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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

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 

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

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

'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

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

Gun Owners Want Concealed Carry Expanded

(AP) - Firearm proponents are hopeful Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will expand the state's concealed carry law to cover places such as hospitals, churches and bars. Gun owners from across the state flooded...MORE

Ex-Convict Arrested In Phoenix-area Shooting

(AP) - Police say the man accused of killing one person and wounding five others in a suburban Phoenix rampage is an ex-convict who has served three stints in prison since 1994. A Mesa police spokesman identified the suspect Wednesday evening (more)

Schock's Father Says Truth Will Prevail

Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock's father says the facts will "convict or exonerate" his son...MORE

Bradley AD: Coach's Future Being 'Evaluated'

Bradley University's new Director of Athletics says he's not going to "rush to judgment" when it comes to the future of men's basketball coach Geno Ford...MORE

Chris Reynolds Introduced As Bradley AD

Chris Reynolds is formally introduced as the 10th Director of Athletics at Bradley University. "It's great to be home, Bradley University!...MORE

Deadly Attack At Tunisian Museum

(AP)- Tunisia's prime minister says 21 people are dead after an attack on a major museum, including 17 foreign tourists-and that two...MORE

EXCLUSIVE: LaHood Running For Congress

State Senator Darin LaHood says he's eyeing the Congressional seat vacated by Rep. Aaron Schock...MORE

Trump Launches Exploratory Committee

(AP) - Donald Trump is forming a presidential exploratory committee. In a Wednesday statement announcing the move, the Republican businessman and reality television star declared, "I am the only one who can make America...MORE

Carl Bernstein To Lecture At Bradley University

(AP) - Investigative reporter and author Carl Bernstein is scheduled next month to deliver a lecture on seeking the truth at Bradley University. The free talk on April 14 is titled "Seeking the Best Obtainable Version of the Truth" ...MORE

Obama Criticizing Republican Spending Plan

(AP) - President Obama is criticizing a House Republican budget plan, saying it won't invest in "all the things that we need to grow." And he's taking that message to Cleveland today to draw contrasts with Republicans...MORE

White House Letter Tested For Cyanide

(AP) - The Secret Service will have a third round of testing done to determine whether a letter addressed to the White House contains cyanide. The Secret Service says initial testing came back negative, but a second test...MORE

Staffers "Floored" By Schock Resignation

Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock announced he was resigning on Tuesday amid a deluge of reports detailing his questionable business dealings with campaign donors and use of taxpayer and campaign dollars...MORE

Lawmakers Consider Filling Schock's Vacancy

(AP) - A special election will be held to replace Republican U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. The Republican from Peoria announced Tuesday he will resign his seat...MORE

Reaction To Aaron Schock's Resignation

"I'm very sad," is the reaction from Aaron Schock's predecessor to Schock's resignation from Congress, effective March 31. The Peoria Republican...MORE

Schock Resigns

Republican Congressman Aaron Schock says he will resign from his seat in Congress effective March 31...MORE

Peoria's Jobless Rate Falls

(AP) - The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment dropped in January in each of the 14 metro areas the agency tracks...MORE

Peoria Celebrates St. Paddy's Day

Mild weather helped draw a big crowd to Peoria's St. Patrick's Day parade...MORE

Cause Of EP House Fire Under Investigation

Fire heavily damaged a house in East Peoria. Firefighters were called to 213 Simon Drive around 4:04 p.m. Monday...MORE

Speaker Says Clinton Must Turn Over Server

(AP) - House Speaker John Boehner says former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton must turn over her computer server to a neutral third party. The Ohio Republican told reporters on Tuesday that Clinton surrender all of her emails...MORE

Peoria Prepares For St. Patrick's Day

The 35th annual St. Patrick's Day parade steps off at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday from the intersection of Monroe and Hancock...MORE

Police Enforcing 'Drive Sober' Campaign

The luck of the Irish won't keep you from getting pulled over if you're drinking and driving on St. Patrick's Day. The Peoria County Sheriff's Office and the Morton Police Department are reminding drivers that if you are going to celebrate...MORE

Netanyahu Awaits Israeli Vote For Parliament

(AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political survival is on the line today as voters go to the polls in the nation's parliamentary election. Opinion polls showed a tight race heading into today, with Netanyahu's opponents...MORE

Another Day Of Nuke Talks With Iran

(AP) - Top U.S. and Iranian diplomats have returned to talks in Switzerland today, trying to resolve differences blocking a deal that would curtail Iran's nuclear program and ease sanctions...MORE

Improper Payments By Feds Reaches $125B

(AP) - Federal agencies set a new record for improper payments last year, shelling out $125 billion in questionable benefits after years of declines. The payments included tax credits for families that didn't qualify, Medicare payments...MORE

Talking To The 'Worst Of The Worst'

Peoria law enforcement officials are taking the message of the anti-gang initiative "Don't Shoot" to the community's most dangerous criminals...MORE

BU Selects New Athletics Director

Peoria native Chris Reynolds will take over the job immediately...MORE

Dogs In NW Peoria Poisoned

Two people who live on West Anchor Drive called police Sunday when their pets suddenly got sick after going outside...MORE

Schock Under More Scrutiny For Business Deal

Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock is facing fresh accusations that he set up a shell company to make another questionable real estate deal with campaign donors...MORE

Pete Rose Applies For MLB Reinstatement

(AP) - Pete Rose has submitted a new request to be reinstated to baseball, according to new Commissioner Rob Manfred. The career hits leader...MORE

American Ebola Patient's Condition Worsens

(AP) - Doctors say an American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit...MORE

Anita Hill Cancels U. Of I. Appearance

(AP) - Anita Hill has canceled a planned visit to the University of Illinois over a lawsuit against the school from a professor...MORE

Black Hawk Crash Flight Crew Identified

(AP) - The Louisiana National Guard has released the names of the four-person flight crew of a Black Hawk helicopter...MORE

Bartonville Man Dies In Texas Crash

A Bartonville man is dead after leading police on a chase in Texas. Authorities in Travis County, Texas say 27-year-old Nicholas Stearns was driving erractically before crashing...MORE

Putin Reappears After 10 Day Absence

(AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has resurfaced and is looking healthy after a 10-day absence from public view. The 62-year-old Russian leader was last seen in public on March 5, when he hosted Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi...MORE

Peorian Arrested For Downtown Hit And Run

 A Peoria man is arrested for leaving the scene of an accident Saturday night. The two vehicle crash happened at the intersection of Adams Street and Spalding Avenue just before 8:00p.m. Peoria Police say Aaron Taylor, 36, of Peoria...MORE

U.S. Keeping More Troops In Afghanistan Into 2016

(AP) - The Obama administration is dropping its plans to cut the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to 5,500 by year's end, bowing to military leaders who want to keep more troops there. U.S. officials say that while no final...MORE

IL Lawmakers Seeking FOIA Changes

(AP) - A lawmaker suggests imposing fines on government agencies that violate open-records laws. Rep. Jack Franks is a Marengo Democrat who sponsored a 2010 law creating a public access counselor in the attorney general's office...MORE

Vanuatu Must 'Start Over' After Cyclone

(AP) - The president of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu says his country must "start over" following a powerful cyclone that destroyed 90 percent of the buildings on the main island of Port Vila...MORE

IL County Fairs Must Get By With Less

(AP) - County fairs across Illinois are reassessing their finances as the state reduces its support in a cost-saving measure. A recent letter from Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration instructed county fairs to stop spending state money...MORE

Man Charged In Ferguson Police Shootings

(AP) - Authorities say a man charged in the shooting of two police officers last week during a demonstration outside the Ferguson Police Department had attended the protest earlier that night. St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said Sunday...MORE

Elderly Woman Reportedly Targeted By Scam

The 81-year-old victim had apparently been sending money orders over the last several weeks using money from her late husband's social security and pension, expecting a return on her investment...MORE

'Sculpture Walk' Will Be Bigger Than Expected

Initially, the first sculpture walk was to feature 10 pieces, but event officials say a highly successful fundraising campaign has allowed them to bring in five more for the art display in the Warehouse District...MORE

Police Patrol Campustown After 'Shots Fired' Report

ShotSpotter picked up the sound of gunfire around 4:00 a.m. not far from the shopping center near Bradley University...MORE

Cyclone Pam Slams South Pacific Nation

(AP) - Aid workers say eight people are now confirmed dead in Vanuatu following a massive cyclone and the death toll is expected to rise much higher...MORE

Clinton Email Server Part Of Benghazi Inquiry

(AP) - A member of the House committee investigating the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, against Americans in 2012 says Hillary Rodham Clinton's email server may help lawmakers answer...MORE

Last Chance For Healthcare Sign Ups

(AP) - If you're among the several million people hit with new federal fines for going without health insurance, then starting Sunday you'll get a second chance to sign up for 2015 coverage through HealthCare.gov...MORE

Kerry: 'Important Gaps' Stand In Way Of Iran Deal

 (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he's returning to nuclear negotiations with Iran with "important gaps" standing in the way of a deal. Kerry says he can't say whether the U.S. and other world powers...MORE 

Rauner Names Consolidation Committee

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has named the two dozen members of a committee tasked with helping local governments streamline services and reduce unfunded state mandates. The Republican governor says the Local Government and Unfunded Mandates Task (more)

'Slender Man' Suspects To Be Tried As Adults

(AP) - Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren made the decision Friday after spending nearly a month weighing testimony from the girls' preliminary hearing...MORE

Police Handling 'March Madness'

With the Illinois High School Association boys basketball state finals in Peoria once again, thousands of people are flooding to the Peoria Civic Center to cheer on their teams, and it takes a lot of manpower to make sure everyone stays safe...MORE

Scam Reported In Peoria

Authorities say someone posing as a city employee is trying to sell security lights to residents...MORE

Pekin Officer Makes Daring Water Rescue

A quick-thinking Pekin police officer saved the life of a young deer Friday morning...MORE

Peoria Receives Input On Food Trucks

Residents and business owners are giving their opinions on bringing food trucks to Peoria. At a public hearing on Thursday, residents supported bringing mobile food trucks to town, but traditional restaurant owners shared some of their concerns...MORE

Illinois Unemployment Rate Continues Decline

(AP) - Illinois' unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent in January. It was the 10th monthly decrease in the past 11 months. The state Department of Employment Security said Thursday in its monthly statewide unemployment report...MORE

AP: Schock Benefited From Donor Projects

 (AP) - An Associated Press review finds that Illinois congressman Aaron Schock has built his personal wealth off extensive business dealings with campaign contributors. The Peoria Republican has been under scrutiny...MORE

U.S. Ebola Patient Arrives at Maryland Hospital

(AP) - The National Institutes of Health says an American healthcare worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit has arrived safely at its hospital in Maryland. The NIH says the patient...MORE 

Immigrants Arrested In Federal Sweep

(AP) - Federal agents in a sweep targeting dangerous criminal immigrants arrested 15 people who have been allowed to remain in the U.S. under a program intended to protect children who came to the U.S. years ago...MORE

Lawmakers Honor Topinka With Tribute

(AP) - Lawmakers in the Illinois General Assembly have paid a memorial tribute to former Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Legislators shared memories of the vivacious politician...MORE

Special Enrollment For Illinois' Uninsured

(AP) - Illinois residents surprised by a tax penalty for being uninsured will get another chance to sign up for coverage. A special enrollment period under President Obama's health care law starts Sunday...MORE

Vigil Held In Ferguson To Pray For Peace

(AP) - About 200 people gathered Thursday night at a public plaza in downtown Ferguson, Missouri, for a vigil near the police station where two officers were wounded early Thursday. The group sang spirituals and prayed for peace as the St. Louis suburb seeks change...MORE

Local SAE Member Weighs In On Racist Video

York Powers, who is African American, joined SAE when he attended Millikin University. He says he was "sickened" to see the video of OU chapter members singing a racist song that has made the rounds on social media and news all week...MORE

Candidate Wants Election To Stay Nonpartisan

Beth Jensen, the only Democrat in the council race that includes a total of six people seeking five seats, was also the only candidate not to be invited to the Peoria County Republican Women candidate forum held this week...MORE

More Pets Finding Homes In Peoria Co.

Here's some good news for pet lovers. Peoria County Animal Shelter adoptions have spiked over the past 5 to 10 years. They are now able to find homes for 93-percent of adoptable dogs, and 75-percent...MORE

CityLink Offering 'March Madness' Shuttles

The transit service is going to operate continuous bus shuttles from participating hotels to the Civic Center for the next two weekends as the Illinois High School Association Basketball State Finals gets underway...MORE

Chief: Ferguson Officers Lucky To Be Alive

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says the two officers shot during a protest in Ferguson aren't expected to have long-term injuries. Belmar says one of the officers was shot in his face, just below his right eye...MORE

Unemployment Benefits Apps Fall Sharply

(AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, a sign that strong hiring will likely continue. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 36,000...MORE

IL Agency Helps To Fund Historic Rehabs

(AP) - The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says its effort to help private developers and property owners qualify for federal tax credits to rehabilitate historic buildings has pumped more than $726 million into the state economy...MORE

Families Mourn 11 Killed In Military Crash

(AP) - Weather permitting, the search for seven Marines and four soldiers presumed to have died when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed will begin again. The search for remains has been hampered by fog. The Black Hawk crashed...MORE

State Worker Urges High Court To Toss Pension Law

(AP) - A woman who's worked for the state for 15 years says her life savings is at stake as the Illinois Supreme Court considers whether to throw out a landmark pension overhaul. Gwen Harrison is a state librarian from Springfield...MORE 

Two Officers Shot At Ferguson Protest

(AP) Two law enforcement officers were shot around midnight at a Ferguson, Missouri, protest outside of the city police department, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said. One was shot in the face, while the other was shot in the shoulder...MORE

5 Illinois Prison Facilities Face Funding Shortfall

(AP) - State records show at least five Illinois prisons don't appear to have enough money to pay workers through June 30, the end of the fiscal year. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports prisons that may run short of cash (more)

Peoria Police Dept., Four Officers Sued

A Peoria man is taking the Peoria Police Department and four officers to federal court..MORE

Protesters Gather In Illinois Capitol

(AP) - Dozens of protesters have been escorted from the Illinois House gallery during protests over proposed state budget cuts to social service programs...MORE

Ferguson Police Chief Resigns

The city says in a statement that it reached a mutual separation agreement with Chief Thomas Jackson. He'll get a severance payment and health insurance for a year...MORE

Man Accused Of Threatening Judge

Jason Cohee, 44, is allegedly sent Peoria County Judge Jodi Hoos threatening letters, made threatening phone calls, and showed up near her property...MORE

Kids' Medicine Maker Pleads Guilty

(AP) — A subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal criminal charge that it sold over-the-counter infant's and children's liquid medicine containing metal particles...MORE

Teen Facing Charges For Deadly Crash

Sarah Noar, 17, has been indicted on aggravated reckless driving and reckless homicide charges, plus an additional misdemeanor charge of reckless driving, for the December 20 wreck that claimed the life of 17-year-old Danielle Smith...MORE

BU's Cross Sheds Little Light On Coach's Future

Bradley University's outgoing Director of Athletics says he has no inside information...MORE

AP Sues State Dept. For Clinton Records

(AP) - The Associated Press is suing the U.S. State Department to force the release of email correspondence and government documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. The international news organization filed suit Wednesday

Remains Founds After Military Helicopter Crash

(AP) - Military officials say crews have found human remains, after the crash of an Army helicopter over waters off Florida. Seven Marines and four soldiers are presumed dead. The crash took place during a night training mission...MORE

Park District Asks For Ideas For Donovan Park

The Peoria Park District asks for public input on its plans for Donovan Golf Course. The course was closed last year, and now the park board is working on a master plan that could include hike/bike paths, sports fields...MORE

Mayors Asking Lawmakers To Keep Tax Credit

(AP) - Mayors from five Illinois cities say they plan to tell state lawmakers that dozens of historic structure renovation projects could be at risk if a key tax break isn't preserved. On Wednesday the mayors of Aurora, East St. Louis, Elgin, Peoria...MORE

Corker: Democrats Don't Support War Proposal

(AP) - The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says that so far, no Democrat in Congress has thrown support behind President Obama's proposal for new war powers to fight Islamic State...MORE

IL Supreme Court To Hear Pension Case

(AP) - Lawyers for the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Bruce Rauner will appear in court Wednesday to defend a massive state-employee pension bailout that a lower court invalidated last fall...MORE

IL Subsidies At Stake In Supreme Court Case

(AP) - More than 270,000 Illinois residents could lose up to $680 million in health insurance subsidies this year if the U.S. Supreme Court voids part of the health care law. A report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health...MORE

Republicans Skeptical Of Clinton Email Explanation

(AP) - Republicans are making it clear that the ssue of Hillary Rodham Clinton's email is not one that will fade soon. Clinton conceded that it was a mistake for her to have exclusively used private email as secretary of state. (more)

Peoria Gas Station Robbed

Officials say the suspect, 44-year old Todd Johnson, held up the Marathon gas station at the intersection of Forrest Hill and Gale just before 9:00 a.m. Tuesday...MORE

Hillary Clinton Speaks Out On Email Scandal

(AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton says she didn't send any classified material on her personal email while secretary of state...MORE

Schock Defends More Spending Questions

The hits keep coming for Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock...MORE

City Wants Input On Food Trucks

The City of Peoria wants your thoughts on bringing food trucks to town. Peoria is holding two public meetings regarding food trucks. The first meeting will be in City Council Chambers...MORE

Obama Clamps Down On Student Loan Services

(AP) - President Barack Obama wants to clamp down on companies that service student loans issued by the federal government. More than 40 million Americans have student loans, and many are backed by the government...MORE

Hillary Clinton To Talk About Emails

(AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to take questions from reporters on Tuesday afternoon to address her email practices at the State Department following a week of scrutiny over her use of a private email...MORE

Madigan To Intervene In "Fair-Share" Suit

(AP) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office wants to intervene in Gov. Bruce Rauner's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of "fair share" union dues. In a statement Monday, Madigan says it's her job...MORE

French Athletes Among 10 Dead In Air Crash

(AP) - France is in mourning today, after losing two Olympians in a helicopter collision in Argentina. Swimmer Camille Muffat and boxer Alexis Vastine were cast in a European survivalist...MORE

IL Republicans Pushing For Immigration Reform

(AP) - Illinois' top Republicans are calling for comprehensive immigration reform, but there have been few details about what that would entail. Gov. Bruce Rauner, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and U.S. Reps. Aaron Schock, Adam Kinzinger...MORE

Biden: GOP Undermining Talks With Iran

(AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is accusing 47 Republican senators of undermining President Obama in international talks with Tehran. The senators wrote an open letter to the leaders of Iran, warning that any nuclear deal they cut...MORE

Passengers Injured In Truck-Train Collision

(AP) - Authorities say at least 55 people were injured after an Amtrak train collided with a tractor-trailer that was stuck on the tracks.  State transportation officials said 54 of the injured train passengers were taken to hospitals with non-life-(more)

New Festival Coming To Pekin

Pekin's riverfront will be home to a new festival created by local entertainment producer Jay Goldberg. The Soda Pop Tour Festival, June 13...MORE

Twitter Lawsuit Moves Forward

U.S. District Judge Mike Mihm on Monday afternoon denied the city’s request to dismiss the suit brought forth by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Jon Daniel...MORE

"Simpsons" Co-Creator Dies At 59

(AP) - Sam Simon, a co-creator of "The Simpsons" who made a midlife career shift into philanthropy and channeled much of his personal fortune...MORE

Pekin Man Arrested After Police Chase

A Pekin man leads police on a brief car chase before being taken into custody. Aaron Agee, 38, was spotted by a Pekin Police Officer...

Schock's NY Trip Cost Taxpayers $10K

(AP) - U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois spent $10,053 in taxpayer funds to have at least 10 staff members accompany him to New York City. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Schock made the September trip for events connected to...MORE

BU Coach Faces Uncertain Future

After finishing the season 9-24, the rumors are swirling about Bradley Braves Men's Basketball Coach Geno Ford's future at the university. Ford tells WMBD's Greg and Dan Show that he knows he could be out of a job soon...MORE

Univ. Of Oklahoma Frat 'Disgraceful'

(AP) - The president of the University of Oklahoma says fraternity members who participated in a racist chant caught on video are "disgraceful." University President David Boren joined students at a rally Monday morning on the Norman campus...MORE

50th Anniversary March In Selma

(AP) - A march commemorating the historic "Bloody Sunday" demonstration is set to begin after several speakers at the 50th anniversary commemoration pushed visitors to fight to restore the Voting Rights Act. The weeklong march retracing...MORE

Republicans Write Letter To Iranian Leaders

 (AP) - Forty-seven Republican senators are warning that any agreement the Obama administration strikes with Iran to limit Tehran's nuclear program may be short-lived unless Congress approves the deal. In an open letter to Iranian leaders...MORE

Illinois Begins PARCC Testing

A new round of standardized testing rolls out this week in Illinois. State Schools Superintendent Christopher Koch is urging families and schools to give the PARCC test a chance. The test replaces the I-SAT and the Prairie State...MORE

IL Joins High Court Same-Sex Marriage Case

(AP) - Illinois has joined a group of states filing arguments with the U.S. Supreme Court that the Constitution requires approval of same-sex marriage nationwide. The brief was filed in connection with challenges of state laws in Kentucky...MORE

Report: 1 In 10 State Employees Make $100K+

(AP) - A published report says one of every 10 state employees earned more than $100,000 in 2014. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the employees included judges, prison guards...MORE

Illinois State Falls To Northern Iowa In MVC Final

Northern Iowa fought back from an 18-point first-half deficit to beat Illinois State 69-60 in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship game on Sunday...MORE

Two Injured In Early Morning Shooting

(News 25) Two people were taken to the hospital after an early morning shooting in Peoria...MORE

SIU Women's B-Ball Player Suspended

The Missouri Valley Conference handed down a one-game suspension to Southern Illinois University women's basketball player...MORE

Ohio Terrorism Suspect Would Have Shot Obama

(AP) - A man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol says in an interview that if he hadn't been arrested, he would've gone to Washington and put a gun to President Barack Obama's head. WXIX-TV in Cincinnati says...MORE

State Police Moving To Online FOID Apps

(AP) - The Illinois State Police is phasing out paper applications for firearm owner identification cards. The agency says Monday is the last day to submit paper...MORE

Daylight Saving Time Returns

It's time to "spring ahead." It's time for the annual ritual setting your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday night to get ready for that extra hour...MORE

Obama To Join Selma Anniversary Event

(AP) - President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and about 100 members of Congress are converging on Selma, Alabama, for the 50th anniversary of a landmark event of the civil rights...MORE 

"Twittergate" Hearing Set To Begin

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mihm will hear arguments concerning Jon Daniel's case against the City of Peoria over a parody Twitter account...MORE

Bradley Braves End The Ride In St. Louis

(Bradley Sports) - Nate Buss scored a game-high 23 points, leading a hot-shooting Northern Iowa (28-3) squad to a 71-46 win versus No. 10 seed Bradley in the third quarterfinal game of the Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Championship Friday. (more)

'Third Party Admins' To Review Schock's Spending

Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock says he's trying to create more "checks and balances" in his office after a flurry of accusations that he repeatedly misused taxpayer dollars...MORE

Rutherford Harassment Case Proceeds

(AP) - A federal judge has ruled that allegations of sexual harassment against former Illinois state Treasurer Dan Rutherford can go to trial...MORE

Morton Girls Advance To Class 3A Title Game

Morton guard Chandler Ryan led three players in double fugures with 19 points, including a perfect 13-for-13 at the free throw line...MORE

CAT Was 'Major Factor' In New PIA Service

Direct flights to Houston out of Peoria International Airport began Friday morning...MORE

U.S. Employers Add 295K New Jobs

(AP) - U.S. employers extended a healthy streak of hiring in February by adding 295,000 jobs, the 12th straight monthly gain above 200,000. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate fell to 5.5...MORE

Meeting Planned Regarding Ferguson Police

City leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, will meet with Justice Department officials in about two weeks and provide a plan for ways to improve the police department. The meeting follows a scathing report released this week...MORE

Commission OK's Junction City Housing Plans

The Peoria Planning and Zoning commission approves plans to build senior housing on the site of the old American Pi bar. The commission unanimously ok'd a request to re-zone the property on Knoxville Avenue...MORE

IL Offers 'Top 10 Tips' For Medical Pot Patients

(AP) - The Illinois Department of Public Health has created a "Top 10" list of tips for people applying for medical marijuana cards. Department spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says the list answers common questions...MORE

More Solid Gains Expected For U.S. Jobs

(AP) - A survey of economists ahead of the official Labor Department employment report due out today is predicting another good month, following the best three-month burst of hiring in 17 years...MORE

Bradley Advances In MVC Tournament

(Bradley Sports) - Tramique Sutherland made two free throws with 2.7 seconds left in overtime, lifting No. 10 seed Bradley (9-23) to a 52-50 win against No. 7 seed Drake (9-22) in the second game of the Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Championship (more)

