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U.S. Sends Afghans Home From Guantanamo

(AP) - The United States has returned four Afghans from Guantanamo Bay back to their home country. U.S. officials say the transfer from the detention center is a sign of their confidence...MORE

State Department Issues U.S. Travel Warning

(AP) - The State Department is warning Americans traveling abroad to be extra cautious over the holidays. In a worldwide travel alert issued Friday, the department says an attack this week in Australia...MORE

Former D150 Teacher Sentenced In Sex Case

A former Peoria District 150 teacher is sentenced to four years probation for having a sexual relationship with a student.  Maury Beelman, 34, who taught band at Roosevelt Magnet School...MORE

Tree Of Lights Campaign Hits $1 Million

It's the final weekend at the red kettles for the Salvation Army, and the Tree of Lights Campaign has officially surpassed $1 million. As of Friday, the campaign is at...MORE 

Gov. Quinn Gives Jurors A Raise

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation giving jurors in the state a pay boost. The Chicago Democrat approved the measure Friday that requires counties to pay jurors $25 for the first day...MORE

T-Mobile Settlement Shields Consumers

 (AP) - The Illinois attorney general's office says anyone who thinks they were among T-Mobile customers charged for cellphone text services they didn't order can file a claim for a refund. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced Friday (more)

Obama Claims Significant Strides In 2014

 (AP) - President Barack Obama claims an array of successes in 2014, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance, and an historic diplomatic opening with Cuba. He also touts his own executive action (more)

Sony CEO: "We Had No Choice"

(AP) - Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving "The Interview," Sony Pictures Entertainment...MORE

Stermer Appointed To Replace Topinka

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has named his budget chief as a short-term replacement for late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka...MORE

Peoria Man Sentenced For Attacking City Employee

Ervin Allen, 21, was accused of assaulting a code enforcement officer who called him out for driving the wrong way down Russell Street on September 30...MORE

CAT Sees Business Opportunity In Cuba

(AP) - Caterpillar Inc. sees President Barack Obama's change in U.S. policy toward Cuba as a potential business opportunity. Bill Lane is the Peoria-based heavy equipment-maker's global government affairs director...MORE

FBI Links North Korea To Sony Hack

(AP) - The Obama administration says it's determined the North Korean government was behind a devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The FBI announcement Friday is the first official statement blaming...MORE

Gas Prices Continue To Drop

(AP) - The average price for a gallon of gas has fallen below the $2.50 mark for the first time in about five years...MORE

Prepackaged Caramel Apples Linked To Deaths

(AP) - Health officials say prepackaged caramel apples are linked to five deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says investigators are trying to determine the specific brands...MORE

Pakistan Military Takes Out Taliban Militants

(AP) - Pakistani officials say the country's military has launched an assault on militants following this week's Taliban attack on a school that killed 148 people, mostly children. The military says its warplanes and ground forces...MORE

Report: Illinois Fails To Monitor Runaways

(AP) - An audit has found that Illinois does a poor job monitoring and tracking children who run away from foster homes. Auditor General William Holland reported Thursday the Department of Children and Family Services does not keep reports on the total...MORE

Children Found Dead In Australian City

(AP) - Authorities in northern Australia are trying to figure out what happened in a home where eight children were found dead and the mother of seven of them was found stabbed in the chest...MORE

U.S. Not Fully Prepared For Nuclear Attack

(AP) - A congressional audit says the federal government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large-scale natural catastrophe. It finds that the government lacks effective coordination...MORE

Braves Big Win Over An Old Local Rival

(AP)-Tramique Sutherland scored 17 points in his first game of the season Thursday to lead Bradley in an 80-38 rout of Division III Eureka. Sutherland, who missed the season's first nine games with a fractured finger, had six assists and shot 8 of 12 (more)

Budget Cuts Could Delay IRS Tax Refunds

 (AP) - IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says budget cuts just enacted by Congress could delay tax refunds next year. At a news conference Thursday, Koskinen said taxpayer services will be hurt, and fewer agents will be auditing returns. (more)

Wall Street Rallies On Fed News

(AP) The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest day in three years, soaring more than 400 points as the stock market extended a rally into...MORE

WH Not Blaming North Korea For Sony Hack, Yet

(AP) The White House says evidence shows the hack against Sony Pictures was carried out by a "sophisticated actor" with...MORE

State Unemployment Lowest In Six Years

(AP) The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state's unemployment rate fell in November to its lowest level since...MORE

Gov. Wants Voters To Decide Topinka Successor

(AP) Gov. Pat Quinn is calling Illinois lawmakers back to Springfield to consider a 2016 special election to replace late...MORE

East Peoria Store Robbed At Gunpoint

Police in East Peoria are searching for two men accused of robbing the U.S. Cellular on N. Main St. Thursday morning...MORE

More U.S. Troops Headed To Iraq

(AP) - The top U.S. commander in Iraq says additional American troops will begin moving into the country in a couple of weeks to train local forces. But Army Lt. Gen. James Terry cautions it will take...MORE

Morton Chamber And EDC Announce Hire

The Morton Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council have a new leader. Brian Anderson has been hired to be the Executive Director of both organizations. Anderson previously served as...MORE

Bombing Suspect Makes Court Appearance

(AP) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears in federal court for the first time in nearly 1 1/2 years as a judge holds a final hearing before his trial next month...MORE

Pekin's Toy Shop Low On Toys

The Salvation Army needs more toys. The Salvation Army Corps will be holding their annual Toy Shop in Pekin on Saturday, where parents of about 1,000 underprivileged children...MORE

Brothers Plead Guilty To Fraud

Two brothers who once owned and operated a Fast Stop gas station in Peoria plead guilty to tax and mail fraud. Shaher Mizyed, 50,  of Naperville, and his brother Mohammahd Mizyed, 46, of Peoria, will be sentenced in April. The brothers admitted in

Putin: Sanctions Partly Responsible For Crisis

(AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin says that Western sanctions have been an important factor in the current economic crisis, but not the only one. Putin says the influence of Western sanctions accounts roughly for 25 to 30 percent...MORE

Memorial Service Held For Illinois Comptroller

 (AP)- The state's top leaders and lawmakers attended Judy Baar Topinka's memorial service Wednesday in suburban Chicago. It was more celebratory than somber. A gospel choir sang and there were pictures of the late Illinois comptroller (more)

Convicted Killer Slain In Illinois Prison

 (AP) - Authorities are investigating as a homicide the death of an Illinois prison inmate. Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says 36-year-old Fabian Carrillo was found unresponsive on the floor of his cell early Tuesday (more)

Alan Gross Says Freedom Is Not Free

(AP) - Alan Gross says he learned the lesson during five years in Cuban captivity that freedom is not free. Gross spoke in Washington just after returning from Cuba, where he was imprisoned for five years. Cuba released him as part of an agreement (more)

Feds Tie North Korea To Sony Studios Hack

(AP) A U.S. official says federal investigators have now connected the Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. hacking to North Korea and are...MORE

Sony Pulls Movie Amid Threats

(AP) Sony Pictures has canceled the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorists attacks and the largest...MORE

State Reminding Employers About Tax Changes

(AP) Illinois businesses are reminded to adjust the way they calculate income taxes for employees starting...MORE

New President For OSF's Flagship Hospital

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center has a new president. Dr. Michael Cruz has been selected to serve as President of...MORE

Bustos: US/Cuba Talks Could Aid Illinois Ag

A member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee says re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba could reap benefits...MORE

Bartonville Chief Named To National Panel

Bartonville Police Chief Brian Fengel has been appointed to a national Medal of Valor Review Board. Fengel had also served...MORE

Still Time To Mail For Christmas

If you haven't put the stamps on your Christmas cards yet, no worries. As long as you're using First Class mail, you still have a few more days to get them out. "December 20th would be the last day for that...MORE

U.S., Cuba To Start Diplomatic Talks

(AP) -  American officials say the U.S. and Cuba will start talks to normalize full diplomatic relations as part of the most significant shift in U.S. policy...MORE

American Released From Cuban Prison

(AP) - A senior Obama administration official says Cuba has released American Alan Gross, who has been imprisoned...MORE

Topinka Honored At Memorial

(AP)- Late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has been remembered as a tough, honest leaded with a signature sense of humor...MORE

Illinoisians Warned Of Jury Duty Phone Scam

(AP) - Illinois residents are being warned about a phone scam in which victims are told there's a warrant for their arrest because of missed jury duty. They're also told they can avoid arrest by paying...MORE

Funerals Begin, Death Toll Rises In Pakistan

(AP) -The military-run school in northwestern Pakistan where Taliban gunman massacred at least 148 people remains a scene of...MORE

Obama Signs $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

 (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps the government operating over the next nine months. The legislation was a bipartisan compromise that angered liberals and conservatives alike but avoided (more)

President's Pick To Lead ICE Confirmed

(AP) A divided Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency...MORE

Rauner: Illinois Needs Structural Budget Reform

(AP) Illinois' Republican governor-elect says state agencies plan to ask for $760 million more than they were originally budgeted in...MORE

Water Main Fix May Bring Breaks

Illinois-American Water Company is investing $1.2-million to install 2,800 feet of 30-inch water main in Peoria. The 30-inch main feeds two booster stations...MORE

Murder Suspect Found Dead In Woods

(AP) A body has been found in the woods near the suburban Philadelphia home of a Marine veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of...MORE

Consumer Groups Prepare For Landline Battle

The Citizens Utility Board and AARP do not want telephone companies to pull the plug on landline service in Illinois...MORE

