An 'Opportunity To Heal' For D150

Jon Bateman says he's ready to help repair shattered relations between the community and Peoria School District 150 as the newest school board member, while Change150 says it's "cautiously optimistic" about his appointment...MORE

Violence In Gaza During Cease-Fire

(AP) - Gaza officials say at least four Palestinians have been killed by Israeli tank fire nearly two hours after Israel and Hamas began observing a three-day cease-fire...MORE

Lawmakers Push For Action On Asian Carp

(AP) - Illinois' two U.S. senators are pressing federal officials to take action against the threat of Asian carp and other invasive species. Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk sent a letter...MORE

Congress Approves VA Overhaul

(AP) - Congress has passed a landmark bill to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Senate easily approved the $16.3 billion compromise measure Thursday night (more)

Peoria Area Rakes In Tourism Dollars

The eight county region served by the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau brought in more than $643 million in tourism revenue in 2013, a 1.8 percent increase over 2012 numbers...MORE

BU Clarifying Sexual Misconduct Policies

One of the biggest issues facing higher education today is sexual misconduct. Students heading back to Bradley University this fall will find out how serious the university is...MORE

Stocks Plunge

(AP) U.S. stocks had their worst one-day drop since February as traders worried about weak corporate earnings and...MORE

No Vote To Address Immigration Crisis

(AP) The House has abandoned a vote on legislation to address the immigration crisis on the border after tea partyers withdrew their support...MORE

D150 Board Names Appointee

The Peoria District 150 school board has appointed Jon Bateman to fill its District 3 vacancy. The board chose Bateman over 7 other applicants for the seat...MORE

Two Shot In Downtown Chicago

(VIDEO) - (AP) - Chicago police say a demoted worker shot and critically injured his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself at their office in a downtown high-rise...MORE

Petelle Withdraws, Board Narrows Choice

Former District 150 school board member Laura Petelle withdraws from consideration for a vacant school board seat, while...MORE

Jobless Aid Apps Rise To 302,000

(AP) - More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but jobless claims remain at pre-recession levels. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid rose 23,000...MORE

Israel Vows To Destroy Hamas Tunnels

(AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the military will dismantle the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire." Netanyahu says he will not accept any truce that won't allow...MORE

Jury: D150 Justified In Firing Admin

A former Peoria School District 150 administrator will get some compensation out of a federal lawsuit she filed against her old employer, but it’s far from the full amount she wanted...MORE

House Approves Lawsuit Against Obama

(AP) - A sharply divided House has approved a Republican plan to file an election-season federal lawsuit against President Obama. The suit will contend that Obama has exceeded his constitutional powers in the way he has enforced the 2010 health care law. (more)

Agridyne Deaths Were Accidental

The Tazewell County Coroner confirms the deaths of two men at a Pekin plant last month were accidental. 37-year-old Frank Rosebur, Jr. of Peoria tried to save his co-worker...MORE

State: Deadly Fire Was No Accident

Aunterrio  Barney allegedly set fire to a house on North University Street during the early morning hours on April 21, 2010, killing four people...MORE

House Passes Billion Dollar VA Bill

(AP) The House has approved a compromise bill to refurbish the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans' health care...MORE

Lerner Slams Republicans In Emails

(AP) A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversial calls Republicans "crazies" and more in newly released...MORE

Hyundai Recalling Popular Sonata Models

(AP) - Hyundai is recalling its popular Sonata midsize sedan to fix problems with the gear shift levers. The recall covers 883,000 cars from the 2011 through 2014...MORE

Suspect In West Bluff Shooting Indicted

 Davonta Kemp, 18, is accused of shooting another man hip during an argument outside his home in the 700 block of West Russell earlier this month...MORE

Immunizations Required For Back-To-School

As you get the kids ready for back-to-school, don't forget to check their health records. For the first time, kids in Kindergarten, 6th, and 9th grades must have 2 chicken pox vaccines...MORE

Group Appeals For Term Limits Question

(AP) - A group pushing for lawmaker term limits has filed a court appeal to get their question on November's ballot. The Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits filed a motion Tuesday...MORE

Murder, Arson Suspect's Trial Begins

Barney allegedly set fire to a house on North University Street in April 2010. Four people, including a two-year-old child, died...MORE

House Considering $17 Billion VA Compromise

(AP) - With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is moving quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA...MORE 

CityLink Outlines Options For New Transfer Facility

Peoria's transit system is looking at giving residents on the upper edge of the city more options. CityLink is looking at six sites as potential locations for a Peoria North Side Transfer Zone facility. The locations were evaluated (more)

Intimidation From The Top

A judge's ruling seems to provide hard evidence of fear and intimidation by Dist. 150 Superintendent Grenita Lathan. An administrative law judge...MORE

Sports Complex Construction Delayed

A youth sports facility to be built on Peoria's north side will likely not be hosting any events until 2015...MORE

U.S. Slapping Russia With New Sanctions

(AP) President Barack Obama has announced new economic sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy in the latest move by...MORE

Dr: Tanned Skin Is Damaged Skin

(AP) The acting U.S. surgeon general is asking Americans to give up their love of sunbathing and indoor tanning beds, citing an alarming...MORE

Ballot Will Include Million Dollar Question

(AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation allowing voters to weigh in on whether Illinois millionaires should pay more income tax. The Democrat signed the proposal Tuesday...MORE

D150 Board Interviews Set To Begin

The District 150 school board is ready to start interviewing prospective board members. There are eight applicants for the District 3 seat...MORE

St. Jude Runners Leave For Memphis

(VIDEO) - The St. Jude Memphis to Peoria run gets underway with the caravan of motorhomes carrying the 175 runners to Memphis. This is...MORE

Bartonville Fire Victim Identified

Bartonville Police and Firefighters were called to 319 Harrison Street around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday for a house fire. When they arrived, they were told a woman was still inside...MORE

House To Vote On Border Crisis Bill

(AP) - House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back...MORE

Russia Violated 1987 Nuclear Missile Treaty

(AP) - The Obama administration is accusing Russia of violating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach a, quote, 'very serious matter.' An administration official says the United States has notified Russia (more)

Senate To Vote On Highway Funding

(AP) - The Senate is scheduled to take up legislation Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to states, with just three days left before the government plans to start slowing down payments...MORE

EPA Says No To PCBs

(AP) The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will block the storage of toxic PCBs in a central Illinois landfill that sits over an aquifer that...MORE

'Cautiously Optimistic' About Don't Shoot

Law enforcement officials say an anti-gang violence initiative has helped lower crime numbers in Peoria, but the battle continues to rage on...MORE

Judge Rules Against LA Clippers Owner

(AP) A judge has ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and cleared the way for the $2 billion sale of the team...MORE

Mother Nature Keeping West Nile At Bay

(AP) Experts say what has so far been a cool, wet summer is probably limiting West Nile virus in Illinois...MORE

Medicare Finances Improve

(AP) - The government says Medicare's finances have improved. The program's hospital trust fund won't be exhausted...MORE

D150 Wants Buy-In To New Sex Ed Policy

"We have morals, but that's neither here nor there. This is a health crisis." Peoria School District 150 Director of Special Education, Maureen Langholf, says that is why...MORE

CityLink Hosting Transfer Center Open House

The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District (CityLink) is giving riders a second chance to learn about a potential North Side Transfer Center. Consultants for CityLink's North Side Transfer Zone project...MORE

More Strikes On Gaza

(AP) - The Israeli military says it has carried out three airstrikes on Gaza, targeting Hamas rocket launchers and infrastructure in the strip. The strikes broke a relative lull...MORE

Making A Case For Raising Minimum Wage

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has agreed to briefly live on the equivalent of a minimum-wage salary as he rallies support for a ballot measure. Quinn and other Democrats spoke at a Chicago campaign event...MORE

Compromise On VA Health Program

(AP) - House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records. The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees will today unveil...MORE

Change150 President Done With Peoria Schools

Change150 president Jim Powell announced on a blog post that he's putting his kids in private school. The reason, he writes, is to escape the stress put on his family by what he describes as ineffective, and damaging, district management...MORE

'Don't Shoot' Update Scheduled For Monday

Peoria law enforcement officials are set to discuss the next phase of an anti-gang violence initiative...MORE

Police Search For Shooting Suspect

The Peoria Police are looking for a man wanted for attempted murder, among other charges. Police have identified the man as 33-year-old Robert D. Luckett after a Saturday morning shooting...MORE

Hamas Rejects Truce, Fires At Israel

(Fox News) Hamas said it fired five rockets at Israel late Saturday after rejecting Israel's offer to extend a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire by four hours, casting new doubt on international efforts to broker an end to 19 days of fighting...MORE

D150 Board Interviews Next Week

The Peoria District 150 school board has scheduled a series of meetings next week to interview the eight applicants...MORE

Stormy Weather On The Way

The National Weather Service is forecasting strong to severe storms throughout the Central Illinois area...MORE

Huckabee To Attend "Sizzle and Swizzle"

Former Arkansas Governor and GOP Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will be in Peoria next month. Huckabee will be the main event...MORE

Real Concerns About Fake Cops

Sometimes, it's not a cop. That's a painful lesson learned by a man who was pulled over by what appeared to be an unmarked police SUV on I-55 near Litchfield late Tuesday night...MORE

Missing Woman Contacts Family

A Peoria woman reported missing this week is safe...MORE

12-hour Humanitarian Cease Fire in Gaza

(AP) - Despite fruitless attempts by diplomats to achieve a weeklong truce in the fighting in Gaza, Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian cease fire to begin Saturday morning. (more)

Budget Woes For The River City

It's going to be a lean few months for the City of Peoria as it tries to recoup an expected $2 million deficit...MORE

Destructive Beetle Jumps Quarantine Zone

(AP) The Illinois Department of Agriculture says the destructive emerald ash borer has been found in Peoria and Tazewell counties...MORE

Israel Says No To Temporary Truce

(AP) Israeli media say the country's Security Cabinet has unanimously rejected a U.S. proposal for a temporary pause in...MORE

A Busy Morning For Firefighters

No one is hurt, but several people are left without a place to live after a pair of unrelated fires...MORE

Event Offers Free School Supplies

Dream Center Peoria is ready to hand out 3,000 backpacks to District 150 students through an event called "Backpack Peoria."...MORE

Anne Fox Retiring From Red Cross

Following 31 years with the Central Illinois Region of the American Red Cross, Anne Fox will retire...MORE

Peoria Woman Reported Missing

Peoria Police are asking the public's help to find a missing Peoria woman. Felicia Kennedy, 28, was dropped off at Logan School...MORE

Area Chamber Helps Peoria Girls

The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce steps up to help two Central Peoria girls. 1470 & 100.3 WMBD reported the girls' lemonade stand that was stolen earlier this week...MORE

Extra Innings For Sports Complex Development

Plans for the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex will have to round the bases again after a key deadline was missed...MORE

Man Robbed by Fake Police on I-55

Illinois State Police say a driver was robbed on Interstate 55 near Litchfield by men who impersonated police officers. According to the Belleville News-Democrat the man told police he was pulled over around 10 p.m. Tuesday (more)

Rock Island Trail Is Complete

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Thursday to celebrate the opening of the Rock Island Greenway Bridge, which spans over North Knoxville Ave. in Peoria to connect the Rock Island Trail...MORE

Detweiler At Dark To Benefit JDRF

The running event known as "Detweiler at Dark" steps off Friday night on the cross country course at Peoria's Detweiler Park. It's an annual fundraiser...MORE

State Department: Russia Attacking Ukraine

(FOX NEWS) Obama administration officials said Thursday that Russia is firing artillery from its own territory into Ukraine to hit Ukrainian military sites, pointing to escalating Russian involvement in the deadly conflict...MORE

Profit Up, Revenue Down In Cat's 2Q

While second quarter sales and revenue at Caterpillar were down slightly compared to last year, profit was up. Cat reports profit per share...MORE

Quinn Slams Rauner For "Dishonest Ad"

(AP) The Republican candidate for Illinois governor's most recent campaign ad is being called into question for tailoring headlines from news stories to look more...MORE

MO Crash Kills 3 From Benson

Three members of a Woodford County family are dead, while another is hospitalized, after a head-on crash in Missouri. Dead are:(MORE)

Fire In Peoria Basement

Fire in the basement of Peoria apartment house. It took firefighters less than 15 minutes to get the blaze under control...MORE

Missing Plane "Probably Crashed"

(AP) - France's foreign minister says the Air Algerie flight that has gone missing over northwestern Africa...MORE

Home Invasion Sentencing Delayed

The sentencing of a man linked to a series of home invasions in Peoria is delayed after his attorney withdraws from the case. Stefan Crayton...MORE

Pekin House Fire

A house fire is reported in Pekin. Pekin firefighters were called to 1305 Jerome Street about 1:35 a.m. Thursday...MORE

Lemonade Stand Stolen

A summertime staple has been soured by a ne'er-do-well...MORE

FEMA Provides Fire Grants in Illinois

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded $1,607,356 in grants to eight communities in Illinois. The funding will support and improve the capability of each department to respond to fires and other types of emergencies. (more)

FAA Lifts Ban on US Flights to Tel Aviv Airport

(AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights to Israel, which it had imposed out of concern over the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets. The agency made its decision late Wednesday (more)

Peoria City Council Making Due

The Peoria City Council's Tuesday night meeting looked more like the set of a strange new game show than a forum in which serious business was being conducted, an unintended consequence of the panel having to take its show on the road...MORE

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Discussed

(AP) A lawmaker who helped push through a bill that allows Illinois residents to carry concealed weapons is suggesting the law is too hard on...MORE

Attorneys Didn't 'Play For The Camera'

The lawyers involved in the high-profile trial of Nathan Leuthold say expanded media coverage didn't affect the way they argued the case...MORE

Crash Victims' Bodies In Netherlands

(AP) - Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have landed...MORE

Anti-Violence Program Gaining Momentum

Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy says Don't Shoot is working. More details of the continuing anti-gun crime effort will be explained...MORE

Retirees Fight Proposed Development

Residents of a northwest Peoria retirement community are rallying to keep a large apartment complex from moving into their backyards...MORE

Chiefs, Police Handing Out Free Baseballs

The Peoria Chiefs, with the help of Peoria Police, are handing out free baseballs to kids. Officers will hand out 750...MORE

Blood Donations Down This Summer

The American Red Cross says it desperately needs people to give blood...MORE

Downtown Peoria Hotel Remains Closed

When will Four Points by Sheraton reopen in downtown Peoria? The hotel's been closed since last October for renovations. It was originally scheduled to be back in business in February. A hotel official tells the Journal Star the hotel, and its 116 r

No Evidence On Who Shot Down Malaysia Flight 17

(AP) - Senior U.S. intelligence officials say they have no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. They say the passenger jet was likely felled by an SA-11 surface-to-air missile (more)

Conflicting Rulings On Healthcare Law

(AP) Officials say Illinois health insurance customers shouldn't feel any immediate effect of a federal appeals court panel's ruling as a confusing...MORE

Repairs Coming To Roads And Bridges

(AP) Gov. Pat Quinn has approved an approximately $1 billion capital construction spending plan intended to repair Illinois...MORE

More Airlines Canceling Flights To Israel

(AP) The European Aviation Safety Agency says it "strongly recommends" that airlines refrain from operating flights to and from...MORE

Victim's Family Relieved By Leuthold Verdict

It was a bittersweet victory for the parents of Denise Leuthold as their daughter's killer was found guilty of first degree murder...MORE

D150 Revising Sex Education Policy

Peoria School District 150 is working on updating its sex education curriculum. Number one, because state law says it has to...MORE

Driver Charged In I-55 Crash

(VIDEO) - (AP) - Illinois State Police say five people were killed and five others injured in a pair of accidents...MORE

Leuthold Found Guilty Of Murder

The man accused of murdering his wife in their North Peoria home has been found guilty...MORE

D150 Supt. Gets 2% Raise

The District 150 school board gives Superintendent Grenita Lathan a two-percent raise, retroactive to July first. It was not a unanimous...MORE

Rauner Not Giving Up On Term Limits

(AP) Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner says he's continuing his efforts to impose term limits on Illinois legislators...MORE

Medical Pot OK For Kids With Epilepsy

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that will allow minors with epilepsy to use medical marijuana...

Santana Coming To Peoria Oct. 7

Santana is bringing "The Corazon Tour" to the Peoria Civic Center Arena Tuesday, October 7. Santana's most recent album...MORE

It's In The Jury's Hands Now

The jury in the Nathan Leuthold murder trial began its deliberations around 4:15 Monday afternoon after a long afternoon of closing remarks from...MORE

State: Leuthold Executed His Wife

In closing arguments of the Nathan Leuthold murder trial Monday afternoon Peoria County State's Attorney Jerry Brady says Leuthold waited for the perfect time, then...MORE

Leuthold Will Not Testify In His Defense

(Update) Nathan Leuthold, accused of murdering his wife Denise on Valentine's Day 2013, has decided against testifying in his own defense...MORE

Woman Killed In Peoria County Crash

One woman is dead after a one-car crash in Peoria County. Authorities say a woman was found dead and partially ejected...MORE

Supt. Pay Raise On D150 Agenda

A two-percent raise for District 150 Superintendent Grenita Lathan will be discussed by the school board...MORE

Economy Remains Focus Of Governor's Race

(AP) When it comes to the jobs question in Illinois' gubernatorial race, Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner wield economic numbers like...MORE

"Maverick" Dies At His California Home

(AP) Actor James Garner, wisecracking star of TV's "Maverick" who went on to a long career on both small and big screen, has died in...MORE

Governor Says He Believes In Redemption

(AP) Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation requiring private employers in Illinois to first evaluate job applicants' skills then ask about criminal histories...MORE

RJ Reynolds Ordered To Pay $23.6B In Damages

(AP) A Florida jury has slammed the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996. The case is one of thousands filed in Florida...MORE

Crash Site Monitors Hampered By Rebels

(AP) - International monitors say they're being hampered by heavily armed rebels at the site of the Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine. The Organization for Security and Cooperation...MORE

Housing Authority Delays Greeley Project

The Peoria Housing Authority isn't quite ready to move ahead with plans for the Greeley Scholar House...MORE

Raber's Packing Company Recalling Beef Jerky

Raber's Packing Company of Peoria is recalling 21 pounds of its beef jerky because the product was uninspected. The product subject to the recall was sold in 25 oz. bags labeled "Grand Champion Raber's Original Beef Jerky." (more)

Bikers Riding For A Cause

About 2,000 bikers are expected at this year's "Bikers for Ta-Tas" Ride Saturday. The annual fundraiser is an awareness event for breast cancer...MORE

Leuthold's Web Searches Included Murder

There's no smoking gun, but prosecutors are pointing to a series of Internet searches performed on Nathan Leuthold's computer as being the next best thing...MORE

Quinn Signing "Ban The Box" Legislation

(AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn will sign legislation requiring private employers in Illinois to first evaluate job applicants' skills then ask about criminal...MORE

Leuthold, Aina Discussed Murder Case

Transcripts of phone calls between Nathan Leuthold and Aina Dobilaite were read aloud for the jury on Friday...MORE

CityLink Making Changes In Pekin

If you take a Pekin CityLink bus, you'll see some changes come Monday. The bus routes are changing because ridership has more than doubled in Pekin...MORE

Hours Of Police Interviews Angered Leuthold

Day 5 of the Nathan Leuthold murder trial begins with more video of his initial interview with police after his wife Denise Leuthold was found dead in their Mossville Road home on Valentine's Day 2013. In the video, Leuthold talks about stress in his

Peoria Shooting Suspect Arrested

Peoria Police have arrested a man wanted for Wednesday nights's shooting at Griswold Liquors. Police believe Javon Walker, 21, shot at man at Griswold Liquors...MORE

Putin Calls For Peace

(AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin says all parties in the conflict in eastern Ukraine...MORE

IL Supreme Court Won't Hear Term Limits Appeal

(AP) - The Illinois Supreme Court won't review a lower court ruling barring a question on lawmaker term limits from appearing on November's ballot...MORE

Missile Downed Airliner; Unclear Who Launched Strike

(AP) - Ukraine is accusing pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysia Airlines jet Thursday. The rebels are denying it. Ukraine's security services say two intercepted telephone conversations show the rebels were responsible, (more)

Leuthold Frustrated During Police Interview

The jury in the Nathan Leuthold murder trial heard from the defendant himself, in a way, in the fourth day of testimony...MORE

Israel Launches Ground Offensive In Gaza

(AP) The Israeli military says it has launched a ground offensive in Gaza. The army said in a statement late Thursday that after 10 days of Hamas attacks, it has...MORE

State Unemployment Rate Dips Again

(AP) The state Department of Employment Security says Illinois unemployment dropped in June to 7.1 percent...MORE

Pastors Take The Stand In Leuthold Trial

As a fourth day of the Nathan Leuthold murder trial got underway Thursday morning, David Sexton, Leuthold's pastor from LaMarsh Baptist Church, was first to take the witness stand...MORE

Renewed Effort Seeks More Minority Businesses

There's a renewed effort to increase the number of construction companies owned by minorities, women and disadvantaged business owners. A new Contractors Development Initiative...MORE

Traffic And Parking Rules For Music Fest

An estimated 7,000 to 10,000 people will be on hand each day of the Country Life Music Festival...MORE

Report: Malaysian Jet Shot Down

 (AP) - An Associated Press journalist has counted at least 22 bodies at the plane wreckage site in eastern...MORE

West Nile Virus Found In Peoria County

A bird has tested positive for West Nile virus in Peoria County. The Peoria City/County Health Department says now that a bird carrying the ...MORE

Hockey Fans Saying Goodbye To Bruce Saurs

Peoria hockey fans begin to say their final goodbyes to Bruce Saurs. The co-owner of the Peoria Rivermen died last Thursday...MORE

