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Man Claims Responsibility For WH Drone

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

Chicago Flights Canceled Ahead Of Nor'easter

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

Pekin Police Investigate Prank 911 Call

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

Couple Arrested For DUI And Child Endangerment

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

Quinn Didn't Act On Pot Recommendations

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

East Prepares For Nasty Nor'easter

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

Police Looking For Missing Peoria Teen

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

Peoria Co. Officials Ask For Help Finding Suspect

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

Amtrak Studying New Rail Line

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

Peoria Co. Officials Ask For Help Finding Suspect

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

Secret Service Recovers 'Device' At White House

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

Dove Disaster Prompts Change At The Vatican

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

Deadheads Butting Heads With Chicago Officials

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

President Condemns "Brutal Murder" Of Japanese Citizen

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

Illinois Illegals Utilizing State Program To Drive

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

Big Welcome For President In India

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

Braves Snap Losing Streak Against The Bears

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

Snow Returns To Central Illinois

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

Bomb Threat Against Two Planes In Atlanta

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

NSC Investigate Hostage Posting

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

Police Chase And Crash Nets Two Arrests

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

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

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

Police Chase Ends In Crash

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

Illinois Governor Makes Cabinet Appointments

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

Amazon To Start Collecting Tax From Illinoisans

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

Illinois Has Lowest Jobless Rate Since '08

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

No Outgoing Message From Quinn

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

'Scarves From The Heart' Warming The Homeless

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

Deere Announces Layoffs

(AP) - Deere is laying off about 910 workers indefinitely from factories mostly in Iowa and will sideline another 500 employees in Illinois...MORE

Quest/D150 Reach Tentative Extension

The Quest Charter School Initiative and the Peoria District 150 school board are announcing a tentative five-year extension...MORE

PAAR Reports Fewer Homes Sold In 2014

Inventory levels, closed sales and new home listings in 2014 could not keep pace with gains made in 2013, according to the Peoria Area Association of Realtors. PAAR's year-end report showed 69 fewer homes...MORE

New Saudi King Addresses Kingdom

(AP) - Saudi Arabia's new king is promising to continue the policies of his predecessors. King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud took control of the kingdom after the death of King Abdullah...MORE

Islamic State Militants Post Online Warning

(AP) - Militants affiliated with the Islamic State group have posted an online warning, saying the "countdown has begun" for the group to kill two Japanese hostages...MORE

Rauner Picks Hawaiian As Senior Advisor

(AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner is tapping former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle to serve in his administration. A spokesman for Rauner confirmed Thursday that Lingle will be the Republican governor's senior...MORE

GOP Pushes Abortion Bill In House

(AP) - Republicans have muscled legislation through the House tightening federal restrictions on abortions, as thousands of abortion foes staged their annual protest march just down the street. The House approved the broadened abortion curbs by a near (more)

Tiger Pair Moves To Indiana Zoo

(AP / Photo-Peoria Zoo) - Two male tigers born at the Peoria Zoo have been moved to the Indianapolis Zoo. The 2-year-old tigers are brothers named Luka and Maxim. They are Amur tigers, a subspecies that's endangered in the wild by habitat loss (more)

Saudi King Abdullah Dies At Age 90

(AP) - President Obama is expressing condolences and offering sympathy to the people of Saudi Arabia upon the death of King Abdullah, an important ally and a major force in the Muslim world. Obama, who visited with the ailing king in his desert compound (more)

Homeless 'Street Sweep' To Be Conducted

The city of Peoria is partnering with the Heart of Illinois Homeless Continuum of Care in the 2015 Homeless Point-in-Time Count...MORE

Students Say BU Prez Will Be Missed

Joanne Glasser, who's been BU's president since 2007, announced Thursday that she was retiring at the end of May...MORE

Brady: I Didn't Alter Any Footballs

(AP) New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says he's no cheater and did not alter the footballs used in Sunday's AFC Championship game...MORE

BU President Glasser To Retire

Bradley University President Joanne Glasser has announced her retirement, effective May 31...MORE

U.S. Jobless Claims Down

(AP) - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week for the first time in a month. The Labor Department says that weekly applications dropped 10,000...MORE

Illinois Healthcare Enrollment Surges

(AP)- Nearly 287,000 Illinois residents have signed up for private coverage under President Barack Obama's healthcare law. The enrollment surpasses last year's...MORE

FBI: Ferguson Shooting Probe Completed

(AP) - A U.S. official says the FBI has finished its investigation into the police shooting of an unarmed, black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri. The Justice Department has not yet announced whether it will file a federal civil rights charge...MORE

ISBE Wants Bump Up In School Funding

(AP) - The Illinois State Board of Education is asking lawmakers to provide an additional $730 million in fiscal year 2016 for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade funding. The board on Wednesday approved the recommendation...MORE

