It was EPIC Firefighter Day at the Peoria Fire Department’s Central House. Peoria firefighters and managers hosted 20 EPIC participants.

An Army brigadier general who served in Afghanistan and Iraq has been named director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs. 

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there continues to be issues with Legionnaires' disease at an Illinois veterans home despite improvements.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state will spend about $3 million to help build a new water source in a western Illinois community where Legionnaires' disease has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents of a state veteran's home.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says it will hire architectural and design teams by summer to redevelop the Quincy veterans' home campus hit by a Legionnaires' disease crisis.

State officials say preliminary test results show legionella bacteria have been found in the Illinois State Capitol complex.

With frigid below-normal temperatures in much of the country, emergency management officials are offering safety tips for winter driving.

A Peoria man convicted of beating and severely burning  a 2-year-old girl by putting her into a scalding hot shower to punish her has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Two cases of Legionnaires' disease have been reported at a western Illinois veterans' home more than two years after an outbreak killed 12 people and sickened 54 at the facility. 

Western Illinois University officials say the school's water bottle refilling stations have kept more than 1 million plastic bottles out of landfills.

Precautionary Boil Order Issued for Washington

Jul 26, 2017
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The City of Washington has a precautionary boil order in place beginning August 1st. Washington City water users will be under a three-day boil order. A planned maintenance project at the city’s water treatment plant #2 is scheduled begin late in the evening on July 31st.

Forecasters say flooding in north-suburban Chicago could worsen over the weekend as water flows down rivers into the state from Wisconsin.

A massive hole in the ground in suburban Chicago is being fitted with facilities normally associated with the Grand Canyon. 

Rockford has 1.3 billion gallons of water it cannot account for each year. City workers will embark this week on the second year of a program to reduce water loss.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Officials say hundreds of drinking fountains in Chicago parks have been shut off after testing revealed high levels of lead in the water.

Chicago Park District officials said Tuesday they decided to take 459 of their 2,435 water fixtures out of service based on samples collected during the summer. 

Consultants found a wide range of lead levels in Chicago parks and Park District facilities, similar to earlier reports from Chicago Public Schools, suburban school districts and schools operated by the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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The Springfield utility company that provides electricity to the Illinois capitol and other government buildings says the state is finally current on its past-due bills.  Springfield City, Water, Light and Power spokeswoman Amber Sabin says the state has paid nearly $19 million in late and current bills. Most of the money was paid in August. 

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Rockford will soon be testing its water for lead but officials say there are no indications of any problems like they have had in Flint, Michigan. 

Interim Public Works Director Matt Vitner says the testing is routine. In fact, Vitner says because the water in Rockford has been lead-free for decades, the city is required to have its water tested just once every three years.

That's the least stringent testing that environmental regulators require.

Vitner says that tap water from 50 homes will be sampled this spring and summer. 

Illinois American Water is finishing a more than $4.5 million upgrade in Pekin.  The company will activate a new booster system Wednesday to help improve the community’s drinking water.  To that end, Illinois American Water is asking all Pekin District customers to only use water for essential reasons for both Tuesday and Wednesday.  Customers should also refrain from outdoor watering during that time.


Peoria group talks ways to reduce stormwater runoff

Jun 17, 2015
Alex Rusciano

Peoria’s new group formed to reduce storm-water runoff looked at several priorities Wednesday. The OneWater Committee includes contractors, planners, business owners and members from school and park groups.

Regional students attend annual clean water event

Apr 20, 2015

The Sun Foundation’s annual Clean Water Celebration drew hundreds of area middle and high school students to the Peoria Civic Center Monday.  One goal is for students to exchange ideas on water conservation and recycling.  Paul Ritter is a biology teacher at Pontiac Township high School. He says his students helped propose state legislation that would limit the use of plastic grocery bags:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has added an extra layer of regulatory protection for a central Illinois aquifer by declaring it a primary source of drinking water.

100 year-old water main system replacement in Peoria

Dec 16, 2014

Illinois American Water is spending more than $1 million on water main improvements in Peoria. The company will install new water main that replaces the more than 100 year-old cast iron connection that feeds into the stations on Grand Boulevard.

Illinois American Water and the City of Peoria have suspended talks to extend a five-year-purchase option to 20 years.  The previous franchise agreement proposal would have given the city more than a million dollars a year for a residential streets overlay program and another $1.4 million for work permit fees. The water company would have in turn passed on the cost to ratepayers with a three percent increase.  The City and the water company issued a joint statement that gave no explanation as to why the negotiations were halted. The statement does say the talks reached an impasse.

East Peoria hydrant flushing begins Monday

Sep 16, 2014

The City of East Peoria will begin hydrant flushing next Monday. 

Some IL crops survive better amid weather flux

Jul 8, 2014

Recent rainfall in Illinois has provided some welcome relief for many farmers, but too much or too little moisture can be tricky for corn and soybeans. Illinois Public Radio’s Mariam Sobh has more on crops that seem able to withstand unpredictable weather patterns

“On the edges of the fields we have issues with weeds, but you can see in the second row of the field, there’s no weeds in there.”

Shipping their harvest on barges through the vast river way system is vital for Midwest farmers.  But many say the system of locks and dams on major rivers is decaying and out of date. House and Senate negotiators in Washington recently reached agreement on a bill to authorize improvements to the river system …and President Obama is expected to sign the measure.  But the changes won’t happen overnight. IPR’s Rich Egger has the story

Some road closures at Main/University start Friday

Mar 6, 2014

Main Street from University to Elmwood will be closed to all traffic starting Friday. It’s expected to last for one week while crews work on installing a water main at the Main and University intersection.  Current lane closures on southbound University remain in effect. 

Lane closures expected following water main break

Feb 11, 2014

Illinois American Water is planning to repair parts of the road damaged by this week’s water main break on North East Jefferson. Lane closures are expected later this week to achieve the road work.  Crews have finished repairs on the 30-inch transmission pipe following the water main break at Jefferson and Abington Streets. 

Schock touts passage of federal water resources act

Oct 24, 2013

Congressman Aaron Schock says the Water Resources Reform and Development Act overwhelmingly approved by the House is much needed legislation. He says it provides a variety of policy reforms and improvements for waterways like the Illinois River and its Lock and Dam system. The Congressman spoke to reporters at the Lock in Creve Coeur: 

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More than 150 people attended a public meeting Thursday night to hash out the future of the Main and University intersection.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports: