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. 

Peoria area workers at Caterpillar and other companies who suddenly find themselves out of work will be getting help finding employment in the region.

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.  

State to authorize 97 Enterprise Zones

Dec 8, 2014

The development tool known as an Enterprise Zone is supposed to be for depressed areas that need the particular attention of government to attract private sector investment. The state is preparing to authorize 97 E-Zones in the next several years that would provide income, sales, and property tax breaks for business location. 

Latest on the patronage scandal in Illinois

Sep 24, 2014

Dozens of state employees will hold onto their jobs for at least another month, while a court case seeking to prevent their being laid off continues. It's part of a patronage scandal that's playing out ahead of the November election.

Lawmakers advance Emanuel Chicago pension plan

Apr 8, 2014

A bill to cut retirement benefits for some City of Chicago employees has made its way to the governor’s desk. But it’s not clear whether he will sign it. IPR'S Tony Arnold reports.

In one day, the Illinois State House and Senate approved a measure affecting more than 56-thousand city laborers and municipal workers. The bill would have current employees pay more toward their pensions - while retirees would get less money in benefits.

State concerned about health worker shortage

Mar 10, 2014

Public health officials are concerned there won't be enough health care providers to serve the increased patient load that is expected under the Affordable Care Act. A state panel has released nearly two dozen recommendations to alleviate what it sees as a workforce shortage in the state.

Retired workers sue over state pension overhaul

Jan 2, 2014

A group of retired government workers has sued to block a law that cuts pension benefits for Illinois state employees. It's the latest in what's expected to be a series of lawsuits.