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PCAPS: Don't Pick Up Chicks This Easter


Giving chicks and bunnies as Easter gifts is a common practice, but it's one that most animal rights organizations would like to see go away...MORE

Pekin Police Make Car Burglary Arrest


Pekin Police make an arrest in connection with recent car burglaries. Gabriel Thompson, 18, of Pekin was arrested Tuesday night in the 1200 block of Florence. Thompson is charged with burglary to a motor vehicle, criminal...MORE

Strip Club Tax Brings In Less Money


(AP) - Illinois officials say a strip club tax has generated less than 40 percent of the money that was expected when the surcharge was approved. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the "pole tax"...MORE

Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast


At least four people are confirmed dead, but officials in South Korea fear the death toll could get much higher following the sinking of a ferry off the southern coast. Nearly 300 people are unaccounted...MORE

BBB Warns Of Bogus Emails


(AP) - Consumer advocates say scammers are using bogus U.S. Postal Service emails to steal personal information. Officials of the Better Business Bureau say hackers send emails about online...MORE

Man Charged For Boston Bomb Hoax


(AP) - Police say a man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line had a rice cooker in his backpack and is being charged with possession of a hoax device... (more)

Dist. 150 Announces Principal Assignments


Peoria School District 150 announces the promotion of several administrators to principals for the 2014-15 school year. The promotions were approved by the school board Monday night as part of its Human Resources Report...MORE

Legislators Talk Expanded Gambling


Expanding Illinois gambling only in Chicago will be a central issue during hearings on the legislation. State Rep. Bob Rita is the sponsor of the latest attempt...MORE

Lawyers Ask Judge To Drop Rutherford Lawsuit


(AP) - Lawyers for Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by an ex-employee alleging sexual harassment and forced political work on state time...MORE

Local Man Praised For Volunteer Efforts


Aubrey Atkinson was lauded Tuesday at UnityPoint Health Methodist Hospital's 42nd annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet at Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria...MORE

CityLink To Host Open House


Officials plan to discuss the proposed North Side Transfer Zone on Wednesday afternoon...MORE

At Least One More Season For Stadium


There will be football at Peoria Stadium at least one more season. "This coming fall Peoria Stadium will serve as the home football field for Peoria High, Manual Academy and I believe for a lot of what Peoria Notre Dame does...MORE

Make Washington's "After Prom" Special


Prom is just around the corner for Washington Community High, and so is the "After Prom Party".  Julia Sander, with the Washington "After Prom" commmittee, says the event is all about providing a fun and safe environment...MORE

PAAR Reports Sluggish First Quarter


The long, cold, harsh winter takes its toll on area realtors.  Peoria Area Association of Realtors president Tonya Burris says first quarter home sales were down almost 19 percent...MORE

Cubs To The Suburbs?


(AP) Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts thinks a move to the suburbs might be lucrative but says...MORE

CityLink Expands Bus Service on Sunday


It will be a welcome convenience for Peoria residents starting in June. The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District will offer Sunday bus service for the first time since the service was established in 1970. CityLink will run nine routes in Peoria, with

Boston Marathon Bombing: One Year Later


Between 2:30 and 3 o'clock this afternoon eastern-time, a flag-raising ceremony and a moment of silence will be held at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to mark the one-year anniversary of the explosions...MORE

Dist. 150 Board Approves RIF's


It's a Reduction in Force, or the educational term for layoffs. The Peoria District 150 school board has approved the layoffs of 198 employees for the 2014-15 school year. That total includes 66 full-and-part-time time...MORE

Rain & Cold Slow Illinois Corn Planting


(AP) - State agriculture officials say wet, cold weather has kept Illinois farmers out of their fields this spring. The Illinois Department of Agriculture contends Monday in its weekly crop report that typically about 10 percent of the statewide ..(MORE)

Thousands Of Family Keepsakes Returned


In the five months since the devastating Washington tornado, volunteers have reunited hundreds of families with more than 5,000 photographs, documents and...MORE

Quinn Promotes Housing Program In Peoria


The program provides a low-interest loan, plus down payment and closing cost assistance for first-time home buyers...MORE

Chicago Man Loves Soda, Hates Taxes


(AP) Police accuse a Chicago man of pulling out a submachine gun in a convenience store because he didn't want to pay a 22-cent tax on...MORE

Papers Win Pulitzer For NSA Stories


(AP) The Washington Post and the Guardian have won Pulitzer Prizes in public service for revealing the massive U.S. government surveillance effort...MORE

