Protecting Crime Victims In Illinois

Advocacy groups are pushing for the passage of a proposed mendment to the state constitution that they say would increase accountability for Illinois courts and provide better protection of crime victims' rights...MORE

Soda Makers Pledge To Cut Calories

(AP) Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper say they'll work to reduce the calories Americans get from beverages by 20 percent over the next...MORE

Grammy Nominee To Perform At Bradley

Wiz Khalifa will perform in concert on Friday night November 14th at Bradley's Renaissance Coliseum...MORE

Emanuel Pushing Sentencing Law Reforms

(AP) Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday asked state legislators to make possession of less than 1 gram of any controlled substance a misdemeanor...MORE

Peoria County Facing Budget Deficit

The Peoria County Board is beginning its fiscal year 2015 budget negotiations. Administrator Lori Curtis Luther...MORE

Obama Claims Unity Behind Airstrikes

(AP) - President Barack Obama says the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes...MORE

Fight The Flu, Get Your Shot

With flu season right around the corner, the Peoria City/County Health Department suggests getting your flu vaccine early. "With our flu season typically running November through May...MORE

School Bus Hits Pole

A school bus sideswiped a utility pole near the intersection of Krause and Ligonier in Peoria...MORE

Bradley Institute Will Honor LaHood

The Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley University will honor Peoria's former Congressman and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The university says that LaHood will receive the Henri de Tonti Award...MORE

Number Of Ebola Cases Continues To Climb

(AP) - New estimates from the World Health Organization warn the number of Ebola cases could hit 21,000 in six weeks unless efforts to curb the outbreak are ramped up...MORE

US Starts New Offensive in Syria

(AP) - The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes Monday night on Islamic State group targets in Syria, expanding a military campaign into a country whose three-year civil war has given the brutal militant group a safe haven. (more)

A Call For School Funding Reform

The head of a local school district is joining a coalition of superintendents and education advocates...MORE

Candidates Talk "Common Sense" Gun Laws

(AP) Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner both endorse what they call "common sense" in gun laws, but disagree...MORE

US and Partners Begin Airstrikes in Syria

(AP)- BREAKING NEWS: The Pentagon says US and partners begin airstrikes in Syria. The aerial effort against the extremist group Islamic State has been expanded from Iraq into Syria. The Pentagon says the operation involves warplanes from the U.S. (MORE)

The Number Of Homeless Children Rising

Illinois saw a record number of homeless students during the 2012-2013 school year. More than 50,000 children had no consistent living arrangement, an increase of 17 percent over 2011-2012...MORE

Fire At A Peoria Plant

A fire started at Archer Daniels Midland on Edmund St. around Noon Monday...MORE

ISIS Calls For Civilian Deaths

(AP) - The spokesman of the Islamic State militant group says his fighters are ready to face a U.S.-led military coalition and is calling on Muslims worldwide to kill civilians of nations that join the fight...MORE

Accused White House Intruder In Court

(AP) A federal prosecutor in Washington says investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition in a search of the car of...MORE

Local Candidate May Take Votes From Rauner/Quinn

(AP) - The Libertarian candidate running for Illinois governor recognizes he has little chance to win the November election. But Chad Grimm could pull votes away from Republican...MORE

Responders Practice For Real Emergencies

The Fondulac Park District Police and the United States Coast Guard are hosting a full scale emergency preparedness exercise. The emergency drills will involve multiple local and state agencies...MORE

Actress Polly Bergen Dies At 84

(AP) — Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who played the terrorized wife in the original "Cape Fear"...MORE

Media Messages Focus On ISIS

(VIDEO) - (AP) - President Barack Obama used his weekly media message to promote his policies aimed at blunting Islamic State militants...MORE

Medical Pot Deadline Approaches

The deadline for applications to operate medical marijuana cultivation centers is 3:00 p.m. Monday. So, the race is on...MORE

Deadline Nears For Medical Pot Applicants

The application deadline for those seeking permits for cultivation centers and dispensaries is 3:00 p.m. today...MORE

Pope Names New Archbishop Of Chicago

(VIDEO) - (AP) - As the leader of two American dioceses, Roman Catholic Bishop Blase Cupich has staked out a firm position...MORE

Manhunt for Pennsylvania Suspect Continues

 (AP) - The area of northeastern Pennsylvania where a manhunt for the suspect in a trooper ambush is underway remains cordoned off with a heavy police presence after shots were reported Friday evening. (more)

Police Closing In On Survivalist Shooter

(AP) - Authorities in Pennsylvania believe they are closing in on the self-taught survivalist accused of shooting to death a state trooper and wounding another at a police barracks...MORE

Oktoberfest Hits The Peoria Riverfront

From Beer to Bratwurst, Lebkuchen to Log-Sawing, it's a celebration of all things German...MORE

Ambassador Says US Has Support To Fight ISIS

(AP) - The United States' ambassador to the United Nations says other nations are pledging support for the fight against Islamic State group militants. But Ambassador Samantha Power on Sunday would not name those countries or detail their level of involvement...MORE

Fence Jumper at White House Sparks Evacuation

(AP) - The White House was evacuated after someone jumped the fence at the executive mansion. The incident occurred Friday evening shortly after President Obama and his daughters left aboard a helicopter for the presidential retreat in Maryland, Camp David (more)

Missing Person Found

Kashara Luckett, 18, was last seen getting into a white SUV in the 2800 block of North Peoria Ave. around 1:00 p.m. Friday...MORE

The Science Behind Peace Walk Routes

Usually people try to avoid walking down a city's most dangerous streets, but not these guys. "We select areas where we know...MORE

BU Player Faces Wednesday Court Date

A Bradley men's basketball player will appear in court instead of on the court this week. Senior forward Austin Barnes...MORE

NFL Commissioner: I Got It Wrong

(AP) - At a news conference Friday, Roger Goodell made his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence...MORE

ISP: Trucker Was Stoned And Speeding

A trooper initially pulled over William Whitelow, 32, early Friday afternoon for speeding in the Morton construction zone...MORE

Insurer Claims Farm Fatalities Up

(AP) - Farming claimed the lives of 21 people in Illinois from July 2013 through June, nearly double...MORE

Second Man Arrested In White House Entry

(AP) - The Secret Service says a man has been arrested for trying to unlawfully enter the White House, less than 24 hours after a fence-jumper made it all the way into the building on Saturday. Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan says a man showed up at

New Chief Discusses Change At PPD

Peoria's new Police Chief Jerry Mitchell says he'll put his own stamp on the office, but it will take some time. "I think you have to earn that. I think that over time the officers that I work with, and work for me, will get to know me...MORE

D150 Revises Tentative Budget

A tentative 2015 budget for Peoria Public Schools will be slightly better than expected. The budget...MORE

IDOT Offering Free Biker Course

Motorcycle riding season is in high gear in Central Illinois. And, the Illinois Department of Transportation wants new bikers to take their free training course that is available at 12 different locations throughout Central Illinois...MORE

Driver Rescued From River Arrested

A Peoria man was arrested Thursday after prompting a search and rescue effort in the Illinois River...MORE

Iconic Carhop For Sale

(AP) - A 1952 hot dog stand that is one of the last curbside dining spots in the Peoria area is up for sale...MORE

Members Of Ebola Education Team Killed

(AP) - Guinea's government says eight people who were abducted by angry residents while on an Ebola awareness campaign have been found dead. In a government statement released Friday, authorities said that eight bodies had been found...MORE

Rollover Accident On Rt. 9 Involves Camper

(Photo: WEEK) Debris in the road causes a rollover accident on Route 9 near the Pekin Bridge. Illinois State Police say it happened about 5:30 Thursday evening. A truck pulling a 30 foot camper swerved...MORE

Scots Reject Independence

(AP) -Scottish voters have rejected independence and decided that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom. The result announced early Friday was the one favored by Britain's political leaders...MORE

Peoria Man Accused Of Beating A Toddler

Authorities believe Akeem Jones, 23, beat the 18-month-old son of his girlfriend at a home in Pekin on August 20...MORE

U.S. Giving Ukraine More Non-Lethal Assistance

(AP) President Barack Obama says $46 million in new assistance that the U.S. will provide to Ukraine's military will help the...MORE

Man Rescued After Driving Truck Into Water

A 35-year old Peoria man was pulled from the Illinois River Thursday afternoon after driving his truck into the water...MORE

Vallas Critiques Rauner Budget Plan

The Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor criticizes a GOP budget plan. Paul Vallas, during an appearance...MORE

Libertarian Candidate Stays On Nov. Ballot

(AP) - A Sangamon County judge today rejected the Republican Party's attempt to have a Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor struck from the Nov. 4 ballot.  Judge Patrick Kelley denied GOP attorneys' appeal...MORE

Airport Director Talks Expansion

Month after month, Peoria's Wayne A. Downing International Airport is seeing a record number of passengers. Popular destinations and convenient flights out of Peoria...MORE

Beheadings Thwarted In Australia

(AP) - Police in Australia say they've thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group...MORE

Ukrainian President Visiting White House

(AP) - President Obama is meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office today, hours after the leader of the former Soviet republic speaks to a rare joint session of Congress...MORE

A Bipartisan Vote On Arming Syrian Rebels

(AP) - President Obama says a House vote granting authority for the U.S. military to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels is an important step toward confronting the Islamic State group. The Republican-controlled House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday (more)

'This Job Needs Me,' Says New Police Chief

City officials announced Wednesday that Jerry Mitchell had been tapped to fill the vacancy left by former Chief Steve Settingsgaard in June...MORE

Dwyer Arrested on Domestic-Violence Charges

 (AP) - Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been arrested on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in late July involving a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child. (more)

Dow Rallies On News From The Fed

(AP) Wall Street likes what it heard from the Federal Reserve today. The Dow finished at a record high -- 17,156 -- after the...MORE

Rauner Releases Plan To Battle "Cronyism"

(AP) Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's plan for ethics reform released Wednesday includes...MORE

Vikings Sideline Adrian Peterson

(AP) - Vikings owner Zygi Wilf says the team "made a mistake" in bringing back Adrian Peterson following...MORE

Candidate Announces Run For Pekin Mayor

Steve Brown wants to be mayor of Pekin. Brown announced his candidacy Wednesday morning on WMBD's Greg and Dan Show. Brown says, if elected, he wants to institute term limits...MORE

New Peoria Police Chief To Be Named

Jerry Mitchell will be Peoria's new Police Chief. Mitchell will officially be introduced...MORE

Hanna City Man Found Dead

The death of a Hanna City man is under investigation. The body of Randall McCabe, 59, was found Sunday afternoon on the living room floor...MORE

President Reiterates U.S. Mission Against ISIS

(AP) President Barack Obama says U.S. forces in Iraq "do not and will not" have a combat mission as part of the effort against...MORE

ISIS Sends U.S. War Warning

(AP) - The militant Islamic State group has released a video warning the United States that fighters await it in Iraq if President Obama sends troops there, as he and his top general said may happen...MORE

East Peoria Tables Pot Discussion

Three prospective medical marijuana dispensary operators want to do business in the City of East Peoria, but the city says it needs more time...MORE

Councilman Slams Bustos In New Ad

Eric Turner appears in a commercial, paid for by Republican challenger Bobby Schilling's campaign, entitled "How Could You?" The ad features several veterans calling out Bustos for supporting a budget plan that slashes veterans' benefits...MORE

Decision On Fracking Rules Delayed

(AP) A legislative panel said Tuesday that it wants more time to decide whether rules written by the Department of Natural Resources to govern...MORE

Union Appeals Rice's Indefinite Suspension

(AP) - The NFL players' union has appealed the league's indefinite suspension of Ray Rice. Rice was originally handed a two-game suspension in July under the NFL's personal conduct policy after he was charged with assault following a Feb. 15

Rauner Slams Quinn's Handling Of Pot Program

(AP) Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner said Tuesday he wouldn't have signed legislation creating Illinois' medical marijuana pilot...MORE

Suspect In Trooper's Death Identified

(AP) Pennsylvania State Police say the suspect in the killing of a trooper and the critical wounding of another outside...MORE

D.A. Taking Stewart Case To Grand Jury

(AP) A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver...MORE

Leaving Open Possibility Of Ground Troops

(AP) The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says that under certain circumstances he would recommend deploying ground...MORE

Weather Hampering Corn Harvest

(AP) - Wet, cool conditions across much of Illinois have put farmers behind schedule in bringing their corn...MORE

County Board Members Hosting Town Hall Mtg.

A hot topic is up for discussion tonight in Dunlap. Peoria County Board Members Brian Elsasser and Brad Harding are hosting a town hall meeting, where they will give people the opportunity to talk about the potential of a medical marijuana...MORE

Social Security Admin Mailings Resume

(AP) - The Social Security Administration has resumed mailing statements to workers letting them know...MORE

UPS Hiring For The Holidays

(AP) - UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers to help with package deliveries during...MORE

Hagel, Dempsey Defend Obama Military Strategy

(AP) - The nation's top military leader says strikes against Islamic extremists in Syria will be persistent and sustainable as President Obama expands the military campaign to combat the terrorist threat. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman...MORE

Quinn: Hiring Monitor Unnecessary

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, in a filing late Monday in federal court, contends a court appointed monitor is not necessary to ensure compliance with political hiring bans...MORE

Illinois Promoting Railroad Safety

The crossing arms and lights at railroad crossings are meant to keep us safe. But, when drivers disobey state laws associated with railroad crossings, tragedies can happen...MORE

U.N.: Nearly $1 Billion Needed To Stop Ebola

(AP) - The World Health Organization is warning that the number of Ebola cases in West Africa could double every three weeks. The estimate comes today as the U.N. health agency said the cost of containing the deadly virus has risen...MORE

First US Strike in Expanded Iraq fight

(AP) - U.S. officials say the United States took the first step in the planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants. The US came to the aid of Iraqi security forces south of Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy fighters on Monday. (more)

Peterson Due In Court Wednesday

(AP) - The Minnesota Vikings are reinstating Adrian Peterson this week after he was charged with child abuse...MORE

Durbin Takes Ice Cream Jab At Opponent

(AP) U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is unabashedly defending his name-calling and other attacks on Illinois businesses looking...MORE

Medal Of Honor Ceremony At White House

(AP) President Barack Obama says a grateful nation honors the acts of valor by two Vietnam War soldiers who risked...MORE

Accusations Flying In Race For Governor

(AP) Illinois' gubernatorial campaigns took jabs at each other on business and hiring Monday...MORE

Students Sickened By Carbon Monoxide

(AP) About 90 Illinois middle school students were sent to hospitals Monday after becoming ill because of...MORE

Suspects In Standoff With Police Identified

Three men allegedly involved in a standoff with police late Saturday night in a Peoria neighborhood have been arrested. Benjamin Farney, 25, Austin Durham...MORE

D150 Prepares For Special Visitor

The secretary-treasurer for the American Federation of Teachers will visit Peoria District 150 schools...MORE

Top U.S. Officials Struggle With ISIS Strategy

(AP) - As members of Congress prepare for votes on arming and training Syrian rebels, some are calling for tougher action against the Islamic State extremists -- while others are worried about entanglement in a new war...MORE

New Coalition Pushing For School Funding Reform

(AP) - Nearly 100 organizations are joining together to push Illinois lawmakers to pass a school funding reform proposal in the spring. Funding Illinois' Future members include community foundations, civil rights organizations, school officials...MORE

French Meeting Focuses On Defeating ISIS

(AP) - Reconnaissance planes at the ready, France has called together diplomats to come up with a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group, minus the two countries who share most of Iraq's borders...MORE

Like Father, Like Son

"This is so cool. It's like history." The historical significance wasn't lost on young George after he and...MORE

Cameron Condemns "Act Of Pure Evil"

(AP) (Photo from The Guardian) The beheading of a Briton by Islamic State extremists has drawn international condemnation and prompted...MORE

American Sentenced To Hard Labor

(AP) A 24-year-old American man got six years of hard labor after being convicted of entering North Korea illegally and trying to...MORE

Bridging The Gap

A town hall meeting featuring representatives of Peoria School District 150 and protest group Change150 didn't solve any issues immediately, but both sides say it was an important step towards making the public school system a better place...MORE

Search Continues for Trooper's Killer

(AP) - Pennsylvania State Police are intensifying the manhunt for the person or persons who ambushed two state troopers outside their barracks Friday night, killing one and wounding the other. State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan says (more)

US Awards $12M to Illinois Health Centers

(AP) - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $11.7 million in funding to community health centers across Illinois. The money is available through the Affordable Care Act. (more)

Grand Jury Felt Peterson Went Too Far

 (AP) - A Texas prosecutor says a grand jury backed a child abuse charge against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after it spent several weeks reviewing "lots of evidence." Montgomery County prosecutor Phil Grant said Saturday. (more)

Obama: U.S. Will Not Fight ISIS Alone

(AP) - President Barack Obama is distinguishing the military campaign against Islamic State militants from the decade-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He says the fight must avoid what he calls mistakes of the past. Obama says under U.S. leadership...MORE

A Great Day For A Parade In Morton

One of the highlights of the annual Morton Pumpkin Festival is always the Pumpkin Festival Parade. It steps off at 10:30 this morning. Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock...MORE

Freshman Enrollment Down In Champaign

(AP) - Freshman enrollment at the University of Illinois's flagship campus is down this semester by 5.4 percent from a year ago, according to the school. The freshman class enrolled this fall at the Urbana-Champaign campus...MORE

Hunt For A Cop Killer In Pennsylvania

(AP) - State police say one trooper is dead and another is injured after a shooting at a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. A search is underway for the suspect. The shooting occurred at about 11 p.m. Friday...MORE

Solar Storm Arrives at Earth

(AP) - A solar storm zapped Earth on Friday but it was causing few, if any, problems.  The storm left the sun on Wednesday and first arrived on Earth at 8:55 a.m. CDT, and will continue disrupting the magnetic field through Saturday. (more)

Illinois Welcomes Home Heroes

An program that helps Illinois veterans and active military personnel buy homes has crossed a major milestone...MORE

Were Workers Fired To Shield Governor?

(AP) Fifty-five workers who have been told they're being laid off by the Illinois Department of Transportation claimed in a lawsuit...MORE

Man Being Questioned In PA Police Shooting

(AP) - Police say a person of interest is being questioned in the ambush shooting outside a Pennsylvania State Police barracks that left one trooper dead and another injured. A state police spokeswoman says a man was being questioned...MORE

NFL Star Turns Himself In, Then Released

(AP) - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been released from a jail in Texas, where he faces charges alleging that he used a switch to spank...MORE

Union: Guards Knew About Escape Plan

(AP) The union representing Ohio guards says prison officials were warned about an escape the day before three inmates scrambled...MORE

Third "Peace Walk" Scheduled

Peoria's Don't Shoot effort takes to the street. The third in a series of five Peace Walks begins at 6:00 p.m. Friday at Morton Square Park...MORE

Toronto Mayor Withdraws Re-Election Bid

(AP) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has withdrawn his re-election bid for mayor as he seeks treatment...MORE

Car In Lake Leads To Traffic Charges

A Pekin man faces traffic charges after allegedly driving a car into a lake. The car was found Thursday morning in the lake along the 1900 block of Highwood...MORE

Peoria's Airport Gets F.A.A. Grant

The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport is getting a $2.5 million shot in the arm from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin...MORE

Columbus' Ships Dock In Peoria

The Nina and Pinta have arrived on the Peoria Riverfront. Replicas of the ships that were part of Christopher Columbus' journey to the Americas in 1492 are now docked near the Spirit of Peoria...MORE

Pistorius Found Guilty Of Culpable Homicide

(AP) - The judge says Pistorius is not guilty of murder, as prosecutors had alleged. Double-amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius has dodged a murder charge...MORE

Man Charged With DUI After Morning Crash

A man is facing DUI charges after a crash on Route 26 in Bayview Gardens Thursday morning...MORE

Lawmakers Present Plan For Police Equipment

(AP) - Two Illinois lawmakers on Thursday pushed for a hike in traffic and other fines to raise money for police body cameras and...MORE

Car Recovered From Lake

(VIDEO) - Police have pulled a car from a lake at the entrance to Sunset Lake Estates in Pekin. An officer was called to the 1900 block of Highwood Ave...MORE

Pekin Students Thank Emergency Responders

Kids at Washington Junior High School in Pekin gave "thank you" letters to police and firefighters as part of their Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony...MORE

PIA's Passenger Numbers Soar

Six record setting months in a row for Peoria's airport. The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport had another record number of passengers in August with just under 56,000...MORE

School Shooter Escapes From Ohio Prison

(AP) - Ohio police say the convicted killer of three students at a high school cafeteria has escaped from prison and a search is underway. Police say 19-year-old T.J. Lane escaped Thursday night along with two other inmates (more)

Illinois Marks The 13th Anniversary Of 9/11

(AP) - A number of events are planned today across Illinois on the thirteenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. In Peoria, members of the College Republicans at Bradley University have put up about 3,000 flags...MORE

Judge Says Pistorius Was Negligent

(AP) - The judge in Oscar Pistorius' trial says he can't be found guilty of murder but that he was negligent in the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp...MORE

"007" Actor Richard Kiel Dies

(AP) - Jaws from the James Bond movies has passed away. A spokeswoman for St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, California, confirms actor Richard Kiel was a patient and died...MORE

Remembering 9/11: 13 Years Later

(AP) - President Obama and the first lady will attend an observance ceremony at the Pentagon. In New York, family members of those killed at the World Trade Center...MORE 

Rep. Schock Responds To Obama's Speech

Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL 18th District) says he hopes President Barack Obama is willing to follow through on his plan to dismantle the Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq...MORE

Judge Has Stern Message For Convicted Killer

Peoria County Judge Kevin Lyons sentenced Nathan Leuthold on Wednesday to 80 years in prison for murdering his wife, Denise Leuthold, at their north Peoria home on Valentine's Day 2013...MORE

Obama Unveils Plan To Fight ISIS

(AP) - President Barack Obama says it will take time to eradicate Islamic State extremists but is offering no timetable for how long the United States will conduct airstrikes against the group in Iraq and Syria...MORE

Autopsy Results In On Cornfield Body

Investigators do not suspect foul play in the death of a man found in a cornfield...MORE

President Going Prime-Time On ISIS Strategy

(AP) - President Obama will deliver a prime-time address Wednesday outlining an expanded military and political effort to combat militants in Syria and Iraq, and urge Congress to quickly give him authority...MORE

Fracking Rules In Dispute

(AP) Supporters of high-volume oil and gas extraction said Wednesday that they'll seek dozens of changes in proposed rules to govern...MORE

Mellencamp Will Play In Peoria

Grammy-winning rocker John Mellencamp will bring his "Plain Spoken" tour to the Peoria Civic Center on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015. Tickets for the show go on sale on Friday, September 19th...MORE

Another Round Of Heavy Rain

A Flash Flood Watch, although canceled for Peoria County, is still in effect until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday for...MORE

Washington Fire Chief Closer To New Contract

Washington Fire Chief Mike Vaughn continues to work under the terms of an expired contract, but that could be rectified soon. At a meeting Tuesday night, Washington Fire Board president Will Gallaway...MORE

Body Found In Cornfield Identified

The body found behind a Peoria County gas station is identified. Carl Mathis, 47, of Edwards was found by family and friends...MORE

Peoria Supporting Medical Pot Entrepreneurs

The City Council on Tuesday night narrowly approved issuing letters of support for prospective medical pot business owners interested in setting up shop in Peoria...MORE

Quinn, Rauner Trade Jabs At Forum

(AP) The feisty tone of the Illinois governor's race ratcheted up Tuesday as Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner took personal...MORE

Fewer People Dying In Motorcycle Crashes

(AP) Motorcycle fatalities have considerably decreased so far in 2014, according to Illinois Department of Transportation...MORE

Enterovirus Hits Illinois

Hospitals and doctor's offices across Illinois are starting to see cases of a respiratory virus known as D-68. Doctors say symptoms of the Enterovirus, or D-68, may be a fever, body aches...MORE

Storm Damage In Chillicothe

Chillicothe is dealing with power outages, trees down, power lines down, and standing water. Strong thunderstorms moved through the town between 3:30...MORE

VA Secretary To Testify On Capitol Hill

(AP) - The Veterans Affairs Department says it has reached out to all veterans on official and unofficial waiting lists at the VA's troubled Phoenix medical center, where a whistleblower first exposed long delays...MORE

East Peoria Considers Pot Dispensary Proposals

Three prospective medical marijuana dispensary operators want to do business in the City of East Peoria...MORE

Man Sentenced For Murdering Wife

Nathan Leuthold has been sentenced for the 2013 killing of his wife, Denise. A Peoria County judge Wednesday afternoon...MORE

Brady: Nothing Criminal About P-Card Use

The Peoria County State's Attorney says there doesn't appear to be anything criminal about Peoria District 150's use of P-Cards. The issue has been a topic...MORE

Rauner Vows To Increase School Funding

(AP) Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner outlined an education reform plan Monday that touched on teacher...MORE

Ravens Sack Rice After Video Surfaces

(AP) The Baltimore Ravens have terminated the contract of running back Ray Rice...MORE

A.G. Wants Cameras In Nursing Homes

(AP) Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Monday said she will fight for new legislation that would let nursing home residents and...MORE

PHS Classes Resume Tuesday

Classes will resume Tuesday at Peoria High School. Students were dismissed at 9:15 a.m. Monday after a water pipe burst...MORE

Police: "Hide, Lock, Take" Working For Pekin

The City of Pekin has seen a 50-percent drop in car break-ins as compared to this time two years ago when the "Hide, Lock, Take" program began according to police...MORE

Children Die In Chicago Apartment Fire

(AP) - Four children were killed early Monday in a fire on Chicago's South Side, authorities said. Chicago Fire Department Chief Michael Fox told reporters at the scene that the first firefighters to arrive found "heavy fire blowing" ...MORE

Congress Returns With Busy Agenda

(AP) - Congress is returning for a short September session in between its summer break and the November elections. The must-do list includes preventing a government shutdown...MORE

Ditka Does Ad For Rauner

(AP) - Da Coach has weighed in on Da Campaign for Illinois governor. Ex-Chicago Bears football coach Mike Ditka appears in a new TV ad for Republican candidate...MORE

British Royals Expecting Again

(AP) - Royal officials say the Duchess of Cambridge, wife of Prince William, is expecting her second child. The couple's office, Clarence House, said the couple and their families...MORE

Illinois Taking Next Step On Medical Pot

People or groups interested in setting up dispensaries and cultivation centers can submit their applications to the state on Monday...MORE

Local Lawmakers To Talk Pot And Guns

The Peoria City Council is set to discuss moving forward with pursuing medical marijuana businesses and repealing some local gun control measures...MORE

East Peoria Bar Hosts Legacy For Lori Benefit

East Peoria's Fifth Quarter Bar held a benefit for the children of Lori Moore over the weekend. Moore and her boyfriend Lance Griffel were killed inside the bar on June 14th by Lori Moore's ex-husband...MORE 

Peorians Walk For Peace

Members of a new group are taking their message of nonviolence to the streets...MORE

U.S. Launches More Airstrikes Against ISIS

(AP) - The U.S. military says it's launched airstrikes around Haditha Dam in western Iraq, targeting Islamic State insurgents for the first time in that area as the group tries to capture the vital dam...MORE

Obama To Delay Immigration Action

(AP) - White House officials say President Barack Obama has decided to delay any executive action on immigration until after the November...MORE

A Scare For Peoria County Parents

Authorities are looking for a man who allegedly tried to lure children into his van in Elmwood and Glasford. "I was scared, because we have grandchilden in school,"...MORE

VP Gives Internet Address

(VIDEO) - (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says the August jobs report, which underwhelmed many economists, is another step forward in the nation's economic recovery. The economy generated only 142,000 jobs, the fewest in eight months. In the weekly White

Tazewell County Judge Retiring

A Tazewell County felony court judge will retire. Michael Brandt, 64, is stepping off the bench in December...MORE

Bustos Calls Pay Issue "Diversion"

(VIDEO) - Democratic 17th District U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos says she will stay on her message during the rest of her re-election campaign. Her Republican opponent, Bobby Schilling, is claiming...MORE

South Korean Holiday Interrupted By Missile Test

(AP) - A South Korean defense official says North Korea has fired three short-range projectiles into waters off its east coast - just as the Korean Peninsula begins celebrating a major holiday...MORE

IRS Says It Lost More Emails

(AP) The IRS says it has lost emails from five more workers who are part of congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups...MORE

Rauner Invests In Credit Union, Gets Slammed

(AP) Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner has invested nearly $1 million in a credit union aimed at providing loans to...MORE

Obama: Stonehenge Is "Cool"

(AP) President Barack Obama has crossed one off the bucket list, stopping at Stonehenge before heading back to...MORE

D150 Board Members, Change150 To Meet

Change150 says a couple of school board members are taking part in a town hall meeting on Saturday, September 13 at the Peoria Public Library's North Branch...MORE

Unresponsive Plane Crashes Near Jamaica

(AP) - An Air Force official says two F-15 fighter jets were scrambled after the pilot of a private plane over the Atlantic Ocean failed to respond to air traffic controllers...MORE

NATO Agrees On Action Against ISIS

(AP) - President Barack Obama says NATO members unanimously agree on the need for immediate action against Islamic State militants because they pose a threat to members of the alliance...MORE

Medical Pot Application Numbers 'Promising'

More than 2,000 people have started applying for medical cannabis identification cards through the Illinois Department of Public Health since the process opened up on Tuesday...MORE

Youth Pastor Arrested For Sexual Assault

Nicholas Lawrence, 26, a former youth pastor in Pekin, is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child...MORE

Ukraine's President Declares Cease-Fire

(AP) - The cease-fire ends nearly five months of fighting in the eastern part Ukraine. It comes after Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko's representatives reached a deal...MORE

Raising Money And Food

The Heart of Illinois United Way campaign is underway. The United Way's Kickoff Breakfast took place Friday morning at the Peoria Civic Center. The agency...MORE

Vallas: Rauner Too Rich To Be Governor

(AP) The Illinois governor's race has turned to the question of whether a candidate's personal wealth should be a qualifying factor...MORE

House Democrats Discuss School Funding Formula

(AP) - A panel of top Democratic House lawmakers has been quietly meeting to discuss a proposed overhaul of Illinois' dated school funding formula, which, if approved, would direct more state money to poorer...MORE

Convicted Murderer, Arsonist Sentenced

Aunterrio Barney, 37, was handed two consecutive life sentences for murder and thirty additional years in prison for aggravated arson during a formal hearing on Thursday...MORE

Missionary Infected with Ebola Arrives In Nebraska

 (AP) - A North Carolina-based charity says the missionary who was infected with Ebola while serving in Liberia has been flown to a Nebraska hospital for treatment. A statement from SIM on Thursday says Dr. Rick Sacra will be treated...MORE

Joan Rivers Dead At Age 81

(VIDEO) - (AP) - Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones...MORE

Ferguson Police Under The Microscope

(AP) The Justice Department is launching a broad investigation into the practices of the Ferguson, Missouri, police...MORE

Candidate's Evolving Stance On Minimum Wage

(AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's stance on the minimum wage is again under scrutiny. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday that the businessman once favored eliminating...MORE

NATO Leaders Meeting On ISIS Containment

(AP) - President Barack Obama will be meeting today with Jordan's King Abdullah, whose country is caught in the crossfire of the instability in the Middle East...MORE

Semi Rollover On I-74

Driver fatigue is believed to be the cause of semi rollover accident on westbound I-74 west of Kickapoo. The semi...MORE

Fast Food Protests For Higher Pay

(AP) - Hundreds of workers from McDonald's, Taco Bell, Wendy's and other fast-food chains are expected to walk off their jobs today, in their latest national protest to push the companies to pay employees...MORE

Some IL Immigrants Could Lose Health Coverage

(AP) - Some 10,000 immigrants in Illinois are among more than 200,000 nationwide whose insurance bought through President Obama's health care initiative could end this month...MORE

NATO Summit Talks Focus on Ukraine and Militants

(AP) - President Obama will convene a meeting of European allies to discuss the West's response to Russia's provocations in Ukraine and Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq...MORE 

Sheen's Sainthood Effort Stalls

The Diocese of Peoria says the cause for Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen's canonization and beatification has been suspended for the foreseeable future...MORE

Local Woman To Head Regional Economic Efforts

The Economic Development Council of Central Illinois has a new CEO...MORE

Sports Bar Helps Murder Victim's Children

The Fifth Quarter Sports Bar and Pizzeria, where Lori Moore was shot and killed back in June, is hosting a fundraiser for the children this weekend...MORE

V.P. Makes ISIS A Promise

(AP) Vice President Joe Biden says America will follow the terrorists who have killed two journalists "to the gates of...MORE

Obama: U.S. Won't Be Deterred

(AP) - President Obama says Americans will not be intimidated by the "horrific" violence of Islamic State militants after the beheading of a second U.S. journalist...MORE

Iowa Police Update Death Investigation

Iowa authorities have released more details surrounding the death of a Washington man. The body of Christopher Freeman, 56, was found inside a vacant house...MORE

Illinois Schools' Bilingual Initiative

(AP) - Illinois is expected to soon be one of a handful of states that formally recognize students' mastery of two or more languages. State Board of Education Officials...MORE

Quinn Defends His Minimum Wage Stance

A lot graham crackers and macaroni and cheese. That's what Governor Pat Quinn's been eating this week while living on minimum wage, because that's all he can afford...MORE

U.S. Says Beheading Video Is Authentic

(AP) - The White House says it has determined that a video showing the brutal killing of freelance journalist...MORE

Changes To Komen's Promise Run

The Susan G. Komen Memorial Affiliate is getting ready for their 2nd Promise Run next month, and there'll be some changes this year. The Komen Affiliate is partnering with Running Central...MORE

Obama Arrives in Estonia to Reassure Baltics

 (AP) - President Barack Obama has arrived in Estonia to make a symbolic show of solidarity with Eastern Europe in the face of a Russian-backed military offensive in Ukraine. Obama was to meet with Baltic leaders Wednesday (more)

Kirk: Bomb The Hell Out Of ISIS

(AP) Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says the United States should take a hard line against the Islamic State group...MORE

Kid Hit By Car In Central Peoria

The kid was hit around 3:15 p.m. near the intersection of University St. and McClure Ave. Witnesses said the victim appeared to be "in pretty bad shape," suffering from what looked like a severe head wound...MORE

Quinn, Rauner Spar Over Veterans

(AP) Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is going after Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's record on...MORE

Video Purports Journalist Beheading

(AP) - An Internet video purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group. Sotloff, who freelanced...MORE

Families Need An Emergency Game Plan

Emergencies happen quickly, giving you only minutes or seconds to react. That's why during September, National Preparedness Month, state and local agencies are encouraging families to make...MORE

Quinn's Eating A Lot Of Crackers

(AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says his experience trying to live on the minimum wage for a week has meant graham crackers for dinner. Raising the state's $8.25 hourly minimum wage...MORE

Missing Man's Body Found

A Washington man reported missing last week has been found dead. Washington police confirm the body of Christopher Freeman, 56...MORE

Somali Militants Killed In U.S. Airstrike

(AP) - A member of the Somali group al-Shabab says its leader was traveling in one of two vehicles hit last night in a U.S. military strike but the spokesman would not say if the leader was among...MORE

Illinois: Making Plans Before Disaster Strikes

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency wants everyone in the state to be more prepared for disasters. The agency is teaming up with local emergency management agencies...MORE

Russia: Putin Quote Taken Out Of Context

(AP) - A Russian official is complaining that EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso breached confidentiality when he quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying Moscow could take over Kiev...MORE

Medical Pot Applications To Begin

(AP) - One unanswered question about a new state law legalizing medical marijuana is just how many...MORE

US Military Target Extremists in Somalia

(AP) - The Pentagon says U.S. military forces have targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabaab network in an operation in Somalia. Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby says the U.S. is looking at the results and will provide more information (more)

Union Members Celebrate Labor Day

Representatives of more than 50 unions and business groups marched in a parade that wound through the downtown area during the late morning hours...MORE

Cardboard Boats Try To Stay Afloat

Labor Day Weekend may signal the end of boating season, but it's also time for the annual IVY Club Invitational Cardboard Boat Races...MORE

Running Bridge To Bridge

(VIDEO) - Peoria and East Peoria hosted the third annual Bridge to Bridge Run. The Labor Day morning event started and finished...MORE

Obama: America Deserves A Raise

(AP) President Barack Obama says he'll press Congress to raise the minimum wage in the same way he courted his wife...MORE

Parade Honors Peoria's Workforce

Peoria's Labor Day parade steps off at 10:00a.m. at the corner of Monroe and Hancock. Over 50 union and business groups are expected...MORE

Quinn Living On Minimum Wage This Week

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is hoping to show first-hand what it's like to live on the state's minimum wage of $8.25 an hour. Quinn has made raising Illinois' minimum wage a cornerstone of his re-election...MORE

No CityLink Buses Today

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, CityLink buses will not be running today. Normal CityLink bus routes...MORE

Talk Of Ukraine/Russian Cease-Fire

(AP) - With a new round of talks on easing the crisis in Ukraine about to start, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is calling on the participants to push for a cease-fire between Ukrainian government troops...MORE

Senator Questions Obama's ISIS Approach

(AP) Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein says President Barack Obama may be "too cautious" in his...MORE

Labor Day Events In Peoria

If you're off work for today for the Labor Day holiday, Peoria has several events to take in. The 3rd Bridge to Bridge Run starts and finishes on Water Street...MORE

Offers Of Help For Homeless Little Leaguer

(AP) Offers of help are pouring in after a newspaper story revealed that one of Chicago's Little League champions and his family have struggled with...MORE

U.S. Airstrikes Help Forces Take Back Town

(AP) A military spokesman and a lawmaker say Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen have broken a two-month siege imposed...MORE

Rams Release Sam

(AP) St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher says he was in Michael Sam's corner from the start and that having the first openly gay player...MORE

Missing Man's Life May Be At Risk

Washington police continue the search for Christopher Freeman, 56, who has disappeared without medications he takes for a potentially fatal medical condition...MORE

5 US airstrikes target Islamic State fighters

 (AP) - The U.S. military says fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck Islamic State militants near Iraq's Mosul Dam. In a statement issued Saturday, U.S. Central Command says the five latest U.S. airstrikes were in support (more)

Illinois' Medical Marijuana Apps Now Online

(AP) - The official applications have been posted for aspiring medical marijuana businesses in Illinois. The applications and detailed instructions...MORE

"Click It Or Ticket" This Holiday Weekend

The annual Labor Day Weekend traffic safety crackdown is underway. The end of summer push to keep Illinois roads safe...MORE

EU Will Slap New Sanctions On Russia

(AP) - A top European Union official says the 28-nation bloc is set to decide new sanctions against Russia as Ukraine's president warns the conflict with Moscow threatens peace...MORE

Obamacare May Cause Trouble At Tax Time

(AP) - If you got health coverage through President Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file...MORE

No Change in U.S. Terror Level

(AP) - One security expert says British officials must have been hearing something that caused concern, in order for them to raise the country's terror threat level  to "severe," the second-highest level.  (more)

U.K.'s Terror Threat Raised To Severe

(AP) - Prime Minister David Cameron says he'll introduce new laws to combat terror suspects, pledging to seize passports to fight what he described as an extremist threat...MORE

Revised Fracking Rules Released

After several months of delays and controversy, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says it has written regulations for hydraulic fracturing that protect the environment and allow oil and gas companies to operate...MORE

A Tough Year Financially For Civic Center

The Peoria Civic Center lost a lot of money in the fiscal year that ends this month. Civic Center General Manager Jim Wetherington says they had a shortfall of $875,000...MORE

Pekin Home Invasion Suspect Arrested

It took almost a month for Pekin Police to track him down. But they've arrested a man accused of assaulting people inside a Pekin home...MORE

IDOT Takes Construction Break For The Holiday

The Illinois Department of Transportation says it will suspend non-emergency roadwork over the Labor Day weekend to help reduce congestion...MORE

Tony Stewart Breaks His Silence

(AP) Tony Stewart says the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will "affect my life forever" as he returned to the track for the first time since...MORE

BU Student Says She Lied About Attack

A report of an attempted mugging on the eastern edge of Bradley University was apparently untrue..MORE

Obama: No Strategy Yet For ISIS

(AP) President Barack Obama says degrading Islamic State militants is going to require a "regional strategy" and assistance...MORE

Teachers Union Leader Likes Common Core

The head of the Illinois Federation of Teachers says he likes the standards of Common Core, but has some concerns about the way it's being rolled out in the state...MORE

Accounts Established To Help Stanfield Family

Two memorial funds have been set up in honor of Joal Stanfield, a beloved Lincoln Elementary School teacher and Morton High School tennis coach who passed away this week...MORE

Galesburg Teacher Strike Ends

(AP) - Classes will resume in Galesburg after a contract agreement was narrowly approved by union members...MORE

IDNR To Release Proposed Fracking Rules

(AP) The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is expected to release proposed rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling to...MORE

Good News, Bad News About Tazewell Co. Teens

The 2014 Illinois Youth Survey shows fewer Tazewell County teenagers are driving drunk, but, the survey also shows a significant rise in the number of teens driving high...MORE

U.N. Meeting On Ukraine Crisis

(AP) - Diplomats said earlier today that the U.N. Security Council will meet in emergency session this afternoon on the growing crisis in Ukraine at the request of Lithuania...MORE

Report: Second American ISIS Fighter Killed

(AP) - The U.S. is trying to determine if a second American fighting with the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says the U.S. has no independent...MORE

UN: Ebola Bigger Problem Than Anticipated

(AP) - The World Health Organization says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could exceed 20,000 cases. That's more than six times...MORE

Morton Teacher, Coach Dies

Residents in Morton are mourning the loss of a tennis coach and teacher. Joal Stanfield, 34, died at a Peoria hospital Wednesday evening. The Morton High School boys' tennis coach and Lincoln Elementary School (more)

American Pessimism On Economy Grows

(AP) - Despite many signs of a business recovery including improved hiring, Americans are more worried about the economy than they were right after...MORE

Bradley Student Mugged At Knifepoint

The 22-year-old victim tells police she was walking on North Underhill around 4:00 a.m. Monday when a man approached her from behind, put a knife to her throat, and tried rob her...MORE

Oberweis Wants More Debates With Durbin

(AP) Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis is pushing U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin to participate in more debates by...MORE

"Cops" Crew Member Shot By Police

(AP) Omaha police say officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery killed a crew member with...MORE

Mother Pleading For Son's Release

(AP) The mother of an American journalist held hostage and threatened with death by Islamic militants...MORE

Museum Weathering Financial Ups And Downs

It may be somewhat slow going, but Peoria Riverfront Museum is making progress financially. The museum has recovered from a deficit of about $680,000...MORE

Journalist Thankful For Release Efforts

(AP) - A U.S. journalist says he is overwhelmed to learn of the efforts that went into securing his release from a Syrian extremist group. Peter Theo Curtis...MORE

Man Pleads Guilty In Pontiac Officer's Death

(AP) - A South Carolina man has pleaded guilty in a vehicle crash that killed an on-duty Pontiac officer and his police dog last year...MORE

American Dies Fighting For ISIS

(AP) - U.S. officials say they're still trying to verify information about the death of an American man, who they believe was killed while fighting alongside the extremist militant group the Islamic State...MORE

Interstate Speed Limit Increases Vetoed

(AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation aimed at increasing the speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per hour on interstate highways around Illinois. The legislation was sponsored by Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis. It follows the passage of a 2013...MORE

Peoria Set To Tackle Video Gambling Cafes

The City of Peoria is trying to figure out how to regulate a new type of business that has some residents on edge...MORE

Driver In Fatal Crash Indicted

Jeffrey Steele, 22, was indicted Tuesday on two counts of aggravated DUI for the August 10 crash that killed Doris King...MORE

Replace Or Upgrade Aging Bridge?