'Neighbor Love' Looking For Christmas Elves

A non-profit organization that spreads holiday cheer to senior citizens is asking for your help. Neighbor Love, started by Peoria native Tom Sergeant four years ago in Atlanta, Georgia. The program, that provides holiday parties and gift bags...MORE

Gang Prevention Plan Proposed To D150

The Peoria Park District's ELITE program and the Peoria Police Department are proposing a gang prevention program within Peoria schools...MORE

Jeb Bush Exploring Presidential Run

(AP) - Jeb Bush is taking his most definitive step yet toward running for president. The former Republican Florida governor on Tuesday told his followers on Facebook and Twitter he has decided "to actively explore the possibility...MORE

Deadly Pakistani School Siege Over

(AP) - Pakistani officials say the siege at a Pakistani school is over, and authorities are sweeping the area. Three Pakistani officials say the operation to clear the Peshawar military-run school...MORE

Audit, Levy Highlight D150 Board Meeting

Peoria Public Schools finances take center stage during the final school board meeting for 2014. Board members were presented an audit...MORE

Search Intensifies For PA Gunman

(AP) - A Pennsylvania man who allegedly shot and killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives is still on the loose. Authorities are looking for 35-year-old Marine veteran Bradley Michael Stone, who had been in a custody fight with his ex-wife...MORE

Illinois Offering Tax Form Notification Online

(AP) - State officials say anyone who collected unemployment insurance this year can sign up to be notified when a tax form needed to complete state and federal tax returns...MORE

Pakistan Minister: 126 Dead In Taliban Attack

(AP) - A Pakistani official says the death toll in a Taliban attack on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar has risen to 126...MORE

"Famous Act" To Play Rauner Inauguration

(AP) Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's inaugural festivities will include a dinner at the Illinois Capitol, a concert and a free event at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential...MORE

Special Election Part Of Plan To Replace Topinka

(AP) Senate President John Cullerton says there should be an "immediate" lawmaker special session to make plans for a 2016 election to...MORE

Odds For White Christmas Aren't Very Good

(AP) When it comes to prospects of getting a white Christmas in Illinois, a weather expert says the best bet might be for the folks of...MORE

BU Student Among Early D150 Board Hopefuls

The race to become a District 150 school board member officially got underway Monday, the first day candidates could...MORE

Peoria Receiving Bloomberg Grant

Peoria is one of 12 U.S. cities selected to participate in the $45 million expansion of Bloomberg Philanthropies' Innovation Teams program. The city will receive up to $1.5 million...MORE

Two Hostages, Gunman Dead In Hostage Crisis

(AP) Sydney police say three people have died, including the gunman, during a...MORE

Topinka Succession Plan Analyzed

(AP) Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner says Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's legal analysis of succession plans for the late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka shows...MORE

Obamacare Deadline Approaching

(AP) - President Obama's health insurance program is facing another big test. Today is the deadline for new customers to pick a health plan that will take effect January 1. For existing customers...MORE

Pekin Police Looking For Missing Teen

The Pekin Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding a runaway. Reyna Kauhi is 14 years old, has brown hair, brown eyes, is 5'1" tall...MORE

Police Storm Sydney Cafe With Gunfire

 (AP) - Police say a hostage situation in Sydney is over after a swarm of heavily armed police stormed a downtown cafe where a gunman had been holding...MORE

Peaceful Protests In Peoria

(PHOTO-WEEK)  The NAACP took to the streets of Peoria's southside Sunday in peaceful protest. There was protesting across the country in support of  the 'Millions March' in Washington...MORE

Postal Service Braces For Mailing Rush

 (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service is bracing for its yearly rush. The agency says that Monday will mark its busiest mailing day of the year, with more than 640 million cards, letters and packages expected to be processed. Around Chicago, the Postal S

Sydney Gunman Identified As Iranian

(AP) - The suspected gunman in the Sydney cafe siege has been identified as Man Haron Monis, an Iranian granted asylum...MORE

Police Officers Attacked By Protesters

(AP) New York police say two officers were assaulted by protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge when they tried to arrest a man who was attempting to toss...MORE

Stop Sign Removed After Complaints

A stop sign that drew the ire of many Peorians has been pulled, less than three months after it was installed. "It was well intentioned, but not well thought through," said 2nd District...MORE

Students See History Come To Life

Area students had a chance to learn about a crucial part of America's history and earn some extra credit at the same time...MORE

Congress Approves Long-Term Spending Bill

(AP) A $1.1 trillion spending bill is on its way to President Barack Obama for his signature. The Senate voted 56-40 on Saturday for the...MORE

Day of Resistance Protesters Rally on Capitol Hill

 (AP) - Thousands of protesters have marched to the Capitol, where relatives of several black men who died in incidents with white police officers are addressing the crowd. Civil rights organizations held the Saturday march and rally (more)

Pepper Spray Used During WIU Fights

Fights outside Western Illinois University's Student Union end after pepper spray is used on the crowd. The fights began...MORE

Oregon Shooting Suspect Arrested

(AP) - Police in Portland say they have arrested a suspect in the shooting outside an alternative high school...MORE

Senate Postpones Vote on 1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

 (AP) - A Senate vote on a House-passed $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill will not come until early next week. The Senate has adjourned and will return for business on Saturday. President Obama and Majority Leader Harry Reid had hoped for passage (more)

Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested

Illinois State Police have arrested a Peoria man in connection with an armed robbery that occurred in October...MORE

Electric Rate Increases Approved

(AP) The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved rate increases for the state's two main electric utilities. The commission this week authorized an 11 percent overall raise for...MORE

Bogus Bucks Spotted In Pekin

Fake $100 bills have been reported in Pekin. That has the Pekin Police Department urging businesses to keep a closer eye on the money they're handed...MORE

Stocks Take A Big Tumble

(AP) The Dow Jones industrial average closed more than 300 points lower, its worst loss in two months. Traders were discouraged Friday by another slump in the price of oil and...MORE

People Shot At Portland High School

(AP) Police say there are at least three victims in a shooting at a Portland, Oregon, school. The police reported the shooting after noon on Friday and said that one...MORE

Investing In Illinois Waterways

The Peoria Lock and Dam during the past year has served as a backdrop toward political efforts to improve the nation's waterway system...MORE

Furry Friends Help BU Students Relax

(AP)- They were brought to Washington after the tornado, and now they're helping college students. Bradley University students facing final-exam stress had a chance to spend a little time with man's best friend...MORE

Senate Gets Extension On Spending Bill

(AP) - As the Senate prepares to act on a $1.1 trillion spending bill, there's no threat of a shutdown in federal services. That's because lawmakers quickly passed a measure providing a 48-hour extension...MORE

"Drive For Miracles" Benefits Hospital

Alpha Media's 93.3 The Drive radio station had a huge week with its "Drive For Miracles"...MORE

IL Congressman Will Help Oversee National Budget

U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock of Peoria is ready to bring his midwestern fiscal discipline to an important Congressional committee. The 18th District Representative from Illinois has been appointed to serve on the House Budget Committee that oversees fed

Chrysler Expands Air Bag Recall

(AP) - Chrysler is bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators and will add about 179,000 vehicles to a recall for air bags that could explode with too much force. The expansion covers the Ram pickup from 2003...MORE

Holder To Meet With Police, Public In Chigago

(AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to stop in Chicago to speak about ways to build trust between communities and law enforcement. Holder's meeting with law enforcement, elected officials...MORE

Gov.-Elect Announces Administration Hires

(AP) - Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has named an attorney for Indiana's former governor and a former longtime aide to U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert to serve in his administration...MORE

House Approves $1.1 Trillion Bill

 (AP) - Republicans have muscled a $1.1 trillion bill financing government agencies through the House after President Barack Obama phoned Democratic lawmakers and urged them to back the measure. The House approved the measure late Thursday (more)

Public Memorial Service Set For Topinka

(AP) Family, colleagues and friends will have a chance to say goodbye to late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka next week...MORE

Deer Kills Up This Year

(AP) State officials say Illinois hunters killed more than 76,000 deer during the weeklong firearm season that ended...MORE

Volunteer EMT Service In Jeopardy

Residents in Tremont are at risk of losing their volunteer ambulance service. Officials with Tremont Rescue 702...MORE

CIA Chief Addresses Torture Report

(AP) Did the CIA's harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects yield crucial information that could not have been obtained another...MORE

Pekin Police Armed With Gift Cards

Pekin Police officers will be shopping with kids at the BIG R store in Pekin on Saturday during their annual "Shop with a Hero" event. The Pekin Police and Fire Departments raise money each year...MORE

Topinka Memorial Service Being Planned

(AP) A spokesman for late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says a memorial service is being...MORE

Shooting Suspect Found Dead

Police say a body found in Peoria's East Bluff is that of a shooting suspect. Officers found the body of Reginald Williams...MORE

CAT Makes Some Changes At The Top

Caterpillar Thursday morning announced officer changes and an appointment of a new Vice President.
CAT's Board of Directors has named Julie Lagacy, a 26-year veteran of the company and current Vice President of the Finance Services Division, as the new Chief Information Officer...MORE

Spending Bill Teeters Amid Dems Opposition

(AP) - Growing opposition among Democrats and persistent opposition from the tea party Republicans has left a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill teetering as many lawmakers find more in the measure to dislike than like...MORE

IL In Sticky Situation Replacing Topinka

(AP) - Constitutional experts say Illinois is in an unprecedented situation as it determines how to replace Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. University of Illinois Springfield Professor Charlie Wheeler says Illinois hasn't had such a situation...MORE

CIA Battles Senate Dems Over Torture Report

(AP) - The CIA and several of its past leaders are stepping up a campaign to discredit a Senate investigation into the CIA's harrowing interrogation practices after 9/11, concerned that history may define them as torturers instead of patriots...MORE

Police Searching For East Bluff Shooting Suspect

 Police are asking for help in finding a suspect wanted for a shooting on Peoria's East Bluff. A woman was rushed to the hospital after being shot multiple times, including once in the head...MORE 

Ameren Gives Warning of Phone-Payment Scam

 (NEWS-25) - Washington Mayor Gary Manier and Police Chief Don Volk are alerting residents of a recent telephone scam in the area. In these phone scams, a caller claiming to be from Ameren Illinois tells the intended victim (more)

Woman Shot In East Bluff Home

One woman was rushed to the hospital after being shot inside a house near the intersection of Maryland and Virginia around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday...MORE

D150 To Cut Jobs And Programs

It's a familiar refrain as Peoria Public Schools examines its budget. But, Superintendent Grenita Lathan put added emphasis on the message...MORE

State Granted Expedited Appeal In Pension Case

(AP) The Illinois Supreme Court is allowing a speedy review of a state pension overhaul that a lower court has declared unconstitutional...MORE

Stocks Take A Dive

(AP) Stocks closed sharply slower Wednesday as another plunge in the price of oil dragged down the energy sector. Exxon Mobil and Chevron were among the...MORE

NFL Commish Still Has Final Say

(AP) NFL owners approved changes to the personal conduct policy Wednesday, but Commissioner Roger Goodell will retain authority to rule on appeals...MORE

Illinois Wins Early Education Grant

Illinois' Birth to Five Initiative is getting a big boost. Illinois is one of 18 states getting an $80 million federal grant to expand access to preschool for kids three and older...MORE

Pekin Council Candidate Steps Aside

Jacob Collins dropped out of contention for the Spring 2015 election this week over residency issues...MORE

Topinka Remembered For Dedication, Personality

(AP) - Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's "heartbroken" about the death of Republican state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Topinka's office says she died early Wednesday after suffering a stroke. Quinn called her...MORE

Embassies Warn Of Post-CIA Report Violence

(AP) - At least six U.S. embassies in the Mideast, Asia and Europe are now warning of possible anti-American demonstrations and attacks after the release of a Senate report outlining harsh interrogation...MORE

Massive Spending Bill Faces Test In House

(AP) - A huge, $1.1 trillion spending bill funding every corner of government faces its first test in the House, where conservatives are unhappy...MORE

Peoria Council Approves Medical Marijuana Rules

Peoria officials will now have their say where potential medical marijuana facilities would be located within city limits. The Peoria City Council Tuesday night approved new zoning regulations for dispensaries and cultivations centers...MORE

IL Comptroller Dies Following Stroke

(AP) - Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has died, less than 24 hours after having a stroke. A statement from her office says the 70-year-old Topinka died early Wednesday morning...MORE

Durbin Reacts to Senate CIA Torture Report

(AP) - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois is calling the CIA interrogation practices described in the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report troubling. He says it's "equally disturbing" that U.S. intelligence agencies (more)

Braves Give K-State an Ugly Win

Auston Barnes scored a career-best 21 points, but it was not enough to prevent Kansas State from earning a 50-47 win against Bradley Tuesday night at Bramlage Coliseum. The Braves held Kansas State without a field goal for 16-minutes, 58-seconds before (more)

Man Sentenced For Hosting Illegal Bitcoin Exchange

The first person to be prosecuted for illegally selling Bitcoin in Central Illinois will serve the next four years behind bars...MORE

Workers Want High Court To Take Its Time

(AP) State workers behind a challenge to an Illinois pension law declared unconstitutional are opposing the government's attempt to have it speedily heard by...MORE

Less Crime Reported In Pekin

The Pekin Police Department reports crime is down this year compared to 2013. There were 1,007 Part 1 crimes reported in Pekin in 2013...MORE

Woman Escapes Peoria House Fire

Fire tore through a house in South Peoria Tuesday afternoon. An automatic alarm company alerted firefighters...MORE

NFL Star Injured In Car Crash

(AP) Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been taken to a hospital after being involved in an auto accident in Charlotte. Television footage shows Newton on a stretcher...MORE

Senate Report: Harsh CIA Tactics Didn't Work

(AP) - Senate investigators have delivered a damning indictment of CIA interrogation practices after the 9/11 attacks, accusing the agency of inflicting pain and suffering on prisoners with tactics that went well beyond legal limits...MORE

Salvation Army Needs Ringers And Volunteers

With a little over two weeks until Christmas, the Salvation Army needs you! They're looking for bell-ringers at the Salvation Army's red kettles in Pekin and Peoria, and need volunteers to help with their annual Toy Shop...MORE

Obama Health Advisor Apologizes For Remarks

(AP) - An economist who advised the Obama administration on health care is apologizing to Congress for his "thoughtless" remarks that Republicans have seized upon in attacking the president's health law...MORE

Pekin Approves Carp Study

The City of Pekin is pontentially one step closer to bringing an Asian carp production facility to town. The City Council voted 5-2 Monday night in favor of funding...MORE

Quinn Responds To Youth Centers Report

(AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is responding to a newspaper's investigation about allegations of assaults, abuse and prostitution schemes at Illinois residential treatment centers for youth. Quinn on Monday directed an advisory council...MORE

Drunk Driver Sentenced for Kohlmeier Death

A man responsible for the death of a Pontiac police officer will be spending more time behind bars. Jason Collins has been sentenced to 12 years in prison on aggravated DUI and reckless homicide charges. The South Carolina man admitted he was drunk, whe

Peoria Shooting Suspect Arrested

The suspect in a shooting in Central Peoria has been arrested. Police say Dion Graham, 20, turned himself in on Monday evening. Authorities believe he shot a man in the chest near the intersection of Sheridan and Archer early Friday evening. (more)

Police Use Pepper Spray To Break Up School Fight

District 150 officials say at least half a dozen students at Lincoln K-8 were involved in the fight at lunchtime Monday. Police were called to help the School Resource Officer on duty, and wound up using pepper spray to break up the altercation...MORE

Rauner Wants Farmers Running Ag. Dept.

(AP) Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner says he strongly prefers to have a farmer take over the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Rauner spoke Monday at an Illinois Farm Bureau meeting...MORE

Yemen's Al-Qaida Denounces Beheadings

(AP) - A senior military commander of al-Qaida in Yemen has denounced beheadings, calling the act and its filming for propaganda purposes barbarous...MORE

Violent Protests Continue In Berkeley

(AP) - The California Highway Patrol and Berkeley police have been making arrests after protests against police killings in Missouri and New York turned violent for a second straight night...MORE

U.S. And NATO Begin Transition In Afghanistan

(AP) - The U.S. and NATO have ceremonially ended their combat mission in Afghanistan, 13 years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks sparked their invasion of the country...MORE

IL Lawmakers Torn On Eavesdropping Bill

(AP) - Some Illinois lawmakers oppose eavesdropping legislation awaiting action by the governor because it doesn't address how police officers may use body-worn cameras...MORE

Veterans Visit Pearl Harbor On Anniversary Of Attack

(AP) - Veterans who survived the Pearl Harbor attack are gathering for the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese bombing that launched the United States into World War II...MORE

College Football Playoff Matchups Announced

(AP) - Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State have been selected to play in the first College Football Playoff...MORE

California Protest Turns Violent

(Fox News) - Two officers were injured Saturday night as a California protest over police killings turned violent with protesters smashing windows and throwing rocks and bricks at police, who responded by firing tear gas, authorities said...MORE

Police Still Investigating Robberies And A Shooting

It was a hectic and violent way to head into a weekend...MORE

Bradley Crushed By Memphis

While the Bradley men lick their wounds after a tough night, the Bradley women's squad is celebrating after upsetting Mizzou...MORE

Powerful Typhoon Hits Eastern Philippines

(AP) - Typhoon Hagupit has slammed into the eastern Philippines, where more than 650,000 people have fled to safety. The country's weather agency says the typhoon, packing maximum sustained winds of 175...MORE

American Hostage Killed In Yemen

(AP) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says that American Luke Somers and a South African hostage being held by terrorists in Yemen were "murdered" during a rescue attempt...MORE

Riverfront Hosting Run And New Festival

The Peoria Riverfront will be buzzing with activity Saturday with the annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk For Arthritis and the first-ever Klondike Festival...MORE

Detectives Meeting With Possible Cosby Victim

(AP) - The woman suing Bill Cosby for a sexual battery she claims occurred when she was 15 years old...MORE

Police Looking For Sheridan Shooting Suspect

Peoria police are searching for a suspect in a shooting Friday night near Sheridan Road and Archer Avenue ...MORE

Pekin Council Candidate Might Be Ineligible

The eligibility of Jacob Collins has been challenged by fellow candidate Robert Bramham on grounds that Collins does not live within Pekin's city limits...MORE

NYPD Feels "Thrown Under The Bus"

(AP) Rank-and-file New York City police officers and their supporters say Eric Garner's role in his own death is being drowned...MORE

IHSA: Lawsuit Could Put Football In Jeopardy

(AP) The director of the Illinois High School Association says a concussions lawsuit could force some schools to eliminate...MORE

U.S. Embassies Bracing For Backlash

(AP) The White House says U.S. embassies are preparing for a greater security risk with the release of a long-anticipated report on the CIA's harsh interrogation...MORE

Craigslist Deal Goes Bad In East Peoria

(AP) - Police are investigating after an East Peoria man reported being attacked and robbed of two cellphones when responding to a Craigslist ad. The man told police he agreed to buy a Samsung cellphone in a grocery store parking lot over the weekend. H

Convicted Murderer Getting New Trial

An appellate court this week ruled Justin Cervantes should get be tried again for the 2011 murder of Sven Mundt...MORE

PIA Adding Flights To Southern Hub

The Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria announced Monday that United Airlines will launch new nonstop daily United Express service to Houston, Texas in early...MORE

East Peoria Applies For Landslide Grant

Some East Peoria homeowners could be getting help from FEMA and the state emergency management agency...MORE

Obama Nominates Carter As Defense Pick

(AP) - President Barack Obama is calling Ashton Carter one of the nation's foremost national security leaders as he nominates him as secretary of defense. Carter was deputy defense secretary from 2011...MORE

Recovery Center Spreads Holiday Cheer

(WEEK Photo)--The Tri-County Long Term Recovery Center is making sure people effected by last year's tornado experience plenty of Christmas cheer. Tornado victims from Washington...MORE

NASA: Orion Makes Precision Splashdown

(AP) - NASA's new Orion spacecraft made a "bullseye" splashdown in the Pacific on Friday following a dramatic test flight that took it to a zenith height of 3,600 miles...MORE

U.S. Employers Add 321,000 Jobs

 (AP) - U.S. employers hired at the strongest pace in nearly three years in November, adding 321,000 jobs, the latest sign the United States is outperforming other major economies by growing steadily and generating consistently...MORE

NASA Launches Orion Spacecraft Successfully

(AP) - After several delays on Thursday morning, NASA has launched the Orion spacecraft at...MORE

Tri-county Area May See Freezing Drizzle and Fog

 An approaching storm system may spread some light freezing drizzle north of the I-74. The system is expected to move through into Friday morning. Any ice accumulations will be on untreated or elevated surfaces. (MORE)

National Christmas Tree All Lit Up

(AP) President Barack Obama and the first family have lit the national Christmas tree. Obama was joined at the annual event by his wife, Michelle, and...MORE

IL Lawmakers Approve Bobcat Hunting

(AP) - Illinois lawmakers have approved legislation allowing bobcat hunting for the first time in more than 40 years...MORE

CDC: Flu Shot May Be Less Effective This Year

As flu season begins to ramp up, officials say the vaccine does not protect well against the dominant strain seen most commonly so far this year...MORE

Illinois Dead Last On "Best-Run States" List

 Falling home values between 2009 and 2013, poorly funded pension liabilities, bad credit ratings, and high unemployment and poverty rates drove the Land of Lincoln to the bottom...MORE

House GOP: Obama's Exec Actions "Null And Void"

(AP) - House Republicans have passed a bill denouncing President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration and declaring them "null and void."...MORE

Man Found Guilty Of Killing Puppy

An ex-con accused of killing a puppy is likely heading back to prison. Stephen Coker, 48, was found guilty on Wednesday of two counts of aggravated animal cruelty in Tazewell County...MORE

D150 Ready To Show College Colors

Peoria District 150 students will show their true colors on Friday. Students and staff at all District 150 schools will be wearing the colors of their favorite college teams for College Colors Day...MORE

Justice Department Rips Cleveland Police Practices

(AP) The U.S. Justice Department says Cleveland police officers use excessive and unnecessary force far too often, are poorly trained and...MORE

NASA Scrubs Orion Launch

(AP) - NASA's new Orion spacecraft will have to wait another day to fly. Wind gusts and a sticky rocket valve forced...MORE

Senate OK's Naming Vets Clinic For Lane Evans

(AP) - The U.S. Senate has approved legislation to name a federal veterans' facility in Galesburg after late U.S. Rep. Lane Evans...MORE

Rauner Meeting With Delegation In D.C.

(AP) - Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner plans to spend the day in Washington. U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's office says he will host the incoming Republican governor...MORE

Riverfront Ready For 1st Winter Festival

Peoria's Riverfront will be the place to be this weekend. The annual Jingle Bell Run will lead up to the first-ever Klondike Festival at Festival Park...MORE

Unemployment Aid Apps Dip Under 300K

 (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits slipped below 300,000 last week, after having spiked above that level in the prior week...MORE

Madigan Files Appeal Over Pension Overhaul

(AP) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court over a lower court's declaration that the state's pension overhaul law is unconstitutional...MORE

BU Forges Link With Universities In India

(AP) - Bradley University is offering its graduate students more global opportunities through new partnerships with universities in India. The university announced Wednesday those opportunities could include study abroad...MORE

Grand Jury Declines to Indict NYPD Officer

 (AP) - Reactions are ranging from anger to astonishment in New York, where a grand jury cleared a white New York City police officer in the videotaped chokehold death of an unarmed black man stopped for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. (more)

Minimum Wage Increase Gets Through Senate

(AP) The Illinois Senate has passed legislation that would raise the state's minimum wage. The bill passed the Senate by a 39-18 vote, which came after Speaker Michael Madigan adjourned the House...MORE

Vehicle Burglaries Reported In Morton

The department reminds residents to keep their cars locked and to remove all valuables from unattended vehicles. Officials also ask residents to report any suspicious activity they may see...MORE

McDonald's Restaurant Robbed

According to police, the masked man entered the McDonald's at West Main and Bourland a little before 9:00 p.m. He ordered employees to go inside the freezer while the manager handed over cash from the restaurant's safe...MORE

Protestors Crash Accused Dog Killer's Court Date

Regina Robards, of Pekin, hurried past about a dozen protestors as she left the Tazewell County Courthouse Wednesday morning after appearing before a judge on animal cruelty charges related to the deaths of two dogs, which police say she left to starve in her home...MORE

Shooting Victim A Registered Sex Offender

A fatal shooting in Peoria's North Valley. The body of Rogelio Delarosa, 34, was found by officers around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday in an alley...MORE

No Indictment In NYC Chokehold Death

(AP) A lawyer says a grand jury in New York City has declined to indict a white police officer on criminal charges in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man...MORE

Decorate For The Holidays With Care

All those twinkling lights could be a fire hazard. The Red Cross says when putting up Christmas decorations, it's important to keep safety in mind. "Make sure that you don't have anymore than three strands connected together...MORE

"Trouble In Toyland"

"Trouble in Toyland" is the name of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group's (PIRG) 29th annual report of potentially dangerous toys for children...MORE

Ameren Closer To Rate Increases

(AP) - An Illinois Legislature committee has taken action that puts a pair of the state's electric utilities closer to receiving two more years of automatic rate hikes...MORE

Takata: Evidence Doesn't Support Nat'l Recall

(AP) - A defiant Takata Corp. told a U.S. safety agency that its demand for a nationwide air bag recall isn't supported by evidence, and the government doesn't have authority...MORE

IL Lawmakers Wrapping Up Fall Session

(AP) - Although Illinois lawmakers won't consider increasing the state's minimum wage as they wind down their fall session, there are other issues before the body...MORE

Casino-Racetrack Civil Trial Begins

(AP) - A civil trial is underway in a federal court in Chicago that involves actions during Rod Blagojevich's time as Illinois governor...MORE

Diplomats Worldwide Target ISIS Militants

(AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says a global coalition to defeat Islamic State militants will "engage for as long as it takes" to prevail...MORE

House Moves To Extend Tax Breaks

(AP) -The House is moving to extend a $45 billion package of expired tax breaks through the end of the year. The bill would enable millions of businesses and individuals...MORE

Change In Ambulance Service in Peoria Heights

The Village of Peoria Heights and Advanced Medical Transport have reached an agreement which will allow AMT to provide 24-hour paramedic service to residents. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday night (more)

PPD Body Cameras A Matter Of 'When', Not 'If'

Peoria Police Chief Jerry Mitchell says he wants the devices on his officers...MORE

Wayne McClain Honored In Illinois House

"Indeed we have lost a treasure." State Representative Dave Leitch of Peoria talked about former Manual High School head basketball coach...MORE

Rauner: Budget 'Worse Than Discussed'

(AP) - Illinois' Republican governor-elect says he's finding the state budget is "worse than has been discussed" as he learns more about it. Bruce Rauner says he's spending Tuesday and Wednesday at the Capitol...MORE

Senator: Carter Tabbed To Be Defense Secy.

(AP) - A senior Republican senator says President Barack Obama has chosen Ashton Carter as his nominee...MORE

November 4th Coldest In Illinois History

 (AP) - There's a reason you pulled out the parka last month. Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says November's statewide average temperature was 34.2 degrees - 8.2 degrees below average. That's the fourth-coldest...MORE

Homeland Security Chief Defends Immigration Plan

(AP) - A House committee chairman says President Obama's move to protect millions of immigrants from deportation will encourage more illegal immigration and undermines the Constitution and democratic process. Republican Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas...MORE

Wife Of ISIS Leader Detained

(AP) - Two senior Lebanese officials say authorities have detained a wife and son of the leader of the Islamic State group. A military official says the woman and her son were detained about 10 days ago...MORE

Illinois Economic Index Shows Growth

(AP) - A University of Illinois index that tracks the state's economy indicates steady growth since early this year. The Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the university said Monday that its Flash Index...MORE

House GOP Preparing Vote On Tax Breaks

(AP) - House Republicans plan to vote Tuesday on a one-year extension of temporary tax breaks affecting millions of businesses and individuals. Most of the more than 50 tax breaks expired at the end of 2013...MORE

Cosby Resigns from Board of Trustees

(AP) - Temple University has announced that Bill Cosby has resigned as a trustee amid more than a dozen sexual-assault allegations. The 77-year-old entertainer has been a highly visible cheerleader of his alma mater in Philadelphia (more)

Abuse Prevention Advocate Retiring

The longtime Executive Director of Peoria's Center for Prevention of Abuse is stepping down. Martha Herm will retire...MORE

'Stuff a Bus' Restocks Food Pantry Shelves

The annual drive seeks to fill a CityLink bus with food for the pantry at the Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service...MORE

President Pushing For More Police Body Cams

(AP) President Barack Obama is proposing a three-year, $263 million spending package to boost law enforcement...MORE

Pekin Woman Accused Of Animal Cruelty

The discovery of two dead dogs in a Pekin residence results in the arrest of their owner. Pekin Police say Regina Robards...MORE

Washington Woman Killed In Morton Accident

A rollover accident over the weekend has claimed the life of a Washington woman. The Peoria County Coroner says Linda K. Klein, 67, died at OSF St. Francis Medical Center...MORE

Police Group Criticizes Rams Players

(AP) - The St. Louis Police Officers Association says the five Rams players who stood with their hands raised before Sunday's game should be disciplined and the NFL should publicly apologize...MORE

Lawmakers Consider Raising Minimum Wage

(AP) - The biggest issue for Illinois lawmakers in the year's last veto session this week is whether they can muster votes for a minimum wage hike. A proposed increase to $11 an hour by 2017...MORE

"Chicago" Ready To Play In Peoria

"CHICAGO", with its famous horn section and harmonies is coming to Peoria. The band described as "one of the most important bands of the rock and roll era"...MORE 

Ohio State Football Player Found Dead

(AP) - Police say a missing Ohio State football player who disappeared shortly after sending a text message about his concussions was found dead Sunday in a dumpster...MORE

Police Standoff Ends Peacefully In Peoria

(AP) - Police have arrested a man after a nearly seven-hour standoff at a house in Peoria ended without injuries. Peoria Police say the standoff ended Sunday evening after the man claimed to be armed and barricaded himself in the house...MORE

Washington Hopes For Continued Growth

(AP) - Washington city officials say they're hopeful last year's tornado won't affect the area's previous double-digit growth rate. Washington's population jumped 39.6 percent between 2000 and...MORE

Morton Woman's Body Found In McLean County

An elderly woman's body was found Sunday morning, nearly a week after she was last seen...MORE

Police Impersonators Ransack Peoria Home

A Peoria homeowner is regretting his decision to let three men wearing police clothing into his house in the Wardcliffe Neighborhood...MORE

East Peoria Christmas Tree Lighting Wows Crowd

There were a lot of 'oohs' and 'aahs' in East Peoria's Levee District Saturday night as the city lit up its Christmas...MORE

Woman Shot To Death In Department Store

(AP) Authorities say a woman who was shot by her ex-boyfriend inside a Nordstrom in Chicago before he turned the gun on himself has died...MORE

Supporting Mom And Pop

Local businesses reaped the benefits of Small Business Saturday over the weekend. "It's been a very positive day for us," said Jon Walker, co-owner of...MORE

Darren Wilson Resigns

(AP) The police officer who killed Michael Brown has resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, nearly four months...MORE

Ferguson Protesters Begin Long March

(AP) - Demonstrators are marching from Ferguson to the Missouri governor's mansion in Jefferson City to protest the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. (more)

Funeral Saturday For Ebola Victim

(AP) - A surgeon who died of Ebola after treating patients in his native Sierra Leone will be remembered...MORE

Charges Against Hosni Mubarak Dismissed

(AP) - An Egyptian court has dismissed criminal charges against former president Hosni Mubarak in connection with the killing of protesters...MORE

Police Searching for a Missing Morton Woman

(WEEK-News 25) - The family of a missing 83-year-old Morton woman who hasn't been seen in nearly a week says they were devastated to spend Thanksgiving without her. Katherine Reardon, known as 'Kay' by her loved ones, was last seen in her car (more)

'Brown Friday' Protests Growing

(AP) Demonstrators are looking to grab the attention of post-Thanksgiving shoppers today, to voice their anger over a grand jury's...MORE

Peoria's Ferguson Protests Remain Calm

Some protests in reaction to the Ferguson situation throughout the country turned violent this week, but things stayed calm in Peoria...MORE

The Obamas Are Decorating Their Tree

(AP) The White House Christmas tree has arrived. A horse-drawn wagon hauled it up the driveway to the North Portico...MORE

NFL Player Wins Appeal, Reinstated

(AP) Ray Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, which has been...MORE

Hundreds Enjoy Longtime Holiday Tradition

Low temperatures and gusty winds didn't stop people from turning out to Peoria's annual Santa Claus Parade...MORE

Police: Austin Gunman Fired Over 100 Rounds

(AP) - Austin police say a gunman fired more than 100 rounds at the Mexican Consulate, city police...MORE

East Peoria Opens Winter Wonderland

The dazzling display, featuring scupltures made entirely of LED lights, opened at 5:00 p.m. Thursday...MORE

Ferguson Black Friday Boycott

(AP) - Dozens of people have interrupted holiday shopping at major retail stores around the St. Louis area to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. The protests began Thanksgiving night...MORE

Thanksgiving Day Shooting Leaves One Hurt

Shots rang out in the 500 block of Westmoreland, on the city's south side, early Thursday afternoon...MORE

Peoria Stores Packed On Thanksgiving

Thousands of people in the Peoria area didn't have to wait until Black Friday to take advantage of deals that accompany the start of the holiday shopping season...MORE

Festival Of Lights, Santa Claus Parade Back Again

Central Illinois is getting into the Christmas spirit...MORE

Police ID Officers Involved In Shooting

 (AP) - Cleveland police say two officers told a 12-year-old boy with a pellet gun three times to show his hands before he was shot to death. Authorities on Wednesday also released video and audio evidence from the shooting. (more)

Peoria Area Lost Jobs In October

The Peoria Metro jobless rate is up month to month, but down significantly year to year...MORE

State Appeals Judge's Pension Ruling

(AP) Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed official notice that the state will appeal a ruling that Illinois' landmark pension...MORE

Chamber Wants You To Shop Local

Black Friday isn't the only big shopping day this week. Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Griffin hopes you'll skip the craziness of the box stores on Friday, and shop locally this weekend...MORE

Sports Complex Loan A Tough Sell

Some Peoria City Council members aren't too happy that the River City is getting further into the lending business...MORE

Obama Spares 'Mac' And 'Cheese' From Dinner Table

(AP) President Barack Obama is defending his legal authority to take executive actions - to spare a pair of Thanksgiving...MORE

Dozens Arrested In Second Night Of Protests

(AP) Authorities have raised the arrest total from the second night of protests over the grand jury decision in...MORE

Sloppy Weather Slows Holiday Travel

(AP) - More than 550 flights have been canceled nationwide so far today -- the bulk of them in the Northeast, where rain and snow is hampering pre-Thanksgiving travel. Highways have been sloppy along the Washington...MORE

Supreme Court Justice Undergoes Heart Surgery

(AP) - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had a stent implanted to clear a blockage in her right coronary artery. Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg says the 81-year-old Ginsburg had the procedure Wednesday morning...MORE 

2 FBI Agents Shot Near St. Louis

(AP) - An FBI spokeswoman says two special agents have been shot in St. Louis County and that the incident isn't directly related to the Ferguson protests. Rebecca Wu, a spokeswoman with the FBI St. Louis Division...MORE

IL Health Officials Offer Turkey Tips

(AP) - Families planning to eat turkey for their Thanksgiving feasts on Thursday should take a moment to think about food safety. The Illinois Department of Public Health says it's important to give a frozen turkey enough time...MORE

Veto Threat Will Likely Shelve Tax Breaks

(AP) - A White House veto threat appears to have put on ice a congressional effort to permanently renew a handful of generous tax breaks for businesses and individuals. Officials say that the plan, brewing behind closed doors on Capitol Hill...MORE

A Calmer Night On Ferguson Streets

(AP) - Police have dispersed protesters from the streets of Ferguson after second night of demonstrations following a grand jury decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Tuesday was far calmer...MORE

Peorians Address Ferguson Tensions

It was a highly emotional town hall meeting, attended by more than 100 people upset by the recent decision by a Grand Jury to not indict Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson police officer who in August fatally shot Michael Brown, a black man...MORE

Braves Heat Up Corpus Christi Coastal Classic

Bradley overcame a cold-shooting game by equalling its best defensive effort in 17 years, earning a 52-38 win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (2-2) in the second round of the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic Tuesday night at Carver Arena. (more)

Peoria Man Cited For Fatal Hit And Run

In a news release, authorities said Calvin Kramer, 23, hit Robert Gilder, a 56-year-old Dunlap resident, near Fast Ave. and Park Trail Road late Saturday night...MORE

Reinforcements In Place In Ferguson

(AP) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says more than 2,200 National Guardsmen will be in place in the region near Ferguson on...MORE

Darren Wilson Speaks

(AP) Network anchors have been vying for the first TV interview with Ferguson police officer...MORE

Agency Considering Credit Downgrade For Illinois

(AP) Two major credit houses aren't overly worried about a county judge striking down the Illinois pension...MORE

City Approves Loan For Sports Complex

The Peoria City Council has decided to send much-needed cash to a youth sports facility being built on the northwest side of town...MORE

Peoria Airport Buzzing With Holiday Travelers

About 6,800 travelers will fly through Peoria's International Airport this week. AAA says about 3.5 million Americans will fly over the Thanksgiving holiday. Gene Olson, Director of Airports at Peoria International Airport...MORE

Over 80 Arrests In St. Louis Area Protests

(AP) - Authorities say that more than 80 people were arrested as chaos enveloped sections of the St. Louis area overnight. St. Louis County police released records early Tuesday showing 61 people were arrested in Ferguson...MORE

Thanksgiving Deals Likely To Tempt Shoppers

(AP) - Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year. An analysis of sales data and store circulars contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most and biggest sales of the year...MORE

FDA Rules Adding Calorie Counts On Menus

(AP) - The Food and Drug Administration will announce Tuesday morning that more places where prepared food is sold will have to post calorie counts. The long-delayed calorie labeling rules will require...MORE

Obama Will Pitch Immigration In Chicago

(AP) - President Barack Obama is returning to Chicago to pitch his new executive actions on immigration. Obama is trying to seize the advantage over the contentious issue while Congress is on a Thanksgiving recess...MORE

Attorney General Releases Safe Shopping Guide

 (AP) - An Illinois state official's holiday shopping list highlights hazardous toys, children's items and household products recalled in the past year.  Attorney General Lisa Madigan released her annual "Safe Shopping Guide"...MORE

Protesters Express "No justice, no peace!"

(AP) - St. Louis County Police are confirming officers used tear gas to disperse crowds in Ferguson after a police car was vandalized, business windows shattered and gunshots were heard in the streets....MORE

Grand Jury Won't Indict Ferguson Officer

(AP) - A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney (more)

FAA Revamping Systems After Illinois Sabotage

(AP) The Federal Aviation Administration is revamping its systems following the...MORE

Illinois Universities Brace For Less State Funding

(AP) The head of the Illinois Board of Higher Education has issued a budget warning to the presidents of the state's public...MORE

Fatal Hit And Run Accident In Tazewell County

The Tazewell County Coroner's Office says Robert Gilder, 56, was hit on Fast Ave., near Park Trail Road, in Mackinaw late Saturday night...MORE

Shop Safe This Holiday Season

Don't make yourself an easy target for criminals this holiday season. That's the advice of Pekin Police. Pekin Public Information Officer Mike Eeten says," Hide packages and belongings in the glove box...MORE

Ferguson Grand Jury Reaches Decision

(AP) Media outlets citing unidentified sources are reporting that the grand jury considering whether Ferguson Police...MORE

Hagel Resigns As Defense Secretary

(AP)-President Obama says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has concluded it's an "appropriate time" for him to complete his service...MORE

Obama Visiting Chicago To Talk Immigration

(AP) - President Barack Obama will be returning to his hometown of Chicago to tout his executive action on immigration. Obama's planned visit Tuesday to the Copernicus Community Center comes four days after his directive...MORE

Buffalo Now Preparing For Possible Evacuations

(AP) - Temperatures reaching nearly 60 degrees would normally be a good thing for the Buffalo, New York area. But forecasters are warning that some of the roughly 7 feet of snow that fell last week could melt, causing flooding...MORE

Get Those Leaf Bags To The Curb

This is the last week to get your bags of leaves picked up in Peoria. The city is ending yard waste pick up schedule this Saturday. There will be no pick ups on Thanksgiving Day...MORE

Iran Nuke Talks Likely To Be Extended

(AP) - Talks on Iran's nuclear program appear likely to run beyond their midnight tonight deadline, but China's foreign minister says negotiators are still working on elements of a deal...MORE

Uncertainty Fuels Speculation In Ferguson

(AP) - The final weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday has passed without a grand jury decision on whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in connection with the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The grand jury met Friday to consider...MORE

A Balanced Attack Gives Braves First Season Win

Omar Grier scored 10 points and had four assists to lead Bradley to a 58-50 victory over North Carolina A&T on Sunday evening. The Braves (1-2) employed a balance attack offensively for much of the game with every player scoring (more)

Thousands Of IRS Emails Recovered

(Fox News) - As many as 30,000 lost emails from Lois Lerner -- the ex-IRS official at the center of the agency's targeting scandal -- have been recovered by federal investigators...MORE

AP: Obama Broadens Mission In Afghanistan

(AP) - U.S. officials say President Barack Obama has quietly approved guidelines in recent weeks to allow the Pentagon to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan...MORE

Strong Quake Hits Japan's Nagano City

(AP) - A strong earthquake has hit central Japan, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and no tsunami warning was issued. The Japan Meteorological Agency says the magnitude-6.8...MORE

East Peoria Ready For Festival Of Lights

The Festival of Lights Parade Saturday night is the kick off to East Peoria's holiday events. Officials with the city say the parade and the static displays that open Thanksgiving night...MORE

Waiting On A Decision In Ferguson

(AP) - Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown are calling for calm as a grand jury draws closer to a decision in whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting of the black 18-year-old. (more)

Cosby Shows Canceled In Champaign

(AP) Bill Cosby's two shows next April at a theater in Champaign have been canceled in the wake of allegations the famed comedian...MORE

Here We Go Again

City and Illinois American Water crews are back to work, fixing a series of water main breaks in Peoria as winter rears its ugly head...MORE

Judge: Illinois Pension Law Unconstitutional

(AP) An Illinois judge has ruled that a law intended to fix the nation's worst state employee pension crisis...MORE

President Coming To Illinois To Talk Immigration

(AP) President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the Chicago area next week to detail his expansive executive action...MORE

House GOP Sues Over Obama Healthcare Law

(AP) - House Republicans have sued the Obama administration over steps President Obama took to put his health law into place. The lawmakers say the president overstepped his legal authority. The lawsuit was filed Friday...MORE

Death Toll Rises In N.Y., Flood Threat Looms

(AP) - The death toll from an epic Buffalo-area snowstorm rose to 12 with the deaths of two elderly residents of a nursing home that was evacuated amid concerns of a roof collapse. Erie County officials announced the deaths...MORE 

Water Everywhere At Knoxville/Nebraska

Illinois American Water is working at the intersection of North Knoxville Ave. and Nebraska Ave. to repair a broken water main that gave way early Friday morning...MORE

Obama Heads To Vegas For Immigration Push

(AP) - Expecting an outpouring of Republican criticism, President Obama is firing up an effort to gain support for his executive actions on immigration. The president is starting with a rally today...MORE

Peoria County Board Approves Budget

The Peoria County Board approves next year's 129.4 million dollar budget. A two-year plan will reduce the county's 3.5 million dollar...MORE

Obama: Immigration Plan Is Not Amnesty

In his immigration speech to the nation Thursday night, President Obama said his administration will grant “deferred action” to two groups...MORE

Judge To Announce Ruling On Pension Overhaul

(AP) A Sangamon County judge says he'll rule Friday on the constitutionality of Illinois' pension...MORE

GOP Leader Has A Warning For President Obama

(AP) The Senate's top Republican is warning that President Barack Obama will "come to regret" the steps he'll be...MORE

Thanksgiving Travel To Reach 7 Year High

AAA is expecting the highest volume of travelers for the Thankgiving holiday since 2007. AAA predicts 46.3 million Americans will hit the highway and go 50 miles or more from home to gather around the Thanksgiving table...MORE

Rauner Calling For Temporary Hiring Freeze

(AP) Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner is calling on outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn to freeze all hiring in the final weeks of...MORE

Red Light Cameras To Stay Put

(AP) A divided Illinois Supreme Court couldn't reach a decision on their legality, so...MORE

CAT Gives Record Amount To United Way

Caterpillar is pledging a record $12.8-million to United Way campaigns across the nation. The money represents $6.4-million...MORE

FSU Shooter Identified As Alumnus

(AP) - A law enforcement official says the gunman who shot three people at Florida State University before being killed by police was a lawyer who graduated from the school. The official told The Associated Press that the shooter was Myron May...MORE

U.S. Unemployment Apps Fall To 291,000

(AP) - The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined slightly last week, suggesting that job gains should remain solid. The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless aid fell 2,000...MORE

Director Mike Nichols Dead At 83

(AP) - Mike Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage hits as "The Graduate," ''Angels in America" and "Monty Python's...MORE

Gunman Dead On FSU Campus

(AP) - Police in Tallahassee, Florida say a gunman has been shot dead by officers on the Florida State University campus. One student says he was in his dorm room across from Strozier Library...MORE

Obama To Address Nation On Immigration

(AP)-President Barack Obama plans to sign executive actions on Friday that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million immigrants...MORE

Colonials Outscore and Outlast The Braves

Bradley started strong by scoring 13 of the game's first 16 points and building a 27-12 lead through the first 14:12, but Robert Morris closed the first half on a 18-1 run and carried the momentum to a 68-61 men's basketball victory Wednesday night (more)

Mother Of Child Killed In Crash Asks For Help

"Please help me give Dillon a proper funeral," writes Stacy Fisher, whose son was hit and killed by a truck in Peoria Heights last week...MORE

Bradley Adjusting Its Athletics Budget

A trend of decreasing enrollment prompts Bradley University to take another look at its...MORE