Gaza Cease-Fire Over, Fighting Resumes

(AP) - A five-hour cease-fire between Israel and Hamas has ended. And the Israeli military says a rocket fired from Gaza landed in Israel just as the cease-fire...MORE

Illinois Running Out Of Room For Trash

 (AP) - The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency says the state's municipal landfills have a combined life expectancy of 21...MORE

Leuthold's Alleged Mistress Testifies

The relationship between Nathan Leuthold and a Lithuanian student he supported was a central part of day three of the trial in which the north Peoria man is accused of murdering his wife...MORE

Woodford County Health Dept. Warns of West Nile

A hawk in Woodford County has tested positive for West Nile Virus. According to the Woodford County Health Department, they are asking the public to continue to inform them of any dead birds that do not show obvious causes of death or decomposition. (more)

Missing Emails Part Of IRS Probe

(AP) - A Justice Department investigation into the Internal Revenue Service is expanding to include an inquiry into the disappearance of emails from a former senior IRS official...MORE

Investigation Into Quinn Program Stalls

(AP) Illinois lawmakers have not decided how to move forward with their investigation of Gov. Pat Quinn's anti-violence program...MORE

Inmate Says Wife's Murder Was "A Present"

Nathan Leuthold apparently told a fellow inmate at the Peoria County Jail he killed his wife...MORE

Traffic Jams Expected At Country Shows

If you'll be picking up someone from the country shows at Ravina On The Lakes this weekend, be prepared to deal with lots of traffic when the last show of the night...MORE

BMW Announces Recall

(AP) - BMW is expanding a recall of its most popular models to fix a growing air bag problem...MORE

Medical Marijuana Program One Step Closer

(AP) - The Skokie Democrat who sponsored Illinois' medical marijuana legislation is praising state officials and Gov. Pat Quinn for moving deliberately on regulations...MORE

Juror Dismissed From Leuthold Trial

Testimony is underway in day three of the Nathan Leuthold trial in Peoria County Court. Leuthold is accused...MORE

Legislators Look At Changing Prison System

(AP) - A legislative committee is gathering information on ways to address Illinois' prison population. The Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee heard more than three hours of testimony...MORE

Police: Leuthold Never Seemed Concerned

Nathan Leuthold never showed any emotion, even when graphic images of his slain wife were displayed in the courtroom, as the first full day of testimony in his murder trial came and went...MORE

Gov. Candidates Bank Campaign Funding

(AP) - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has banked about $12 million for his November re-election bid. The Chicago Democrat released his second-quarter campaign finance report. It shows Quinn raised about $3.7 million in the three-month period that ended June. (more)

Popular Business Returns To Peoria, Adds Jobs

Running Central opened its new location at 311 Water Street in Peoria's Warehouse District Tuesday morning...MORE

Pekin Ordinance Targets Rental Properties

The goal of a new Pekin ordinance is simply to reduce crime. The Crime Free Housing Ordinance focuses on rental properties. One benefit of the ordinance will be better communication...MORE

Washington Appoints New Fire Board Member

Washington's City Council has appointed a  new representative to the city's fire board. William Gallaway was nominated by Mayor Gary Manier...MORE

Jobs Cut At Scott AFB

(AP) - Nearly 300 jobs are to be cut at Scott Air Force Base in southern Illinois. The...MORE

Home Sales Rebound In 2nd Qtr

The Peoria Housing Market shakes off slow start to 2014. The Peoria Area Association of Realtors reports...MORE

Affair Set Stage For Murder, Prosecutors Say

The high-profile trial of Nathan Leuthold, accused of killing his wife on Valentine's Day 2013, is underway...MORE

Gaza Air Strikes Resume Despite Cease-Fire

(AP) - The Israeli military says it has resumed airstrikes on Gaza after Hamas militants violated a de-escalation brokered by Egypt...MORE

Good News On U.S. Employment

(AP) - Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen has some good news for Congress this week about the health of the labor market...MORE

Temporary Cease-fire Between Israel and Hamas

(AP) - Both Israel and Hamas say they are seriously considering a cease-fire proposal presented by Egypt. Egypt's three-step plan would have the cease-fire to go into effect within 12 hours of "unconditional acceptance" by the two sides. (more)

Ex-Husband Of Murdered Woman Kills Himself

Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll confirms the body of Daniel Wilson, 51, was found Monday morning in a car at a marina...MORE

UPDATE: Charges Filed In Fatal Crash

East Peoria police say Jacob Lehmkuhl, 22, was taken into custody not long after the crash, which happened near the intersection of Meadows Ave. and Pleasant Hill Road around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Lehmkuhl so far has only been cited for DUI...MORE

D150 Board Pres. Reacts To Applicant List

District 150's school board president says she is pleasantly surprised at the list of eight applicants...MORE

Sophanavong Wants To Retract Plea

A Peoria man sentenced to 55 years in prison for fatally shooting his wife says he wants to retract his guilty plea. 45-year old old Phouvone Sophanavong says he got the wrong advice from lawyers...MORE

Accused Murderer's Trial Begins

Jury selection for Nathan Leuthold’s trial is set to begin Monday at the Peoria County Courthouse..MORE

Obama Transportation Stalemate

(AP) - President Barack Obama will press Congress this week to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states...MORE

Quinn Pushing For Gun Safety Act

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is once again calling for legislation that would ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition...MORE

Peoria Goes Dark

Ameren Illinois crews turned off the lights for much of the area just after 4:30 a.m. Sunday...MORE

D150 Adds Another IB School

It will now be called Sterling International Baccalaureate Middle School. Sterling is only Illinois...MORE

Israel Defends Mosque Attack; Gaza Death Toll 135

(AP) - Israel is defending its airstrike against a Gaza mosque, saying Hamas was hiding rockets there, right next to another religious site and civilian homes. Releasing an aerial photo of the mosque, the Israeli military said Gaza militant groups (more)

Ameren's 'Code Of Silence' Inconsistent

 Ameren Illinois says it was following corporate protocol when it asked that news of a planned power outage for some of downtown Peoria not be released to the general public, but that protocol isn't holding up in other cases...MORE

Leave The Fishing Pole At Home

This weekend's Flying Fish Bowfishing Tournament in East Peoria will require a bit more skill than just holding a pole. Teams from across the Midwest will use arrows and nets...MORE

Petelle Applies For D150 Seat

Laura Petelle wants back on the Peoria District 150 school board. Petelle is one of eight people to apply...MORE

Dist. 51 Supt. Going To Dist. 50

The superintendent of one Washington school district is moving across town. Chad Allaman...MORE

Peoria's Shaun Livingston Signs with Golden State

The Golden State Warriors have signed guard Shaun Livingston to the contract agreed to last week. The Warriors...MORE

Earthquake Strikes Japan

(AP) - A 6.8-magnitude earthquake has hit Japan's northern coast near the nuclear power plant crippled in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami...MORE

Back To Cleveland

(AP) - LeBron James is going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. James tells Sports Illustrated...MORE

Ameren Keeping Peoria In The Dark

Ameren Illinois is shutting off the power for downtown Peoria this weekend, an action the utility is apparently trying to keep under wraps...MORE

D150 Deadline Approaches

The Peoria District 150 school board is accepting letters of interest from potential school board...MORE

Senator Sounds Off On Immigration Overload

(AP) - Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk is demanding criminal background checks on the unaccompanied children that have crossed the U.S. border with Mexico. According to Kirk, 429 unaccompanied minors are now living...MORE

Scammer: Pay Up Or Go To Jail

Law enforcement says a scammer is trying to get you to pay to stay out from behind bars. At least one person in the Peoria area has been targeted by the scam. Officials say the caller claimed to be with the Illinois State Police, (more)

Obama: US Willing to Negotiate Israel Cease-Fire

(AP) - President Obama is telling Israel's leader that the United States is willing to negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, (more)

Taxes, Probe Highlight Campaign Visits

Politicians visited Peoria Thursday to talk about two different topics. Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Paul Vallas wants Republican candidate for Governor...MORE

Peoria Remembers Bruce Saurs

Peoria's "Mr. Hockey" has died. Bruce Saurs, who celebrated his 88th birthday Wednesday...MORE

The Heart Of Illinois Fair Is Back

The Heart of Illinois Fair is offering special online ticket packages for the first time to honor its 65th year. Advance sale ticket deals...MORE

Texas Gunman Charged With Capital Murder

(AP) - Authorities say a gunman who killed four children and two adults in suburban Houston has been charged in their deaths. Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Ron Hickman says 33-year-old Ronald Lee Haskell persuaded...MORE

Unemployment Apps Down, Job Market Improving

(AP) - Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, driving down the level of applications to nearly the lowest in seven years...MORE

