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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

Logano Picks Up First Daytona 500 Win

(Fox Sports) Joey Logano survived a green-white-checkered finish to win Sunday's Daytona 500, the first and biggest race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, and one filled with tension and high drama...MORE

Terror Group Threatens Mall of America

(Fox News) A new video from Al Shabaab purportedly shows the terror group calling for an attack on Mall of America, in Bloomington, Minnesota...MORE

Questions About Safety Precede Daytona 500

(Fox Sports) Kyle Busch will miss Sunday's Daytona 500 following a hard crash in the closing laps of Saturday's Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway...MORE

Fire Destroys Mapleton House

(News 25) A Mapleton home is a total loss after a fire broke out Saturday afternoon..MORE

Groundbreaking Scheduled In East Peoria

East Peoria city officials will break ground this week to officially begin construction of a new City Hall building...MORE

Northern Iowa Rolls Past Bradley 56-39

(Bradley Sports) - Northern Iowa extended its winning streak to 15 games with a 56-39 win against Bradley (8-21, 3-13 MVC) Saturday afternoon at McLeod Center. Bradley flustered the Panthers (26-2, 15-1 MVC) in the first half with a diamond-and-1 defense (more)

U.S. Refinery Strike Widens

(AP) - The first nationwide, oil refinery strike in more than 30 years is growing to encompass four new plants, including the largest U.S. refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. The United Steelworkers union says workers at the Motiva Enterprises refinery (more)

Winter Weather Advisory Canceled

The National Weather Service has canceled the Winter Weather Advisory that was to have been in effect for...MORE

Shooting Suspect In Custody

 Police have made an arrest in connection to a shooting on Peoria's northeast side. Sidney Evans was arrested Friday on charges including attempted murder, armed robbery, and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. Police say Evans shot a man (more)

Caterpillar To Expand Its World Headquarters

Caterpillar says it's not only keeping its world headquarters in downtown Peoria, but it's expanding its presence as well...MORE

Business Owners React To CAT Announcement

Business owners are excited about the future after Caterpillar announced it was not only keeping, but expanding, its world headquarters in downtown Peoria. Caterpillar's long-awaited announcement was made Friday. The company also unveiled design...MORE

NASCAR Star Suspended

(AP) NASCAR suspended Kurt Busch on Friday, just two days before the Daytona 500, hours after a Delaware judge said the former...MORE

Convicted Killer's Parental Rights Revoked

(AP) A Peoria man serving 80 years in prison for killing his wife has had parental rights revoked...MORE

Lawmakers React To CAT Expansion

"This is a game changer." Congressman Aaron Schock of Peoria is obviously happy with Caterpillar's announcement...MORE

Pekin Mom Gets DUI With Kids In Car

A Pekin mom is accused of driving drunk, with six kids in her car. Pekin police were called to the 200 block of Derby Wednesday night on the report of...MORE

CAT Expansion Means A Lot For Tourism

The President and CEO of the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau says Caterpillar's revamped world headquarters in downtown Peoria will make a statement to everyone who comes...MORE

CAT Expansion Expected To Boost Local Economies

Experts at Bradley University say Caterpillar's decision to stay, and expand, in downtown Peoria will mean big things for the entire region. Caterpillar on Friday announced that it would be keeping its world headquarters in the River City...MORE

Gov't Dealing With Healthcare Tax Troubles

(AP) - The Obama administration says it sent about 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers the wrong tax information, and officials are asking those consumers to delay filing...MORE

Peoria Woman Dies Following Crash Off I-74

A Peoria woman has died from injuries she sustained in a crash just off I-74 earlier this week. Illinois State Police say Della Fought, 83, of 2232 Elmwood Avenue, crashed into a parked utility truck...MORE

Women's Lifestyle Show Won't Be Back

After 24 years, a popular community event will not be back at the Peoria Civic Center next fall. Joy Miller, President of the annual Peoria Women's Lifestyle Show, says after reaching tens of thousands of women...MORE

Illinois Tax Hike Still A Possibility

(AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner's first shot at a state budget didn't include new taxes. But no one should assume the ultimate solution to Illinois' budget crisis won't involve opening their wallets. Top Democrats who control the Legislature...MORE

Caterpillar To Discuss Downtown Plans

The largest employer in the area is set to announce the long-awaited results of its investigation into whether it will keep its world headquarters in downtown Peoria. Caterpillar will unveil the results of its world headquarters study...MORE

A Laura Man Killed In Head-On Crash

Officals are investigating a fatal crash that happened on the northern edge of Peoria County. 50-year-old Carl W. Carter of Laura was killed in a head-on collision near intersection of Routes 78 and 90 around 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Peoria County Coroner (more)

Police Make Arrests In Home Invasion

Peoria Police have made two arrests in connection with a home invasion that happened back in November. 34-year old Jeremy Brown and 34-year old Kenneth Singleton were arrested and charged with home invasion, aggravated battery, and impersonating (more)

Peoria Man Shot In The Head

A man was rushed to a hospital after being found bleeding from the back of head in Peoria Thursday afternoon...MORE

Country Star Coming To Peoria

A multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter is coming to Peoria. Josh Turner will perform during this year's American Red Cross Heartland Heroes event...MORE

Arguments Set In Pension-Overhaul Case

(AP) The Illinois Supreme Court has announced it will hear oral arguments in the state's landmark pension-overhaul case on March 11...MORE

CAT Opens Data Innovation Lab

(VIDEO) - The day before a huge announcement in Peoria, Caterpillar, Inc. makes a huge announcement in Champaign. The company announced Thursday...MORE

Work Doesn't Stop In Frigid Weather

If you think you have a hard time just making it from your front door to your car on mornings when it's ridiculously cold outside, imagine having...MORE

Get Covered IL Sign-ups Top 347,000

(AP) - Federal officials say 347,300 Illinois residents signed up for private health insurance under President Barack Obama's law before Sunday's deadline. The government released the marketplace enrollment estimate...MORE

Have A 'Cup O' Joe' With A Pekin Cop

Cops and donuts really do go together. At least, in Pekin this Friday morning. The Pekin Police Department is encouraging the public to join in for a cup of coffee, and maybe a donut or two, at the Dunkin Donuts...MORE

President Says U.S. Needs To Embrace Its Muslims

(AP) - In the fight against violent extremism, President Barack Obama says the U.S. has one thing going for it that Europe doesn't: a long tradition of warmly embracing its immigrants...MORE

'Superbug' Outbreak At UCLA Hospital

(AP) - Hospital officials say contaminated medical instruments are to blame for infecting seven patients - including two who died - with an antibiotic-resistant and potentially deadly "superbug" at Ronald Reagan UCLA...MORE

NASA Finds Part Of Tazewell Museum Exhibit

(AP) - A special collections annex highlighting archaeological artifacts to NASA items has opened at the Tazewell County Museum. The annex opened this week in the Arcade Building...MORE

Illinois State Sweeps Bradley In I-74 Rivalry

(Bradley Sports) - Illinois State guard Daishon Knight scored a game-high 15 points, including five straight during a 9-1 run that put the visitors in control early, as the Redbirds (16-11, 8-7 MVC) earned a sweep in the Interstate 74 Rivalry series again (more)

BU Sets Record Straight On Campus Safety

Bradley University says it's "very disappointed" with a website that incorrectly reported the BU campus as the fourth most dangerous...MORE

LaHood Appreciates Gimmick-Free Budget Address

State Senator Darin LaHood was pleased with Governor Bruce Rauner's "real" Budget Address Wednesday. "Governor Rauner's budget proposal is the first one I have heard that...MORE

Pensions, Education, Highlight Budget Address

(AP) Gov. Bruce Rauner is proposing a new overhaul to Illinois' underfunded pension system that he says could save more than $2 billion...MORE

Peoria Considering Uber Ride-Sharing

The City of Peoria is considering allowing Uber, and transportation network carriers like it, to come to town. Local taxi companies have concerns regarding regulations that services like Uber are not bound to...MORE

Schock: Democrats Behind Recent Controversy

Republican Congressman Aaron Schock of Peoria says it comes with the territory. Schock has been answering questions in recent weeks...MORE

Grand Jury Looking Into CAT Overseas Finances

(AP) - Caterpillar Inc. says a federal grand jury is investigating the Peoria-based company's financial dealings in the U.S. and abroad...MORE

Rauner's Budget Likely To Upset Democrats

(AP) - Since the night he was elected, Gov. Bruce Rauner has repeatedly said he wants Illinois to be the most competitive yet compassionate state in the nation...MORE

White House Summit Focuses On Extremism

(AP) - President Obama is focusing Wednesday on the need to combat the underlying ideologies that entice otherwise modern individuals - including many disaffected youth - to join violent extremist movements...MORE

Avanti's Driver Robbed At Gunpoint

Police are searching for three men they say robbed an Avanti's delivery driver just before 10:00 p.m. Monday. The driver was sent out for a delivery to the 1600 block of N. Douglas Street, to an address that doesn't exist. When he got out of hi

Don't Shoot Call In Sends Familiar Message

Put down the guns or go to jail. Peoria area law enforcement and prosecutors presented that message to a dozen known gang members...MORE

Beagle Wins At Westminster

(AP) - A beagle wagging her tail a mile a minute has become America's top dog. Miss P pulled an upset, winning best in show Tuesday night at the 139th Westminster Kennel Club...MORE

President Obama Argues On Immigration Case

(AP) - President Barack Obama is arguing the law and history are on his side in a legal dispute over his executive order to protect millions of immigrants from deportation. Obama says his administration will appeal an order from a federal judge in Texas (more)

Lawmaker Wants Smoking Ban To Include E-Cigs

(AP) Electronic cigarettes soon could be classified with tobacco products under a proposed smoking ban from an...MORE

Gov Set To Give Belt-Tightening Budget Address

(AP) Lawmakers and advocates for low-income, elderly and disabled people are bracing for possible cuts to Medicaid and other programs as...MORE

Warming Centers Available As Deep Freeze Hits

With arctic air expected to bring dangerously cold temperatures to the Peoria area again over the next few days, the city is...MORE

Congressman Not Deterred By Immigration Ruling

(AP) U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez says a federal judge's ruling temporarily blocking President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration will delay but won't...MORE

Another Measles Case In Illinois

(AP) Health officials say the measles case count in Illinois has climbed to 14. Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said Tuesday that...MORE

Defense Secretary Makes Pentagon Debut

(AP) - Ash Carter, President Barack Obama's new defense secretary, has made his Pentagon debut. Carter emerged from a black sport utility vehicle Tuesday morning at a snowy, icy Potomac River entrance to the Pentagon. He made no comments to a gath

Gov't. Will Appeal Immigration Ruling

(AP) - The White House says the Justice Department will appeal a federal judge's ruling which temporarily blocked President Obama's executive action on immigration...MORE

Lawmaker Proposes Motorcycle Safety Bill

(AP) - An Illinois lawmaker wants motorcycle safety to be a formal part of driver's education courses. The proposal by Republican Rep. Tom Bennett of Gibson City would amend the driver's education act in the Illinois School Code...MORE

Pekin Man Arrested After Police Chase

For the second time in two days, Pekin police were involved in a car chase.   Authorities say Mitchell A. Hill of Pekin sped off after being stopped by an officer in the 300 block of Margaret Street a little before 6:00 p.m. Monday. The pursuit ended (more)

Trio Arrested For Northwoods Mall Fight ID'd

The names of three men allegedly involved in a fight at Northwoods Mall have been released. Police say the fight broke out near the Children's Play Area on Friday afternoon. The men have been identified as 24-year-old Quincy Jackson...MORE

Haiti Carnival Accident Kills 20

(AP) - At least 18 people on a packed Carnival float in Haiti's capital have been electrocuted by a power line. The accident occurred as thousands filled the streets of downtown Port-au-Prince...MORE

IL's Medical Pot Program Could Help Iowans

(AP) - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he's open to establishing a system that would allow residents to travel to neighboring Illinois to access some form of medical marijuana...MORE

BU Athletic Director Resigning

Bradley University Athletic Director Michael Cross is resigning, effective at the conclusion of the women's Missouri Valley Conference...MORE

High School Football Coming To Dozer Park

High School Football is coming to Dozer Park, the home of the Peoria Chiefs. Peoria Notre Dame will be taking on Normal West on Friday October 2nd in the...MORE

Lesley Gore Dead At 68

(AP) A singer-songwriter who topped the charts in 1963 with her epic song of teenage angst "It's My Party" and followed it up with the hits...MORE

High Speed Chase In Pekin

Two people are arrested after a high speed chase through Pekin that involved a Pekin Police Officer and a Tazewell County Sheriff's Deputy...MORE

Police Need Tips On Peoria Boy's Murder

Peoria Police are sure someone knows who killed Demarcus Payne, but so far, they're not coming forward. Exactly two weeks after the 12-year-old was shot...MORE

Accomplices In Denmark Shooting Arrested

(AP) - A defense lawyer for one of two men suspected of assisting the gunman behind two shooting attacks in Copenhagen says both have been jailed for 10 days...MORE

Woman With Baby In Car Gets DUI

Police arrest a Chillicothe woman for driving under the influence with an infant in the car. Taryn Lee, 24, crashed into a fire hydrant in front of the Illinois Central College...MORE

U.S.: IS's 'Barbarity Knows No Bounds'

(AP) - The United States is condemning the purported killing of 21 Egyptians by militants in Libya affiliated with the Islamic State group as "despicable"...MORE

IL Owes Some State Troopers Backpay

(AP) - Illinois budget woes mean some Illinois State Police troopers aren't getting all the pay they're owed. The Springfield Bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the state owes some troopers as much as $10,000...MORE

Gov. Rauner Grappling With Budget Problems

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner faces an unprecedented fiscal crisis as he prepares to present his state budget on Wednesday. He's required by law to develop a plan based on currently available funds...MORE

Loyola Holds Off Bradley

(Bradley Sports) - Earl Peterson scored on a driving basket with 14.1 seconds left for the go-ahead hoop and Bradley's Tramique Sutherland missed a similar attempt to tie on the ensuing possession as Loyola Chicago (16-10, 6-8 MVC) held on for a 58-53 victory at Bradley. (more)

Water Leak Damages Peoria County Courthouse

County officials say a piece of HVAC equipment on the third floor of the courts wing of the building broke on Saturday night, sending water cascading all the way down to the basement, damaging three courtrooms on the way...MORE

Commercial Drone Regulations Coming

(AP) The government is proposing rules to usher in a new era in which small, commercial drones zipping through U.S. skies are a part of...MORE

German City Caves To Terror Threat

(AP) Police in the German city of Braunschweig have cancelled a popular Carnival street parade because of fears of an imminent Islamist terror attack...MORE

Local Schools Compete In Chess Tournament

Hundreds of high school students from all over Illinois were in Peoria over the weekend to engage in the ultimate thinking man's game...MORE

Denmark Shooting Suspect Shot Dead

(AP) Danish police say it appears the gunman responsible for two deadly shootings in the capital is dead -- killed when he opened fire on...MORE

Russia Asks U.N. To Act on Ukraine

(AP) - Russia has circulated a draft resolution in the United Nations Security Council endorsing the latest cease-fire agreement on Ukraine and calling on all parties involved to carry it out. U.N. diplomats say the council is expected to meet Sunday...MORE

Deadly Car Crash In Peoria

Barbara Summers, 68, was pronounced dead at the intersection of Knoxville and Forrest Hill...MORE

Shooting At Denmark Free-Speech Event

(AP) - One of the organizers of a free-speech event in Denmark says she believes a Swedish artist was the intended target when shots were fired Saturday. Artist Lars Vilks has faced numerous threats...MORE

Deadline Looming For Illinois' Uninsured

Sunday is the last day to enroll for private insurance coverage through Get Covered Illinois. If you have questions about which plan is best...MORE

Canadian Police Foil Mall Attack

(AP) - Police in Canada say the suspects had access to weapons and were planning their own Valentine's Day massacre until authorities foiled the plans to attack a Halifax, Nova Scotia...MORE

Comptroller Won't Follow Unions Executive Order

(AP) - The Illinois comptroller will not follow an executive order by Governor Bruce Rauner to hold up so-called "fair-share" union dues from non-union members. Republican Leslie Munger's office said Friday she will "defer...MORE

Rauner Hires Top Aide's Wife For Commerce Job

(AP) - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed the wife of a top aide to a $121,000 post at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Rauner's office Friday said Andria Winters...MORE

Peace Hopeful As Ukraine Fighting Intensifies

 (AP) - There's no sign of a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine where hostilities are supposed to end over the weekend under a peace plan worked out this week in Belarus. Russian-backed separatists have mounted a sustained offensive to capture (more)

President: Cyberspace The New "Wild West"

(AP) President Barack Obama says cyberspace is the new "Wild West" - with daily attempted hacks and people looking to the...MORE

Student Arrested For Bomb Threat In Pekin

A 16-year-old boy was arrested Friday after allegedly making a bomb threat against Pekin High School...MORE

Utah Might Bring Back The Firing Squad

(AP) Utah is a step closer to bringing back the firing squad. A proposal to use that method of execution narrowly passed today in the state House. But its fate in the...MORE

Oregon Governor Resigns Amid Ethics Scandal

(AP) Long-time Democratic Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has announced his resignation amid allegations his fiancee used...MORE

Illinois Merging Local DCFS Offices

(AP) - The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services plans to close its office in Pekin and merge it with the department's office in Peoria. The Pekin office will close in March when the current lease...MORE

U.S. Says IS Attackers Killed By Iraqi Forces

(AP) - The Pentagon says a small number of Islamic State fighters who attacked an Iraqi air base that hosts about 400 U.S. forces were killed in a counterattack by Iraqi...MORE

Peorian Sentenced In Gang-Related Drug Case

(AP) - The former leader of a Peoria gang has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison on drug-related charges. Allen Fitzpatrick of the Zone 4 street gang pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute...MORE

Peoria Zoo Suffers Loss Of Newborn

Peoria Zoo officials say a newborn giraffe, born on Wednesday, has died at the zoo. They say the calf's mother showed good maternal behavior after its birth...MORE

Boehner Signs Keystone Pipeline Legislation

(AP) - Congress' Republican leadership has made it official, formally enrolling legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline and urging President...MORE

Rauner's IDOT Nominee Had DUI

(AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner's nominee to head the Illinois Department of Transportation was arrested for drunken driving in 2004. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports Randy Blankenhorn failed a blood alcohol...MORE

Fatal Shooting On Mardi Gras Parade Route

(AP) - The New Orleans Police Department says one person was killed and another wounded in a shooting along a Mardi Gras parade route in uptown. Police spokesman Frank Robertson says there was an altercation around 10...MORE 

Ukrainian Troops Killed Despite Peace Deal

(AP) - Ukraine says that eight troops have been killed and 34 wounded overnight, despite a peace deal and a looming cease-fire deadline...MORE

Senators Introduce New Education Funding Bill

(AP) - Two Illinois lawmakers say the time is right for lawmakers to fix the way the state distributes education dollars. Republican state Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington says he's filing legislation...MORE

Christie Visits Illinois For Support In 2016

 (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner are comparing notes on how to lead states with divided government. Christie spoke Thursday at a Lincoln Day dinner held in suburban Chicago. (more)

22 Marines Hurt During Training Accident

 (AP) - Military officials say 22 Marines have been treated for exposure to fire retardant gas at a Southern California desert base after an extinguishing system accidentally went off in an assault vehicle during a training exercise. (more)

U.S. Rep Wants Flags "Made In The USA"

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) introduced the All-American Flag Act Thursday, to ensure the federal government purchases only U.S. flags made from 100 percent American-made...MORE

Governor Joins Pilgrimage To Lincoln's Tomb

(AP) American Legion members and state leaders say the memory of Abraham Lincoln's sacrifice to the country endures on the 206th birthday...MORE

A Call For More "Heroes"

(VIDEO) - The father of a murder victim says the witnesses who helped track down his killer are "heroes," and that other victims' families need some heroes...MORE

IL Bills Aim To Ban Red Light Cameras

 Lawmakers who say red-light cameras are dishonest and do nothing to make driving safer are pushing for a ban of the recording devices in communities across Illinois. Two proposals are awaiting action...MORE 

CAT To Release Headquarters Study

Caterpillar is ready to discuss details about the possible expansion of its headquarters in downtown Peoria. Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman...MORE

Congressman's Travel Expenses Scrutinized

Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock is under more scrutiny. This time, it's for his travel expense reimbursements. The website Politico says Schock has been reimbursed for about $1,000...MORE

$1 Million Powerball Ticket Sold In Illinois

(AP) - Illinois didn't have one of the jackpot-winning Powerball tickets, but state lottery officials say a $1 million winning ticket from the drawing was sold in eastern Illinois...MORE

Senate Expected To Confirm Pentagon Pick

(AP) - The Senate is on track to confirm President Barack Obama's pick to run the Pentagon. A vote is scheduled for this afternoon on Ashton Carter's nomination. If confirmed, Carter will be Obama's fourth...MORE 

A New Plan For Peace In Ukraine

(AP) - French President Francois Hollande says he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are committed to helping verify the cease-fire process in Ukraine, along with the leaders of Russian and Ukraine...MORE

Powerball Jackpot Goes To 3 Winners

(AP) - Lottery officials say there are three winning tickets in last night's more than $564 million Powerball drawing. They're in North Carolina, Puerto Rico...MORE

IL Health Officials Report New Measles Cases

 (AP) - Illinois public health officials are now reporting 11 people have diagnosed with measles. Cook County Department of Public Health spokeswoman Amy Poore confirmed Wednesday the most recent case...MORE

Drake's 3-Pointers Ice The Braves

(Bradley Sports) - Reed Timmer scored a game-high 19 points and Drake (8-17, 5-8 MVC) held off visiting Bradley (8-8, 3-10 MVC) for a 60-54 Missouri Valley Conference win Wednesday night at Drake Knapp Center. (more)

'60 Minutes' Correspondent Bob Simon Killed

(AP) - CBS says longtime '60 Minutes' correspondent Bob Simon has been killed in New York City car crash. The crash happened Wednesday in Manhattan. Police say a town car in which he was a passenger hit another car. (more)

Man Guilty Of Murdering State Rep's Stepson

The man on trial in the shooting death of 22-year-old Derrick Booth Jr. last spring has been found guilty of the crime...MORE

Potential Headache For Air Travelers

(AP) Illinois residents might not be able to use their driver's licenses at airports starting in 2016...MORE

Budget, Roads Highlight State Of The County

Peoria County officials presented their State of the County Address, focusing on partnerships, the budget and road repairs...MORE

Little League Team Stripped Of Title

(AP) - Little League International has stripped Chicago's Jackie Robinson West of its national title after finding the team falsified its boundary map...MORE

Hall Of Fame Coach Jerry Tarkanian Dies

(AP) - Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died...MORE

President Proposes IS War Authorization

(AP) - President Barack Obama is asking Congress to formally authorize war against Islamic State militants and says the group could threaten the U.S. homeland if left unchecked. The president is sending Congress a proposed...MORE

Pipeline Bill Passes, President Promises Veto

(AP) The Republican-controlled Congress has cleared a bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. That sets up a confrontation with President Barack Obama, who has...MORE

Obama: ISIL Is Going To Lose

(AP) - President Barack Obama says his new war-powers request to Congress won't become the authorization for another ground war like the U.S. fought in Iraq and Afghanistan...MORE

Pekin Police Investigate 911 Call

A call to the Pekin Airport sends emergency crews scrambling. Airport officals called Pekin Police just before 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, claiming they were called by a man who said he'd received a call from an old flying friend...MORE

College Students Shot Near UNC Campus

(AP) - Officials say three people who were shot to death at a condominium complex near the University of North Carolina campus were relatives and university students...MORE

Cruise Ship Captain Guilty Of Manslaughter

(AP) The captain of the capsized Costa Concordia luxury liner has been convicted of multiple charges of manslaughter and sentenced to...MORE

Enrollment Events Lead Up To Healthcare Deadline

(AP) - Illinois officials are planning late-night enrollment events leading up to an important deadline under President Barack Obama's health care law. The final day for signing up for private health insurance coverage...MORE

Walls Murder Trial Underway In Peoria

The trial of a man charged with killing 22-year-old Derrick Booth Junior last spring began Tuesday. Prosecutors said in court Tuesday that Sean Walls, of Peoria, shot Booth...MORE

Congress Set To Pass Keystone Pipeline Bill

(AP) - The Republican-controlled Congress is expected today to pass a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto it. The bill the House is expected to pass...MORE

US Closes Embassy In Yemen

(AP) - The State Department is confirming it has closed the U.S. Embassy in Yemen and evacuated its staff because of the political crisis and security concerns following the takeover of much of the country by Shiite rebels. The department announced late (more)

20,000 Foreign Fighters Flock To Syria, Iraq

 (AP) - U.S. intelligence officials estimate that foreign fighters are streaming into Syria and Iraq in unprecedented numbers to join the Islamic State or other U.S. foes. The fighters include at least 3,400 from Western nations and a total of 20,000 (more)

Peoria To Expand ShotSpotter Technology

The gunfire detection system, which is already in the South Side, is to be installed in other areas with high crime rates...MORE

Highway Overpass No Stranger To Impacts

The Pinecrest overpass on Interstate 74 in East Peoria was given a clean bill of health after it was hit, yet again, last week by a semi's oversized load, but the...MORE

Rauner: State Has Money For Schools, Programs

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he's confident state schools and other critical programs can be fully funded despite...MORE

Peoria Plans Innovative Sewer Upgrade

The City of Peoria is trying to figure out how to meet new EPA standards on its sewer system. The biggest problem is finding the money needed...MORE

Bond Set For Suspects In Attempted Burglary

Bond has been set for two men accused of trying to break into Rep. Aaron Schock's Peoria home...MORE

Obama To Ask Congress For War Vote

(AP) -President Obama could - as early as Tuesday - ask Congress to allow the use of military force to fight the Islamic State group. Haggling would then begin...MORE

U.S. Hostage's Death Confirmed

(AP) - The parents of an American woman held by Islamic State militants say they have been notified of her death. Carl and Marsha Mueller, the parents of Kayla Jean Mueller, released a statement on Tuesday...MORE

Northeast Digs Out From Latest Storm

(AP) - A relentless storm that dumped more than two feet of snow on some parts of New England is finally winding down but not before bringing the Boston-area public transit system to its knees...MORE

Bolliger Drops Out Of Council Race

And then there were six. A candidate who was one of the last to file for an at-large seat on the Peoria City Council has now dropped out. Peoria Elections Commission officials say Linda Bolliger has filed papers...MORE

D150 Board Says Yes To Quest

There was little discussion before the Peoria District 150 School Board gave its unanimous approval to a five-year extension...MORE

NFL Films Founder Ed Sabol Dies

 (AP) - The NFL says that NFL Films founder Ed Sabol has died. He was 98. The league said he died Monday at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. Sabol (photo.. left) was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. (more)

Police Desperate To Find Child's Killer

It's been a week since 12-year-old Demarcus Payne was gunned down in Peoria, and police have yet to make any arrests...MORE

Birthday Blowout Planned For Bradley Mascot

They grow up so fast. Bradley University Athletics will be celebrating Kaboom!'s birthday Sunday...MORE

Governor Fires Shot In Battle Against Unions

(AP) Gov. Bruce Rauner has stepped up his campaign against government employee unions by eliminating so-called "fair share" dues paid by workers who don't join a...MORE

BU Sets Timeline For Prez Search

(AP) - Bradley University says it hopes to replace retiring President Joanne Glasser by the beginning of the Peoria school's fall semester...MORE

Peoria Road Crews Battling Potholes

All the recent freezing and thawing is doing a number on Peoria roads. The Peoria Public Works Division says it's out in full force with crews filling potholes citywide...MORE

More Charges For Convicted Wife Killer

(AP) Drew Peterson has been charged with trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who led the 2012 trial that resulted in the former...MORE

Rep. Says Media Invited Criminals To His Home

Congressman Aaron Schock says local media reports about his rented house on Detweiller Drive are to blame for an attempted break-in at his rented house on Detweiller Drive...MORE

Lawmaker Says State's Vaccination Regs Unclear

(AP) An Illinois lawmaker has filed legislation asking the state health department to clarify regulations on whether children must be vaccinated...MORE

BU's Warren Jones Being Reinstated

Bradley Braves basketball player Warren Jones, has missed three games due to an incident at a local strip club, will be back with the team for their next...MORE

Alabama Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

(AP) - Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday, becoming the 37th state where gays can legally wed...MORE

Iraq Asking For More Help In IS Fight

(AP) - A senior Iraqi official says the contributions from the U.S.-led coalition helping Baghdad push back Islamic State militants are not sufficient to meet the threat...MORE

IL Bill Could Create Sports Concussion Oversight

(AP) - An Illinois state senator has introduced legislation that would establish teams of medical professionals at high schools throughout the state to deal with sports concussions...MORE

No More Money For IL Court Reporters

(AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner's office says Illinois will run out of money to pay court reporters at the end of March but that the governor is looking for a "responsible solution...MORE

Big Wins For Sam Smith, Beck At Grammys

(AP) - Sam Smith is the king of the Grammys, taking home three of the top four awards, including song and record of the year for "Stay With Me," and best new artist, while Beck won...MORE

Jury Selection Begins For 'American Sniper' Case

(AP) - Jury selection is set to begin Monday in the trial of the man accused of fatally shooting a former Navy SEAL depicted in the Oscar-nominated film "American Sniper."  More than 260 potential jurors...MORE

College Basketball Coaching Legend Dies

(AP) Dean Smith, the North Carolina basketball coaching great who won two national championships, has died...MORE

Illinois City Gets Revenge On Letterman

(AP) A northern Illinois city that David Letterman lampooned as an awful place to live is plotting its revenge, more than 15 years later...MORE

Competing Minimum Wage Ideas In Springfield

(AP) Gov. Bruce Rauner won't say whether he would sign a minimum wage bill that cleared the Illinois Senate...MORE

Braves Earn A Road Win In Evansville

(Bradley Sports) - Tramique Sutherland scored 18 points, including a go-ahead jumper with 41 seconds left, after reserve center Nate Wells provided a spark off the bench, lifting Bradley (8-17, 3-9 MVC) to a 56-53 Missouri Valley Conference win at Evansville (more)

Two Men Arrested At Schock's Home

Peoria police officers could be seen outside a home on Detweiller Dr. Saturday afternoon that Congressman Aaron Schock rents part of...MORE

Brian Williams Taking Himself Off Air Temporarily

(AP) - NBC anchorman Brian Williams says he's temporarily stepping away from his nightly newscast amid questions about his credibility. In a message sent to NBC News staff and released by NBC on Saturday, Williams says it has "become painfully (more)

Family Hopeful Islamic State Hostage Still Alive

 (AP) - A sheriff's spokesman says the FBI is with the family of a 26-year-old American who Islamic State extremists say was killed in an airstrike in Syria. Deputies have blocked off the road leading the family's home in Prescott, Arizona. (more)

Open Enrollment Deadline Is Near

(AP) - Get Covered Illinois is urging Illinois residents to enroll for health insurance before the Feb. 15 deadline...MORE

Suspended Braves Player Returns

Ka'Darryl Bell returns to action for the Bradley men's basketball team as the Braves visit Evansville Saturday. Bell sat out...MORE

Schock: "I'm The Punching Bag"

(VIDEO) - Congressman Aaron Schock of Peoria found himself answering questions about the tough week he's experienced. Schock met with area reporters...MORE

Senator Still Pushing For Reagan Statue

State Senator Darin LaHood reintroduced legislation this week to allow for a privately funded statue of President Ronald Reagan at...MORE

Governor Defends "Right To Work Zones"