Prepping For Old Man Winter

City, county and state road crews say they are ready for the first significant snowfall of the winter driving season...MORE

Health Department Promoting "Smoke-Out"

The Peoria City/County Health Department wants you to stop "lighting up". Thursday is the 39th annual Great American Smoke-Out, and a great time to quit smoking, as well as encourage those you care about...MORE

Treasurer's Race Finally Reaches A Conclusion

(AP) Republican Tom Cross has conceded the Illinois treasurer's race to Democrat Mike Frerichs...MORE

University Of Illinois Hires New President

 (AP) - The University of Illinois system has hired State University of New York Vice Chancellor for Research Timothy L. Killeen...MORE

Buffalo, N.Y. Pummeled By Snow

(AP) -Officials in Erie County, New York say they're not 100 percent sure that they've rescued everyone who's stranded on roadways in a snowstorm that's left up to 6 feet of snow around Buffalo...MORE

No Date For ISIS War Vote For Congress

(AP) - Republicans and Democrats say the Obama administration is not placing a priority on congressional authorization of the U.S. war against Islamic State extremists. Lawmakers say the White House has yet to outline...MORE

Legislative Sessions Under Quinn Winding Down

(AP) - Illinois lawmakers are expected in Springfield for one of two remaining legislative sessions under outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn's tenure. The session starts Wednesday and several issues could pop up...MORE

Controversial Oil Pipeline Stalls In Senate

(AP) The Democrat-controlled Senate has defeated a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline...MORE

City, County Launch Buy Local Campaign

The City of Peoria and Peoria County are launching a collaborative buy local campaign for Thanksgiving weekend...MORE

Governor Saves Taxpayers A Few Bucks

(AP) Outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll rely on private funds to pay for his official portrait that'll hang at the state Capitol in...MORE

Frigid Temps And Pets Don't Mix

Sure, they have natural fur coats, but the director of a local animal shelter says your pets need to come inside as temperatures plummet below zero...MORE

No Charges Against Pekin Daycare

The Pekin Police Department's investigation into St. Paul Wonderland Childcare is complete. After allegations of abuse and neglect, Pekin Police say they found nothing criminal in their investigation...MORE

Pilot In Chicago Plane Crash Dies

(AP) - Assistant Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Michael Fox says the pilot in a small plane crash has died.  The small twin-engine cargo plane crashed...MORE

Three Americans Killed In Jerusalem Synagogue

(AP) - Israeli police have identified the people killed in a Jerusalem synagogue attack as three American citizens and a Briton...MORE

NFL Suspends Peterson For The Season

(AP) - The NFL has suspended Adrian Peterson without pay for at least the rest of the season. The league said Tuesday it informed the Minnesota Vikings running back he will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15...MORE

IL Governor-Elect Says He's Hiring

(AP) - Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner is launching a website that will allow individuals to apply for jobs in his administration. The website is www.MakeIllinoisGreat.com. Visitors also can submit ideas to improve the state...MORE

StormReady Honored in Tazewell County

Tazewell County is being honored by the National Weather Service as a StormReady County. The StormReady program helps community leaders and residents better prepare for hazardous weather and flooding. StormReady communities have made a strong commitment (more)

Senator Wants Feds To Look Into Election

(AP) U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is requesting a federal inquiry into what he's calling "voting irregularities" and...MORE

Treasurer's Race Still Not Decided

(AP) The race for Illinois treasurer could be decided by fewer than 400 votes and lead to the...MORE

State Of Emergency In Ferguson

(AP) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard in advance of a grand...MORE

Tornado Recovery Continues In Pekin

The recovery from last November's tornado is still going on in Pekin. Most Pekin homes damaged by the EF-2 tornado on November 17th, 2013 have been repaired, or are  still being repaired. The city has issued 163 building permits...MORE

Pausing To Reflect, One Year Later

The recovery continues one year after a tornado struck the communities of Washington, Pekin and East Peoria November 17, 2013...MORE

Woman Robbed At Pekin Riverfront

Pekin Police are looking for two suspects in connection with an assault and robbery on Saturday night. A Pekin woman was attacked while sitting in her car...MORE

Investigation Continues Into ISU Student's Death

Preliminary autopsy results indicate an Illinois State University student's death was caused by hanging. The 18-year old Bartonville man...MORE

U.S. Prepares For Talks With Iran

(AP) - Just back from a whirlwind 10-day trip to Asia, the Middle East and Europe, Secretary of State John Kerry is heading across the Atlantic again for nuclear talks with Iran as a November 24 deadline...MORE

Surgeon With Ebola Dies

(AP) - A Nebraska hospital says an Ebola patient being treated in its biocontainment unit has died...MORE

U.S. Officials Confirm American's Death

(AP) - After the White House confirmed the death of American aid worker at the hands of Islamic State group, President Barack Obama said the group "revels in the slaughter of innocents...MORE

Washington Strong, One Year Later

1470 & 100.3 WMBD is joining Washington in reflecting on the year since a devastating tornado tore through the city...MORE

Rebuilding Efforts Going Strong In Washington

(AP) - Officials say most of the buildings that were damaged or destroyed one year ago when a deadly tornado tore through the central Illinois community of Washington will be rebuilt by the end of 2014. Not only do officials estimate that 75 percent...MORE

Doctor With Ebola Being Treated In Nebraska

(AP) A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone is now in Nebraska where he's being treated at the same...MORE

President Says "Headway" Was Made At Summit

(AP) President Barack Obama says the past week he spent in the Asia-Pacific region proved to be a "strong week for American...MORE

ISIS Claims Murder Of Another American

(AP) Islamic State group militants are claiming another beheading, this time of captured U.S. aid worker...MORE

Doctor with Ebola Arrives in US

 (AP) - A surgeon who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone has arrived in the United States for treatment. Dr. Martin Salia landed at Eppley Airfield in Omaha on Saturday afternoon and will be transported to the city's Nebraska Medical Center. (more)

Critically Ill Ebola Patient Arriving In US

(AP) - The Nebraska hospital that will treat a surgeon who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone says he is expected to arrive in Omaha Saturday afternoon. The Nebraska Medical Center said that information from those treating Dr. Martin Salia in Sierra Leone (more)

Rt. 116 Accident Results In Power Outage

A crash on Route 116 in East Peoria leaves around 120 Ameren Illinois customers in the dark...MORE

Bradley Men, Women Lose Openers

(AP - some from Bradley University) - Drew Charles scored 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to help lead Texas-Arlington to an 86-75 win over Bradley...MORE

Woman Guilty Of Stealing From Tornado Victims

(AP) A central Illinois woman has been convicted of felony looting after she collected items from the yard of a retired couple whose...MORE

Woman Shot While Sitting In Car

Peoria Police are searching for two suspects after a shooting in south Peoria. Police say at least 5-6 shots were fired at vehicle in the 1400 block of Widenham around 7 Friday night. A woman was shot in the side while riding in the vehicle. (more)

House Approves Keystone Pipeline, Again

(AP) The Republican-controlled House has sent the Senate a bill approving the...MORE

Byrne "Snookered" The Media One Last Time

(AP) On Friday as news spread that Chicago's only female mayor had died, news organizations scrambled to put out...MORE

Illinoisans Get Second Chance At Health Insurance

(AP) - A second round of enrollment under President Obama's health care law is underway. Saturday marks the start of the open enrollment season for people buying private health policies on the health law's marketplace...MORE

Allegiant Wings Its Way To Orlando

(VIDEO) - Nonstop service from the Peoria International Airport to Orlando-Sanford officially took flight Friday. Orlando-Sanford is the fifth nonstop...MORE

Salvation Army Ready To Light It Up

The holidays can't be that far away now. The Salvation Army is kicking off its 28th Tree of Lights campaign Friday night with the lighting of the LED tree outside Northwoods Mall...MORE

U.S. Postmaster General To Retire

(AP) - Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says he'll retire Feb. 1 after leading the struggling agency for four years. He made the announcement Friday at a meeting of the Board of Postal Governors...MORE

9th Keystone Bill May Be The Charm

(AP) - The Republican-controlled House is expected today to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and this time, the Senate may follow. The bill marks the ninth attempt by the House...MORE

Young Teen Hit, Killed By Truck

A teenager is dead after being hit by a truck in Peoria Heights. Dillon Fisher, 13, was hit by a pickup truck as he rode his bike across War Memorial Drive, near Illinois Ave., around 5:45 p.m. Thursday. He was rushed to the hospital (more)

More Access To NW Peoria Growth Cell

(VIDEO) - City and state officials and a local developer cut the ribbon to open the Orange Prairie Road extension...MORE

Obama's Executive Actions On Immigration Revealed

(AP) As many as five million immigrants living in the United States illegally could be shielded from deportation, under a series of...MORE

ISIS Slams U.S. In Audio Recording

(AP) The leader of the Islamic State group is heard in a newly-released recording, saying that the campaign by a U.S.-led coalition has...MORE

More Bradley Attack Suspects Arrested

Peoria Police say the remaining two suspects behind a series of criminal incidents in and around the Bradley University campus are in custody...MORE

Lawmakers Propose Honoring Lane Evans

(AP) - A bipartisan effort by Illinois members of Congress is underway to name a federal building for the late U.S. Rep. Lane Evans...MORE

UnityPoint Health's Vision For Maternal Care

Expectant moms will soon have new options with UnityPoint Health-Peoria. The health system is moving its Maternity and Obstetrics staff from the Proctor campus to the Methodist...MORE