More Bodies Recovered From AirAsia Crash

(AP) - Indonesian divers have retrieved six more bodies from waters around the fuselage of the AirAsia jetliner that crashed in December in seas near western Indonesia. Suryadi Bambang Supriyadi, operational director of the National Search and Rescue...MORE

Video Of NJ Shooting Raises Questions

(AP) - A police video of officers confronting and then fatally shooting a black man in southern New Jersey has raised questions and stirred anger over another death at the hands of police...MORE

House Committee Passes Border Security Bill

(AP) - A Republican-led House committee has passed legislation aimed at securing the Southern U.S. border within five years. Action by the full House is expected next week. The bill passed the House Homeland Security Committee Wednesday evening (more)

Braves Struggle In Carbondale

(Bradley Sports) - Anthony Beane scored a game-high 16 points and host Southern Illinois (9-11, 2-5 MVC) rode a 22-4 second-half run to a 70-59 Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball victory Wednesday night at SIU Arena. Bradley (6-14, 1-6 MVC) (more)

SOTU No Longer Must See TV

(AP) President Barack Obama's State of the Union address drew the second-lowest television viewership in...MORE

Rauner's Motorcade Involved In Crash

A scare for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner as his motorcade is involved in an accident in Chicago. Illinois State Police say Rauner's motorcade...MORE

Shooting Victim Shows Up At Hospital

Peoria Police confirm the victim of a shooting was dropped off at the emergency room at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center...MORE

Man Indicted In Plot On U.S. Capitol

(AP) Federal authorities say a grand jury has indicted the 20-year-old Ohio man accused of plotting an attack at the...MORE

Senator Changing His School Funding Proposal

(AP) - An Illinois senator says he's altering controversial school funding legislation to increase its chances of passage...MORE

It All Starts With A Bowl Of Soup

Peoria Community Against Violence is hosting its second P-Town Soup event, giving citizens a chance to help decide which local non-profit organization receives money raised by the event. Moonlight Coalition, a non-profit...MORE

Yemeni Rebels Holding President 'Captive'

(AP) - Two Yemeni presidential advisers say the Shiite rebels who are on a power grab campaign in the capital, Sanaa, are holding the president 'captive' at his home, a day after seizing the presidential palace...MORE

U.S./Cuban Talks Begin In Havana

(AP) - The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in decades begins two days of negotiations amid grand promises by President Obama about change on the island and a somber warning from Cuba to abandon hopes of reforming...MORE

Frerichs Won't Disclose Report On Rutherford

(AP) - Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs is refusing to release an investigative report into sexual harassment allegations against his predecessor. The Democrat declined a follow-up Freedom of Information Act request...MORE

Developing A Strategic Plan

The Peoria District 150 school board continues to hear from the public as it works to develop a new strategic plan...MORE

Obama: Shadow Of Crisis Has Passed

(Fox News) - A defiant President Obama sketched a populist agenda for his final two years in office centered on free higher education, new worker protections and a sweeping tax plan that hikes rates on top earners to fund credits for the middle class...MORE

Suspect In Pekin Stabbing Captured

A man accused of stabbing a man after an argument in Pekin over the weekend has been arrested. Pekin police picked up 65-year-old Michael Webber Tuesday afternoon...MORE

Diana Rauner Getting Busy In Springfield

(AP) Bruce Rauner completed a furious first week as governor of Illinois. And his high-profile wife is not far behind...MORE

Woman Pleads Guilty To Gruesome Crime

A Bloomington woman reaches a negotiated plea agreement the day her trial was to begin in Woodford County. Vishawn Mills...MORE

SOTU: Obama Says Economic Policies Worked

 (AP) - President Barack Obama says a growing economy, shrinking deficits and booming energy production have raised the U.S. out of the recession. He is taking credit for the recovery and says: "The verdict is clear. Middle-class economics works (MORE)

Turning The Page In The State Of The Union

 (AP) - President Obama says America is turning the page after years of war and recession. Obama is using his State of the Union address tonight to argue for his economic policies, including a tax increase on the wealthiest Americans to help those (more)

Peoria Shooting Victim Identified

Peoria has seen its first homicide of 2015. Police say it was the result of a shooting that happenedd early Monday evening..MORE

Police Still Looking For Stabbing Suspect

An arrest warrant has been issued for a man who is still on the loose after allegedly stabbing a man in Pekin. The warrant states Michael Webber, 65, faces charges of...MORE

D150 Strategic Planning Continues

The Peoria District 150 school board will hold its second of four strategic planning community forums. The forum begins tonight at 6:30...MORE

Suspect In Custody After Boston Hospital Shooting

(AP) - Boston police say they have a suspect in custody after a person was shot at a hospital. Police say the situation at Brigham and Women's Hospital is "under control." The hospital said in a statement Monday that the shooting took...MORE