State Making Timely Payments To Schools

(AP)-- Illinois has broken its streak of late grant payments to schools for the first time since 2007. State Superintendent Christopher Koch praised the news in a letter to school officials...MORE

Montessori Makes Offer On Old School

The City of Peoria and District 150 Schools may have a buyer for the Old Washington school building on Moss Avenue. The Montessori Children's House...MORE

Several Children Killed In Texas Shooting

(VIDEO) - (AP) - Six people are dead, including four children, after someone opened fire at a home in a normally quiet neighborhood in the northern Houston, Texas suburb of Spring...MORE

Fire Board Member Quits - No Quorum Left

The Washington Fire Board now does not have enough members to hold any vote concerning Fire Chief Mike Vaughn's contract...MORE

Two Stars Staying With Blackhawks

(AP) The Blackhawks have agreed to eight-year contract extensions with captain Jonathan Toews and star forward Patrick Kane...MORE

Another Reason To Hate Mosquitoes

Chikungunya is a virus carried by the pesky bugs that's made its way from the Caribbean into the U.S., and into Illinois. Officials with the Illinois Department of Public Health say they've seen...MORE

President Has No Plans To Visit Texas Border

 (AP)-- The humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is increasingly becoming a political liability for President Obama, giving Republicans a fresh opportunity to question...MORE

National Guard Airmen Return To Peoria

(AP) - About 40 members of the Illinois Air National Guard have returned home after serving in southwestern Asia. The 182nd Airlift Wing...MORE

District 150's Hiring Drivers

Can you drive a bus? Peoria District 150 is looking to fill 40 bus driver positions for the coming school year. The school district held a job fair Tuesday...MORE

New PR Job 'Unrelated' To Twitter Scandal

The City of Peoria is now looking for a communications specialist, a move which one official maintains has nothing to do with what some see as the biggest public relations faux pas the city has seen in years...MORE

Snowden Wants To Stay In Russia

(AP) - A Russian lawyer for former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden says his client has applied to extend his stay in Russia...MORE

Sparks Fly At Fire Dept. Board Meeting

A Washington Fire Department Board member has walked out of discussions over whether to renew Fire Chief Mike Vaughn's contract...MORE

Violence Erupts On Gaza Strip

(AP) - Palestinian medical officials now say at least 19 Palestinians, including three children, have been killed in Israeli air and sea attacks today on the Gaza Strip...MORE

Two Deputies Hurt In Pekin Junction Crash

The wreck happened around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Route 24 and Route 9. Illinois State Police officials say the squad car was stopped at the crossing to redirect traffic when another car rear-ended it...MORE

State Police Could Battle Chicago Violence

(AP) Gov. Pat Quinn says he would be prepared to deploy state police to help address Chicago violence if Mayor Rahm Emanuel requests it...MORE

New Twist To An Old Scam

The Peoria Police Department is warning residents of a advertisement scam on Craigslist and Facebook...MORE

Fourth Applicant For D150 Board Seat

And now there are four. A fourth applicant has stepped forward for the vacant District 150 school board seat. Melvin McCaw joins...MORE

President Plans Border Crisis Meeting

(AP) - President Barack Obama will discuss the crisis at the border with faith leaders and local officials in Texas Wednesday...MORE

An 'Opportunity To Heal' For D150

Jon Bateman says he's ready to help repair shattered relations between the community and Peoria School District 150 as the newest school board member, while Change150 says it's "cautiously optimistic" about his appointment...MORE

(AP) - Gaza officials say at least four Palestinians have been killed by Is

(AP) - Illinois' two U.S. senators are pressing federal officials to take a

(AP) - Congress has passed a landmark bill to help veterans avoid long wait

The eight county region served by the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors B

One of the biggest issues facing higher education today is sexual misconduc

(AP) U.S. stocks had their worst one-day drop since February as traders wor

(AP) The House has abandoned a vote on legislation to address the immigrati

The Peoria District 150 school board has appointed Jon Bateman to fill its

(VIDEO) - (AP) - Chicago police say a demoted worker shot and critically in

Former District 150 school board member Laura Petelle withdraws from consid

(AP) - More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but jobless

(AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the military will dis

A former Peoria School District 150 administrator will get some compensatio

(AP) - A sharply divided House has approved a Republican plan to file an el

The Tazewell County Coroner confirms the deaths of two men at a Pekin plant

Aunterrio Barney allegedly set fire to a house on North University Street

(AP) The House has approved a compromise bill to refurbish the Veterans Aff

(AP) A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controver

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