Governor-Elect Meets With Top Democrats

(AP) - Republican Governor-elect Bruce Rauner has met with top Democratic legislative leaders House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton...MORE

Brown Attorneys Urge Restraint In Ferguson

(AP) - Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown are urging restraint on the part of both protesters and police once a grand jury decides whether the officer who shot him should face criminal charges. Attorneys Anthony Gray...MORE

Residents Don't Want Fish Plant In Spring Bay

Spring Bay is a town of less than 500, but the people that live there apparently aren't thrilled with the idea of having an potentially smelly Asian Carp processing plant move in. Spring Bay residents packed a Village Hall meeting...MORE

Obama Close To Taking Action On Immigration

(AP) - The White House says President Obama is nearing a final decision on what executive actions he'll take on immigration. Obama has pledged to act on immigration before the end of the year...MORE


Jump In U.S. Unemployment Apps

(AP) - More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but the increase wasn't sharp enough to disrupt the job market's positive momentum...MORE

DMV Computers Repaired

(AP) — Secretary of State spokesman Dave Druker says Illinois' motor vehicle facilities will reopen Thursday...MORE

Peoria County Ranks High On Car Vs Deer List

State officials are warning drivers to be aware of deer this month, especially in rural parts of...MORE

Intersection Facelift OK'd Amid Budget Concerns

The City Council on Tuesday approved plans to turn the intersection of Allen Road and Alta Road into a roundabout...MORE

Quinn, Rauner Have "Cordial" Talk

(AP) Gov. Pat Quinn has called Governor-elect Bruce Rauner for the first time since he lost last week's election to the...MORE

Computer Outage Affecting DMV Sites

(AP) - A computer outage has affected all of the 138 motor vehicle facilities in Illinois...MORE

NYC Window Washers Rescued

(AP) - New York City firefighters have cut window glass and rescued two window washers...MORE

Spacecraft Lands On Comet

(AP) - The European Space Agency says it has succeeded in landing a spacecraft on a comet...MORE

Red Cross: IL Tornado Recovery Ongoing

(AP) - The American Red Cross says recovery efforts are continuing in parts of Illinois hit by deadly tornadoes a year ago. The not-for-profit relief group said Tuesday there are still nearly 500 active cases...MORE

"Big Bang Theory" Mom Dies

(AP) - The actress best known for voicing the unseen Mrs. Wolowitz on "The Big Bang Theory" has died. Carol Ann Susi's agent, Pam Ellis-Evenas, says the actress died Tuesday in Los Angeles...MORE

Congress Considers Emergency Ebola Funding

(AP) - Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are holding a hearing today to consider President Obama's $6.2 billion emergency aid request to fight Ebola. Despite reports that the number of infections is slowing...MORE

Obama Talks Climate & Trade Amid Tensions

(AP) -- President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping sought to play down points of tension between their two nations Wednesday, unveiling a flurry of agreements on climate change, military cooperation and trade, (more)

East Peoria Honors Fallen Soldier

(VIDEO) - East Peoria chose Veterans Day to initiate a new program to honor city residents who died on the battlefield...MORE

City Bracing For Grand Jury Decision

(AP) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says law enforcement officials have been working around the clock to make sure residents and businesses...

Organization Helping Washington Businesses

A local organization is providing long-term support to Washington businesses nearly a year after the November 17th tornado. Funds From The Heart was initially established to help communities here in the U.S. and around the world...MORE

Peoria Salutes Veterans

(VIDEO) - Peoria's Veterans Day celebration began Tuesday with a parade through downtown Peoria and ended with a ceremony...MORE

Injured Worker Rescued In Pekin

A worker installing a sewer pipe at the Pekin Water Treatment Plant was injured Tuesday morning, and had...MORE

Peoria Events Honor Veterans

The City of Peoria holds its 62nd Veterans Day Parade Tuesday morning. The parade began at Monroe and Bryan Streets,ending at the WWI and WWII Memorial at Adams and Hamilton Streets...MORE

NY Doctor Is Ebola Free

(AP) - There are no longer any Ebola patients under treatment in the U.S. The last person to recover from the deadly virus in this country has been released from a New York City hospital...MORE

Public Reaction To D150 ISAT Scores

Peoria District 150 parents appear before the school board Monday night, accusing the administration of opening old wounds. The meeting allowed the first opportunity for the public to react to ISAT test scores released October 31. Overall, ISAT test sco

Treasurer Wants To Reunite Vets With Medals

(AP) - Illinois treasurer Dan Rutherford is again trying to reunite veterans and their families with lost military medals, ribbons, dog tags and paperwork left in unclaimed safe-deposit boxes.

Rutherford says his office has 120 unclaimed military metals in the Capitol vault in Springfield.

He says some of the material may have been put in a safe-deposit box by people who eventually died or

Nurse Clears Ebola Incubation Period

(AP) - A nurse who says she defied quarantines on behalf of all health care workers who are returning from battling Ebola in West Africa is free and clear to begin the next chapter of her life...MORE

Dunlap Makes List Of Top High Schools

A new ranking of Illinois' standardized test scores by the Chicago Sun Times shows Dunlap High School is among the top 20 high schools in the state...MORE

Doctor Wins His Battle With Ebola

(AP) New York City health officials say a doctor who had Ebola has recovered and is scheduled to be released from...MORE

President Sounds Off On Net Neutrality

(AP) When it comes to the issue of "Net Neutrality," the White House is coming down on the side of consumer activists...MORE

Rauner Getting To Know Lawmakers

(AP) Illinois Governor-elect Bruce Rauner says he's meeting with every member of the General Assembly...MORE

Explosion Destroys Peoria Home

A Peoria man is burned as a gas explosion destroys his home. Peoria firefighters found the front and sides of the house....MORE

USPS Has Been Hacked

(AP) - The U.S. Postal Service says it's the victim of a cyberattack and that information about its employees, including Social Security numbers, may have been compromised. The FBI and other federal agencies are investigating...MORE

D150 Supt. Has Message For Gov-Elect

Peoria Public Schools Superintendent Grenita Lathan says the state of Illinois is “past due”...MORE

N. Korean Detainee Talks Not About Nukes

(AP) - President Barack Obama says concerns about North Korea's nuclear program didn't come up during negotiations for the release of two Americans. North Korea released two American detainees Saturday after Obama's national intelligence...MORE

Water Main Floods Hyvee Lot

A broken water main near Lake Avenue and Sheridan Road in Peoria flooded the parking lot of the Hyvee Sunday night. The water main had been bubbling up for several days...MORE

Former IL Congressman Phil Crane Dies

(AP) - The chief of staff for Sen. Mark Kirk says longtime Illinois U.S. Rep. Phil Crane has died of lung cancer in Virginia. He was of 84. Eric Elk says Crane died Saturday night surrounded by his children...MORE

IDOC: New Centers For Mentally Ill Inmates

(AP) - A report says Illinois' prison system is ready to create four treatment units and add 350 clinical staff to help improve conditions for mentally ill inmates. The document was filed recently by the Illinois Department of Corrections...MORE

East Peoria To Honor Fallen Soldier

A street sign honoring U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Paul Smith will be unveiled on Veterans Day...MORE

Germany Remembers Fall Of The Berlin Wall

(AP) - Germany is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with concerts, speeches and the release of balloons. The night of Nov. 9, 1989, brought to a climax the fight for freedom by East Germans against the communist regime...MORE

President Announces Attorney General Pick

(AP) - President Obama has chosen federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general amid a power shift in the Senate. Obama announcing Lynch's nomination Saturday...MORE

High Court To Hear Health Care Law Case

(AP) - The White House is promising a vigorous defense when the Supreme Court hears a new case involving the health care law. The Supreme Court will hear an appeal that threatens the subsidies that help millions...MORE

Gov.-Elect Rauner Hires Chief Of Staff

(AP) - Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has hired a former top aide to U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk as his chief of staff. Mike Zolnierowicz was deputy chief of staff to Kirk before joining Rauner's bid for governor. He was deputy campaign manager...MORE

U.S. Sends Afghans Home From Guantanamo

(AP) - The United States has returned four Afghans from Guantanamo Bay back to their home country. U.S. officials say the transfer from the detention center is a sign of their confidence...MORE

(AP) - The State Department is warning Americans traveling abroad to be ext

A former Peoria District 150 teacher is sentenced to four years probation f

It's the final weekend at the red kettles for the Salvation Army, and the T

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation giving jurors in the

(AP) - The Illinois attorney general's office says anyone who thinks they w

(AP) - President Barack Obama claims an array of successes in 2014, citing

(AP) - Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has named his budget chief as a short-term r

Ervin Allen, 21, was accused of assaulting a code enforcement officer who c

(AP) - Caterpillar Inc. sees President Barack Obama's change in U.S. policy

(AP) - The Obama administration says it's determined the North Korean gover

(AP) - The average price for a gallon of gas has fallen below the $2.50 mar

(AP) - Health officials say prepackaged caramel apples are linked to five d

(AP) - Pakistani officials say the country's military has launched an assau

(AP) - An audit has found that Illinois does a poor job monitoring and trac

(AP) - Authorities in northern Australia are trying to figure out what happ

(AP) - A congressional audit says the federal government isn't fully prepar

(AP)-Tramique Sutherland scored 17 points in his first game of the season T

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The town of Red Bud, Illinois sits in northwest Randolph County on the far southwestern part of the state along Illinois State Route 3, a scenic byway that’s part of the Great River Road...

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