Japanese Premier Vows To Save Hostages

(AP) - Japan's prime minister has vowed to save the two Japanese hostages held by the Islamic State group. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told journalists on Tuesday: "Their lives are the top priority."...MORE

Study Finds No Easy Fix To IL Debt Problem

(AP) - The University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs says there is no easy to repair Illinois' chronic annual deficit. An analysis released by the university's Fiscal Futures Project indicates Illinois currently faces...MORE

Security Measures Will Delay IL Tax Returns

(AP) - Illinois residents shouldn't expect speedy state income tax returns this year. The Illinois Department of Revenue says they'll be delayed by new security measures being implemented to deter identity theft...MORE

1 Dead In Overpass Collapse In Cincinnati

(AP) - Fire and EMS officials say a construction worker was killed and a tractor trailer driver was injured when a highway overpass collapsed in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Fire Department says the bridge was undergoing demolition at the time of the (more)

Rauner Signs Order Helping Veterans, Minorities

 (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed an executive order requiring state agencies and contractors to report how many minorities and veterans are in training and apprentice programs. Rauner signed the order Monday after participating (more)

Actor, Singer Speaks At MLK Luncheon

A close friend and confidant of the late Dr. Martin Luther King visits Peoria to talk about his friend's legacy. Harry Belafonte was the main speaker...MORE

Police Name Suspect In Pekin Stabbing

Pekin police have released the name and picture of a man suspected in a weekend stabbing. Police believe 65-year-old Michael Webber stabbed a man during...MORE

NFL Looking Into Deflated Balls Accusation

(AP) NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says the NFL is investigating whether the Patriots deflated footballs used in their AFC championship game victory over...MORE

Rauner: Minority Unemployment Rate An Injustice

(AP) Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed an executive order requiring state agencies and contractors to report how many minorities and...MORE

Freed Prisoner Attending State Of The Union

(AP) - A Maryland man who recently returned home after spending five years in a Cuban prison will be in the audience for President Obama's State of the Union address. Alan Gross and his wife...MORE

Enemy Combatant Arrested In Peoria Freed

A former Bradley University student, accused of being an enemy combatant, is out of prison and back home in Qatar. Ali al-Marri, who lived in West Peoria, was arrested in Peoria in 2001...MORE

'Selma' Cast Marches In Tribute To MLK

(AP) - Oprah Winfrey and fellow actors from the movie "Selma" marched with hundreds in a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., one of many events around the nation ushering in Monday's federal holiday...MORE

Police Warn Of IRS Phone Scam

Peoria police are warning the public about a phone scam where the caller pretends to be with the IRS or Department of Treasury...MORE

PECC Honors Dr. King With Annual Event

Peoria will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday at an annual luncheon at the Peoria Civic Center. This year's featured speaker is famed singer/musician Harry Belafonte...MORE

Rauner Signing Order To Help Vets, Minorities

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is expected to sign an executive order his office says is intended to empower veterans and minorities. The Winnetka Republican is scheduled to sign the order Monday...MORE

Pekin Police Investigate Stabbing

Police say the 49-year-old victim got into an argument with a couple of people near the intersection of Brookdale Lane and North Parkway Drive...MORE

Man Attacked After Leaving Peoria Bar

The victim says he was followed by his assailants after he walked out of Basket Case on Main Street...MORE

Shots Fired Outside VP's Mansion

(AP) The Secret Service says multiple gunshots were fired from a vehicle near the Delaware home of Vice President Joe Biden on...MORE

Official: State Fairgrounds Needs Repairs Now

(AP) The newly appointed director of the state Agriculture Department says the Illinois State Fairgrounds needs repairs and...MORE

Sweetheart Bandits Nabbed In Florida

(AP) Kentucky authorities say two teenage sweethearts suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks across the South have...MORE

President To Push Tax Increase In SOTU

(AP) President Barack Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and...MORE

Millions Attend Papal Mass In Philippines

(AP) Manila officials say a steady rain failed to deter millions of people from showing up as Pope Francis ended his Asian pilgrimage with...MORE

Redbirds Fight Off Braves In I-74 Rivalry

 (Bradley Sports) - Daishon Knight scored a game-high 20 points, leading Illinois State (11-7, 3-3) to an 82-72 win against Interstate 74 rival Bradley (6-13, 1-5) Saturday evening at Redbird Arena. Illinois State extended its home-court winning (more)

Gov. Rauner Reverses Quinn's Executive Orders

 (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has rescinded seven executive orders former Gov. Pat Quinn issued in his final week in office. The Republican published his own executive order Friday rescinding...MORE

Romney Discusses 2016 Campaign

(AP) - Mitt Romney is offering a rare glimpse of his softer side as he marches toward an unlikely third presidential bid focused on poverty. The Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee on Friday cited the support of his wife...MORE