During a State of the State Review event in Peoria Friday, Rauner said the goal of his plan is to give cities and counties an opportunity to become more competitive when it comes to attracting businesses...MORE

US Accuses 6 Immigrants Helping Islamic State Group

(AP) - U.S. prosecutors say six Bosnian immigrants have been accused of sending money and equipment oversees to help terrorist organizations, including the Islamic State group and al-Qaida in Iraq. All six people face charges of conspiring to provide (more)

NBC Investigating Itself Over Williams Flap

(AP) NBC News has assigned the head of its own investigative unit to look into statements made by anchor Brian Williams about his reporting in Iraq...MORE

Fate Of American Hostage Unclear

(AP) A purported statement by the Islamic State group claims that an American female hostage has been killed in Jordanian airstrikes on the outskirts of the northern Syrian city of...MORE

Medical Pot Facility Planned For East Peoria

City officials haven't approved it yet, but NuMed Rx, a company based out of Wheaton, Illinois, says their plan is to open the area's second dispensary for Illinois' medical marijuana program in East Peoria. NuMed Rx wants the facility...MORE

Rauner Defends Pot License Approvals

Governor Bruce Rauner says he doesn't expect any problems for businesses that were licensed this week for the state's medical marijuana program. He says that's despite the fact that out-of-state...MORE

U.S. Gains 257K Jobs, Unemployment Up Slightly

(AP) - U.S. employers hired at a stellar pace last month, wages rose by the most in six years, and Americans responded by streaming into the job market to find work...MORE

Obama: U.S. Must Resist 'Overreaching' Abroad

(AP) - President Barack Obama says the U.S. must resist the urge to "overreach" when it comes to involvement in global crises. In a new document outlining his national security priorities, the president says the U.S. will always defend...MORE

Good News Expected From U.S. Jobs Report

(AP) - A survey of economists finds that they believe this morning's employment report from the labor Department will be a good one. Economists polled by FactSet say the economy likely gained 230,000...MORE

TransAsia Plane Lost Power Before Crash

(AP) - Taiwan official says flight data shows both engines lost power before TransAsia flight crashed. Meanwhile, divers have pulled four more bodies from a shallow river where the propjet crashed shortly after takeoff...MORE

D150 Board Candidates Seek Change

The word is "change." The word was said a lot during a Peoria District 150 School Board candidate forum...MORE

RadioShack Files For Ch. 11 Bankruptcy Protection

(AP) - Struggling electronics retailer RadioShack has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and says it will sell up to 2,400 stores. The Fort Worth, Texas company has suffered from years of losses. RadioShack Corp. introduced the first mass-market (more)

Competing Minimum Wage Proposals In Springfield

(AP) The Illinois Senate has approved a plan to raise the minimum wage from $8.25 to $11 per hour by 2019...MORE

Police Urging Shooting Witnesses To Talk

Peoria police are running into a wall in their investigation into the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy this week...MORE

Schock Spokesman Resigns Over Racist Posts

Congressman Aaron Schock's week seems to be getting stranger by the minute...MORE

Gov. Awarded Pot Licenses W/O Background Checks

(AP) Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner awarded licenses this week to 70 medical marijuana businesses before out-of-state criminal background checks could be done...MORE

D150 Unions Hosting Candidate Forum

Two unions representing Peoria Public School employees are hosting a forum to hear from the candidates running for District 150 School Board...MORE

Police Seeking Witnesses To Boy's Shooting

Peoria Police say they have little to go on in figuring out who killed 12-year-old Demarcus Payne earlier this week. Police can't even tell at this point whether the 12-year-old was specifically targeted...MORE

Measles Cluster Found Near Chicago

(AP) - Public health officials say they are investigating a cluster of measles cases in suburban Chicago. The Illinois and Cook County public health departments said Thursday morning that the cluster includes five children under age 1 at KinderCare Learn

Jordan Launches Air Strikes Against IS

(AP) - Jordan's king has vowed to wage a "harsh" war against the Islamic State group after the militants burned a captive Jordanian pilot in a cage and released a video of the killing...MORE

Schock Will Pay For Fancy Office Decor

 (AP)- There's been a lot of talk this week about Congressman Aaron Schock's fancy "Downton Abbey" inspired office redo. Though, the Peoria Congressman says he's never seen...MORE

IL Healthcare Enrollment Surpasses 296K

(AP) - More than 296,000 Illinois residents have signed up for private health insurance under President Obama's health law. There is a little a week left before the enrollment period ends...MORE

11 Still Missing In Taiwan Crash

(AP) -Teams at the site of a TransAsia Airways plane crash in Taiwan are searching for 11 people still missing. Thirty-two people have been confirmed dead after the propjet crashed into a river in Taipei yesterday...MORE

Braves Fall Short To The Shockers

(AP) - Fred VanVleet made two free throws with 4.6 seconds left, helping No. 16 Wichita State hold on for a 62-59 victory over Bradley at Carver Arena on Wednesday night. The Shockers went without a field goal for the final 12 1/2 minutes in their first (more)

Community Rallies Against Violence

The Peoria Community Against Violence, or PCAV, held a meeting at the Gateway Building Wednesday night to address shootings that have claimed the lives of two young people...MORE

Innovation Highlights State Of City Speech

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis presented his 9th State of the City address Wednesday afternoon at the Peoria Civic Center. Ardis told a crowd of about 500 people...MORE

Snow Route Parking Ban In Effect

With another blast of winter weather hitting the Peoria area, the city is making sure snow plows and equipment have plenty of room to work...MORE

Lawmaker "Optimistic" After Governor's Speech

Candid and sobering. Two words that State Senator Darin LaHood uses to describe Governor Bruce Rauner's State of the State Address Wednesday...MORE

Peorians Asked To Stand Down To Violence

Peoria Community Against Violence, P-CAV, is responding to the recent shooting deaths of two Peoria youths. The group is holding "Stand Down To Violence"...MORE

Old Man Winter Batters Peoria Area Again

Peoria County and surrounding counties were under a Winter Weather Advisory Wednesday as Central Illinois got hit with even more snow....MORE

Gov: Make Or Break Time For Land Of Lincoln

(AP) Gov. Bruce Rauner has laid out a first-year agenda he says will make Illinois more competitive and "empower" people and local governments...MORE

1,000 Patients Approved For IL Pot Program

Illinois health officials have approved approximately 1,000 patients for the state's medical marijuana program. Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said Wednesday that about 14,000 people have started...MORE

Leaving A Seat Open For Parks

Peoria's CityLink buses are reserving a seat in honor of Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks on Wednesday to celebrate her birthday. December 1st, 1955, Parks was arrested after refusing to give up her seat...MORE

New Governor, New Plans For Illinois

(AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner is set to lay out his agenda for his first year in office with a speech expected to focus on jumpstarting job creation and changing how state government works. The Republican's first State of the State...MORE

Deadly Taiwanese Plane Crash

 (AP) - At least 23 people are dead and 20 are missing after a Taiwanese flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Taiwan's capital, Taipei, with 58 people aboard. Video shows the TransAsia Airways plane...MORE

Ardis To Describe "State Of The City"

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis will give his State of the City address later today at the Peoria Civic Center. The 15th annual event is sponsored...MORE

Jordan Executes 2 Al-Qaida Prisoners

(AP) - A Jordanian government spokesman says Jordan has executed two prisoners, including a would-be female suicide bomber from al-Qaida. The executions at dawn Wednesday came just hours after Islamic State militants released a video...MORE 

Senator Changes IL School Funding Plan

(AP) - An Illinois senator has made changes to proposed school funding legislation to increase its chances of passage. Bunker Hill Democrat Andy Manar proposed a measure last year to make school funding more equitable. It directed more state money...MORE

NY Commuter Train Crash Kills 7

(AP) - Officials say part of a train was "completely charred and burned" after striking an SUV on railroad tracks near New York City last night. The driver of the SUV and six people on the train...MORE

$5,000 Reward Offered On Peoria Postal Robbery

Peoria Police continue to investigate a robbery to a mail carrier from last week. The incident occurred in the 400 block of East McClure. The US Post Office has issued a $5,000 reward regarding information that leads to the arrest and indictment of those (more)

House Votes To Repeal Health Care Law

(AP) - The Republican-controlled House has voted along party lines to repeal the health care law that stands as President Obama's signature domestic achievement, and not for the first time. The vote Tuesday was 239-186. The legislation now goes to (more)

Man Thought He Was Pulling Over For Cops

Everyone knows to slow down and pull over if you see those flashing lights behind you, but what if it turns out the person pulling you over isn't a police officer...MORE

Governor Rauner Heading To Peoria

Bruce Rauner set to give further details of his plans for Illinois at a State of the State review on Friday...MORE

Semi Driver Ticketed In I-74 Crash

The man behind the wheel of the semi that slammed into the Pinecrest overpass on I-74 Tuesday morning has been ticketed...MORE

Delavan "Thrilled" To Get Pot License

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has awarded a license for a medical marijuana cultivation center in Delavan. Letters to 18 winning cultivation centers...MORE

UPDATE: 12-Year-Old Shooting Victim Dies

The Peoria County Coroner's Office has confirmed the 12-year old boy who was shot near a Peoria intersection has died...MORE

Semi Crash Diverts Highway Traffic

A crash on I-74 Eastbound late Tuesday morning caused a serious backup on the highway in East Peoria. A semi apparently slammed into an overpass near...MORE

Video Appears To Show Pilot's Horrific Fate

(AP) An online video purportedly shows a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State extremist group being burned to death...MORE

Rauner Grants Medical Marijuana Permits

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday awarded licenses to medical marijuana businesses as part of the state's pilot program, after taking steps to address what his aides said were legal flaws...MORE

IL Getting Share Of S&P Settlement

(AP) - Illinois will receive nearly $53 million from a multi-state settlement over allegations that Standard & Poor's knowingly inflated ratings to risky mortgage investments in the years ahead of the 2008...MORE

Obama And Cabinet Talk Budget

(AP) - President Barack Obama's Treasury secretary and White House budget director testify before key congressional committees Tuesday about the president's record $4 trillion budget...MORE

French Soldiers Injured In Knife Attack

(AP) - A French police union official says three soldiers on an anti-terror patrol in the southern city of Nice have been attacked by a man with a knife. Sarah Baron, the union official in Nice, said the extent of the soldiers' injuries...MORE

Obama Threatens To Veto Health Care Repeal Bill

 (AP) - President Barack Obama is threatening to veto a Republican bill that would repeal his health care law. The White House says the Affordable Care Act is working and is improving care for Americans. Officials say repealing the law would take (more)

Police Seek Shooting Victim's Identity

Peoria Police continue to investigate a shooting in the area Broadway and McClure. Officers located an unidentified black male victim with a gunshot wound to the head around 4:50 pm Monday afternoon. The victim, was found lying in the street with a guns (more)

BU Coach Sits Players For Another Game

The struggling Bradley Men's Basketball team is going to be shorthanded again as it tries to right the ship against the best team in the Missouri Valley Conference...MORE

More Union Talk From Rauner Ahead Of Speech

(AP) Gov. Bruce Rauner says Illinois must curb government-union powers and reduce spending on state workers' salaries and benefits...MORE

Fire Hydrants And Snow Don't Mix

People still digging out from the weekend snow storm are being asked to not shovel snow onto fire hydrants that are on or near their property...MORE

BU Partners With ICC For International Program

Bradley University and Illinois Central College are forming a first-ever partnership. Bradley officials say a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed allowing Bradley's international undergraduate...MORE

Teen Shot In Head In Peoria Neighborhood

A teenager was shot shortly before 5pm Monday near the intersection of McClure Avenue and Broadway Street in Peoria...MORE

Obama Sends $4-Trillion Budget To Congress

(AP) - President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $4 trillion budget that would boost taxes on higher-income Americans...MORE

Punxsutawney Phil Sees His Shadow

(AP) - Punxsutawney's famous groundhog says winter's not over yet. Punxsutawney Phil is forecasting six more weeks of winter, after seeing...MORE

Med Pot Delay Costing Illinois Money

A published report says Illinois' delayed medical marijuana program has already cost the state more than $1.8 million in startup costs...MORE

Obama Sending Spending Plan To Congress

(AP) - President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $4 trillion budget that proposes raising taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations and using the extra income to lift the fortunes of families who have felt squeezed...MORE

Patriots Beat Seahawks In Super Bowl Rally

(AP) Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes, Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson in the end zone and the New England Patriots rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in the Super Bowl on Sunday...MORE

An Exercise In Futility

The Peoria area was busy digging out from several inches of snow that was dumped on the region Sunday...MORE

Weather Causing Flight Cancellations In Illinois

Winter weather is causing some problems for airports across Illinois, including at General Wayne A. Downing International Airport in Peoria...MORE

Snow Hitting Peoria Area

As expected, the Peoria area got a couple inches of snow overnight between Saturday and Sunday...MORE

White House Budget Includes Foreign Profits Tax

(AP) President Barack Obama's budget will propose a six-year, $478 billion public works program, half of it financed with a one-time mandatory tax on profits that U.S. companies have amassed overseas...MORE

Video Shows Beheading of Japanese Journalist

Newly released video from the Islamic State shows the killing of Japanese Journalist Kenji Goto, who was taken by the group late last year.

Police Surround Pekin Home

Pekin police say the suspect fired several rounds and ran inside a home on South 4th Street...MORE

Bracing For The Storm

People in the Peoria area are stocking up ahead of a snow storm expected to bring several inches of snow to the region this weekend...MORE

Short-handed Braves Fall Short

(AP) - Brenton Scott scored 13 points to lead a balanced Indiana State attack to a 64-58 victory over Bradley on Saturday. Scott added five rebounds, five assists and three steals to help Indiana State stay undefeated at home in six Missouri Valley (more)

Winter Storm Warning Looming For Central IL

The National Weather Service is issuing a Winter Storm Warning for central Illinois, effective from 9:00 Saturday night through 9:00 Sunday night. The storm system is expected to spread snow into the area late Saturday...MORE

IL Threatens Withholding Funds To School Districts

(AP) - Illinois State Board of Education officials are threatening to withhold funds from any school district failing to administer a new statewide exam...MORE

Japan Says Efforts To Free Hostage Deadlocked

(AP) - A top Japanese diplomat says efforts to free a captive journalist from the militant Islamic State group have reached a "state of deadlock." The fate of veteran war reporter Kenji Goto has been linked to that of another hostage...MORE

Salvation Army Has A Successful Campaign

Friday night was all about thanking the community for the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army Corps held a thank you celebration for their Tree of Lights campaign. This year's goal...MORE

White House: Parents Should Vaccinate Kids

(AP) - Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children. President Obama's press secretary says the science on vaccinations "is really clear."

Illinois State Police Issues Travel Advisory

(ISP) - Illinois State Police officials are issuing a snow travel advisory. Officials are urging motorists to take necessary safety precautions if traveling through the state this weekend. Drifting snow, wet and icy road conditions may disrupt travel (more)

Parking In Peoria During A Snow Storm

The city of Peoria issuing a friendly reminder to residents as the city braces for a significant snow storm over the weekend....MORE

BU Coach Sits Trio For Road Trip

The struggling Bradley Men's Basketball team is going to be shorthanded as it tries to right the ship during a visit to Terre Haute Saturday...MORE

NFL Commish Sounds Off On Deflategate

(AP) Commissioner Roger Goodell says that even if no competitive advantage was gained, the New England Patriots could face increased penalties if...MORE

Peoria Group Hungry For Food Trucks

 It's been two years since the city shot down an effort to allow the trucks to operate downtown. Some say now is the perfect time for the city to revisit the issue...MORE

Teens Gather In Peoria For Summit

The Peoria County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will host its second annual Teen Summit from 1:00 to 4:15 p.m. Saturday at ICC North...MORE

NWS Issues Winter Storm Watch

(NWS Graphic) - The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch to be in effect Saturday evening through Sunday evening...MORE

Postal Worker Robbed At Gunpoint

Mail carriers can handle all kinds of weather, but they're not supposed to be robbed while on the job. But, that's what happened to a postal worker Thursday...MORE

Romney Won't Make 2016 Presidential Bid

(AP) - Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he will not run for president in 2016...MORE

Rauner Staffers Get Higher Pay Than Quinn's

(AP) - The Associated Press has found that Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is paying top staff members significantly more than those who worked for his predecessor. The AP review found annual salaries of 10 top staffers...MORE

Suge Knight Surrenders To Police

(AP) - Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight is now in police custody after surrendering following what his lawyer calls and accident that killed one person. Attorney James Blatt says Knight was fleeing...MORE

Still No Word On Islamic State Hostages

(AP) - Neither Japanese nor Jordanian officials have heard from militants who are threatening to kill a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot. A day ago, the Islamic State group is believed to have delivered an audio message demanding...MORE

Senate Passes Bill Approving Keystone Pipeline

(AP) - The Republican-controlled Senate has passed a bipartisan bill approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The 62-36 vote on Thursday advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, which championed the legislation despite (more)

House Votes For Health Care Alternative

 (AP) - The House will vote next week to repeal the health care law Republicans have vowed to undo. They'll also direct work to start on a replacement bill the GOP promised more than four years ago. The House voted more than 50 times (more)

Gov. Hammers Unions, Bureaucracies

(AP) Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner continues to hammer away at the unions and government bureaucracies he believes are behind many of state's problems...MORE

OSF Joins Healthcare Task Force

OSF HealthCare has been invited to join the Health Care Transformation Task Force, an elite group of healthcare professionals and patients...MORE

Unemployment Rate Drops, Despite Job Losses

The Peoria Metropolitan area ended 2014 with a much lower unemployment rate from the year before, despite losing nearly 2,000 jobs...MORE

Update: Geno Ford Statement On Jones Arrest

Bradley head men's basketball coach Geno Ford has issued a public apology after two of his players are accused of using fake ID's to get into a Peoria strip club...MORE

Illinois Video Gambling Nets Big Revenues

(AP) - The state of Illinois and local governments saw tax revenue from video gambling more than double last year. The state made nearly $165 million in 2014 from video gambling...MORE

Pizza Delivery Driver Robbed At Gunpoint

The Domino's employee says she was making a delivery to a home on East Grandview Avenue, on the East Bluff, on Sunday night when three men robbed her...MORE

Deadly Blast At Mexico City Hospital

(AP) - Fatalities are now being reported from the gas truck explosion in Mexico City that shattered a maternity and children's hospital. A spokeswoman for the city's civil defense agency says three adults...MORE

Families Urged To Apply For IL Tax Credit

Eligible families are being urged to take advantage of Illinois' Earned Income Tax Credit. The credit is for low to moderate income working families, and is available for both federal and state taxes. The IRS says 1 in 5 people who qualify...MORE

Jordan Wants IS To Prove Pilot Is Alive

(AP) - A spokesman says Jordan's government has demanded proof of life of a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State militants before moving ahead with any possible swap...MORE

Unemployment Apps Fall To 15-Year Low

(AP) - The number of people seeking unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest level in almost 15 years, a sign hiring will likely remain healthy...MORE

McDonald's Name New CEO After Slumping Sales

(AP) - McDonald's Corp. has tapped Steve Easterbrook as its new president and CEO to succeed Don Thompson, who has helmed the burger chain about two and a half years. McDonald's is facing slumping sales in the U.S. (more)

Drake Rides A Hot Start Win At Bradley

(Bradley Sports) - Drake made eight of its first 10 field goal attempts and rode a hot-shooting first half to a 69-57 win at Bradley (7-15, 2-7 MVC) Wednesday night at Carver Arena. The Bulldogs (5-16, 2-7 MVC) got a desparation 3-pointer (more)

Jordan Looks For Assurances On Pilot

 (AP) - There's still no word on the fate of two hostages being held by the Islamic State group. A message that purportedly came from the group yesterday warned that the two men had just 24 hours to live. (more)

Teen Fatally Shot In Texas Police Station

 (AP) - Authorities say a teenager was fatally shot in an East Texas police station lobby after she lunged at an officer with a butcher knife and a Taser failed to stop her. Longview Police Chief Don Dingler and spokeswoman Kristie Brian provided (more)

A.G. Nominee Grilled On Controversial Issues

(AP) The president's immigration policies have been defended today on Capitol Hill by the woman he's nominated to be the next attorney general...MORE

Atty General Confirmation Hearings Beginning

 (AP) - The first Republican-led confirmation hearing of the Obama administration is about to get underway as the Senate Judiciary Committee considers President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general. If approved, Loretta Lynch would become...MORE

Plans For Peoria War Memorial On Track

(AP) - Fundraising is nearly finished for a new war memorial in Peoria that will feature statues of soldiers on patrol. It will honor those killed in conflicts from the Korean war to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan...MORE

Medical Marijuana Delay Costing Investors

(AP) - Patients aren't the only ones disappointed by delays in the Illinois medical marijuana program. A newly released report...MORE

'Tree Of Lights' Campaign Wraps Friday

The Salvation Army's Tree of Lights Campaign is winding down. The annual campaign wraps up on Friday night with a Community Thank You Celebration. But, until then, the Salvation Army is still trying to raise roughly $75,000...MORE

Eureka Teen Killed In Crash

A crash in Tazewell County near Washington claims the life of a Eureka teenager. The Tazewell County Coroner's Office...MORE

Jordan Ready To Swap Prisoner For Pilot

(AP) - Jordan's information minister says his government is ready to swap an Iraqi woman held in Jordan for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State...MORE

YouTube Can't Keep Up With Terror Content

(AP) Internet giant Google says that its video-sharing website YouTube is so inundated that staff cannot filter all...MORE

City Grants Changes For Caterpillar Expansion

Caterpillar is a little closer to completing its plans for expanding its headquarters in downtown Peoria....MORE

Unusual Change In U.S. Immigration Enforcement

(AP) - The Obama administration is ordering immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify under President Barack Obama's plans to avoid deporting them...MORE

Japan's P.M. Addresses Hostage Deadline

 (AP) - Secret talks have been held in Jordan in an attempt to win the release of the Japanese man and a Jordanian pilot threatened with death by the Islamic State group. The extremists have that warned the captives will be killed by Wednesday night (more)

Quest Hires Interim Executive Director

(Photo - peoriamagazines.com) - Quest Charter Academy begins to sever its ties with Concept Schools...MORE

Measles Case In Chicago

(AP) Illinois public health officials say a suburban Chicago resident has a confirmed case of measles. IDPH Director Nirav Shah says just ten cases of measles have been reported in...MORE

Governor Pushing "Right To Work Zones"

(AP) Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says one of his priorities for his first year in office will be creating so-called...MORE

CAT Predicts "Tough" 2015

Caterpillar is reporting increased profit but slightly down sales and revenue for 2014. The company's year-end financial report showed a profit per share of $5.88...MORE

Burglary Suspect Found Hiding In Attic

A burglary suspect was found hiding in the attic of a home on Dechman Ave. Tuesday. Peoria police surrounded the home on Dechman near Gift...MORE

Dow Plunges After Weak Earnings/Orders

The Dow Jones industrial average has dropped nearly 400 points in late morning trading after disappointing earnings reports and a surprise drop in orders for long-lasting goods. The Dow was off 357 points...MORE

Bartonville McDonalds Held Up At Gunpoint

Bartonville Police say two black men are wanted for an armed robbery at the McDonalds restaurant on Rt. 24. Police say the suspects entered the restaurant just after 3:00 Tuesday morning dressed in all black...MORE

Police Arrest Pekin Man For Hit And Run

Pekin Police were called to the 700 block of East Shore Drive for a hit and run accident just after 6:30 Monday morning. A woman, who was walking her two dogs northbound on the street...MORE

Peoria Jazz Legend Dies

A Legendary Peoria entertainer has died. Jimmy Binkley died Monday at the age of 91, after being hospitalized for COPD. Binkley had been part of the Peoria music scene for 30 years, playing at local clubs, restaurants and hosting his annual Christmas co

