100 East Peoria workers

Jan 7, 2015

Caterpillar and United Auto Workers 974 are preparing for layoffs in East Peoria. About 100 full-time workers received indefinite layoff notices to take effect January 19th. 20 additional agency workers assignments were also cut. Caterpillar says the layoffs are to bring production in line with demand. The giant earth moving tractor made at the East Peoria facility is used in mining. That industry continues to show weak market conditions.  

United Way campaign breaks records

Jan 31, 2014

The Heart of Illinois United Way broke records for its 2013 campaign. The campaign raised more than $10.8 million.  That’s a 2.5 percent increase from last year. Michael Stephan is the president of the Heart of Illinois United Way. He says the Peoria operation excels when compared to area campaigns: