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Former Peoria Chiefs Star Joins 500 Club


(VIDEO) Albert Pujols, who played for the Chiefs in 2000, hit his 500th career home run Tuesday night, becoming the 26th player in Major League Baseball history to accomplish the feat...MORE

Baby's Death Under Investigation


A coroner's jury has ruled the death of 4-month-old Aspen Elise Neal of East Peoria a homicide...MORE

'Twittergate' Raises Social Media Use Questions


An interactive media instructor at Bradley University says it's unclear whether anything wrong was actually done by the person who created a Twitter account that led to a police raid and arrest....MORE

Pepper Foam Used On D150 Student


Peoria District 150 School Resource Officers use pepper foam to subdue a middle school student at Trewyn School. The student, a female, was fighting with staff Tuesday morning. District officials say the student...MORE

IDOT Contract Worker Injured, Ticketed


(VIDEO) - A worker contracted to IDOT is lucky to be alive, but gets a ticket. Richard Gustafson, 57, of Washington was part of a crew on westbound I-74 near the Washington Street exit in East Peoria preparing traffic control for work...MORE

Another Term For Madigan As Party Chair


(AP) House Speaker Michael Madigan has been elected to his fifth term as chairman of the Illinois Democratic party...MORE

Red Cross Expands Local Disaster Assistance


Disaster recovery continues in Tazewell County, more than 5 months after the November 17th tornadoes. The American Red Cross is partnering with AmeriCares and Lutheran Disaster Response to help meet the ongoing needs...MORE

Sign Removed From I-74 Overpass


Motorists traveling east on I-74 Tuesday morning are greeted with a makeshift sign. The sign, appeared to be written on a bedsheet, read "Don't Shoot, Fire Steve!" The sign hanging from the Broadway Street overpass appeared...MORE

More Bodies Recovered From South Korean Ferry


The number of confirmed dead has reached 113 in the South Korean Ferry accident. About 190 passengers are still missing. Meanwhile, four crew members who are accused of abandoning the ship...MORE

Pension Costs Top Peoria's Financial Issues


Mayor Jim Ardis joined mayors from across Illinois in Chicago on Monday asking state lawmakers to overhaul local pension systems for police and fire departments. Ardis says for every dollar the city pays for wages, an additional 50 cents goes...MORE

President Surveying Mudslide Damage


President Barack Obama plans a brief visit to the Seattle area to survey damage from a mudslide that killed more than three dozen people.  Obama is making a brief stopover today while on his way to the Asia-Pacific...MORE

Peoria Park District Wants You To "Go Green"


The Peoria Parks District says Tuesday's Earth Day observance is a good time to start "thinking green." It's as easy as being mindful about what you buy at the store -- like opting for products made with biodegradable materials...MORE

U.S. Warns Russia: "Days, Not Weeks" To Comply


(AP) Russia has "days, not weeks" to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S. diplomat in Kiev warned Monday during a visit by Vice President Joe Biden.

Bank Robbery Suspect Found Hanging In Cell


Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says Kevin Angus, 26, of Canton, was pronounced dead early Monday morning...MORE

Durkin: State Can't Afford Obama Library


(AP) The top Republican in the Illinois House is criticizing Democrats for a plan that would put $100 million in taxpayer funds toward...MORE

U of I Star Shines In Boston Marathon


(AP) Tatyana McFadden of the United States has won the women's wheelchair race at the Boston Marathon on her 25th birthday...MORE

American Wins Boston Marathon


(VIDEO) - (AP) Fans at the finish line of the Boston Marathon have heard "The Star-Spangled Banner" today, after Meb Keflezighi became the first American to win the race since...MORE

PIA Taking Off


Airport officials say more than 59,000 passengers passed through the facility in March. That's 5% more than the previous monthly record, which was set in March 2013...MORE

IMRF Conducts Rate Meeting


The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund is the second largest public pension system in the state, but it's the best funded system in Illinois. "We made a little over 20 percent on our investments last year," says IMRF...MORE

Lt. Governor Wants To End Illinois' Food Insecurity


Children shouldn't go to bed hungry...and families should never have to worry about where they will get their next meal. That's why Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is pushing for easier access to healthy foods...MORE

Tight Security For Boston Marathon


(VIDEO) - (AP) - State and local officials are hoping for a safe but still enjoyable day for the 36,000 runners planning to participate in the Boston Marathon and the hundreds of thousands of spectators. One year after a pair of homemade bombs...MORE

IL Mayors Push For Officer Pension Reform


Mayors from across Illinois are holding a news conference, hoping to encourage state lawmakers to make changes to pension systems for local police and fire departments...MORE  

Ferry Crew's Actions Deemed "Unforgivable"


South Korean President Park Geun-hye says the captain and some of the crew of the sunken ferry committed "unforgivable, murderous acts" in the disaster.  The captain initially told passengers to stay in their rooms...MORE

CityLink Buses Offering Free Rides


CityLink celebrates its 6th Annual Passenger Appreciation Day Monday in honor of Jerome Lilly, with free rides on fixed routes all day. Jerome Lilly was a beloved General Manager for CityLink...MORE

Quinn: Medicaid Problems Will Be Fixed


(AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is promising tighter controls after a review found that the Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people who were dead...MORE

'Hurricane' Dies At 76


Rubin "Hurricane" Carter became an international symbol of racial injustice after he was wrongfully convicted of murder in the 1960s...MORE

Local Man Starts '50 For 50' Charity Campaign


The first-ever Easter Seals "Run, Rock, and Roll" race in East Peoria drew more than 400 participants on Saturday, and, for one of the runners, the sound of the starting gun commenced a nearly year-long effort. Mark Scott, a volunteer with the

Perfect Weekend For Easter Egg Hunts


The weather couldn't have been better for the Peoria Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt at Detweiller Park...MORE

Pope Calls For Peace During Easter Mass


(AP) - Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry...MORE

More Recalls From General Motors


(AP) Government documents show that General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and warranty repair claims...MORE

Quinn Backs Funding For Presidential Library


Gov. Pat Quinn is throwing his support behind a proposal to spend $100 million in state funds to sweeten Chicago's bid for the Obama presidential library and museum, despite budget woes.

NCLB Waiver Granted To Illinois


Illinois has joined 42 other states, along with Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, in getting a waiver from some of the mandates set forth in the No Child Left Behind Act...MORE

Ordinance Reminder In Tazewell County


(AP) - Tazewell County is reminding residents about a new ordinance that requires property owners to post reflective house numbers so first responders can find them in an emergency. The Tazewell County Board approved...MORE

Vinyl Making A Resurgence


Peoria record shop owners are gearing up for Record Store Day Saturday, a day when artists and bands big and small...MORE

Il. Medicaid Paid Millions To Dead People


  (AP) - An internal state government memo says auditors have found the Illinois Medicaid program has paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records...MORE

Twitter Raid Leads To More Parody Accounts


Call it an “unintended consequence.” Several new parody Twitter accounts for Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis have popped up this week in the aftermath of what some social media users dub “@Peoriamayor-gate.” The controversy was sparked...MORE

Child Hit By Car


It was a scary situation, but a child is expected to be okay after being hit by a car in Peoria's North Valley...MORE

UPDATE: Missing Elderly Man Found


James Diegel, 80, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, went missing Friday evening. He was found in Manito...MORE

Pipeline Decision Delayed


(AP) The State Department is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL pipeline before deciding whether to issue...MORE

I.C.C. Matching Students With Manufacturing Jobs


Illinois' unemployment rate is one of the highest in the nation, but there are still manufacturing jobs here left unfilled. Mike Sloan, Dean of Agriculture and Industrial Technologies at Illinois Central College, says manufacturing is the second...MORE

Ferry Investigation Focused On Captain


Prosecutors say they've asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead.  Prosecutors say they've also requested arrest warrants...MORE

Leuthold Murder Trial Pushed Back


A judge sets a new trial date for a Peoria man accused of murdering his wife on Valentine's Day last year. Nathan Leuthold's trial was scheduled to begin on May 5th...MORE

Guides Killed In Mt. Everest Avalanche


At least 12 Sherpa guides are dead in an avalanche Friday morning on Mt.Everest. The cascade of snow hit the group as they were fixing ropes for other climbers...MORE

Changing The Rules For Medical Marijuana


Illinois regulators crafting the first rules for the state's new medical marijuana industry have lowered patient fees and deleted a section that angered gun owners.  Patients would pay $100 a year to apply...MORE

Affordable Care Act Reaches 8 million


(AP) - President Barack Obama says 8 million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges. That's 1 million more than congressional scorekeepers had initially projected. .(more)

Shooting Suspect Arrested


Peoria Police arrested Adrian Jackson Thursday afternoon. The 21-year-old is accused of shooting a woman in the...MORE

Bank Robbery Suspects Caught


(News 25 photo) The Peoria County Sheriff's Department says Kevin Angus, 26, and Josh Wernsman, 24, have been taken into custody in connection with the robbery of Glasford State Bank...MORE

Hefty Price Tag For Record Winter


The City of Peoria spent about $2.1 million clearing the streets of snow and ice this winter...MORE

Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies


(AP) - A person close to the family has confirmed reports that that Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died. He was 87....(more)

Real Estate Tax Bills Going Out Soon


Peoria County Real Estate Tax bills will be mailed out Wednesday, April 23rd...MORE

Retired Lawyer Comes Back For Landslide Lawsuit


Carl Reardon, who once served as the City's attorney, came out of retirement to help 28 residents of East Peoria's Pinecrest Hills subdivision whose houses were affected by a massive landslide on April 17, 2013...MORE

Committee Approves Funds For Obama Museum


(AP) An Illinois House committee has advanced a plan to devote $100 million in state funds to help bring President...MORE

Illinois Jobless Rate Continues To Fall


Unemployment in Illinois is at its lowest level since 2009. The State Dept. of Employment Security says jobless rate dropped in March to 8.4 percent...MORE

Help "Turners" Become A Hit!