Northeast Storm Downgraded

(AP) - Tens of millions of people along the East Coast hunkered down for a storm that for most failed to live up to predictions that it would be one of the worst they'd ever seen. Forecasters originally said the storm could bring 1 to 3 feet...MORE 

Pot Permit Applicants Want Process To Proceed

(AP) - Owners of businesses on former Gov. Pat Quinn's short list for medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensaries say the process was fair and should proceed. Public documents show Quinn's staff was ready to grant at least a dozen...MORE

Quest Payments To Be Linked To State Aid

A tentative five-year extension of the original charter between Peoria Public Schools and Quest Charter Academy will change the formula for making payments to...MORE

Change150 Endorses Two Candidates

Change150 is throwing its weight behind Dan Adler and Ernestine Jackson, the group announced Monday afternoon...MORE

Peoria Shooting Suspect Arrested

A Peoria man accused of shooting a woman inside a vehicle last week has been arrested...MORE

Pekin Police Chief Moving On

Pekin Police Chief Greg Nelson is leaving the department. After 20 years of service, Nelson is retiring February 14th to join...MORE

Rauner Puts Supporter On Sports Stadium Board

(AP) Gov. Bruce Rauner has replaced the leader of an Illinois agency that gave ex-Gov. Pat Quinn's former campaign manager a $160,000-a-year job....MORE

Snow Causes Traffic Issues In Peoria Area

Several minor crashes were reported throughout the region on Monday...MORE

Man Claims Responsibility For WH Drone

(AP) A man has come forward to say he was responsible for the drone that crashed early Monday on the White House grounds...MORE

Chicago Flights Canceled Ahead Of Nor'easter

(AP) - A winter storm forecast to bring up to 2 feet of snow to the East Coast has contributed to more than 175 flight cancellations in the Chicago area...MORE

Pekin Police Investigate Prank 911 Call

A rude awakening for some Pekin residents. Pekin police say officers reported to the 200 block of Cooper St. around 1:20 a.m. Sunday...MORE

Couple Arrested For DUI And Child Endangerment

Joshua Webb, 28, was stopped by Pekin Police early Sunday morning and charged with driving under the influence, violation of a protection order...MORE

Quinn Didn't Act On Pot Recommendations

(AP) - Newly released documents show former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn received recommendations on which businesses should receive lucrative medical marijuana licenses...MORE

East Prepares For Nasty Nor'easter

(AP) - A blizzard warning is in effect for a 250-mile stretch of the northeast, including New York, Boston and Philadelphia. It's being called a "potentially historic" storm that could blanket the Northeast Monday...MORE

Police Looking For Missing Peoria Teen

The Peoria Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding a missing teenager. Victoria Smith, 15, is 5'3, 130, and African American. She was last seen at her home in the 2600 block of W. Humboldt...MORE

Peoria Co. Officials Ask For Help Finding Suspect

The Peoria County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in locating 35-year-old Reginald Clemmons. He's wanted on a Peoria County warrant for unlawful possession of a controlled substance and a Tazewell County warrant...MORE

Amtrak Studying New Rail Line

(AP) - Amtrak is studying potential rail service between Danville and the Quad Cities. The service was listed among Amtrak's expansion planning projects in the railway's 2014 fiscal-year report...MORE

Peoria Co. Officials Ask For Help Finding Suspect

The Peoria County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in locating 35-year-old Reginald Clemmons. He is wanted on a Peoria County warrant for unlawful possession of a controlled substance and a Tazewell County warrant...MORE

Secret Service Recovers 'Device' At White House

(AP) -The Secret Service isn't commenting, but a White House spokesman says agents have retrieved a drone...MORE

Dove Disaster Prompts Change At The Vatican

(AP) The Vatican has given up on releasing doves as a symbol of peace. Instead, balloons were released today by children standing next to...MORE

Deadheads Butting Heads With Chicago Officials

(AP) Some Grateful Dead fans are asking for fans to be allowed to camp out overnight in parking lots near Chicago's Soldier Field during...MORE

President Condemns "Brutal Murder" Of Japanese Citizen

(AP) President Barack Obama has offered condolences to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the killing of a Japanese national by the Islamic State group...MORE

Illinois Illegals Utilizing State Program To Drive

(AP) More than 85,000 immigrants living in the U.S. illegally now have Illinois driver's licenses under a new state program...MORE

Big Welcome For President In India

(AP) President Barack Obama was greeted in India by an elaborate welcome at the country's sprawling presidential palace...MORE

Braves Snap Losing Streak Against The Bears

(Bradley Sports) - Bradley junior guard Warren Jones scored a game-high 16 points, including a wing 3-pointer with 1:31 left for the deciding points, leading the host Braves (7-14, 2-6 MVC) to a 61-59 win against Missouri State (8-12, 2-6 MVC) Saturday (more)

Snow Returns To Central Illinois

A fast moving storm system will move across Illinois by Sunday morning. Rain will change over to snow by mid-morning on Sunday from Galesburg thru Peoria to Bloomington. Accumulations of 1 to 3 linches expected in the area likely near sunset. (more)

Bomb Threat Against Two Planes In Atlanta

(AP) - Police are searching two planes at Atlanta's main airport after authorities received what they described as credible bomb threats. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport spokesman Reese McCranie said the threats targeted a Delta (more)

NSC Investigate Hostage Posting

(AP) - The White House National Security Council says U.S. intelligence officials are trying to determine whether an online message announcing the death of a Japanese hostage is authentic. The posting claims that one of the two Japanese hostages held by (more)

Police Chase And Crash Nets Two Arrests

The driver involved in a police chase that ended in a crash is facing drug-related charges. The chase started around 7:45 p.m. Friday...MORE

"Mr. Cub," Ernie Banks, Dies At 83

 (AP)- The Chicago Cubs say Hall of Fame slugger Ernie Banks has died. He was 83. The team announced Friday night...MORE

Police Chase Ends In Crash

A police chase ends with a two-car crash in Peoria. Police began pursuing an SUV around 7:45 p.m. Friday. The driver then sped away...MORE

Illinois Governor Makes Cabinet Appointments

 (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has made several cabinet secretary and agency appointments, including the top posts at the Labor, Human Rights and Financial and Professional Regulation departments and the Illinois State Police. Rauner on Friday (more)

Amazon To Start Collecting Tax From Illinoisans

(AP) Amazon will start collecting sales tax from Illinois shoppers next month. A new state law requires the online retailer to collect the six-and-a-quarter...MORE

Illinois Has Lowest Jobless Rate Since '08

(AP) - Illinois' unemployment rate fell in December to 6.2 percent. That's the lowest it has been in almost seven years...MORE

No Outgoing Message From Quinn

(AP) Former Gov. Pat Quinn worked right up until his successor was sworn into office last week. Despite the flurry of activity, the Democrat failed to fulfill a constitutional requirement...MORE

'Scarves From The Heart' Warming The Homeless

A local woman takes to Facebook to start a warming effort. Vhonda Shadrick says she created the "Scarves From The Heart" Facebook event recently after her son told her about a Canadian movement...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

(PJStar / AP) Peoria police have plans to expand use of a gunshot detection

(AP) Thousands are expected to march through central Moscow to mourn vetera

(Fox News) Spacewalking astronauts ventured out for the third time in just

(NSW Lincoln) A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6:00pm toni

(Bradley Sports) - Khristian Smith scored a game-high 16 points, including

An alleged hit and run accident damages a Peoria business. A vehicle descri
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(AP) - Police say they have found the NASCAR race car stolen from a hotel p

(AP) - President Barack Obama has signed a one-week funding bill for the Ho

Police are looking for the driver involved in a reported hit and run on the

(AP) The Associated Press has learned that Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock

The Dunlap School District is accepting applications to fill the school boa

(AP) - The House has approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Departme

March will be coming like a white lion. The National Weather Service has is

(AP) - The Senate has approved a bill to ensure full funding of the Homelan

The Peoria Riverfront Museum's Giant Screen Theater is gearing up to host "

(AP) Leonard Nimoy, world famous to "Star Trek" fans through a beloved cult

(AP) - The Missouri State Highway Patrol says seven people have been killed

The City of Peoria has plenty of places to warm up. With temperatures expec

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