Blood Moon On The Rise


It's a good night to stay up late and watch the sky as a blood moon kicks off the rare astronomical event known as a tetrad...MORE

Reductions In Force On D150 Board Agenda


The annual Reduction in Force within Peoria Public Schools will take place Monday. The school board will approve issuing pink slips to teachers and staff to bring manpower within the means of a budget that projects an $8-million deficit the end of next s

Thieves Targeting Unlocked Cars In Pekin


The Pekin Police Department is warning residents of a rash of car burglaries, in which most of the vehicles were unlocked...MORE

Schock Hosting Soldier's Movie Premiere


Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock brings a screening of "Travis: A Soldier's Story" to the Peoria Riverfront Museum's Giant Screen Theater Monday night.  The film is a documentary about US Army...MORE

Quinn Touting Help For First-Time Home Buyers


Governor Pat Quinn will be making a stop in Bartonville Monday afternoon to talk about his "Welcome Home Illinois" loan program for first-time homeowners...MORE 

 

Pope Poses For 'Selfies' After Service


(AP) Tens of thousands of Romans, tourists and pilgrims have joined Pope Francis in...MORE

Strong With The Force, The Library Is


The Fondulac District Library in East Peoria transformed over the weekend for Star Wars Day...MORE

Deadly Gun Battle In Eastern Ukraine


(AP) Ukraine's interior minister says one security officer has been killed and five others have been wounded in a gunfight with pro-Russian militia...MORE

Police Looking For Alleged Shooter


Peoria police have identified the suspect in the shooting on the city's south side Friday night. Police say 21-year-old Adrian L. Jackson is wanted for aggravated battery with a firearm and reckless discharge of a firearm...MORE

Feds End Showdown With Nevada Rancher


(AP) Federal land managers abruptly ended the roundup of cattle on public land in southern Nevada owned by a rancher who has refused to recognize their authority, citing a "serious concern" for the safety of employees and the public...MORE

Obama Reiterates Call For Equal Pay


President Barack Obama is stepping up his call for equal pay for women, reinforcing a top election-year issue for Democrats eager to mobilize women to vote...MORE

Simon Raising Awareness Of Sexual Assault


Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is coming to Peoria to raise awareness on sexual assault and domestic violence.  Simon will visit the Center for Prevention of Abuse...MORE

Beer Fest Offers Hundreds Of Varieties


If you know the difference between Lager, Pale Ale, and Stout...you're ready for the Peoria Jaycees International Beer Fest! The 22nd annual event is going on Saturday at Peoria's Expo Gardens...MORE

Woman Shot on Peoria's Southside


Peoria Police search for a suspect after a woman was shot on Peoria's southside. At 9:15 Friday evening, police responded to a shooting at 2213 Malone. ..(More)

Fort Hood Victim Honored


The body of an Army sergeant killed in last week's mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, has arrived in a small southern Missouri town for a weekend funeral. Sgt. Timothy Owens was originally from Effingham.

Road Rage Suspect Surrenders


The Bartonville Police Department says Steven Debis Jr. of Hanna City, walked into the police department and asked to speak with someone regarding...MORE

Civil Rights Celebrated In Peoria


U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) delivered a passionate speech as Bradley University commemorated the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act...MORE

Vehicle Burglary Suspect Arrested


Peoria Police made an arrest Friday in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries...MORE

Quinn And Rauner Go Head-To-Head


(AP) Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner have attacked one another for their record and positions on education...MORE

Survey: Concussion Protocol Lacking


(AP) A survey of school nurses suggests most Illinois schools don't have protocols for when to allow students who've suffered concussions back into...MORE

Truck Slams Into House In Morton


Three people are taken to the hospital after a truck crashes into a house in Morton.  Emergency crews were called to 73 Fox Creek Court around 10:30pm Thursday...MORE

County Board Defers Vote On DDC Deal


The County Board on Thursday said there were too many unanswered questions to approve a $25,000 contribution to the Downtown Development Corporation...MORE

'Peoria Shops Washington' This Weekend


The City and the Chamber of Commerce are asking Peorians to support businesses whose bottom lines were impacted by the Nov. 17 tornado...MORE

Commander Scott Altman Back In Pekin


It's not often that the famous person your school is named after actually gets to visit the school, but, that's exactly what's happening Friday at Scott Altman Primary School in Pekin.  WMBD's "Greg and Dan" asked the Pekin...MORE

World Famous Banjo Player Plays In Peoria


He's probably the best known banjo player in the world...Bela Fleck is in town to play with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra this weekend. Some District 150 students are having the chance to hear him play...MORE

Deadly Bus Crash In California


Authorities say nine people have been killed in a three-vehicle crash that has shut down north- and south-bound traffic on Interstate 5. California Highway Patrol dispatcher Curtis Pahlka says authorities received a report of the crash at 5:41 p.m...MORE

Sebelius Leaving HHS Post


(AP) - The move comes just a week after the close of the rocky enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act..MORE

Shooter Guilty Of Second Degree Murder


Dieuseul Brown, 26, was accused of fatally shooting Kelsey Coleman on April 5, 2013...MORE

Rep. Chapa LaVia Apologizes for 'Half' Remark


House Minority Leader accepts her apology, but says racially-charged, or otherwise "hurtful," comments need to stay out of legislative debate...MORE

Bill To Streamline School Funding Advances


(AP) Legislation that makes sweeping changes to Illinois' public school funding is progressing in the Illinois Senate, but changes are likely before...MORE

Stocks Take A Big Tumble


(AP) The Nasdaq had its worst day since 2011 as investors dumped biotechnology shares and other industries that have soared over the...MORE

CBS Reveals New Late Show Host


(AP) Stephen Colbert is replacing David Letterman as CBS' late-night host...MORE

Police Report "Rash" Of Vehicle Burglaries


Peoria Police warn residents of what they call a "rash" of vehicle burglaries in the Richwoods Area. This includes neighborhoods bordering War Memorial Drive, Northmoor and University. Also affected are neighborhoods along...MORE

Still No Motive For Stabbings At High School


(VIDEO) - (AP) - What motivated a stabbing rampage at a Pennsylvania high school remains a mystery, with the teenage suspect's attorney calling him a good student who got along with others. Sixteen-year-old Alex Hribal faces...MORE

Schock Wants Lerner Prosecuted


Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock (IL-18) joined a majority of the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday in referring Lois Lerner, the official at the center of the...MORE

Another Signal From Deep In The Indian Ocean


 An Australian official says a search crew hunting for the missing Malaysian jet has located a new possible underwater signal. The coordinator of the search off Australia's west coast says an Australian navy aircraft...MORE

IL Senate Oks Retirement Savings Program


A proposal giving private-sector workers access to a retirement savings program has cleared one half of the Illinois Legislature.   The state Senate passed the measure 30-22...MORE

Gunfire Erupts on Peoria's South Side


Peoria Police were busy tracking down several reports of shots fired around 8:30 Wednesday night. Shot spotter alerted police to 11-15 shots fired in the 2300 block of West Starr...MORE 

Illinois Stepping In To Help With Disaster Relief


Iliinois legislators passed an intra-state natural disaster relief package. The State of Illinois will provide a new legislation package that will help local communities respond to the aftermath of the November 17th tornadoes...MORE

LaHood Touts Pro Bono Legal Services


LaHood was the keynote speaker at a Wednesday luncheon hosted by Prairie State Legal Services, a not-for-profit law firm serving 36 counties in northern and central Illinois...MORE

Madigan Pulls Tax The Rich Plan


(AP) Michael Madigan's spokesman says the Illinois House speaker is withdrawing a plan to tax millionaires in the state...MORE

Alleged North Valley Shooter Arrested


Ricky Whitley-Elam, 25, allegedly fired a gun during a fight in the 2500 block of Northeast Monroe St. around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday...MORE,

Work On Water Co. Agreement Continues


A second delay in a proposed franchise agreement between the City of Peoria and Illinois American Water Co. is likely...MORE

Fort Hood Shooting Victims Remembered


(AP) President Barack Obama says the nation is drawing strength from relatives of the victims of the fatal shootings last week at...MORE

BU's Swopshire, Zecevic To Transfer


(From Bradley University) - Bradley freshmen swingmen Jordan Swopshire and Stefan Zecevic both intend to transfer following the 2014 Spring semester and have been granted their releases, Braves head coach Geno Ford announced Wednesday. "Jordan and S

GPS Bill Advancing In State Legislature


Should Illinois law enforcement be able to know where you are at all times? If you have a restraining order against you...yes!  A bill supporting that type of enforcement...MORE

Mother Indicted For Scalding Daughter


Tiffany Fortune, 33, allegedly poured hot water on her five-year-old daughter on March 19...MORE