The Illinois Department of Transportation held an open house Tuesday night to get feedback from people about what should become of the...MORE

Protestors March On U.S. Attorney's Office In Peoria

The protests surrounding the death of a Ferguson, Missouri man have once again made their way to Central Illinois...MORE

ISIS Takes Another American Hostage

(AP) The Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria -- which has threatened to kill American hostages -- is holding a young American...MORE

Actor To Play Richard Pryor Chosen

Actor and comedian Mike Epps has some big shoes to fill. He's been cast in the lead role of the upcoming Richard Pryor biopic...MORE

Quinn Fires Back At Rauner Supporter

(AP) Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is dismissing criticism from Chris Christie, joking that it seemed like the New Jersey governor...MORE

Protecting Illinois' Pregnant And Working Moms

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a measure today that aims to curb workplace discrimination against pregnant women and working...MORE

Hamas: "Open-Ended" Cease-Fire Reached

(AP) - A senior Hamas official says a cease-fire has been reached with Israel to end a seven-week war that has killed more than 2,000 people...MORE

Nominees Needed For Marijuana Board

(AP) - The new medical marijuana program in Illinois is looking for health professionals and patients to serve on an advisory board. The 15-member board will make recommendations...MORE

Second Suspect Pleads Guilty To Propst Murder

(AP) -  21-year-old Jay Conway has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Dylan Propst in December...MORE

D150 Trying To Get Ahead Of Budget Crunch

District 150's new Chief Financial Officer, Mark Wilcockson, says some changes in planning may help the District stay ahead of fiscal problems like the $12.25 million deficit it faces now...MORE

U.S. Surveillane Flights Begin In Syria

(AP) - U.S. officials say President Barack Obama gave the OK for U.S. planes to fly over Syria- a move that could pave the way for airstrikes...MORE

Power Goes Down As Temperatures Soar

More than 1,500 Ameren Illinois customers in Peoria had their power cut off late Monday afternoon, according to the utility's outage map...MORE

Pekin Approves Pot Production Facility Plans

The City of Pekin has entered the race for a medical marijuana cultivation center. The City Council on Monday unanimously approved annexing roughly ten acres of land for a pot production facility. The land is located on Route 29, near the federal prison. (more)

Thousands Attend Ferguson Man's Funeral

(AP) Relatives of 18-year-old Michael Brown have called on those attending his funeral to push for change and help end...MORE

Illinois' Protected Species List Growing

(AP) Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law adding black bears, cougars and wolves to Illinois' list of protected species...MORE

Stay Cool During Summer Heat

Summer temperatures have finally arrived in Central Illinois. With heat indices in the triple digits, people who don't have access to air conditioning...MORE

Ridesharing Regulation Vetoed In Illinois

(AP) - A taxicab industry spokesperson says Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation that would've given customers some protection in the emerging ridesharing industry...MORE

Shooting Prompts Army Base Lockdown

(AP) - The all clear has been given at Fort Lee Army base in central Virginia after an active shooter was reported there...MORE

D150 Calls For 'Heat Schedule'

Hot weather has Peoria public schools dismissing early...MORE

Funeral For Michael Brown

(AP) - The family of the unarmed black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri lays him to rest...MORE

Rauner Will Keep Pushing For Term Limits

(AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says not having a term limits measure on November's ballot is a temporary setback...MORE

California Braces For More Aftershocks

(AP) - Scientists say aftershocks are expected to continue for several weeks following Sunday's 6.0-magnitude earthquake that shook Napa, California...MORE

Missing Man Found Dead

Marvin McShan, 63, was found dead inside a car in an alley in the 2700 block of Nevada on Sunday...MORE

Demolition And Renovation At Peoria Hospitals

The President and CEO of UnityPoint Health-Methodist/Proctor is excited about changes coming to her hospitals...MORE

Earthquake Rattles Northern California

(AP) - Officials say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 has been reported in California's northern San Francisco Bay area...MORE

Bradley Welcomes Class Of 2018

"It's another move-in day filled with excitement, energy and optimism here on The Hilltop", said Bradley University President...MORE

Hotel Developer Sued

A lawsuit claims the developer of Peoria's Marriott Pere Marquette and Courtyard by Marriott hotels has defaulted on a $3-million loan...MORE

Israeli Airstrike Collapses Gaza Apartment Tower

(AP) - Witnesses say an Israeli airstrike has collapsed a 12-story apartment tower in central Gaza City. Gaza police say Israeli aircraft fired a warning missile at the roof of the tower at dusk Saturday, (more)

BU Move-In Day

It's move-in day at Bradley University Saturday. "We're expecting about 1,200 students to be moving in," BU spokesperson Renee Charles...MORE

Voters Will Not Get To Decide On Term Limits

(AP) - The Illinois Supreme Court is refusing to take up an appeal of a lower court's ruling that prohibits a vote on term limits...MORE

Canton Native, Former Astronaut Dies

Canton native and former astronaut Steve Nagel has died at the age of 67. Nagel had battled cancer...MORE

D150 Deficit Grows

Peoria School District 150's tentative budget is written with more red ink. D150 expects to end...MORE

Obama Urges Renewal Of Export-Import Bank

(VIDEO) - (AP) - President Barack Obama is trying to rally support for a taxpayer-subsidized bank that he says creates jobs...MORE

A Scare In The Sky Over Peoria

A United Express flight from St. Louis to Chicago made an emergency landing in Peoria Friday. United Flight 3642...MORE

US Retailers Warning About Hacking Software

 (AP) - The Homeland Security Department says it has notified over a thousand retailers that they could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers. (more)

A Whole New Meaning To 'Festival Food'

(AP) A 33-year-old man is accused of biting two men in a seemingly random attack as the Arctic Monkeys performed at Chicago's Lollapalooza...MORE

Columbus Cup Races Begin Sunday

Illinois Valley Yacht (IVY) Club members will begin racing for the Columbus Cup this Sunday. Dani Kabbes, Coordinator of Riverfront Events...MORE

Peoria County Sponsoring Drive-Thru Recycling

It's a one-stop drop-off for recyclables. Peoria County Recycling is putting on a Recycling Extravaganza Saturday at Peoria's Landmark Rec Center...MORE

Power Outage, Lockdown At RHS

Richwoods High School was on soft lockdown during second hour classes Friday morning. Ameren Illinois...MORE

Journalist's Parents Hoped To Negotiate

(AP) - The parents of slain journalist James Foley say they regarded an email they received from his captors last week as a hopeful sign they could negotiate with Islamic militants. Foley's Islamic State captors had demanded $132.5 million...MORE

Investing In Washington's Water Systems

The state of Illinois will be backing a $5 million investment to improve wastewater systems in the city of Washington. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency officials have been working with the city of Washington to repair, (more)

National Guard Pulling Out Of Ferguson

(AP) - Officially, a state of emergency remains in effect in Ferguson, Missouri. But, Governor Jay Nixon has given orders to the Missouri National Guard to leave...MORE

Clydesdales Wrapping Up Week In Washington

Washington Strong, Clydesdale Strong. The famous Budweiser Clydesdales have spent the week in Washington, and they are wrapping up with a few more chances to see them up close and personal. The Clydesdales will be hitched up tomorrow for a parade from W

Chiefs and Cardinals Extend Baseball in Peoria

The Peoria Chiefs announced they have signed an affiliate extension with the St. Louis Cardinals. The signing of this extension adds to the four-year deal that was signed in September of 2012. (more)

IDOT Working To "Restore Public Trust"

(AP) The Illinois Department of Transportation is eliminating 58 positions that are at the center of a lawsuit alleging questionable...MORE

Jobless Rate Down Year-To-Year

The Peoria Metro area's July unemployment rate is 7.6 percent. The rate is up from the 7.3 percent rate reported in June...MORE

Illinois' Piece Of Mortgage Settlement

(AP) Attorney General Lisa Madigan says Illinois consumers who believe they were impacted by "shoddy" mortgages through...MORE

Bikers For Ta-Tas Donates Proceeds

Bikers for Ta-Tas donates $45,000 raised during this year fundraiser to the UnityPoint Health-Methodist/Proctor Foundation to be used...MORE

U.S. Ebola Patients Released

(AP) - A spokeswoman for Samaritan's Purse says an American doctor who was infected with Ebola is being released from an Atlanta hospital...MORE

Freshman Enrollment Down At Bradley

(AP) - Bradley University President Joanne Glasser says freshman enrollment is expected to be down this fall and the university is looking at budget cuts...MORE

Mayor: "Don't Shoot" Message Sinking In

Put down your guns or face jail time. That's the message of the fourth "Don't Shoot" call-in event in Peoria Wednesday night. Eleven individuals who police say have ties to local gangs...MORE

US Rescue Mission in Syria Failed

(AP) - Senior Obama administration officials say the U.S. military launched a secret mission earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held captive by militants in Syria but failed to find them. (more)

Helping Homeless Veterans

(VIDEO) - A ribbon cutting took place Wednesday at Peoria's Veterans' Haven. The South Side Office of Concern purchased...MORE

Part Of Pekin Building Crumbles

(VIDEO) - Two cars were totaled, but thankfully no one was injured when part of 405-407 Court St. in Pekin came tumbling down...MORE

When Are Two Pat Quinns Better Than One?

(AP) When they're raising money to battle a deadly disease...MORE

Term Limit Questions Rejected...Again

(AP) - An Illinois appeals court has upheld a ruling that a term limits question cannot appear...MORE

UnityPoint Health-Methodist Facelift

Changes are coming to the UnityPoint Health-Methodist campus. Additions include 200 new parking spaces, a new exterior...MORE

Holder: Change Is Coming

(AP) U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is meeting with college students as part of his trip to Missouri stemming from...MORE

Quinn, Rauner, To Spar In Peoria

(AP) Illinois' gubernatorial candidates will appear together at three traditional debates before November...MORE

Home Repair Scam In East Peoria

Police are warning people in East Peoria about a possible scam. East Peoria Police say a Chicago-based group is in town soliciting homeowners to do driveway sealcoating...MORE

Attorney General Headed To Ferguson, MO

(AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder is promising a thorough investigation into the fatal police shooting of a black 18-year-old. Holder travels to Ferguson, Missouri today to meet with authorities...MORE

ISIS Claims Beheading Of American Journalist

(AP) - President Barack Obama is expected to make a statement today about the beheading of American journalist James Foley by militants with the Islamic State extremist...MORE

IL Schools See Modest Gains On ACT

(AP) - The Illinois State Board of Education says Illinois' high school graduating class of 2014 earned a composite score of 20.7 on the ACT. The score on the four-subject test is slightly higher...MORE

Anthony Free For Now

A man arrested after allegedly attempting to abduct a child is free after posting bond. 55-year-old Thomas Anthony, of Dubuque, Iowa, was released from the Tazewell County jail Tuesday on a notice to appear. (more)

Fourth 'Don't Shoot' Call-In Scheduled

Law enforcement is once again preparing to appeal to Peoria's most violent criminals...MORE

Rauner: Term Limits Going To Supreme Court

(AP) Advocates for term limits in Illinois say the state Supreme Court likely will decide whether the issue can appear on the November...MORE

Concussion Training Required By New Law

(AP) High school coaches and athletic directors now must take a concussion training course under a law signed by...MORE

Common Core Concepts Hit D150

With the new school year, Illinois joins 40 other states in teaching Common Core. Common Core's higher learning standards will establish clear expectations for what students should learn in Mathematics and English...MORE

Body Found In Eureka Identified

Authorities say it was a 50-year-old woman who was found dead at a Woodford County Housing Authority apartment...MORE

Anthony Faces Light Charges

Law enforcement says the 55-year-old Iowa man suspected of trying to kidnap two young children in Central Illinois could be back on the street soon...MORE

Allegiant Announces Flights To Orlando

Allegiant Air is announcing service to a new location from Peoria...MORE

2 Protesters Shot In Ferguson, MO

(AP) - Authorities say at least two people were shot and 31 were arrested in clashes last night in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed black teen was shot and killed...MORE

SNL Announcer Don Pardo Dies At 96

(AP) - Television and radio announcer Don Pardo, whose booming baritone was known to fans of "Saturday Night Live,"...MORE

Peorians March For Michael Brown

(News 25) Peaceful protesters in downtown Peoria marched in honor of Michael Brown Monday night. More than 50 protesters met at the Gateway building...MORE

Madigan Wants Lawsuit Dismissed

(AP) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking for a lawsuit that was filed against Treasurer Dan Rutherford's office dropped. Madigan's office asked a federal court on Monday to dismiss claims by Edmund Michalowski (more)

Police Arrest Suspect In Attempted Child Abduction

Police say Thomas Anthony, 55, of Dubuque, Iowa, tried to lure a six-year-old boy away from his mother at Hardee's on North 5th Street on Sunday morning...MORE

High Interest In Medical Pot

The second of three town hall meetings regarding the state's new medical marijuana pilot program was held in Peoria on Monday...MORE

BU Soccer To Host National Champs

Bradley's soccer team prepares for a big time exhibition game. The Braves host top-ranked and defending national champ Notre Dame...MORE

Independent Autopsy Of Michael Brown Released

(AP) - A pathologist hired by the family of an unarmed Missouri teenager fatally shot by police says a bullet wound to his arm may have happened when he put his hands up, "but we don't know."...MORE

President Says Dam Taken Back From Militants

(AP) President Barack Obama says the recapturing of Mosul dam in northern Iraq by Iraqi and Kurdish forces is a "major step forward" in the...MORE

More States Honor IL Conceal Carry Permit

(AP) - Officials say more states are recognizing Illinois' concealed carry permit. The 22 states that honor Illinois' permit include...MORE

New Illinois Laws Target Senior Care Complaints

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed two pieces of legislation giving seniors and the disabled greater access to people who can address complaints about their care or their living conditions. (more)

Pekin Hospital Cancels Liberia Trip

(AP) - Pekin Hospital has canceled a mission trip to Liberia due to the Ebola outbreak that's killed...MORE

Illinois Campuses Going Smoke-Free

(AP) - Illinois' public colleges are going smoke-free - indoors and out - starting next summer. Gov. Pat Quinn says he's signed a law that bans indoor and outdoor smoking at all state-supported colleges...MORE

Discussing The Business Of Pot

State officials are coming to Peoria to answer questions about Illinois' medical marijuana pilot program. A town hall meeting is scheduled to take place at the downtown library...MORE

Police Investigating Attempted Child Abduction

Police say Thomas Anthony, 55, of Dubuque, Iowa, tried to lure a six-year-old boy away from his mother at Hardee’s on North 5th Street on Sunday morning...MORE

MO Governor Sending In The Guard

(AP) - Missouri's governor has ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas...MORE

Back To School For District 150

Peoria Public Schools Superintendent Grenita Lathan is ready for the start of a new school year. "I'm excited. I can't wait for 7:30 and 8:30 Monday morning...MORE

President Interrupting, Not Canceling, Vacation

(AP) President Barack Obama is getting off the island. In a rare move for Obama, he's taking a break in the middle of his...MORE

Man Accused Of Robbing Bank In The Buff

(AP) Rockford police have arrested a 32-year-old man they say tried to rob a bank while naked...MORE

Watch For Kids Near Schools

School Zone signs tell you to slow down when children are present. But, that's kind of vague...MORE

Man Shot As Ferguson Protests Continue

(AP) The first night of a state-imposed curfew in Ferguson, Missouri, ended with tear gas and arrests of some protesters, but it...MORE

Rick Perry Vows To Fight Charges

(Fox News) Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry responded Saturday to the weekend indictment in which he is accused of abusing his power of office, calling it a political “farce”...MORE

Missouri Governor Issues Curfew In Ferguson

(AP) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he's declared a state of emergency and is implementing a curfew in the St. Louis suburb where a black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer a week ago...MORE

Late Night Looting and Arrests In Ferguson

 (AP) - Police and about 200 protesters clashed again in Ferguson, Missouri after another tense day in the St. Louis suburb. Several hundred people congregated on a busy Ferguson street Friday night...MORE

State Officials Preparing For Bicentennial

(AP) - The bicentennial of Illinois' statehood is still four years away, but it's apparently not too soon to start preparing. The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says it's planning an overhaul...MORE

Person Shot on Peoria's South Side

Peoria Police are investigating a shooting at Westmoreland and Malone. One person shot was shot in the back of the head around 10:00 p.m. Friday...MORE

Welcome To 'Civic Center Square'

There's renewed hope in downtown Peoria with the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott...MORE

Parade For Motorcycle Event Will Cause Delays

The Grand Nationals TT Motrocycle Parade starts around 10:00 a.m. Saturday...MORE

Texas' Perry Indicted for Veto Threat

(AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been indicted for abuse of power after carrying out a threat to veto funding for state public corruption prosecutors. The Republican governor's accused of abusing his official powers by publicly promising to veto (more)

Pot Dispensaries To Be Like "Fort Knox"

(AP) Medical marijuana in Illinois will be encased in vaults, monitored by security guards and protected by fingerprint-recognition biometrics...MORE

Body Found In East Peoria Identified

The Tazewell County Coroner has identified the body found behind an East Peoria shopping center. The Coroner...MORE

Brown Shooting 'Unrelated' To Earlier Theft

(AP) - The chief in the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by police says the officer didn't know the teen was a robbery suspect at the time of the shooting...MORE

Teachers Spend Own Money On Classrooms

Peoria District 150 students return for another school year on Monday loaded up with new backpacks and school supplies. Hines Primary 1st Grade teacher Liza Fitzpatrick says she's spent the past 4 days...MORE

Several Arrested In Meth Bust

Law enforcement rounded up half a dozen people after taking down an alleged meth lab in rural East Peoria...MORE

Family May Provide Clues To Body ID

A Central Illinois family believes it can identify the body found near an East Peoria shopping center...MORE

Calm Protests In Ferguson, MO

(AP) - Four days of violent clashes between protesters and police have turned to a lighter atmosphere in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed black teen...MORE

Officer Involved In Teen's Death Identified

(VIDEO) - (AP) - Police in Ferguson have revealed the name of the six-year veteran accused of fatally shooting...MORE

Ford Recall on 2012-2014 Cars and SUVs

 (AP) - Ford is recalling 83,250 vehicles because a faulty part could cause them to lose power or roll away if they're parked. The recall involves the 2012-2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX; the 2013-2014 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT; (more)

Term Limits Group Fighting On

(AP) Supporters are continuing a fight to put legislative term limits on the November ballot, telling an Illinois appeals court...MORE

Governor Sends Highway Patrol To Ferguson

(AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says the Missouri State Highway Patrol will take over the supervision of security in the St. Louis suburb that's been the scene of violent protests since a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager...MORE

Get Your Medical Pot Questions Answered

(AP) The first of three town hall meetings to answer questions about the Illinois medical marijuana application process is being held...MORE

D150 Hosts All-Staff Assembly

"Every one of you are teachers." That's the main message presented by District 150 Superintendent Grenita Lathan...MORE

Pres. Talks Iraq, Ferguson While On Vacation

(AP) President Barack Obama says the U.S. has broken Islamic militants' siege on Iraq's Sinjar Mountain, but that airstrikes will...MORE

Tazewell County Crash Victim Identified

The Tazewell County Coroner says 61-year-old Connie Goeken of Tremont was killed in an accident in rural Delavan. Goeken was the driver...MORE

Police Use Tear Gas on Ferguson Protesters

(AP) - Authorities in a St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teen was shot and killed by a police officer have used tear gas to try to disperse protesters after flaming projectiles were thrown from the crowd. (more)

Jobless Aid Apps Rise To 311,000

(AP) - More people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, although jobless claims continue to be close to pre-recession levels...MORE

Ticket To Cure Offers Free Mammograms

Have Mammogram Van, will travel.  The Tazewell County Health Department is bringing the UnityPoint Methodist Mammogram Van to Mackinaw...MORE

Body Found Near Shopping Center

A 12-year-old boy found the badly decomposed body while searching for his cousin in a patch of woods behind Fondulac Plaza in East Peoria...MORE

ACLU Not Happy With Vehicle Searches

(AP) A new report finds signs of racial bias in data collected about police searches during traffic stops...MORE

Businesses Busted Selling Booze To Minors

It doesn't pay to sell alcohol to minors, just ask three Peoria businesses. The businesses have been cited in an undercover compliance check from the Illinois Liquor Control...MORE

Dems Working On Unity As Gov. Cancels Rally

(AP) Illinois Democrats are working to promote party unity in the final months of the 2014 campaign despite having some visible...MORE

PHS Construction Delays May Be Ending

AT&T has removed a cross box from the construction site of new athletic fields at Peoria High School. However, a concrete vault...MORE

Quinn Pushes To Honor U.S. Senator

(AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is calling for the Illinois State Museum Building in Springfield to be named...MORE

City Specifies Where Medical Pot Can Be Grown

Two new City of Peoria ordinances regarding pot cultivation centers are more about keeping some local control than they are about an endorsement of Illinois’ medical marijuana pilot program...MORE

Iraq Getting More International Help

(AP) - France says it's sending arms to Kurdish forces in Iraq because the Kurds are in "urgent need" of support against radicals of the Islamic State...MORE

Come Hungry For Taste Of Peoria

Taste of Peoria is back in downtown Peoria with dozens of food vendors, wine tasting, and entertainment...MORE

City Agrees To Lend Cops To Schools

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the deal, which was likewise green-lit by the D150 Board of Education the previous night...MORE

Lauren Bacall, Sultry-voiced Actress, Dead at 89

(AP) - Lauren Bacall, the award-winning actress and Humphrey Bogart's partner off and on the screen, has died. She was 89. The managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, Robbert J.F. de Klerk, says that Bacall died Tuesday in New York. (more)

Man Shot In Stomach

One person was rushed to the hospital after being shot at a public housing complex on Peoria's far south side...MORE

State Treasurer Race Heating Up

(AP) The normally lackluster race for Illinois state treasurer is becoming increasingly contentious...MORE

One Suspect In Taft Homes Attack Arrested

Police arrested Alexcis Jones, 32, on Monday night. Jones was allegedly among six people who forced their way inside a Taft Homes apartment early Sunday morning to beat up a 22-year-old woman...MORE

New Details In Robin Williams' Death

(AP) Sheriff's officials say Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself at his San Francisco Bay Area...MORE

D150: AT&T Causing Construction Delay

Peoria District 150 claims AT&T is causing construction delays at the new Peoria High School...MORE

Salvation Army Grant Helping Vets

The Salvation Army in Peoria is receiving over $1.6 million from the federal government to help veterans and their families. The funding comes from the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. The SSVF program awards...MORE

State Police Warns Of New Phone Scam

If you get a call from someone saying your home computer has a virus, and they want money to clean it for you, hang up. District 8 State Police and local law enforcement have gotten a number of calls...MORE

U.N. Supports Experimental Treatment For Ebola

(AP) - The World Health Organization said it's ethical to use unproven Ebola drugs and vaccines in the outbreak in West Africa provided the right conditions are met. The U.N. agency issued the statement Tuesday...MORE

D150 Board Approves Deal With Police

Armed Peoria police officers will be in four District 150 schools. An intergovernmental agreement between the district and the city...MORE

D150 Gets Budget Advice

The Peoria District 150 school board is getting some advice for preparing its current fiscal year budget, after ending the last...MORE

U.S. Says Iraq Should Work Quickly On Gov't

(AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry is urging Iraq's new leaders to work quickly to form an inclusive government and says the U.S. is prepared to offer additional aid in the fight against Islamic State militants...MORE

Missing Peoria Teen Contacts Family

Police say a Peoria teen reported missing on Monday has been in contact with  his family...MORE

Robin Williams Dead Of Apparent Suicide

(AP) - The Marin County Sheriff's Office says Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday...MORE


Bond Set For Driver In Fatal Crash

Police allege Jeffrey Steele, 22, was drunk and speeding down Sterling Ave. early Sunday morning when he drove BMW into the back of another car, killing a woman and injuring her granddaughter...MORE

Protecting Crime Victims In Illinois

Advocacy groups are pushing for the passage of a proposed mendment to the state constitution that they say would increase accountability for Illinois courts and provide better protection of crime victims' rights...MORE

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The Peoria County Board is beginning its fiscal year 2015 budget negotiatio

(AP) - President Barack Obama says the participation of five Arab nations i

With flu season right around the corner, the Peoria City/County Health Depa

A school bus sideswiped a utility pole near the intersection of Krause and

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(AP) - New estimates from the World Health Organization warn the number of

(AP) - The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes Monday night on

The head of a local school district is joining a coalition of superintenden

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Illinois saw a record number of homeless students during the 2012-2013 scho

A fire started at Archer Daniels Midland on Edmund St. around Noon Monday..

(AP) - The spokesman of the Islamic State militant group says his fighters

(AP) A federal prosecutor in Washington says investigators found more than

(AP) - The Libertarian candidate running for Illinois governor recognizes h

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