Everyone's got a dream...Travis Lipski's is to make a movie. The local guy is producing "Turners", a movie about 5 home healthcare workers, all on his own, and he's looking for investors. Lipski says he started the project...MORE

EP Landslide Victims File Lawsuit


Residents of four East Peoria houses affected by a landslide a year ago are among 28 homeowners suing the city of East Peoria. They want the city to pay for all the necessary arrangements so the houses can be...MORE

Jobless Claims Still At Pre-Recession Levels


 The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. The Labor Department says that the four-week average of applications...MORE

Fake Twitter Account Leads To Arrest


(AP) - Police trying to find out who was behind a fake Twitter account set up in the name of Peoria's mayor have raided a house and seized computers. Three people at 1220 N. University St. were taken for questioning, as were...MORE

Search For Survivors Continues In South Korea


A crew member of the South Korea ferry that sank says an evacuation order was not issued immediately because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel...MORE

Hearing Set In Rutherford Lawsuit


Lawyers for Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford are expected to appear in court to ask a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by a former employee.  A hearing is scheduled for Thursday in U.S. District Court...MORE

Tax Rollback Could Hurt Addiction Programs


Advocates for drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs say a $28.6 million budget cut is ill-timed as heroin and methamphetamine use climbs in Illinois...MORE

Peoria Police Investigating Shooting


Peoria Police are trying to piece together a shooting that happened Wednesday afternoon. A little after 4 o'clock a shooting victim was found in a...MORE

Cemetery Traffic Issues In Chillicothe


Would you interrupt a funeral for a Big Mac? For some drivers in Chillicothe, the answer is apparently, yes...MORE

Senator Kirk Promotes Stroke Research Funding


(AP) - Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk is promoting efforts he says should be taken to reduce the incidents of stroke and treat those afflicted by the illness.  (more)

Music Filling The Air Near Courthouse


It's an annual tradition outside the Peoria County Courthouse. More than 12,000 students will perform, exhibit and demonstrate their...MORE

PCAPS: Don't Pick Up Chicks This Easter


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

Psych Evaluation Ordered For Boston Suspect


(AP) The man who was arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line yesterday -- carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker -- is reported to have told an officer that it was...MORE

Pekin Police Make Car Burglary Arrest


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

Strip Club Tax Brings In Less Money


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

Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast


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

BBB Warns Of Bogus Emails


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

Man Charged For Boston Bomb Hoax


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

Dist. 150 Announces Principal Assignments


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

Legislators Talk Expanded Gambling


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

Lawyers Ask Judge To Drop Rutherford Lawsuit


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

Local Man Praised For Volunteer Efforts


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

CityLink To Host Open House


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

At Least One More Season For Stadium


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

Make Washington's "After Prom" Special


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

PAAR Reports Sluggish First Quarter


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

Cubs To The Suburbs?


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

CityLink Expands Bus Service on Sunday


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

Boston Marathon Bombing: One Year Later


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

Dist. 150 Board Approves RIF's


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

Rain & Cold Slow Illinois Corn Planting


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

Thousands Of Family Keepsakes Returned


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

Quinn Promotes Housing Program In Peoria


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

Chicago Man Loves Soda, Hates Taxes


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

Papers Win Pulitzer For NSA Stories


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

Blood Moon On The Rise


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

Reductions In Force On D150 Board Agenda


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

Thieves Targeting Unlocked Cars In Pekin


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

Schock Hosting Soldier's Movie Premiere


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

Quinn Touting Help For First-Time Home Buyers


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

 

Pope Poses For 'Selfies' After Service


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

Strong With The Force, The Library Is


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

Deadly Gun Battle In Eastern Ukraine


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

Police Looking For Alleged Shooter


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

Feds End Showdown With Nevada Rancher


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

Obama Reiterates Call For Equal Pay


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

Simon Raising Awareness Of Sexual Assault


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

Former Peoria Chiefs Star Joins 500 Club


(VIDEO) Albert Pujols, who played for the Chiefs in 2000, hit his 500th career home run Tuesday night, becoming the 26th player in Major League Baseball history to accomplish the feat...MORE
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A coroner's jury has ruled the death of 4-month-old Aspen Elise Neal of Eas

An interactive media instructor at Bradley University says it's unclear whe

Peoria District 150 School Resource Officers use pepper foam to subdue a mi

(VIDEO) - A worker contracted to IDOT is lucky to be alive, but gets a tick

(AP) House Speaker Michael Madigan has been elected to his fifth term as ch

Disaster recovery continues in Tazewell County, more than 5 months after th
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Motorists traveling east on I-74 Tuesday morning are greeted with a makeshi

The number of confirmed dead has reached 113 in the South Korean Ferry acci

Mayor Jim Ardis joined mayors from across Illinois in Chicago on Monday ask

President Barack Obama plans a brief visit to the Seattle area to survey da

The Peoria Parks District says Tuesday's Earth Day observance is a good tim

(AP) Russia has "days, not weeks" to abide by an international accord aimed

Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says Kevin Angus, 26, of Canton, was

(AP) The top Republican in the Illinois House is criticizing Democrats for

(AP) Tatyana McFadden of the United States has won the women's wheelchair r

(VIDEO) - (AP) Fans at the finish line of the Boston Marathon have heard "T

Airport officials say more than 59,000 passengers passed through the facili

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