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Koehler: IL Must Be Careful With Energy Changes

Democratic State Senator Dave Koehler says workers at coal-fired power plants must be considered as Illinois moves towards using more renewable energy...MORE

Earthquake Death Toll Rises

(FOX NEWS) - A powerful magnitude 6.7 aftershock shook the Kathmandu region of Nepal sending people yelling and running for open ground Sunday, a day after a massive earthquake crippled the region, killing thousands...MORE

USAID Deployed; Nepal Death Toll Nears 1,200

(AP) - Officials expect the number of people killed in Nepal's massive earthquake to rise as reports come in from far-flung areas. More than 1,100 are known dead in Nepal and at least 50 more were killed in neighboring countries. (more)

IL Schools Chief: Funding Fix Will Take Time

(AP) - The state's new superintendent of schools believes the formula for distributing state aid to schools is flawed. But Tony Smith tells the Associated Press in an interview that finding the right solution could take...MORE

Peoria Man Reported Missing Returns

A Peoria man reported missing to Peoria Police on Friday is back home. Stephen Thompson, 43, had last been seen in the 600 block of Forrest Hill Avenue on Thursday...MORE

Protesters Plan 'Shut Down' In Baltimore

(AP) - Protesters are promising their biggest march yet a day after the Baltimore Police Department acknowledged that it failed to get Freddie Gray the medical attention he needed after his arrest. Protesters vowed to "shut down" the city...MORE

Illinois Budget Cuts Will Impact Medicaid

(AP) - Illinois nursing homes are at a loss for how they'll deal with a $65 million cut in state Medicaid funding made by Governor Bruce Rauner's office as part of the budget fix. (more)

A New Tactic To Bring Justice To Slain Juveniles

Billboards featuring the pictures of 17-year-old Tyrone Jones and 12-year-old Demarcus Payne have been put up around town. They also bear the words "Bring Me Peace, Be My Voice" and the number for CrimeStoppers..MORE

Schock Home Burglar Sentenced

One of the two men accused of breaking into former congressman Aaron Schock's Peoria home will avoid jail time...MORE

Pizza Delivery Driver Robbed

The Pizza Hut employee tells police the robbery happened during a delivery run to the CityScape apartments on West Romeo B. Garrett...MORE

Scope Of Deadly Quake In Nepal Expands

(AP) -  Officials say a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in a densely populated area of Nepal has killed more than 1,000 people across a swath of four countries, with the death toll expected...MORE

Peoria Unemployment Rate Drops, Job Rate Stalls

March was the 13th month in a row unemployment fell across Illinois, as compared to a year ago, but job growth also stalled. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says...MORE

PIA Tops 60K Passengers For First Time

Peoria International Airport has had its biggest month yet. A record-breaking number of passengers passed through the gates of the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport...MORE

Bill Would Punish Pot Possession With Fine

(AP) - The Illinois House has passed legislation that would make possessing small amounts of marijuana subject to a ticket instead of a criminal charge...MORE

Italy Wants Answers About U.S. Drone Strike

(AP) - Italy says it wants more information from the United States about how an Italian aid worker was killed in a U.S. drone strike on the Afghan-Pakistan border...MORE

Comcast Drops Bid For Time Warner Cable

(AP) - Comcast is dropping its $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable after heavy regulatory pushback. The combined company would have put nearly 30 percent of TV...MORE

Pekin Man Fined For Running Over Dog

A Pekin man is fined for running over and killing a dog. Kenneth Marion, 47, pleaded guilty last week to striking an animal with a motor vehicle in connection with an incident in January...MORE

A Dozen Injured In Stage Collapse In Indiana

(AP) - Authorities in central Indiana say more than a dozen people have been injured after a stage filled with students collapsed during a theater performance...MORE

Rivermen Fans 'Rally For Raven' This Weekend

Fans of injured Peoria Rivermen hockey player Ryan Raven are raising money for him this weekend. Rivermen Fan Susie Cranford is heading up the 'Rally For Raven' event...MORE

Rauner Releases List Of Budget Cuts

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office has begun to implement some of the cuts approved by lawmakers as part of a budget fix for this fiscal year. The legislation that aims to close a $1.6 billion...MORE

Another Chill; Frost Advisory Friday Morning

 Frost Advisory remains in effect from 1 a.m. to  8 a.m Friday morning. A Frost Advisory means that widespread frost is expected, with temperatures reaching a low of 32 to 36 degrees, and will effect sensitive outdoor plants if left uncove

Drone Strikes Kill 2 al-Qaida Hostages

(AP) - President Obama is offering condolences to the families of an American and an Italian who were killed by a U.S. drone strike while being held hostage in Pakistan. Obama says the target was believed to be an al-Qaida compound, (more)

Suspected Meth Lab Fire Nets Three Arrests

Julie Jones, April Taylor, and Frank Husmann were arrested late Wednesday night after authorities responded to a fire at a home in the 2000 block of West Hamilton Place...MORE

Peoria Welcomes Hundreds Of New Citizens

Around 600 people became United States citizens Thursday at a naturalization ceremony at Bradley University...MORE

CAT Sees Higher Profit Despite Lower Sales

The company announced Thursday morning that profits increased by $189 million, or about 20%, compared to the first quarter of 2014...MORE

Former CIA Director Gets Probation, Fines

(AP) - Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, has been sentenced to two years' probation and a $100,000 fine for giving her classified material...MORE

New Attorney General Confirmed

(AP) - Loretta Lynch has won confirmation to serve as the nation's attorney general, ending months of delay...MORE

Biden: Be The Man You Were Raised To Be

(AP) - Vice President Joe Biden has brought the White House's efforts to reduce college sexual assaults to the University of Illinois...MORE

Americans Killed In Counterterrorism Ops

(AP) - The White House says U.S. counterterrorism operations killed American and Italian hostages held by al-Qaida, as well as two Americans who were working with the terror organization...MORE

Biden To Speak At University Of Illinois

(AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver a speech at the University of Illinois on preventing sexual assaults on college campuses...MORE 

Landslide Victims Finally Getting Some Help

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency has approved a $2 million grant to pay for the purchase and demolition of seven homes in the Pinecrest Hills subdivision...MORE

Lynch Headed For Confirmation

 (AP) - Five months after she was nominated by President Obama to serve as attorney general, Loretta Lynch will finally get a confirmation vote in the Senate...MORE 

Emergency Meeting Addresses Migrant Crisis

(AP) - European Union leaders are gathering in Brussels today to address the migrant crisis, after more than 10,000 people from countries in conflict were plucked from seas...MORE

IL Senate OKs Restoring $26M In Cuts

(AP) - The Illinois Senate has overwhelmingly approved restoring $26 million in social service and public health grants that Gov. Bruce Rauner had frozen...MORE

Minonk Police Chief Fired After DUI Arrest

Minonk's Police Chief is fired after allegedly driving under the influence. Police Chief Nathan Barker, 33, was arrested Monday morning in Woodford County, and was charged with a DUI...MORE

A Cold Snap Hits Central Illinois

Freezing temperatures and potential areas of frost are expected overnight in Central Illinois. The National Weather Service in Lincoln will issue a FREEZE WARNING from 2 A.M. until 8 A.M. Thursday morning. Low Temperatures of 26 TO 30 degrees are expect (more)

Bradley Hosting Large Naturalization Ceremony

Hundreds of immigrants will be welcomed as United States citizens at Bradley University in Peoria on Thursday morning...MORE

Judge OKs Concussion Settlement Proposal

(AP) - A federal judge has approved a potential $1 billion plan to resolve thousands of NFL concussion lawsuits filed by retired players...MORE

Peorians Rally For Clean Energy

A group of residents from the Peoria area spent Earth Day in Springfield to urge lawmakers to embrace clean, renewable energy...MORE

Bus Driver Involved In Reported Road Rage Incident

The bus driver apparently yelled at a woman whose car was parked near the bus, which was dropping off students near Nebraska and Pierson avenues...MORE

Southern Rock To Dominate July 4 Celebration

Officials announced Wednesday that southern rock bands Molly Hatchett and The Outlaws will be performing July 3 as part of Peoria's 29th annual UnityPoint Health Methodist Proctor "Red White and Boom" event...MORE

Rauner: Stop 'Fair Share' Fees For Non-Union Teachers

(AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner says public school teachers who aren't union members shouldn't have to pay union fees - the same policy he's tried to enforce among state government workers...MORE

Boehner: Administration Blocking Facts On Benghazi

(AP) - House Speaker John Boehner says lack of cooperation from the Obama administration is making it impossible for a House committee investigating the 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, to gather...MORE

Clerks Scrambling Ahead Of Special Election

County clerks in the congressional district of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock say they're scrambling to comply with a new Illinois voting law ahead of a primary election vote to replace him. The new state law requires counties to let voters register a

Nuke Talks Enter End Phase Ahead Of Deadline

(AP) - Negotiators are meeting in Vienna today in an effort to reach an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Representatives from the U.S., Iran...MORE

Obama's Earth Day Message Warns Of Damage

(AP) - President Barack Obama will use a visit to Florida's Everglades to warn of the damage that climate change is already inflicting on the nation's environmental treasures...MORE

Peoria Officials Discuss Open Carry Alcohol

 Peoria City Council considers allowing open carry of alcohol in downtown Peoria. Council discussed new rules at Tuesday night's meeting that would cover open carry of alcohol at special events held downtown...MORE

Attack On French Churches Thwarted

(AP) - France's top security official says police have arrested an Islamic extremist in Paris as he was planning an imminent attack on one or more churches. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the man is also accused of killing a young woman...MORE

Minonk Police Chief Arrested For DUI

The Police Chief of Minonk is arrested for allegedly driving under the influence. 33-year-old Nathan Barker was arrested in Woodford County on Monday morning...MORE

Legislation Introduced To Restore State Cuts

 (AP) - An Illinois lawmaker has introduced legislation that would restore $26 million in social services and public health grants recently suspended by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Dan Kotowski. (more)

IL House OK's Extending Med Pot Program

(AP) - Legislation extending Illinois' medical marijuana program beyond 2017 has passed the Illinois House...MORE

New Bill Would Honor All Fallen Soldiers

Legislation inspired by the death of a Hopedale Marine advances through the Illinois House. The House approved a bill allowing...MORE

Water Co. Begins 2nd Phase Of Peoria Project

A project to replace a 100-year-old water main resumes in Peoria. The first phase, completed in December, replaced 1,500 feet of water main that feeds two booster stations...MORE

IL House Panel Grills Budget Director On Cuts

(AP) - Illinois House members want Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget office to provide a detailed list of program cuts and the criteria used to make those decisions...MORE

5th Schock Staffer Subpoenaed To Testify

Another staff member of Aaron Schock has been subpoenaed to testify before a Grand Jury. Shea Ledford is the fifth employee of the disgraced Peoria congressman...MORE 

Penalty Phase Of Boston Bomber Trial Begins

(AP) - Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are to begin hearing evidence about what his punishment should be: life in prison or the death penalty...MORE

U.N.: Boat Sinking Worst In Mediterranean

(AP) - The United Nations refugee agency says it believes more than 800 people drowned when a boat packed with migrants trying to reach Europe sank on Saturday...MORE

Head Of Peoria Housing Authority Retiring

The longtime CEO of the Peoria Housing Authority is retiring. Brenda Coates will stay on with PHA until her contract expires on January 31st...MORE

PAAR 1Q Boosted By Strong March

Home sales in the Peoria area are described by the Peoria Association of Realtors as “brisk.” PAAR reports...MORE

Prisons Chief Takes Issue With Union Contracts

(AP) - The new director of Illinois prisons says union contracts are the source of many problems within the Illinois Department of Corrections. In a memo to Gov. Bruce Rauner, prisons chief Donald Stolworthy wrote...MORE

Illinois Tornado Raises Concerns On Warnings

 (AP) - A deadly tornado in the small northern Illinois community of Fairdale earlier this month is raising questions about how best to warn rural residents about storms. Two people died in the storm. Fairdale, a community of about 150 people, (more)

Five File For 18th District Vacancy

There will be contested Republican and Democratic primaries during the special election to replace former Congressman Aaron Schock...MORE

Former Bears LB Doug Buffone Found Dead

(AP) - Former Chicago Bears linebacker Doug Buffone has been found dead in his home. Chicago Police spokesman Officer Thomas Sweeney says...MORE

BU Coach Wardle Adds Two Recruits

A pair of freshman guards have returned their signed Letters of Intent to play at Bradley University for new men's Head Coach...MORE

Seminars Offer Expert Financial Advice

If personal finance isn't your strong suit, there is plenty of help during "Money Smart Week". Classes and seminars in the Peoria area through April 25 to help people get on better financial ground...MORE

Special Election Field Taking Shape

Candidates wishing to replace former Congressman Aaron Schock face a deadline of 5:00 p.m. Monday to file nominating papers. Schock resigned...MORE

Driver Crashes Into House, Charged With DUI

A Pekin man is accused of crashing his car into a house after a night of drinking. Pekin Police were dispatched...MORE

6 Men Charged With Trying To Join ISIS

(AP) - Authorities in Minnesota have charged six men they say attempted to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. A criminal complaint unsealed Monday charges the men with conspiring...MORE

Pekin Man Dies In Rollover Accident

 A rollover accident over the weekend takes the life of a Pekin man. Tazewell County Coroner Jeff Baldi says Ricky Nelson, 55, of Pekin, was one of three men in a pickup truck that rolled over and landed on its top...MORE

CityLink Celebrates Passenger Appreciation Day

On Monday, CityLink is celebrating it's 7th Annual Passenger Appreciation Day to honor Jerome Lilly with free rides all day on all fixed routes. Lilly, who was a beloved General Manager...MORE

Update: Migrant Tragedies In Mediterranean

(AP) - A spokeswoman for the aid group Save the Children compares the scale of migrant deaths in recent shipwrecks to the death toll in the sinking of the Titanic luxury liner more than a century ago. Sarah Tyler says more than 1,000...MORE

30K Expected To Run Boston Marathon

(AP) - On Monday, some 30,000 runners will take part in the world's oldest annual marathon. It will be the second Boston Marathon since two bombs went off near the finish line in 2013, killing three people...MORE

Hopes Dim For IL School Funding Change

(AP) - A number of Illinois lawmakers say they see little chance of passing legislation this session that would overhaul the state's outdated school funding formula for the first time in two decades...MORE

Arrests Made In U.S. Terror Raids

(AP) Authorities in Minnesota say arrests have been made in connection with their terrorism investigation into youth who have traveled or tried to travel to Syria to fight with militants, including the Islamic State group...MORE

Hundreds Gather For OKC Bombing Anniversary

(AP) Several hundred people have gathered at the former site of the Oklahoma City federal building to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the terrorist bombing there...MORE

Missing Peoria Woman Contacts Police

A Peoria woman reported missing last weekend has contacted police...MORE

Migrant Boat Capsizes in Mediterranean Sea

(Fox News) A major rescue operation is underway in the Mediterranean Sea, north of Libya and south of the Italian island of Lampedusa, after a migrant ship carrying as many as 700 people capsized Sunday...MORE

Cardinal George Funeral Thursday

(AP) - Funeral services for Cardinal Francis George will be held Thursday at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral. George, who retired as Chicago archbishop...MORE

Two Stabbed During South Peoria Fight

(From WEEK News 25) - Two people are taken to a hospital with stab wounds after a large fight in South Peoria. Police were called...MORE

County Administrator Gets New Job

Peoria County is looking for a new Administrator. Lori Curtis Luther, who's had the job since 2011, will become City Manager of Beloit, Wisconsin...MORE

Vice President Biden To Speak At U of Illinois

 (AP) - The White House says Vice President Joe Biden will deliver a speech at the University of Illinois next week on the prevention of sexual assault. The White House said in a news release Friday that Biden will speak Thursday about preventing (more)

Peoria Man Gets 50 Year Prison Sentence

The man convicted of the shooting death of 22-year old Derrick Booth Jr. is sentenced to 50 years in prison. Sean Walls...MORE

Hands Around The Courthouse

Child welfare advocates are calling for everyone in the community to step up and help put a stop to abuse and neglect...MORE

Cardinal Francis George Dies

(AP) - Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal...MORE

Police: Missing Pekin Man Found Safe

The Pekin Police Department say Alexander Odell, 23, from Pekin, has been located in Colorado, and is "ok". Odell was reported missing on Tuesday morning...MORE

Illinois Tobacco Quitline Closes

(AP) - The Illinois Tobacco Quitline has been put on hold as a result of Gov. Bruce Rauner's decision to suspend $26 million in...MORE

OK Deputy Disputes Claim He Lacked Training

(AP) - A 73-year-old Oklahoma volunteer deputy charged in the fatal shooting of a suspect in Tulsa has countered criticism of his qualifications. Speaking publicly for the first time...MORE

Victim's Parents Don't Want Bomber Put To Death

(AP) - The parents of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing are urging federal authorities to consider taking the death penalty off the table for the man convicted...MORE

IL Medical Marijuana Chief Stepping Down

(AP) - The coordinator of the Illinois medical marijuana pilot program is stepping down May 6 to go into private law practice. Catherine Kelly, a spokeswoman for Gov. Bruce Rauner, confirmed Thursday that Bob Morgan is leaving...MORE 

Local Leaders Against Proposed Funding Cuts

Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed a 50 percent cut in the municipal share of state income taxes known as the Local Government Distributive Fund, which has been around since 1969 to fund core municipal services...MORE

5 People Found Dead In Arizona Home

(AP) - More details are emerging about the gruesome discovery of five bodies in a Phoenix home. Police suspect a family dispute. The names and ages of the three men and two women weren't immediately released...MORE

Appeals Court Takes Up Obama's Immigration Action

(AP) - Appellate judges on Friday will consider whether to lift a temporary hold imposed by a federal judge in Texas on President Barack Obama's executive action seeking to shield millions of immigrants...MORE

Peoria Police Car Crash Injured 3

(NEWS25/Photo) - Three people, including a police officer, are in the hospital Thursday night after a crash.
Peoria police say an officer was responding to a call in the 2600 block of Garden Avenue when a car pulled out in front of him and was t-boned (more)

Peoria County Tax Bills In The Mail

Peoria County Real Estate Tax bills are only as far as your mailbox. County Treasurer Edward T. O'Connor says approximately 82,300 property tax bills...MORE

Illinois Closer To Having A State Pie

(AP) - Pumpkin pie could be the new official state pie of Illinois. The Illinois House approved legislation by a 108-3 vote after a jovial debate...MORE

IPMR May Be Joining OSF HealthCare System

IPMR may be joining OSF. The Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has signed a letter of intent to affiliate with...MORE

NFL Reinstates Adrian Peterson

(AP) - The NFL has reinstated Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, clearing the way for him to return...MORE

Pekin Man Reported Missing

Pekin Police are asking the public's help to locate a missing man. Alexander Odell, 23, was last seen...MORE

Lawyer Suing Schock Speaks With WMBD

A Chicago lawyer says Aaron Schock needs to pay for "misrepresenting" himself. Howard Foster, a former Schock supporter, says the disgraced Peoria Congressman painted himself as an honest politician...MORE

Contagious Dog Flu Hits Illinois

An outbreak of canine flu that's hit the Chicago area has local dog owners worried. Six dogs who caught the H3N2 flu in Chicago have died, and over 1,000 dogs have been infected. Dr. Rachel Kuhn, a veterinarian with Prairie Animal Hospital...MORE 

Report: Big Spending Toward Schock Donors

(AP) - A new report shows former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's campaign spent big on donor gifts and travel in the months before he resigned...MORE

Tulsa County To Audit Reserve Deputy Program

(AP) - The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office says it will conduct an internal review of its reserve deputy program after a 73-year-old volunteer officer fatally shot an unarmed suspect who was on the ground...MORE

Rauner Concerned About Common Core Tests

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he's "a little worried" about new standardized tests linked to Common Core education standards. The Republican told a group of school administrators Wednesday...MORE

More Americans Seeking Unemployment Benefits

(AP) - The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose for the second straight week yet remained at a low level that is consistent with more hiring. The Labor Department says applications increased 12,000...MORE

Putin Defends Missile Delivery To Iran

(AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is defending his move to approve the delivery of the long-range S-300 air defense missile system to Iran, saying the 2010 Russian ban was voluntary...MORE

Police Make Two Arrests In Armed Robbery

Police make two arrests in connection with a armed robbery near the Bradley University campus earlier this week. The robbery happened just before 10:00p.m. Monday in the 1500 block of W. Fredonia...MORE

IL Board Of Education Approves Additional Funding

(AP) - The Illinois State Board of Education has approved a plan to feed $97 million into Illinois schools with the greatest funding needs. Lawmakers heard testimony on the proposal and approved the plan during a Senate appropriations...MORE 

Former NFL Player Convicted Of Murder

(AP) - Jurors who convicted former NFL star Aaron Hernandez of first-degree murder say they are even more certain of their decision now, after hearing more details about Hernandez from the judge in the case. They say after the verdict, the judge (more)

Group Protests Low Wages At Peoria McDonald's

About half a dozen people on Wednesday stood outside of the McDonald's on University, near War Memorial Drive, calling for an increase in the minimum wage...MORE

ISBE Names New State Schools Supt.

(AP) - The Illinois State Board of Education has selected a new schools chief. The board unanimously voted Wednesday to name Anthony "Tony" Smith...MORE

Three People Rescued From Pekin Apartment Fire

A fire in a Pekin apartment building leads to the rescue of three people. Firefighters found flames blocking the entrance and hallway...MORE

Peoria Civic Center Wanted U. Of. I Games

(AP) - Documents say six venues, including the Peoria Civic Center, put in offers to host University of Illinois home basketball games...MORE

Capitol Lockdown After Gyro Copter Landing

(AP) - A small one-person helicopter has landed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, prompting a temporary lockdown of the Capitol Visitor's Center...MORE

One-Night Only Event To Honor Peoria Legend

One-Night Only Event To Honor Peoria legend. "Jim Maloof's Legacy of Love" is being presented Thursday evening by Illinois Central College, featuring over 100 local performers. The late Peoria Mayor's son, Nick Maloof, tells WMBD's

Report: Pilot Changed Course Before Crash

(AP) - A preliminary report on the airplane crash that killed seven people near Bloomington confirms the pilot unexpectedly changed course...MORE

Lawyer Accuses Schock Of "Political Sleaze"

(AP) - A Chicago lawyer who donated $500 to former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's campaign is suing for reimbursement following his resignation in March...MORE

Hernandez Sentenced To Life In Prison

(AP) - Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been formally sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murder...MORE

Boston: 2nd Anniversary Of Marathon Bombings

(AP) - The second anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing will be marked today with a moment of silence, the tolling of church bells and a call for kindness. The moment of silence comes at 2:49...MORE

Governor Extends Tax Deadline For Tornado Victims

(AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has extended tax return deadlines for residents affected by last week's tornado and severe weather in parts of DeKalb and Ogle counties. Victims of the tornado will now have until October...MORE

Hernandez Convicted Of 1st-Degree Murder

(AP) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been found guilty of first-degree murder. A Massachusetts jury on Wednesday found Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd on June 17, 2013...MORE

Despite Protest, Development Plan Moves Forward

The Council voted 8-3 Tuesday night in approval of a development agreement for the River Trail apartments, which would be located on a six-acre parcel of city-owned parkland between the RiverPlex and Detweiller Marina...MORE

Judge Shows Mercy In Atlanta Schools Case

(AP) - A judge kept his word, showing mercy to former Atlanta public school educators who accepted responsibility for their role in a widespread conspiracy to inflate student scores on standardized tests...MORE

Part Of Peoria Food Trucks Proposal Passed

The City Council on Tuesday night approved part of an ordinance that would have let food trucks throughout Peoria...MORE

Police Searching For Peoria Woman

The Peoria Police Department is asking for the your assistance in locating a missing Peoria woman.. 42-year old Katherine D. Johnson, last Known Address is in the 1100 block of S Western Ave in Peoria, was reported missing to Peoria Police on Monday (more)

Election Dates Set To Replace Schock

(AP) - The dates have been set in the special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. A federal judge in Chicago signed a consent decree...MORE

Mark Reeds, Former Rivermen Coach, Dies At 55

(Some from AP) - Ottawa Senators assistant coach Mark Reeds has died at 55. The team had said in March 2014 he had cancer...MORE

Brimfield State Champs Visit Capitol

Members of the Brimfield boys basketball team took a special field trip Tuesday. The IHSA Class 1A state champions visited the State Capitol...MORE

Washington Woman Admits Stealing Wedding Gifts

(AP) - A Washington woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for stealing a couple's gifts while she worked for a caterer...MORE

Four Former Schock Staffers Subpoenaed

(AP) - At least four staffers who worked for former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock have told Congress they've been subpoenaed...MORE

Peoria Police Warn Of Tax Time Trouble

Ahead of Wednesday's tax deadline, you could be in for a surprise when filing your last minute taxes. Peoria Police say anyone victimized by identity theft and false tax returns should report it to the Peoria branch of the Internal Revenue...MORE

Two Accidents Delay Traffic On Route 29

A couple of accidents along Route 29 in Pekin and Chillicothe delayed or rerouted traffic Tuesday morning...MORE

Singer Percy Sledge Dies

(AP) - Percy Sledge, who recorded the classic 1966 soul ballad "When a Man Loves a Woman," has died. He was 74. East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Coroner Dr. William "Beau" Clark confirmed to The Associated Press that Sledge died...MORE 

Clinton Holds First Campaign Event In Iowa

(AP) - As she makes her first campaign appearances of the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Rodham Clinton says she's not going to "take anything for granted."...MORE 

D150 Previews Tough Budget Decisions

The Peoria District 150 School Board began its budget discussion during its regular meeting Monday night. No formal votes were cast just yet,...MORE

Tulsa Reserve Deputy To Turn Himself In

(AP) - An attorney for an Oklahoma reserve sheriff's deputy charged with fatally shooting a suspect as he lay on the ground says the man will turn himself in. Tulsa attorney Corbin Brewster says Robert Bates will be booked Tuesday...MORE

IL Inmate Back In Court After Escape

(AP) - A man convicted of murder has made his first court appearance in Kankakee since escaping from jail and spending nearly three days on the run. Kamron T. Taylor had a new attorney appointed for him Monday...MORE

Suspect In N.C. College Shooting Arrested

(AP) - The man wanted in the shooting death of the print shop director at a community college in North Carolina has been arrested in Florida. Goldsboro Police Capt. Dwayne Dean says 20-year-old Kenneth Morgan Stencil...MORE

Senate Committee To Vote On Iran Bill

(AP) - A Senate committee is expected to vote on a bill giving Congress a chance to weigh in on any final nuclear agreement that can be reached with Iran. Despite a veto threat from President Barack Obama, there is strong bipartisan...MORE

Lawmakers Call For Analysis Of Pension Plan

(AP) - Two Illinois lawmakers instrumental in crafting pension overhaul legislation in 2013 are calling for an analysis of Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to reform the state's underfunded pension system...MORE

BU's Wardle Adds 3 To Basketball Staff

(From Bradley University) - First-year Bradley Braves men's basketball Coach Brian Wardle has hired three additions to his staff - Drew Adams, Jimmie Foster and Rich Karius...MORE

Water Main Break In Downtown Peoria

(VIDEO) - A water main break in downtown Peoria affects water service to Illinois-American Water Company customers. Company officials say...MORE

Opponents Of Development To Hold Candlelight Vigil

A group of Peoria resident who want to save Constitution Garden along the city's riverfront will hold a Candlelight Vigil and Walk Monday night...MORE

Rubio Will Run For President

(AP) - Sen. Marco Rubio is telling his top donors that he is running for president because he feels "uniquely qualified" to pitch his Republican Party as one that will defend the American Dream...MORE

Rauner Resists Extending Medical Pot Program

(AP) - A spokeswoman for Gov. Bruce Rauner says the governor wants Illinois' new medical marijuana pilot program to be "fully evaluated" before a decision is made on whether to extend it beyond 2017...MORE

Mark Zalcman Withdraws From Special Election

In a letter released on Monday morning, Bloomington attorney Mark Zalcman says with only 19 days to gather more than 1,000 valid voter signatures in order to gain ballot access, he has been forced to give up...MORE

1 Dead In Shooting At North Carolina College

(AP) - An official says one person is dead and a community college campus is on lockdown as authorities search for a man with a gun. Kim Best, spokeswoman for the city of Goldsboro...MORE

19 Injured In Bus Crash In Indiana

(AP) - Indiana State Police say 19 people sustained non-life-threatening injuries when a Megabus collided into the back of a stopped semi-truck on Interstate 65...MORE

Rubio Expected To Announce Candidacy

(AP) - If Marco Rubio launches his presidential campaign as expected Monday, the first-term Republican senator from Florida may have to answer this simple question: Why now? The 43-year-old lawmaker is a rising star...MORE

2 DUI Bills Awaiting Votes In Springfield

(AP) - Two bills that would affect motorists with repeat drunken driving convictions are awaiting final votes in the Illinois House. The State Journal-Register reports one bill would require offenders with at least two convictions to have a device...MORE

Kerry Makes Appeal To Nuclear Deal Critics

(AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry is urging congressional opponents of an emerging nuclear deal with Iran to "hold their fire" until they see a final agreement later this year. Kerry says he will brief lawmakers over the next two days as p

Meet 'The Dieselettes'

A piece of local sports history is on display at the Caterpillar Visitors Center in downtown Peoria...MORE

Governor Pledges $100k For Disaster Relief

Gov. Bruce Rauner is putting some of his own money towards tornado relief efforts in Northern Illinois...MORE

US Capitol Reopens After Shots Fired

(AP) - A precautionary lockdown of the U.S. Capitol has been lifted after shots were fired in an apparent suicide. Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider says a man died after shooting himself on the west front of the Capitol building (more)

Boil Order Advisory for Washington

A Boil Order Advisory has been issued for a part of the city of Washington. This is due to a large water main break on Business 24 and Wilmor Rd. Washington Police tells WMBD news that the advisory is for the area of Newcastle Road (more)

No "Take Cover" Issued At CAT Facility

Employees at Caterpillar's Mossville facility are concerned no take cover procedure occurred during Thursday's tornado touch down near Mossville...MORE

Illinois State A.D. Reflects On Loss

The City of Bloomington and Illinois State University are still reeling from the loss of seven people that were killed in a small plane crash early Tuesday morning. ISU Athletic Director Larry Lyons says this kind of loss...MORE

Northern IL Tornado Familiar To Washington

Washington, Illinois residents are well familiar with what the people in Fairdale and Rochelle are going through...MORE

Rollover Accident Shuts Down I-74 Near Morton

Westbound I-74 was shut down near Morton Friday night due to an accident involving three vehicles that resulted in a rollover. Illinois State Police say emergency crews were called to the scene of the accident on westbound I-74...MORE 

IL Judge Overturns Order Restricting Union Dues

(AP) - A judge has issued an order requiring Illinois government agencies to immediately reinstate mandatory union dues for nonmembers. Gov. Bruce Rauner last month issued an executive order...MORE 

Anticipation Grows For U.S./Cuba Meeting

(AP) - Generations of distrust between the U.S. and Cuba could begin to fade away today as their presidents meet face to face for the first time since the height of the Cold War...MORE

IL Tornado: Crews Searching For Residents

(AP)- Emergency crews say they're conducting detailed searches of homes and other structures in a northern Illinois town to ensure nobody is trapped in rubble left by a deadly tornado...MORE

Shots Fired In Front Of The US Capitol

(AP) - Police report shots fired on the west front of the Capitol in Washington and say the building has been locked down as a precaution. Spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider of the Capitol Police says in a statement that the suspected shooter (more)

Fire At CAT Mapleton Facility

Fire broke out at Caterpillar's Mapleton foundry Friday night. Firefighters were called to the CAT facility just before 8:30pm, and remained on the scene for over 2 hours...MORE

Hillary Clinton To Launch Campaign This Weekend

(AP) - The guessing game is over -- and the launch date of the Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign is known. According to people familiar with her plans, Clinton will make the announcement Sunday...MORE

Funeral Set For Black Driver Shot By SC Officer

(AP) - A funeral is set for the black driver who was fatally shot by a white police officer after fleeing a traffic stop in North Charleston, South Carolina. Mourners are expecting to gather for 50-year-old Walter Scott's funeral...MORE

Man Fatally Shoots Census Bureau Guard

(AP) - Authorities say a man kidnapped a woman, fatally shot a Census Bureau guard and led police on a car chase through Maryland and Washington, before authorities cornered him Thursday evening in an exchange...MORE

2nd Person Found Dead From N. Illinois Tornadoes

(AP) - The DeKalb County coroner's office says a second person was found dead in the northern Illinois community of Fairdale after tornadoes struck the region. The victim was identified Friday as 69-year-old Jacklyn Klosa. (more)

Rauner Won't Ask Schock For A Check

Governor Bruce Rauner says he's not expecting disgraced U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock to pay for the upcoming 18th District special election. Rauner chuckled when 1470 & 100.3 WMBD asked whether he thought Schock should cut a check...MORE

NWS: Fairdale Tornado An EF-4

(VIDEO) - (AP) - Meteorologists from the National Weather Service have been surveying northern Illinois areas hit by tornadoes and say it looks like one of them...MORE

Gaps In Video Of SC Police Shooting

(AP) - Questions remain about the shooting death of a black motorist in South Carolina after the release of dashboard video of the traffic stop, which led to a white officer being charged with murder...MORE

Two D150 Schools Placed On Lockdown

Separate incidents Friday afternoon resulted in two Peoria District 150 schools placed on hard lockdowns. The first incident occurred...MORE

Tornado Kills One In Northern Illinois

(AP) Supercell thunderstorms produced a large tornado that touched down Thursday night in northern Illinois, killing one person and injuring seven others in one tiny community as severe weather pummeled the Midwest...MORE

Rauner Touts "Turnaround Budget" In Peoria

Governor Bruce Rauner says cuts he's proposing are painful, but necessary.

Manito Man Killed In Crash

Caleb Vonderheide, 29, was killed in a single-vehicle crash in rural South Pekin on Thursday...MORE

Tornado Touch Down In Mossville

The first round of severe weather in Central Illinois for the spring/summer storm season includes a Tornado Warning. The warning was issued early Thursday afternoon...MORE

BU Launches Presidential Search Website

Bradley University has launched a new website officials say will keep the University and community updated on the search...MORE

Chiefs Set To Open 2015 Season

The 33rd season of Peoria Chiefs baseball is just about underway. The Chiefs are scheduled to start of the 2015 campaign at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, hosting the Quad Cities River Bandits...MORE

Peoria's CityLink Facing Budget Cuts

Governor Bruce Rauner's plans to cut Illinois' transportation funding has CityLink officials worried. If state lawmakers approve the cuts, CityLink's Al Stanek tells WMBD's Greg and Dan...MORE

Wisconsin Man Accused Of Trying To Join ISIS

(AP) - A Wisconsin man is accused of traveling to the Middle East in an attempt to join the Islamic State group. Thirty-four-year-old Joshua Van Haften was arrested Wednesday night at O'Hare...MORE

D150 Supt. Says She Welcomes Change

Peoria District 150's superintendent says she's looking forward to working with the two new school board members, who both have said they'd like to see her leave...MORE

Probe Of SC Officer Will Include Prior Incident

(AP) - A South Carolina man says Walter Scott might still be alive today -- if police had just investigated his complaint against police officer Michael Slager two years ago...MORE

Rauner's 'Turnaround Tour' Coming To Peoria

Governor Bruce Rauner will be in Peoria Thursday as part of his Illinois Turnaround Tour. The governor is expected to speak at Peoria High School...MORE 

Boston Jury Considers Tsarnaev's Fate

(AP) - Now that a jury has convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the same 12 people will decide whether he lives or dies. Tsarnaev was convicted on all 30 charges Wednesday...MORE

Iran Leader Stops Short Of Endorsing Nuke Deal

(AP) - Iran's top leader has stopped short of giving his endorsement to the framework nuclear deal struck last week between Teheran and world powers, saying he will wait...MORE 

NTSB: Plane Climbed, Turned Before Crash

(Photo-Pantagraph) (AP) - A National Transportation Safety Board investigator says a private plane that crashed in central Illinois early Tuesday, killing seven, climbed and turned in an unexpected direction...MORE

ISU Players & Coaches Mourn Plane Crash Victims

(AP) - A news conference at Illinois State University to discuss the seven school officials and fans who died in a plane crash while returning from the NCAA Tournament became a moving memorial. Illinois State basketball player John Jones (more)

Democrat Wants To Replace Schock

(AP) - A Springfield school board member says he wants to become the Democratic nominee in the upcoming special election to fill the seat vacated...MORE

Plane Crash Investigation Will Take Time

(Photo- Pantagraph) (AP)- As family, friends and colleagues mourned the loss of the seven victims of a small plane crash in central Illinois, authorities were investigating but had no immediate word...MORE

Tsarnaev Convicted In Boston Bombing Trial

(AP) - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted in the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon. A federal jury found Tsarnaev guilty Wednesday in the 2013 terror attack that killed three people...MORE

Suspect In Bay View Gardens Murder ID'd

The Woodford County Sheriff's Office says Robert McGrane, 48, shot and killed 35-year-old Rajesh Madala on Monday night during a robbery at the Auto Gas station in Bay View Gardens...MORE

Agencies Stress Severe Weather Preparedness

Severe weather is predicted for Central Illinois through Thursday. The National Weather Service says the greatest threat of severe weather will be between 2:00 and 7:00...MORE

U.S. Soldier Killed In Firefight With Afghan

(AP) - A U.S. official says an American soldier was killed in a shooting incident in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad in which at least two other U.S. troops were wounded...MORE

South Carolina Officer Charged With Murder

(AP) - Authorities who say they reviewed dramatic video that appears to show a white South Carolina police officer shooting a fleeing black man have filed a murder charge against the officer. The video, given to the dead man's family...MORE

Gov. Rauner Calls IL Supreme Court 'Corrupt'

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state's Supreme Court is part of a "corrupt system" because of the campaign donations justices receive from attorneys who are cases before the court...MORE

Change150: The Community Has Spoken

A group formed out of a protest against Peoria School District 150 leadership has for the second time mounted a successful Board of Education campaign...MORE

Incumbents Win Re-Election To City Council

Familiar faces will remain on the Peoria City Council. The five incumbents hold on to their At-Large Peoria City Council...MORE

Consolidated Election Results

The following are highlighted races 1470 & 100.3 WMBD is keeping an eye on Tuesday night...MORE

ISU Employees Among Those Killed In Plane Crash

ISU officials have confirmed that Deputy Director of Athletics Aaron Leetch and associate men's basketball coach Torrey Ward were killed in the crash...MORE

Gas Station Shooting Suspect Reportedly Killed

The unidentified man had been wanted in connection with the murder of Rajesh Madala, a 35-year-old Peoria man who was shot and killed late Monday night while working at the Auto Gas Station in Bay View Gardens...MORE

Rauner After Indiana's "Economic Guts"

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he wants "rip the economic guts out of Indiana."...MORE

Operation Copperhead Arrests Continue In Pekin

Police make two more arrests in connection with a recent meth lab bust in Pekin. Pekin officers have taken Diana Hacker and Sean Eeten into custody for alleged meth...MORE

IL Attorney General Monitoring Elections

(AP) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her office will be monitoring elections across the state to ensure voters' rights are upheld. In a statement, Madigan says 170 teams of assistant attorney generals and investigators...MORE

Deliberations Begin At Tsarnaev Trial

(AP) - A jury has begun deliberations in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Jurors began considering 30 charges against Tsarnaev on Tuesday...MORE

Police: 8 Found Dead In Maryland Home

(AP) - A relative says a man found dead with his seven children in a Maryland home was trying to keep them warm with a generator after power was cut over an outstanding bill...MORE

Duke Wins NCAA Championship

     INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The party likely lasted far into the night back in North Carolina, where thousands of fans packed inside Cameron Indoor Stadium to watch Duke win the national championship...MORE

Nuclear Deal Hinge On Iran's & Israel Stance

 (AP) - President Obama says it would be "a fundamental misjudgment" to condition a nuclear deal with Iran on the country changing its hostile stance toward Israel. Obama says he's trying to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons (more)

Gas Station Robbery Suspect Sought

Peoria Police are asking the public's help to locate a robbery suspect. Police say one man is responsible for several late night/early morning gas station robberies...MORE

Craigslist-Related Robbery Suspects Arrested

Peoria Police make five arrests for alleged Craiglist-related crimes. Keith Wright, 19, and Jeremy Creasy, 18, face multiple charges...MORE

New Dates Proposed For 18th Dist. Election

(AP) - Illinois and federal officials are proposing new dates for the special elections to replace former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. In a document filed Monday...MORE

Can You Erase A $10.5 Million Deficit?

The City of Peoria is giving residents a chance to balance its budget...MORE

Longer Med Pot Disease List Requested

(AP) - Illinois residents have petitioned the state to add more than 20 medical conditions to the medical marijuana program, including anxiety,...MORE

School Website Taken Down After Cyber Attack

Concordia Lutheran School shut down its website on Friday after someone posted a message about "Muslim hackers" on it...MORE

Overturned Tanker Delays Morning Commute

A portion of I-474 was closed to traffic for nearly four hours Monday after a tanker truck overturned. I-474 was closed, in both directions,...MORE

Closing Arguments At Boston Marathon Trial

(AP) - It's a final chance to make up the minds of jurors -- or change them -- as closing statements are set to begin in the Boston Marathon bombing trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The defense is expected to continue its portrayal...MORE 

Petitioners: Add Diseases To Medical Pot Program

(AP) - Illinois residents have petitioned the state to add more than 20 medical conditions to the medical marijuana program, including anxiety, migraines, insomnia...MORE

Girl Hit In Peoria Accident

A 4-year-old girl was taken to the hospital after being hit by a truck in Peoria Sunday night. Peoria Police say the girl was hit by the pickup after she got out of a vehicle...MORE

Corker: Nuke Deal Needs Congressional Oversight

(AP) - The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says Congress will exercise its "rightful role" to scrutinize and approve any agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program...MORE

Rollover Accident On I-74

A single vehicle rollover accident shut down I-74 near Morton Sunday night. Illinois State Police say the accident happened on westbound I-74 at mile marker 107...MORE

Search For Shooter In Peoria

(News 25) Police are looking for the person responsible for a Saturday night shooting. It happened at 718 E. Lasalle Street around 11:30 p.m...MORE

Grants Suspended To Narrow Budget Gap

(AP) Gov. Bruce Rauner has suspended $26 million in social services and public health grants to narrow a $1.6 billion budget gap...MORE

Pope Francis Delivers Easter Message

(Fox News ) Pope Francis on Sunday celebrated Mass in rain-whipped St. Peter's Square for tens of thousands of people, who huddled under umbrellas or braved the downpour in thin, plastic rain-slickers...MORE

Aunt Accused Of Helping Escaped Inmate

(AP) Authorities have arrested the aunt of an eastern Illinois jail inmate on suspicion she helped aided his escape...MORE

Rivermen Season Ends In Overtime

The shorthanded Peoria Rivermen came into Game 3 Saturday night with momentum, but were eliminated after losing to the Louisiana IceGators 4-3 in overtime at Carver Arena...MORE

Escaped Murderer Nabbed In Chicago

(AP) - Police in Chicago have arrested a convicted murderer who escaped from a Kankakee jail and spent nearly three days...MORE

Cardinal George Released From Hospital

(AP) - Chicago's retired Cardinal Francis George has been released from a hospital after being treated for...MORE

Rivermen Even Series, Deciding Game Saturday

The Peoria Rivermen tied up the first round SPHL playoff series with a 4-0 victory over the Louisiana IceGators Friday night, leading to a deciding Game 3 Saturday....MORE

Rauner Signs Law To Extend "Smart Grid"

(AP) - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed into law a measure that grants two more years for the state's electric utilities to recover the cost of upgrading their delivery systems. The law extends a "smart grid" oversight program that (more)

Gun Control Activist Sarah Brady Dies

(AP) - Sarah Kemp Brady, who became an activist for gun control after her husband was shot in the head in the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan...MORE

Caterpillar Announces Layoffs In Indiana

Caterpillar, Inc. says it will layoff nearly 250 employees from its Engine Center in Lafayette, Indiana. The action, announced to employees April 1...MORE

Gov. Turnaround Tour To Include Peoria County

It's called an "Illinois Turnaround Tour." Governor Bruce Rauner will visit 17 Illinois counties next Monday through Saturday touting details...MORE

Sullivan Will Not Enter 18th Dist. Election

Cross yet another name from the list of prospective candidates to replace former Congressman Aaron Schock...MORE

Fire At Louisville GE Plant

(VIDEO) - (AP) - Nearly 200 firefighters have been battling a fire at General Electric's Appliance Park in Louisville, Kentucky...MORE

Iran's President Promises To Abide By Nuke Deal

(AP) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has pledged his nation will abide by its commitments in the nuclear agreement reached the previous day in Switzerland. Rouhani says Iranians...MORE

Police Investigating Peoria Shooting

Peoria Police are investigating a shooting that happened early Friday morning. Officers were called to the 400 block of E. Thrush Avenue just before just before 5:00a.m...MORE

Illinois Inmate Still On The Loose

(AP) - The relatives of an Illinois man slain during a botched robbery say they fear for their safety after the killer escaped from jail this week. As the manhunt continues, Nelson Williams Sr. of Kankakee tells WLS-TV he goes home every night worried...MORE

U.S. Hiring Weakened In March

(AP) - The weakening U.S. economy spilled into the job market in March as employers added only 126,000 jobs, snapping a streak of 12 consecutive months of job gains above 200,000...MORE

Man Lost At Sea For Two Months Rescued

(AP) - A man whose family reported him missing at sea for more than two months is back on dry land and reuniting with his family. The crew of a German container ship spotted Louis Jordan sitting on the overturned hull...MORE

Investigators: Co-Pilot Accelerated On Descent

(AP) - The French air accident investigation agency says the co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight repeatedly accelerated the plane as he used the automatic pilot to descend the A320 into the Alps. The BEA agency says...MORE 

GOP Intent On Overseeing Iran Deal

(AP) - After securing a surprisingly broad and detailed framework agreement with Iran, President Barack Obama must now subject his signature foreign policy pursuit to the gauntlet of partisan American politics...MORE

Courtroom Furloughs Avoided With Short-Term Fix

(AP) - Court reporters faced with spending several days at home each week as part of a cost-cutting response to an Illinois budget crisis are back at work thanks to a short-term fix by state lawmakers...MORE

US Sen Kirk Blasts Iran Deal

 (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is blasting a preliminary nuclear agreement between Iran, the U.S. and other world powers saying Iran will be allowed to "keep vast capabilities to make nuclear weapons."  (more)

Indiana Gov. OK's Changes To Controversial Law

(AP) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has approved changes to new law that sparked boycotts of the state amid fears...MORE

Bradley University Ready To 'Light It Up Blue'

Bradley University is taking part in a special event in honor of National World Autism Awareness Day. Bradley's Student Education Association and Association for the Education of Young Children are hosting their second annual...MORE 

Framework For Iran Nuke Deal Reached

(AP) - The United States, Iran and five other world powers say they've reached an understanding that will direct them toward achieving a comprehensive nuclear agreement...MORE

No-Confidence Vote Toward Peoria Fire Chief

Peoria firefighters have taken a vote of "no-confidence" against Fire Chief Kent Tomblin. City officials confirm they were notified of the vote by secret ballot...MORE

Rivermen Player In ICU After Surgery

Peoria Rivermen winger Ryan Raven has undergone surgery for a broken vertebrae in his lower back. Raven suffered the injury Wednesday night...MORE

More Arrests In Pekin Meth Lab Case

Police have made two more arrests in connection with a meth lab bust in Pekin. Officers with Operation Copperhead have taken Lafrida Joy Lindsey and Megan Thomas into custody...MORE

Death Toll Rises In Kenya College Attack

(AP)- Kenyan Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery says that more than 70 people have been killed in an attack by Somali-based Islamic extremists on a college in northeast Kenya. Nkaissery said that 79 people were wounded...MORE

Driver in Fatal Crash Convicted Of DUI

Prosecutors say Marlon Coleman, 39, was driving drunk on April 27, 2014 when he crashed into a motorcycle in the 1800 block North Knoxville...MORE

Televangelist Robert Schuller Dies

(AP) - The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist who brought his message of "possibility thinking" to millions, has died in California. He was 88. Daughter Carol Schuller Milner says Schuller died early Thursday...MORE

Lubitz Researched Suicide, Cockpit Security

(AP) - German prosecutors say the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 appears to have researched suicide methods and cockpit door security in the days before the plane crashed...MORE

Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Plunge

(AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped significantly last week, a sign of a strong job market despite evidence of tepid economic growth in the opening months of 2015...MORE

Update: Gunmen Attack Kenyan University

 (AP)- Witnesses say the gunmen who stormed a college in Kenya this morning identified themselves as members of al-Shabab, the Islamic extremist group from neighboring Somalia. One student says the attackers went room to room...MORE

Iran Talks See Progress After All-Night Session

(AP) - Iran's foreign minister says his country and six others have made "significant progress" at marathon all-night nuclear talk sessions meant to reach a preliminary understanding on the curbs Tehran must accept...MORE

Gunmen Attack University In Eastern Kenya

(AP) - A Red Cross official in Kenya says fighting is continuing between security forces and gunmen who attacked a college campus in the country's northeast Thursday morning. Witnesses say the attackers burst into dormitories...MORE

Illinois Governor & US Senator Criticize Indiana Law

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says Indiana's religious objections law may open the door to discriminatory behavior. Rauner spoke to reporters Wednesday in Chicago after an unrelated event. The Republican says Illinois has "struck (more)

Restraining Order Grounds Pilot Strike

Pilots for Allegiant Air are threatening to go on strike Thursday, potentially grounding more than 250 flights throughout the country...MORE

Six BU Players To Transfer

Bradley's men's basketball roster will look different next season. Bradley will be losing six players, in addition graduating senior Auston Barnes...MORE

Girl Found, Escaped Murderer Still Sought

(AP) - Illinois State Police say a 15-year-old girl, believed to have been with an escaped murderer, has been found...MORE

South Side Grocery Store Up And Running

UFS, located at 1800 Southwest Adams, held a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday to commemorate the opening of its new grocery store...MORE

Wardle: Rebuilding Begins In Locker Room

Bradley Braves new Men's Basketball Coach Brian Wardle says it's his job to provide stability for the team over the next few months. He says he will create a new structure in the Braves locker room. "Having high character kids...MORE

Questions About Video From Germanwings Crash

(AP) - There are continued questions today about reports in German and French publications about a video that they say was taken by someone inside the cabin of the doomed Germanwings plane shortly before...MORE

Missing Girl Feared With Escaped Murderer

(AP) - Authorities in Illinois say a convicted murderer who escaped from jail may be traveling with a 15-year-old girl...MORE

Talks On Iran's Nuclear Program Extended

(AP) -Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers are resuming, hours after negotiators abandoned a March 31 deadline to produce the outline of an agreement. Claiming enough progress had been made in six days...MORE

World's Oldest Person Dies At 117

(AP) - The world's oldest person has died nearly a month after celebrating her 117th birthday. Her nursing home says Misao Okawa died of heart failure early Wednesday...MORE

U Of Illinois Pushes To Finish Budget-Cut Plan

(AP) - University of Illinois administrators are pushing to finish a plan by next month to deal with the 31.5 percent cut Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed in state funding for universities...MORE

Riverfront Development Idea Criticized

City officials on Tuesday night held a somewhat contentious public hearing about the proposed River Trail apartments...MORE

Rauner Sets 18th Dist. Election Timetable

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has set the timetable for a special election to replace former 18th District Congressman Aaron Schock...MORE

Jobless Rate Falls In All IL Metro Areas

(AP) - The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment fell in every Illinois metro area in February. It was the 12th straight month...MORE

Bradley A.D. Excited About Braves Basketball Future

Bradley Braves Basketball fans have high expectations. And, new Athletic Director Chris Reynolds says that's okay, because he has high expectations too. "But, with that said, it takes time. And, so we're gonna build...MORE

Duckworth: Clinton Needs To Testify

(AP) - U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth says she would hold former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton "accountable"...MORE

Iran Talks Will Continue Wednesday

(AP) - Nuclear talks involving Iran and six world powers -- including the United States -- will continue past the self-imposed deadline...MORE

Peoria-Based RLI Announces Expansion

Weeks after Caterpillar announced his corporate headquarters expansion, RLI Corp. announces a $15-million addition...MORE

Woman Allegedly Steals Car With Baby Inside

Police say the mother of the child parked her car at a home she and her boyfriend had recently bought in the 300 block of State Street around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday...MORE

Pekin Couple Arrested In Meth Lab Bust

Police make a meth bust years in the making. Operation Copperhead executed a search warrant last Thursday, March 25th, on the home of Charles Patterson, 51, of 2507 Tazewell Road in Pekin. As part of an ongoing investigation...MORE

Krishnamoorthi Running For Congress

(AP) - Former Illinois deputy treasurer Raja Krishnamoorthi says he'll run for U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth's seat in Congress...MORE

Iran Nuke Talks To Continue In New Phase

(AP) - Officials say that Iran and six world powers are close to ending the latest round of nuclear talks with a statement that lacks specifics accompanied by documents outlining more detailed understandings...MORE

Indianapolis Paper Calls For Law Protecting Gays

(AP) - The Indianapolis Star is urging Indiana lawmakers in a front-page editorial to respond to widespread criticism of a new religious objections law by protecting the rights of gays and lesbians...MORE

Schock's Staff To Face Tough Prosecutor

(AP) - Some of Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock's current and previous employees will appear before a federal grand jury next month to answer questions about their old boss. They'll likely face a prosecutor with a tough, meticulous reputation...MORE

Questions Remain In Shooting At NSA

(AP) - The warnings are strong and security is tight, but most drivers are versed in the routine as thousands of employees and contractors stream through the gates of the National Security Agency. The start to the work week came to a halt Monday...MORE

Bustos Won't Run For Senate, Praises Duckworth

(AP) - U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos says she's decided not to challenge Republican Mark Kirk for his U.S. Senate seat. Bustos had been mulling a run, but said Monday that she won't run now that U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth is in the race for the Democratic

Riverfront Development Up For Discussion

Peoria residents are getting a chance to weigh-in on what has become a controversial plan to put an apartment complex on the riverfront...MORE

Data Breach Reported At Bradley University

Malware was found on a pair of computers containing private information this week, officials announced Monday night...MORE

Retired D150 Principals Defend Council Appearance

Sandy Farkash and John Meisinger says they were presenting facts to the City Council last Tuesday. The retired District 150 principals...MORE

Duckworth Announces Run For U.S. Senate

(VIDEO) - (AP) - Democratic U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth of Illinois says she'll run for U.S. Senate in 2016, setting up a high-profile challenge...MORE

Update: 1 Dead At Ft. Meade Gate Crashing

(AP) - A senior U.S. official says preliminary reports from the scene at Fort Meade, Md., indicate one person is dead after a car with two people tried to ram a gate at the base...MORE

Peoria Police Say Turn Down The Volume

Peoria Police are reminding residents there's a Loud Music Ordiance in the city. Warmer weather means motorists are turning up the volume...MORE

'Tireless Project' Gets Overwhelming Response

The 'Tireless Project' over the weekend was so successful it had to end earlier than planned. The tire recycling event in Peoria on Saturday received more than 1,000 old tires in just two hours-which goes a long way towards solving a major proble

Get Mowing: Peoria Begins Yard Waste Pickup

Don't be surprised if hear lawn mowers starting up around your neighborhood. The City of Peoria's collection of yard waste for 2015 has begun for residents served by Peoria Disposal Company...MORE 

German Co-Pilot Treated For Suicidal Tendencies

(AP) - German prosecutors say the co-pilot of the Germanwings passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps had received treatment for suicidal tendencies. Duesseldorf prosecutors say that Andreas Lubitz received psychotherapy...MORE

8 Dead In Florida Van Crash

(AP) - The Florida Highway Patrol says eight people died and 10 others were injured when a church van from Fort Pierce ran through a stop sign, crossed all lanes of U.S. 27...MORE

Bill Pushes For Possible Municipal Bankruptcies

(AP) - Some Illinois cities want the option to file for bankruptcy to help deal with pension debt, other financial issues. They've found an ally in a Republican lawmaker who wants them follow in the footsteps of Detroit...MORE

Iran Nuclear Talks At Crunch Time

(AP) - Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program are entering a critical phase with differences still remaining just two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement. With the March 31 target fast approaching...MORE

D150 Board Candidates: Lathan's Time Is Up

The two union-backed candidates vying for seats on the Peoria School District 150 Board of Education say, if elected, they will fight for a change in leadership...MORE

Wardle To Bring 'Identity' To BU Basketball

Brian Wardle was formally introduced Saturday afternoon as the 14th head men’s basketball coach at Bradley University...MORE

Bobby Schilling Says He's Staying Home

State Senator Darin LaHood's bid for the 18th Congressional District seat being vacated by Aaron Schock has been endorsed by former 17th District Rep. Bobby Schilling...MORE

Co-Pilot Was No Stranger To Alps Crash Site

(AP) - A member of a gliding club in the French Alps says the German co-pilot accused of crashing a passenger plane nearby frequented the club as a child with his parents. Francis Kefer, a member of the club in the town of Sisteron...MORE

UN Chief Wants More Negotiations On Yemen

(AP) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said negotiations are the only way to prevent a long-term conflict in Yemen. The U.N. chief made the comments Saturday at the opening session of an Arab summit held in Egypt's Red Sea...MORE

Brian Wardle Named BU Men's B-Ball Coach

Brian Wardle, who coached Wisconsin-Green Bay the past five seasons, is the 14th head men's basketball coach at Bradley University...MORE

Comptroller Expediting Child Care Funds

(AP) - Illinois' comptroller says she plans to expedite payments to child care providers who have gone weeks without promised state funds. Republican Leslie Munger announced Friday that she is working closely with the Department of Human Services...MORE

Search Continues For 2 People After NYC Blast

(AP) - Police are searching for at least two people still missing after an apparent gas line explosion leveled three New York City apartment buildings. Officials say canines will be used today amid the rubble...MORE

Amanda Knox Murder Conviction Overturned

(AP) - Italy's highest court has overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend, bringing to a definitive end...MORE

Astronauts Begin One-Year Space Mission

(VIDEO) - (AP) - American astronaut Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko have blasted off on a mission to spend an entire year...MORE

Pekin Man Accused Of Home Invasion

A Pekin man is in custody for allegedly breaking into a woman's house. Authorities say Austin Smith, 27, forced his way into a house...MORE

Bartonville Man Arrested In Nebraska

Authorities say a 47-year-old Bartonville man has been arrested after more than 45 pounds of marijuana was found in a pickup...MORE

Schilling To Make "Special Announcement"

Former 17th District Congressman Bobby Schilling will be in Peoria Saturday morning to make "a special announcement,"...MORE

Ameren Offering Cold Weather Assistance

Cold winters can lead to high energy bills. And, Ameren Illinois knows that sometimes it can be hard to pay those bills. They are offering a Cold Weather Relief event in Peoria...MORE

Update: Prosecutors Say Co-Pilot Hid Illness

(AP) - German prosecutors say they have found evidence that the co-pilot of the Germanwings plan which crashed in the French Alps appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers...MORE

Senator Harry Reid Won't Seek Re-Election

(AP) - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is announcing he will not seek re-election to another term. The 75-year-old Reid says in a statement issued by his office Friday that he wants to make sure Democrats regain control of the Senate...MORE

Senators Propose Changes In Disaster Declaration

(AP) - U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin of Illinois are proposing an update of the methods the government uses to determine disaster assistance. The Republican and the Democrat introduced Thursday what they call the Fairness in Federal Disaster...MORE

City Of Peoria Hires 'I-Team' Leader

The city of Peoria hires its first Chief Innovation Officer. Architect Anthony Corso of Peoria will lead the city's new Innovation team. Their work is being funded through a three-year $1.5 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies...MORE

GOP-Controlled Senate OKs Budget Plan

(AP) -The Republican-controlled Senate has approved a balanced-budget plan that calls for trillions in spending cuts and repeal of the controversial health care law to erase red ink by the end of the coming decade. The vote was 52-46...MORE

Rauner Signs Budget Into Law

(AP) - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a compromise plan to plug a $1.6 billion hole in this year's budget and avert shutdowns of state programs and services. Rauner signed the legislation Thursday evening, hours after the Democratic-led Senate (more)

16-Year-Old Accused Of East Bluff Shooting

A 16-year old boy is facing charges after shooting on Peoria's East Bluff. Police called to the 300 block of East Archer Wednesday afternoon...MORE

ShotSpotter Report Leads To Three Arrests

An incident which led to a lockdown of a Peoria school nets police three arrests. The hard lockdown was in place Wednesday afternoon...MORE

Mayor Ardis Defends D150 Criticism

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says a presentation on the state of the public school system made at this week’s City Council meeting was appropriate, despite claims to the contrary...MORE

Mayor Manier Supports Proposed FEMA Changes

Illinois Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin are pushing a bill to change the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster recovery funding formula that left several cities high and dry after the Nov. 17, 2013 tornado outbreak...MORE

"Beginning Of A New Chapter" For Schock

(VIDEO) - Embattled Republican Congressman Aaron Schock gave his final speech on the House floor Thursday, days ahead of his resignation...MORE

Fire Leads To NYC Building Collapse

(VIDEO) - (AP) - New York City's mayor says preliminary evidence shows a gas-related explosion is to blame for a fire and building collapse...MORE

Senate Approves State Budget Plan

(AP) - The Illinois Legislature has approved a plan ending weeks of negotiations over plugging a $1.6 billion hole...MORE

Soldier Accused Of Trying To Join ISIS

(AP) - A member of the Illinois Army National Guard and another suburban Chicago man have been arrested on charges of conspiring...MORE

Woodford County Tops 'Healthiest List'

They must be doing something right in Woodford County. For a second year in a row, Woodford County ranks as the healthiest county in the state of Illinois. That's according to a report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The annual County Health...MORE

Germanwings Co-Pilot 'Intentionally' Crashed

(AP) - A French prosecutor says the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps this week appeared to want to "destroy the plane." He says the co-pilot was alone at the controls and "intentionally" sent the plane...MORE

Jesse Jackson Jr. Released From Prison

(AP) - The Rev. Jesse Jackson says his son, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., has been released from an Alabama prison after serving a year and a half for illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds. Rev. Jackson confirmed around 5:30 a.m...MORE

Co-Pilot Wanted To 'Destroy The Plane'

(AP) - A prosecutor in Paris says the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps wanted to "destroy the plane" but there is no indication that it was a terror attack...MORE

House Passes Budget, Senate Up Next

(AP) - Senate Republicans will try to pass their own budget after House Republicans pushed through a boldly conservative plan that achieves balance in a decade while cutting deeply into programs for the poor. The House plan passed on a party-line...MORE

Recent IL Tornadoes Struck Out Of Season

(AP) - An Illinois weather expert says the phrase "tornado season" has lost some of its meaning during the past three years. State Climatologist Jim Angel says the recent distribution of tornadoes doesn't match the typical Illinois...MORE

Investigator Says Pilot Locked Out Of Cockpit

(AP) - A newspaper is reporting that the voice recorder indicates that one of the pilots was locked out of the cockpit before a Germanwings jetliner plummeted into a remote Alpine mountainside. The New York Times is citing an investigator...MORE

1 Killed As Tornadoes Hit Oklahoma, Arkansas

(AP) - Authorities say one person is dead and multiple others are injured after tornadoes hit Oklahoma and Arkansas. Tulsa County Sheriff's Capt. Billy McKelvey says a mobile home park near Sand Springs in the Tulsa area was nearly destroyed Wednesday (more)

Saudi Ambassador Announces Military Campaign In Yemen

(AP) - The Saudi ambassador to the United States says his country has begun airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, who drove out the U.S.-backed Yemeni president. Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir says the operations began at 6 p.m. Central time. (more)

Police Investigating East Bluff Shooting

Peoria police say the victim was shot in the leg around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Archer and Peoria....MORE

D150 School On Lockdown After Shots Fired

A report of shots fired prompted a hard lockdown at one Peoria District 150 school. Franklin Primary School was placed on lockdown...MORE

Morton Teen Fighting Child Porn Charges

Dustin Brown, 18, who is facing 22 felony charges in Tazewell County, entered his plea Tuesday...MORE

Bergdahl To Be Charged With Desertion

(AP) - A U.S. official says the Army sergeant who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years will be court martialed...MORE

Hundreds Turning Out For Early Voting Period

The consolidated election is nearly two weeks away, but hundreds of people have already cast their votes. Early voting for the April 7 election began Monday. Tom Bride, Executive Director of the Peoria Election Commission...MORE

Billboards Reminding Drivers To Stop For Buses

The City of Pekin is serious about stopping for school buses. They've put up billboards across town reminding drivers of the consequences of not stopping when a school bus has it's stop sign out...MORE

American Plane Crash Victims Identified

(AP) - The Associated Press has learned that two Americans presumed to have died in the plane crash in the southern French Alps include a U.S. government contractor and her daughter. The mother was identified as Yvonne Selke...MORE

Jesse Jackson Jr. To Be Released From Prison

(AP) - A friend and former House colleague of Jesse Jackson Jr. says Jackson is being released from a federal prison Thursday and into a halfway house. Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy told The Associated Press he recently spoke...MORE

Two Americans Were On Germanwings Flight

Germanwings' chief executive says the airline's current information is that 72 Germans, 35 Spanish citizens and two Americans were on board the flight that crashed in southern France. Thomas Winkelmann told reporters in Cologne on Wednesday...MORE

Heinz/Kraft Deal To Create Food Giant

(AP) - H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Kraft Foods Group Inc., creating what the companies say will be the third-largest food and beverage company in North America. The deal was engineered by Heinz's owner, the Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital...MORE

California And Wisconsin Officers Killed In Shootings

(AP) - Authorities say a Northern California police officer has been shot to death after responding to a call about a man threatening to kill himself. The San Jose Police Department says responding officers were met with gunfire...MORE

Black Box Found At Site Of Alps Crash

(AP) - French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says investigators are working to pull information from the badly damaged black box voice recorder of a german airliner that crashed in the French Alps...MORE

City Councilwoman Slams D150 Critics

Worlds collided on Tuesday night as Peoria School District 150 issues were addressed at a Peoria City Council meeting...MORE

A Minor Shot On Peoria's South Side

Police aren't releasing much about the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a minor on Peoria's south side. Shots rang out around 10:15 p.m. Monday in the 2200 block of West Antoinette. One victim, a juvenile, was found at the scene (more)

Cause Still Unknown Of German Plane Crash

(AP) - Authorities so far have few clues as to what brought down a German jetliner carrying 150 people in a remote section of the French Alps today. All of those aboard are assumed to have been killed in the crash -- which took place (more)

Illinois House Budget Plan Advances

(AP) - A plan to fill a huge hole in the Illinois state budget has cleared the House and is on its way to the Senate. Democrats and Republicans both...MORE

IL Jobless Rate Lowest Since 2008

(AP) - Unemployment continued to fall in Illinois in February, hitting 6 percent for the first time since 2008. The Illinois Department of Employment Security...MORE

U.S. Slowing Troop Withdrawl

(AP) - President Barack Obama says the U.S. will keep just under 10,000 troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2015 at the request...MORE

Road Construction Season Is Underway

"Expect the Unexpected." That's the theme of this year's plea to motorists to slow down in construction work zones...MORE

'Moonlight At PIA': A Unique New Partnership

Travelers will soon notice something new next month at Peoria International Airport. The airport is partnering with Peoria' Moonlight Coalition, a non-profit adult literacy program, to open a gift shop...MORE

House Plan To Fix IL State Budget Advances

(AP) - The Illinois Legislature is advancing a plan introduced by House Speaker Michael Madigan to end weeks of negotiations over plugging a $1.6 billion hole in this year's state budget. The legislation unanimously passed a chamber committee...MORE

No Survivors In Germanwings Crash

Officials at two airports are rushing to provide help and information to relatives and friends of the passengers aboard the crashed Germanwings flight 9525. In Barcelona, from where the plane took off Tuesday morning...MORE

Obama, Afghan Leader To Finalize Troop Pullout

(AP) - President Barack Obama welcomes Afghanistan's new president to the Oval Office on Tuesday with a fraught question staring them in the face: Will the U.S. slow its departure...MORE

Update: Plane Crash In French Alps

(AP) - French President Francois Hollande says no survivors are likely in the Alpine crash of a passenger jet carrying 148 people. The Germanwings passenger jet crashed Tuesday in the French Alps...MORE

IL Lawmakers Consider House Budget Plan

(AP) - Lawmakers are scheduled to consider a new plan introduced by House Speaker Michael Madigan to end weeks of negotiations over plugging a $1.6 billion hole in this year's state budget...MORE

Federal Judge: Union Suit Belongs in State Court

(AP) - A federal judge says a lawsuit labor unions filed over Gov. Bruce Rauner's order ending mandatory dues for nonmembers should be heard in state court. U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle issued her ruling Monday...MORE

D150 Teachers Get "Pink Slipped"

Peoria School District 150 is considering eliminating more than 100 jobs and cutting funding for several programs in an effort to mitigate a budget deficit that's expected to only get worse...MORE

Pekin Police Investigate Armed Robbery

Pekin Police are investigating a report of an armed robbery. Police say one man, displaying a weapon and wearing a mask, attempted to rob...MORE

Prison Officers Attacked By Inmate

(AP) - Illinois prison officials say three guards were injured at Pontiac Correctional Center by an inmate with a homemade weapon....MORE

Legal Fight Begins Over Med Pot Documents

(AP) - A legal fight is shaping up over whether the state of Illinois will have to produce any documents showing how permits were awarded...MORE

Third Parties Face Uphilll Ballot Battle

Two Republicans and possibly one Democrat will be vying for Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock's soon-to-be-vacated seat, but there likely won't be a third party entering the fray. Schock announced last week that he would be resigning...MORE

Former Bradley Coach "Evaluating" His Future

"[Being fired] is not something that I thought caught anyone totally off guard, but it's certainly not the highlight of my year," said Geno Ford, who was fired on Sunday...MORE

Shooting Suspect Arrested

A Peoria man is in the Peoria County Jail in connection with a shooting. Christopher Fast, 30, is booked on charges of attempted murder,...MORE

Rauner Motorcade Involved In Crash

(AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner's motorcade was involved in a two-vehicle crash that injured a State Police trooper...MORE

22-Year-Old Killed In I-74 Crash Identified

The Tazewell County Coroner has released the name of the young man killed in an accident on I-74 Sunday.  He's been identified as 22-year-old Travis Harrison...MORE

2,500 Apply For IL Medical Marijuana Cards

(AP) - Illinois health officials say about 2,500 residents have applied for medical marijuana cards, even as the four-year pilot program remains stalled. Department of Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold...MORE

Cruz Launches Campaign For 2016 Race

(AP) - Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says in a Twitter message that he is running for president. Cruz released an early morning tweet on Monday confirming what had long been an expected White House run from the tea party favorite...MORE

Supreme Court Considers Disabilities Lawsuit

(AP) - The Supreme Court is considering whether the Americans With Disabilities Act requires police to take special precautions when trying to arrest armed and violent suspects who are mentally ill...MORE

BU Coach Geno Ford Fired

Geno Ford has been fired as men's head basketball coach at Bradley University. A news release...MORE

U.S. Pulls Personnel From Yemen

(Fox News / AP) The U.S. has removed all remaining personnel from Yemen as Shiite rebels controlling the country’s capital called for others to join its battle against government forces...MORE

Morton H.S. Student Indicted For Child Porn

(WEEK / News 25) A Morton High School student has been indicted on charges of child pornography. The superintendent of Morton's school district informed parents with a Facebook post Saturday night...MORE

IHSA Will Still Play in Peoria

The Illinois High School Association Board of Directors has awarded a new five-year contract to Peoria...MORE

Two Dead In Separate Car Accidents

Two people have died in separate car accidents in Peoria County Saturday...MORE

Twittergate Trial Date Scheduled

Federal Court Judge Mike Mihm has set April 25, 2016 for the start of Peoria's Twittergate trial. The ACLU has filed suit against the City of Peoria on behalf of Jon Daniel...MORE

Alleged School Threat Leads To Felony Charges

An Instagram picture leads to felony charges against a local teenager. The 13-year-old boy appeared in Peoria County Juvenile Court...MORE

Madigan: Rauner Anti-Union Plans Illegal

(AP) - Illinois' Democratic attorney general has delivered a blow to Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's efforts to weaken labor unions...MORE

Seven Children Killed In Brooklyn Fire

(AP) - New York City's fire commissioner says a malfunctioning hotplate may have caused a fire that left seven children dead...MORE

D150: State Budget Cuts Mean Less State Aid

Peoria Public Schools administrators will provide a budget presentation to school board members Monday. Prior to that discussion...MORE

IHSA March Madness Vote Expected Saturday

The future of IHSA's March Madness in Peoria is expected to be decided Saturday. The Illinois High School Association...MORE

Unes Will Not Try To Replace Schock

One more local Republican is crossing himself off the list of possible replacements for Congressman Aaron Schock...MORE

CAT Moving Some Joliet Production To Mexico

(AP) - Caterpillar Inc. says it will move two production lines from its Joliet plant to Mexico...MORE

Justice Dept. Investigating Schock

(AP) - A person familiar with the case tells The Associated Press that the Justice Department is formally investigating...MORE

Islamic State Claims Yemen Attacks

(AP) - A group claiming to be a Yemeni branch of the Islamic State group says it carried out a string of suicide bombings in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, that killed a total of 137 people...MORE

House Speak Boehner Headed To Israel

(AP) - House Speaker John Boehner is planning to travel to Israel, a visit that comes as relations between the Obama administration and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have reached a new low....MORE

State To Divert 'Fair Share' Fees

(AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner's office has instructed state agencies to begin diverting "fair share" fees from nonunion members' paychecks away from unions...MORE

IL Senate Confirms State Agency Directors

(AP) - The Illinois Senate has voted to confirm Gov. Bruce Rauner's appointments to the top posts of three state agencies. Confirmed on Thursday were Hugo Chaviano as director of the Department of Labor...MORE

Felon Gets Through Expedited TSA Security

(AP) - The Homeland Security Department's inspector general says the Transportation Security Administration allowed a known felon to use an expedited airport security screening lane. The inspector general's office says a TSA officer recognized...MORE

Democrats Reintroduce 'Frack Pack' Regs

(AP) - Four Democratic members of Congress are reintroducing bills to impose more stringent federal environmental regulations on the oil and gas industry. Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette's FRAC Act would require public disclosure...MORE

'Chokehold Death' Testimony To Stay Secret

(AP) - A New York judge has refused to release secret testimony heard by a grand jury that declined to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner...MORE

Grocery Store Opening On South Side

For the first time in more than a year, residents on Peoria's South Side will soon have an option when it comes to grocery shopping...MORE

Police 'Not Close' To Finding Child's Murderer

It's been several weeks since a child was gunned down in Central Peoria, and police are still struggling to find leads in finding a suspect...MORE

House Speaker Supports Schock's Resignation

(AP) - John Boehner says, "sooner or later, it catches up with you" if you violate the rules...MORE 

Schock Has $3-Million In Campaign Cash

(AP) - U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock is resigning from Congress with about $3.3 million in his campaign funds and several options for spending it...MORE

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Tunisian Attack

(AP) - The Islamic State group has issued a statement claiming responsibility for the deadly attack on Tunisia's national museum that killed 23 people, mostly tourists. Thursday's statement described the attack as a "blessed invasion...MORE

Target Proposes $10 Million Settlement

(AP) - Target has proposed to pay $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought against it following a massive data breach in 2013. The retailer says in court documents filed in Minnesota that the funds will be kept in an interest bearing escrow...MORE

U.S. Unemployment Holds Steady

(AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits basically held steady last week, as the job market continues to outpace broader economic growth. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid rose slightly...MORE

Morton Trucking Company Closed

For Sale signs have been placed outside a trucking company in Morton. Star Transport closed for good Tuesday, according to...MORE

Alternative Minimum Wage Bill Passes Committee

(AP) - Legislation in the Illinois House to increase the minimum wage at a slower rate than the Senate proposes has received committee approval. Rep. Art Turner's measure would increase the wage from $8.25 to $9...MORE 

Death Toll Rises In Tunisian Museum Attack

(AP) - Tunisia's health minister says the death toll in a dramatic museum attack has risen to 23 people, including 18 foreign tourists. Said Aidi said Thursday that five Tunisians were killed...MORE

Dunlap Schools Soft Lockdown Cancelled

Dunlap Schools were going to open on soft lockdown Thursday. A threat made through social media was brought to the school district's attention late Wednesday...MORE

Koehler: IL Must Be Careful With Energy Changes

Democratic State Senator Dave Koehler says workers at coal-fired power plants must be considered as Illinois moves towards using more renewable energy...MORE

(FOX NEWS) - A powerful magnitude 6.7 aftershock shook the Kathmandu region

(AP) - Officials expect the number of people killed in Nepal's massive eart

(AP) - The state's new superintendent of schools believes the formula for d

A Peoria man reported missing to Peoria Police on Friday is back home. Step

(AP) - Protesters are promising their biggest march yet a day after the Bal

(AP) - Illinois nursing homes are at a loss for how they'll deal with a $65

Billboards featuring the pictures of 17-year-old Tyrone Jones and 12-year-o

One of the two men accused of breaking into former congressman Aaron Schock

The Pizza Hut employee tells police the robbery happened during a delivery

(AP) - Officials say a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in a densely populated are

March was the 13th month in a row unemployment fell across Illinois, as com

Peoria International Airport has had its biggest month yet. A record-breaki

(AP) - The Illinois House has passed legislation that would make possessing

(AP) - Italy says it wants more information from the United States about ho

(AP) - Comcast is dropping its $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable after

A Pekin man is fined for running over and killing a dog. Kenneth Marion, 47

(AP) - Authorities in central Indiana say more than a dozen people have bee

Fans of injured Peoria Rivermen hockey player Ryan Raven are raising money

Molly Hatchet to Perform at BOOM!

UnityPoint Health Methodist-Proctor RED, WHITE & BOOM! will not only feature the biggest fireworks spectacular in downstate Illinois, but several concerts highlighted by Molly Hatchet and The Outlaws. Click here for all the BOOM! details.

Greg's Big Black Couch

Watch Greg Batton in a series of oddly uncomfortable celebrity interviews on his "Big Black Couch".

Oil For Defense: The Story of "The Big Inch"

Oil For Defense: The Story of “The Big Inch” and Illinois’ Role in America’s First Pipeline
By Ken Zurski

W. Alton Jones was one of “Ike’s Millionaires.” Ike, of course, was President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and “Ike’s Millionaires” was the term used, mostly by the Washington press, to describe the President’s closest friends.

Saturday Showcase

Every Saturday from 8-10a, we highlight the unique stories of area businesses. You'll learn how they began, how they compete in today's economy and how they can help you. Click here for an archive of shows from the Saturday Showcase.
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