Life-Threatening Injuries At PA High School


(VIDEO) - (AP) - A doctor says some victims of a multiple stabbing at a high school near Pitsburgh have suffered injuries classified as life-threatening though all are expected to survive......MORE

Big Investment In ICC


Governor Quinn stopped by Illinois Central College Tuesday to announce a $2.6 million dollar state investment to build...MORE

Day 3 Of Testimony For Pistorius


(VIDEO) - (AP) - Oscar Pistorius is testifying for a third day at his murder trial, returning to the witness stand after breaking down in sobs and wailing a day earlier while describing the moments he said he realized he had fatally shot...MORE

Tazewell County Loses Veteran Board Member


Tazewell County Board Member Mel Stanford has died. The 70-year-old representative of District 3 died Monday night. He served on the Tazewell County Board for 13 years...MORE

Pings Picked Up Again In Plane Search


(VIDEO) - An Australian official says equipment on a ship searching for the missing Malaysian jet has relocated an underwater signal that is consistent with a plane's black boxes. Angus Houston, the head of a joint agency coordinating...MORE

Altercation Leads To Shooting; One Injured


Peoria Police are investigating a shooting in the 2500 block of Northeast Monroe. One woman was reportedly shot in the stomach at 9:30pm Tuesday. The victim was taken to OSF St. Francis Medical Center by private vehicle...MORE

School Funding Overhaul Advances In State Senate


Legislation that would dramatically change the way schools are funded in Illinois for the first time since 1997 is advancing in the Illinois Legislature. The bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Andy Manar of Bunker Hill would...MORE

Marine Guard Shot to Death by Colleague


(AP) - Authorities at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina say a Marine standing guard at the main gate has shot and killed another guard. Base spokesman Nat Fahy said the shooting occurred late Tuesday afternoon...(MORE)

Peoria Starts Refilling Salt Supply After Brutal Winter


On average, Public Works crews go through about 4,000 tons of salt each winter. This year, though, they used more than twice that amount...MORE

Woman Convicted Of Stiletto Murder


(AP) A jury has convicted a Houston woman of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the...MORE

Manier's Not Giving Up On Changing FEMA


Washington Mayor Gary Manier says he's leaving it up to Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk to get FEMA's disaster funding formula changed with the bill they have proposed. But, Manier says if they need him to go...MORE

Local Governments Getting Road Money


The state of Illinois is giving local governments $100 million to help repair roads and address other transportation needs following a particularly brutal winter. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the funding...MORE

It's Time To Play Ball In Peoria


They started their season on the road with four games in Wisconsin with the Timber Rattlers, but Tuesday night the Peoria Chiefs play their home opener with the Dayton Flyers. Chiefs President Rocky Vonachen...MORE

Police Search For Missing Pekin Man - Update


Thanks to a Facebook tip, Pekin Police were able to locate a missing man and reunite him with his family...MORE

IL Senate OKs Proposal Lowering Probation Time


Legislation that would decrease a criminal's time on probation if they pursued further education is moving through the Illinois Legislature. The Senate passed the proposal with a 47-0 vote...MORE

Boston Police Investigate 2 Unattended Backpacks


(AP) - Police say they've taken a man into custody in connection with two unattended backpacks found at the Boston Marathon finish line.  The Boston police department has tweeted asking people to avoid the area, while the bomb squad wa

PCAPS: Don't Pick Up Chicks This Easter


Giving chicks and bunnies as Easter gifts is a common practice, but it's one that most animal rights organizations would like to see go away...MORE
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(AP) - Illinois officials say a strip club tax has generated less than 40 p

At least four people are confirmed dead, but officials in South Korea fear

(AP) - Consumer advocates say scammers are using bogus U.S. Postal Service

(AP) - Police say a man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish

Peoria School District 150 announces the promotion of several administrator

Expanding Illinois gambling only in Chicago will be a central issue during

(AP) - Lawyers for Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford are asking a federal j

Aubrey Atkinson was lauded Tuesday at UnityPoint Health Methodist Hospital'

Officials plan to discuss the proposed North Side Transfer Zone on Wednesda

There will be football at Peoria Stadium at least one more season. "This co

Prom is just around the corner for Washington Community High, and so is the

The long, cold, harsh winter takes its toll on area realtors. Peoria Area

(AP) Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts thinks a move to the suburbs might be

It will be a welcome convenience for Peoria residents starting in June. The

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