Ford Reported Engine Failure Before Crash

(AP) - Harrison Ford reported engine failure shortly after takeoff and told air-traffic controllers he was returning to the airport before crash-landing his vintage plane on a nearby golf course in Los Angeles. In a communication with the tower at Santa (more)

New Hope For Shuttered Peoria Theater

City officials announced Thursday that a development group is making a move to breathe life back into the Madison Theatre...MORE

Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails

(AP) - A freight train loaded with crude oil derailed in northern Illinois, bursting into flames...MORE

Unions Challenge Rauner's 'Fair Share' Order

(AP) - Illinois labor unions are asking a judge to invalidate Gov. Bruce Rauner's executive order ending a requirement that state workers pay union dues even if they don't want to join a union...MORE

Mistrial Declared In Jody Arias Sentencing

(AP) - A judge has declared a mistrial in the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial after jurors deadlocked on whether the convicted murderer should be executed or...MORE

Apartment Building Evacuated During Fire

A Peoria apartment fire is confined to a rear bedroom. Firefighters were called to 3433 Oakcrest...MORE

Circus Phasing Out Elephant Acts

(AP) - The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending its iconic elephant acts...MORE

Harrison Ford Injured In Plane Crash

 (Fox News/TMZ) - Actor Harrison Ford suffered gashes to the head after a small plane he was piloting crash landed at an L.A. golf course Thursday. Ford, 72, was piloting what appeared to be a vintage 2-seater plane when something went wrong (more)

U.S. Ambassador Attacked In South Korea

(AP) - Witnesses say a knife-wielding man shouted "South and North Korea should be reunified" as he attacked the U.S. Ambassador during a breakfast meeting in Seoul...MORE

Plane Slides Off LaGuardia Runway

(AP) - Authorities say a Delta plane from Atlanta has skidded off a runway while landing at LaGuardia Airport and has crashed through a fence...MORE

New PIA Flights Headed South

Non-stop flights to Houston. Beginning Friday, United Airlines adds the newest addition of non-stop destinations from Peoria's airport. The inaugural flight from Wayne A. Downing International Airport to Houston's George Bush...MORE

U.S. Unemployment Apps Inch Up

(AP) - The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since May, though the level of applications remains at a level consistent with steady hiring...MORE

IL Hunters Need To Renew Licenses

(AP) - Illinois officials are reminding hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to renew their state licenses. The new license year begins April 1 for hunting, fishing...MORE

2nd 'Superbug' Outbreak Reported At L.A. Hospital

(AP) - A second hospital in Los Angeles says several patients have been infected with a "superbug" tied to a medical scope similar to a recent outbreak at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center...MORE

Lawmaker Focusing On Gaming "Broom Closets"

A Peoria lawmaker wants to control the spread of video gaming in stand-alone establishments...MORE

Justice Department Blasts Ferguson Police For Racial Bias

(AP) - A Justice Department report says blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, are disproportionately subjected to excessive police force, baseless traffic stops, and citations for petty infractions -- like walking down the middle of the street. (more)

The Art Of The 'Quick Change'

It takes a small army to make sure both the Bradley Braves and Peoria Rivermen can play at home on the same day...MORE

Senate Fails To Override Keystone XL Veto

(AP) - The Republican-controlled Senate has failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline...MORE

New Additions Planned For Race For The Cure

Susan G. Komen's Memorial Affiliate is preparing for a big milestone in Peoria. The 30th Peoria Race for the Cure in May ...MORE

Bloomington Woman Gets 18 Year Sentence

(AP) - A 25-year-old Bloomington woman has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for concealing a homicide and mutilating a body...MORE

Illinois Med Pot Patients Number 1,600

(AP) - The number of Illinois patients getting state approval to use medical marijuana continues to climb. The Illinois Department of Public Health...MORE

High Court Takes Up Fight Over Health Subsidies

(AP) - Insurance coverage for millions of people is at issue today when the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the latest challenge to President Obama's health overhaul. The justices will eventually decide whether people in all states...MORE

Rauner Appoints Criminal Justice Commission

(AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has named 28 people to a new commission that will look at criminal justice and sentencing reform in Illinois. The Republican governor announced his appointments on Tuesday. They include experts...MORE

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Gets Underway

(AP) - Victims of the Boston Marathon bombing have arrived at court for opening statements in the trial of the suspect. Two busloads of people hurt in the bombings arrived at the federal courthouse...MORE

Duo Linked To Schock Break-In Indicted

Two men are indicted for allegedly breaking into a home Congressman Aaron Schock rents. Adam Bennett, 27, faces a single count of residential burglary. Derek Martin, 24, faces charges...MORE

IL Schools Superintendent Asking For $730 Million

(AP) - Illinois' superintendent of education warned a panel of lawmakers that a "perfect storm" will be created if school funding is cut next year. Christopher Koch told a House appropriations committee Tuesday that the number of low income...MORE

Senate Democrats Introduce Budget Plan

(AP) - Senate Democratic lawmakers have introduced a plan that would allow the use of special funds to plug a $1.6 billion budget hole affecting subsidized child care programs, prisons...MORE

Netanyahu Offers "Nothing New" In Iran talks

 (AP) - President Barack Obama says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didn't offer any "viable alternatives" to the nuclear negotiations with Iran during his speech to Congress. Obama says he read a transcript of Netanyahu'

Passengers Reach Settlements In Asiana Crash

(AP) - More than 70 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline. Lawyers for the passengers and Asiana say in a court filing Tuesday. (more)

BU Claims Women's B-Ball Player Was Bitten

Bradley University is requesting the Missouri Valley Conference review an alleged biting incident during a women's basketball game last Friday...MORE

Congress Approves DHS Funding Bill

(AP) - Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the budget year...MORE

Report: Pattern Of Bias In Ferguson

(AP) - A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that a Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson, Missouri, police department...MORE

Ex-CIA Director To Plead Guilty

(AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice says former CIA Director David Patraeus has agreed to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials...MORE

Schock Writes Check For Bears Trip

A Peoria congressman sends another check to the federal government. An Aaron Schock spokesperson says Schock has paid back 12-hundred dollars he spent on a trip to a Chicago Bears game last November...MORE

Washington Administrator Takes New Job

City of Washington Administrator Tim Gleason is moving to Decatur, Illinois. Gleason has accepted the job as Decatur's City Manager...MORE

GOP: House To Vote On Clean DHS Bill

(AP) - Republicans say the House will vote as early as Tuesday on a bill to fully fund the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budget year, without immigration restrictions...MORE

U.S. Working On Nuclear Deal With Iran

(AP) - Top U.S. and Israeli officials are spending the day focusing on an emerging nuclear deal with Iran, but from opposite corners. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Iran's foreign minister in Switzerland...MORE

Anti-Iran Message Expected From Netanyahu

(AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seizing the bully pulpit of the U.S. House to deliver his stern message about the dangers of a nuclear deal that President Barack Obama and U.S. allies might sign with...MORE

Illinois Prepares For Statewide Tornado Drill

As part of the Statewide Tornado Drill, the National Weather Service will be issuing an actual Tornado Warning Tuesday morning for every county in the state of Illinois at 10:00. The wording will specifically mention that this test...MORE

Winter Weather Advisory For Central Illinois

(NWS-Lincoln) - A wintry system is tracking towards the Great Lakes and Central Illinois, that will cause a bit of freezing rain and drizzle into Tuesday morning. Freezing rain mixed with sleet, will continue to work it's (more)

Former Illinois Governor's Pension May Be Reduced

 (AP) - Former Gov. Pat Quinn receives a state pension of just under $11,400 a month, though it could shrink if proposed reforms he signed are enacted. The former governor receives a check for $11,396 a month, or about $137,000 a year. (more)

LAPD Chief Says Man Went For Officer's Gun

(AP) The Los Angeles police chief says officers fatally shot a homeless man on Skid Row after he grabbed an officer's holster during a struggle...MORE

Winds Of Change Continue On The Hilltop

Bradley University Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, David Glassman, has been named the new president...MORE

Another Bomb Threat At Pekin High School

Pekin High School was placed on lockdown for a few hours Monday after a bomb threat was found written on a bathroom wall...MORE

Big Al's Owner Dies

"Big Al" has died. Alfonse "Al" Zuccarini, owner of the "world famous" Big Al's strip club in downtown Peoria, has died...

Hanna City Man Brain Dead After Crash

A two-vehicle accident in Limestone Township has left a Hanna City man brain dead and on life-support. Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says Christopher Wagnaar...MORE

L.A. Police Shooting Caught On Video

(AP) - Los Angeles police say three officers fired on and killed a man on the city's Skid Row because of a struggle over one of the officers' guns. Police say graphic video of the incident that was shot by a bystander...MORE

Lawmakers Step Up Fight Against Drug Abuse

(AP) - Two Illinois lawmakers plan to propose bipartisan legislation Monday to combat growing heroin and prescription drug abuse. Democratic Rep. Lou Lang and Republican Rep. John Anthony say their bill follows a panel of lawmakers' meetings...MORE

Homeland Security Funding Deal Elusive

(AP) - With a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department possible at week's end, Speaker John Boehner says the House wants to enter talks with the Senate on a final bill funding the agency. But Senate Democrats...MORE

Rauner Seeks Amtrak Funding Cuts

(AP) Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed state budget would cut 40 percent from Illinois' funding for Amtrak trains during a time when ridership has been climbing...MORE

Kerry To Defend Israel Before U.N. Panel

(AP) -Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva where he is to deliver a vigorous defense of Israel before a U.N. body that Washington deems biased against the Jewish state. Even as the U.S.-Israel rift over a possible Iran nuclear...MORE

Chicago's First Black Baseball Player Dies

(AP) Minnie Minoso, the seemingly ageless Cuban slugger who broke into the majors just two years after Jackie Robinson and turned into the game's first black Latino star, has died, a medical examiner in Illinois said Sunday...MORE

Peoria Plans ShotSpotter Expansion

(PJStar / AP) Peoria police have plans to expand use of a gunshot detection system. The Peoria Police Department has been using ShotSpotter technology in a 3-square-mile area of South Peoria since November 2013...MORE

Marches In Moscow For Slain Opposition Leader

(AP) Thousands are expected to march through central Moscow to mourn veteran liberal politician Boris Nemtsov, whose killing has shaken Russia's beleaguered opposition...MORE

Astronauts Prepare Station For New Spacecraft

(Fox News) Spacewalking astronauts ventured out for the third time in just over a week Sunday to complete an extensive, tricky cable job at the International Space Station...MORE

Winter Weather Continues In Central Illinois

(NSW Lincoln) A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6:00pm tonight. Snow will continue across the area into early this afternoon. Total snowfall is expected to be between four and six inches, with up to eight inches possible...MORE

Bradley Loses To Indiana State

 (Bradley Sports) - Khristian Smith scored a game-high 16 points, including a 3-pointer with 5:18 left to put Indiana State in front for good, leading the visiting Sycamores to a 60-52 Missouri Valley Conference win at Bradley Saturday afternoon (more)

Vehicle Crashes Into South Peoria Business

An alleged hit and run accident damages a Peoria business. A vehicle described as a Ford Explorer crashed into the front window at Western Meats...MORE

Stolen NASCAR Race Car Recovered

(AP) - Police say they have found the NASCAR race car stolen from a hotel parking lot near Atlanta Motor Speedway. NASCAR's Team XTREME...MORE

Obama Signs 1-Week DHS Funding Bill

(AP) - President Barack Obama has signed a one-week funding bill for the Homeland Security Department, keeping the agency open...MORE

Hit And Run In Peoria

Police are looking for the driver involved in a reported hit and run on the south side of Peoria. A man was apparently struck by a vehicle while crossing by the Auto Zone on Western Avenue around 6:15 p.m. Friday. Police say the driver drove off (more)

Schock Cuts The Government A Check

(AP) The Associated Press has learned that Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock has personally reimbursed the government $40,000 for renovations to...MORE

School District Seeking Board Applicants

The Dunlap School District is accepting applications to fill the school board vacancy resulting from the resignation of...MORE

House OKs Bill To Fund Homeland Security

(AP) - The House has approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week, with just two hours before a midnight deadline. The measure now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The vote late Friday was 357-60 as Democrats (more)

Winter Weather Advisory Issued

March will be coming like a white lion. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory...MORE

Senate Approves 1-week Funding Bill For Homeland Security

 (AP) - The Senate has approved a bill to ensure full funding of the Homeland Security Department for one week, sending the measure to the House just hours before the agency faces a partial shutdown. By voice vote late Friday, the Senate backed the (more)

Classic Movies Coming To Giant Screen Theater

The Peoria Riverfront Museum's Giant Screen Theater is gearing up to host "Silver Screen Saturdays." A series of eight digital, high-definition classic films...MORE

Actor Who Lived Long, And Prospered, Has Died

(AP) Leonard Nimoy, world famous to "Star Trek" fans through a beloved cult TV series and a half-dozen films as the pointy-eared, purely logical...MORE

Police: 8 Dead In Missouri Shooting

(AP) - The Missouri State Highway Patrol says seven people have been killed in overnight shootings in southeastern Missouri and that the gunman is also dead. Sergeant Jeff Kinder says the 36-year-old suspect was found...MORE

City Providing Shelter From The Cold

The City of Peoria has plenty of places to warm up. With temperatures expected to drop, and a significant amount of snowfall forecast...MORE

Accused Dog Killer Pleads Not Guilty

A Pekin woman pleads not guilty to killing two dogs. 43-year-old Regina Robards was arraigned Thursday on four felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals...MORE

Illinois Prepares For Statewide Drill

It's time to prepare. It may be hard to think of severe thunderstorms and the threat of tornados' with wind chills and snow on the ground. But, it is the time of year the The National Weather Service conducts...MORE

Militant Group Claims It Killed U.S. Blogger

(AP) - A previously unknown militant group is claiming responsibility for a cleaver attack in Bangladesh last night that killed a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger and wounded his wife. Avijit Roy and his wife were returning...MORE

'Jihadi John' Identified

(AP) -The knife-wielding British-accented terrorist seen in numerous beheading videos from the Islamic State group has now been identified. A Western official says the militant known by the world as...MORE

House GOP Weighs Homeland Security Plan

(AP) - They had vowed to repeal President  Obama's immigration policies. But it appears that House Republicans may leave those policies in place, for now, and approve short-term funding to prevent a partial shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security (more)

Bartonville PD Getting Ahead Of Potential Problem

The Bartonville Police Department is following the lead of other area police departments in offering residents a safe place to do Craigslist or other online...MORE

Osama Bin Laden "Confidant" Convicted

(AP) A man described as one of al-Qaida's early leaders has been convicted of conspiracy in the deadly bombings of two U.S. embassies in...MORE

Lawmaker Questions Governor's Budget Plans

State Senator Dave Koehler says he has concerns about how state pensions play into Governor Bruce Rauner's budget. The governor says the plan would save Illinois more than $2 billion by moving state pensions...MORE

Shooting Victim Drives To Peoria Hospital

A shooting victim showed up at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Thursday morning. In fact, the person was able to drive to the hospital, crashing into the...MORE

FCC Votes In Favor Of "Net Neutrality"

(AP) The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to impose strict new regulations on Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon and...MORE

Loretta Lynch Gains Senate Panel OK

(AP) - The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved Loretta Lynch's nomination to be attorney general, sending it to the full Senate...MORE

Muslim Group: 'Jihadi John' Resembles UK Man

(AP) - A London-based Muslim lobbying group says there are "striking similarities" between the masked militant known as "Jihadi John" and a London man named Mohammed Emwazi...MORE

Homeland Security Bill Moves In Senate

(AP) - The Senate is moving forward on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department, but the House is in limbo two days away from a partial agency shutdown as conservatives angrily reject the Senate plan...MORE

House Speaker Pushing For 'Millionaire's Tax'

(AP) - Illinois' longtime House speaker has renewed a push to tax the state's millionaires to boost funding for schools. Chicago Democrat Michael Madigan's proposal would amend the state constitution to add a 3 percent surcharge...MORE

Illinois Will Cooperate With Marijuana Litigation

(AP) - A spokeswoman for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office says his administration will participate fully in any judicial review of the medical marijuana license selection process. The comment came Wednesday in response to a lawsuit...MORE

Pot Legal In D.C., Despite Congressional Threats

(AP) - The District of Columbia has defied threats from Congress and moved forward with legalizing possession of marijuana after a voter-approved initiative. Despite last-minute maneuvers by Republican leaders in Congress and threats...MORE

Peoria Area Receives A Few Inches Of Snow

The National Weather Service in Lincoln says as of 7:30am, snowfall totals reported in Peoria and Tazewell Counties was between 2 and 2.7 inches, and Knox (more)

Bradley Takes Missouri State To Triple Overtime

 (Bradley Sports) - Bradley freshman Josh Cunningham turned in 15 points and 21 rebounds, but it was not enough to prevent host Missouri State 11-18, 5-12 MVC) from pulling out an 80-77 Missouri Valley Conference win in triple overtime Wednesday night. (more)

Four Points CEO Facing More Legal Troubles

 (WEEK/News25) - There's more legal troubles for the former owner of Peoria's largest downtown hotel, Four Points By Sheraton. The Orlando Sentinel reports that a Florida contractor filed a foreclosure lawsuit against the businessman Nikesh (more)

Turning A Problem Into Dinner

A group of business and government leaders in the Peoria area say one solution to the problem of an invasive species of fish plaguing the Illinois River may involve the dinner plate...MORE

Hult Center Names New Executive Director

The Hult Center for Healthy Living has named Andrea Parker its Executive Director, beginning next Monday. Parker has over 30 years experience...MORE

Senate Approves Homeland Security Funding

(AP) - The Senate has voted to move forward on a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department, days ahead of a threatened partial agency shutdown...MORE

Third Ethics Complaint Filed Against Schock

(AP) - A watchdog group says congressional investigators should review whether Congressman Aaron Schock violated House ethics rules...MORE

A Fresh Start For East Peoria

(VIDEO) - Construction is officially underway for a new East Peoria City Hall building in the Levee District. A groundbreaking ceremony took place Wednesday...MORE

3 Arrested In NY, Florida In Islamic State Plot

(AP) - Federal officials say three men have been taken into custody in the United States on charges they plotted to travel overseas to join the Islamic State. They say one man was arrested at John F. Kennedy International...MORE

Dems Agree To GOP Plan For Homeland Security

(AP) - Senate Democrats have agreed to a Republican plan to fund the Homeland Security Department without the immigration provisions...MORE

Boehner Waiting On Senate To Act On DHS

(AP) - House Speaker John Boehner says he's waiting for the Senate to act on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department ahead of Friday's midnight deadline. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Boehner declined to offer his opinion...MORE

Schock Hires New Legal/PR Team

(AP)- Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock has hired lawyers and public relations experts amid questions about his travel and entertainment expenses. An Associated Press review found the Republic spent...MORE

Will Food Trucks Play In Peoria?

The City Council on Tuesday night unanimously voted to direct city staff to craft an ordinance that would allow the mobile food vendors in Peoria...MORE

Iran Stages Military Drills Aimed At U.S.

(AP) - Iran's Revolutionary Guard has begun large-scale naval and air defense drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. State TV showed the Guard's speedboats swarming a replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier...MORE

Washington Holds Republican Primary

The City of Washington held its Republican Primary on Tuesday. None of the Primary winners will face a challenger in the April 7th election. In Ward One, Alderman Bob Brucks...MORE

Faulty Sensor Blamed For Peoria Courthouse Leak

(AP) - A Peoria County official is blaming a faulty sensor for water damage that ruined three courtrooms at the local courthouse earlier this month. Assistant County Administrator Scott Sorrell said the sensor's failure...MORE

Man Guilty in 'American Sniper' Murder Trial

 (AP) - A former Marine has been convicted in the deaths of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend at a shooting range. Jurors returned the verdict Tuesday against Eddie Ray Routh, whose attorneys had mounted an insanity (more)

Police Arrest Truck Driver In California Train Crash

(AP) - The driver of a truck that was abandoned on railroad tracks in California, causing a train crash, has been arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run. Oxnard Assistant Police Chief Jason Benites said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon (more)

President Vetoes Pipeline Bill

(AP) -  The White House sent notice of the veto to the Senate on Tuesday, shortly after the bill was received...MORE

Moody's: IL Budget Will Be "Hard To Implement"

(AP) - A top credit rating agency has called GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner's $32 billion budget proposal "hard to implement" because of likely...MORE

Record Highs On Wall Street

(AP) - The U.S. stock market is back at a record high as traders are encouraged by the latest news on interest rates, Greece and corporate earnings...MORE

New Comptroller Sounds Off On IL Budget

It's hard to pay the bills when you don't have the money. And, Illinois has about $8 billion in bills to pay. But, the state's new Comptroller Leslie Munger says Governor Bruce Rauner has laid out...MORE

Man Accused Of Hitting Pregnant Woman

Police say officers were called out to a home in the 1100 block of Mechanic Street on Sunday on a report of a domestic disturbance...MORE

No Civil Rights Charges Against Zimmerman

(AP) - The Justice Department announced its decision Tuesday, saying that there was not enough evidence to bring federal civil rights charges against the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin...MORE

Metrolink Train Strikes Truck In Southern CA

(AP) - Three cars of a Southern California Metrolink commuter train have derailed and tumbled onto their sides after a collision with a truck on tracks in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles...MORE

Man Arrested For Burglaries In Pekin

Police have arrested a man they say is linked to several home burglaries in Pekin. Officers were called to the 1800 block of North Shore Drive on Friday morning for a residential burglary...MORE

Alaska Legalizes Recreational Pot

(AP) - Alaska has become the third state in the U.S. to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. A ballot measure approved by Alaska votes in November kicks in...MORE

Early Exposure Helps Prevent Peanut Allergies

(AP)-  For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests...MORE

U.S. Marine Sentenced 2 Years In Prison

(AP) - A U.S. Marine who vanished a decade ago in Iraq has been sentenced to two years in prison for leaving his post and then fleeing to Lebanon after a brief return to the U.S. As part of the sentence handed down Monday, Cpl. Wassef Hassoun (more)

Clock Ticking On America's National Security

 (AP) - The nation's governors are being told that their states will feel the impact, if the Homeland Security Department is forced to shut down because of a lack of funding at week's end. As the governors visited the White House today during (more)

Schock Spending Called Into Question

(AP) - Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock spent taxpayer and campaign funds on private planes to fly around the country on aircraft owned by...MORE

Police Offer Safe Haven For Craigslist Sales

Peoria Police are helping to make Craigslist transactions safe. Police say the department's visitors parking lot on the Walnut Street side of its headquarters...MORE

New Peoria County Recorder Sworn In

Jason Hauer is now Peoria County Recorder of Deeds. Hauer was sworn in Monday morning...MORE

Warehouse District Placed On National List

A portion of Peoria gets national recognition. The Warehouse District is one of 23 Illinois sites added to the National Register of Historic Places...MORE

CAT Expansion Plans Are Very 'Green'

Caterpillar's expansion plans for its Global Headquarters in Peoria will be green in more ways than one. Building plans for the new CAT campus will find new uses for existing structures...MORE

Phased U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal Taking Shape

(AP) - Officials say the U.S. and Iran are shaping the contours of a deal that could allow Iran to progressively ramp up its nuclear program over the last few years of its duration. Western officials cite long-awaited progress...MORE

IL Squeezes Savings From Obamacare Law

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget reveals a cautious co-existence with President Barack Obama's health care law - even as other Republican governors lash out against the law they deride as "Obamacare." Rauner's proposed budget...MORE

IL Lawmakers Want To Tweak Gun Laws

 (AP) - Illinois lawmakers have proposed dozens of bills to tweak the state's gun laws. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports that the proposals include allowing hunters to use silencers...MORE

Pentagon Chief Calls For Counter-IS Meeting

(AP) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is convening an unusual conference in Kuwait of top American military, diplomatic and intelligence experts on the administration's strategy for countering...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

(VIDEO) - (AP) - Democratic U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth of Illinois

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Peoria Police are reminding residents there's a Loud Music Ordiance in the

(AP) - A senior U.S. official says preliminary reports from the scene at Fo

The 'Tireless Project' over the weekend was so successful it had to end ear

(AP) - German prosecutors say the co-pilot of the Germanwings passenger pla

(AP) - The Florida Highway Patrol says eight people died and 10 others were

(AP) - Some Illinois cities want the option to file for bankruptcy to help

(AP) - Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program are entering a critical pha

The two union-backed candidates vying for seats on the Peoria School Distri

Brian Wardle was formally introduced Saturday afternoon as the 14th head me

State Senator Darin LaHood's bid for the 18th Congressional District seat b

(AP) - A member of a gliding club in the French Alps says the German co-pil

(AP) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said negotiations are the onl

Brian Wardle, who coached Wisconsin-Green Bay the past five seasons, is the

(AP) - Illinois' comptroller says she plans to expedite payments to child c

(AP) - Police are searching for at least two people still missing after an

(AP) - Italy's highest court has overturned the murder conviction against A

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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
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