Belgian Troops Guard Sites After Terror Sweep

(AP) - Armed soldiers fanned out to guard possible terror targets across Belgium as authorities rushed to thwart more attacks by people with links to Mideast Islamic extremists, a day after anti-terror...MORE

Nelson Named New Illinois Agriculture Director

(AP) - Illinois' new GOP governor has followed through with a campaign pledge to replace the director of the Department of Agriculture. Bruce Rauner's office said Friday that Phillip Nelson has been named to head the agency. Nelson is a former (more)

NCAA Restore Wins For Coach Paterno

(AP) - Hundreds of students have rallied at Penn State to celebrate the career of late football coach Joe Paterno and the NCAA's agreement to restore 112 team victories deducted amid the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. (more)

Bears Hire New Head Coach

(AP) John Fox has a reputation for turning around teams. The Bears are counting on him to do just that. Fox was hired as...MORE

Peoria Subway Robbed At Gunpoint

Peoria police are looking for an armed robbery suspect. The Subway at 4325 N. Sheridan Road was held up at gunpoint...MORE

High Court To Decide Gay Marriage This Term

(AP) The Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution...MORE

State Grant Helps Park Project Move Ahead

The Peoria Park District has received a state grant for the Lakeview Skate Park project. The $285,000 matching grant will help the park...MORE

Local Leaders Meet With State Lawmakers

Peoria City and County officials present their list of priorities to area lawmakers. A Legislataive Workshop at Peoria's Gateway Building...MORE

Youth Pastor Fights Child Sex Charges

 Nicholas Lawrence, 27, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to four Class X felony charges filed against him in Tazewell County...MORE

Obama Vows To Fight "Scourge" Of Terrorism

(AP) President Barack Obama says the U.S. and Britain will do everything in their power to help France seek justice for last...MORE

Illinois Concealed-Carry Permits Top 91K

(AP) - Illinois State Police say 91,651 concealed-carry permits have been issued statewide since the state began allowing guns to be carried in public a year ago...MORE

Dunlap Schools Name New Superintendent

There's officially a new superintendent at Dunlap District 323. Dr. Lisa Parker has been serving as interim superintendent for the district since last March...MORE

U.S./U.K. Meeting To Focus On Terrorism

(AP) - President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron will be meeting at the White House amid growing fears about the specter of terrorism...MORE

BU Honors Broadcasting Great

The sports communications school is being named after four-time Emmy Award winner, National Radio Hall of Fame inductee, and LA Dodgers play-by-play announcer Charley Steiner, Bradley announced Thursday night...MORE

Belgium Makes Terrorism Sweep

(AP) - Belgian authorities say 13 people have been detained in Belgium and two arrested in France in an anti-terror sweep following a firefight in which two suspected terrorists were killed...MORE

Man Found Guilty Of Killing Teenager

Michael Costic, 25, was convicted of murder, aggravated battery, and mob action on Thursday...MORE

Oklahoma Carries Out Execution

(AP) - Oklahoma has executed a death row inmate for killing a baby in 1997 in the state's first lethal injection since a botched one last spring. Prison officials declared Charles Frederick Warner dead at 7:28 p.m. CST Thursday. (more)

CAT Adding Jobs In Mapleton

Caterpillar has announced plans to add jobs at its Mapleton foundry at the expense of others in the Southeast...MORE

Stud Quarterback Stays In College

(AP) Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, 3-0 as a college starter including a win in the national championship game, says he will return to the...MORE

Ex-Con Returning To Prison For Killing Puppy

Stephen Coker, 48, was sentenced to four years in prison by a Tazewell County judge on Thursday...MORE

Peoria Basketball Icon Honored

A ceremony outside Peoria's Manual Academy honors a local and state basketball icon. A street sign was unveiled Thursday afternoon...MORE

Terrorist Attack Thwarted In Belgium

(AP) Belgian authorities say two people have been killed and one has been arrested during a shootout in an anti-terrorist operation...MORE

Flu Vaccine Struggling This Season

(AP) As predicted, this year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. Health officials say a new study shows it's only 23 percent...MORE

Gov.'s Order Makes Political Hires Public

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued an executive order requiring all of the state's political hires to be posted online. The Winnetka Republican signed the order Thursday. He says the public has a right to know...MORE 

PIA Sets All-Time Passenger Record

The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport had 639,320 passengers in 2014, an new all-time high for the airport. This is the third consecutive annual passenger record...MORE

'Birdman,' 'Budapest' Top Oscar Nominations

(AP)-  Two extravagant comedies, "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," tied for the most Oscar nominations Thursday morning with nine nods each, including best picture...MORE

Mexico Begins Issuing Birth Certificates In U.S.

(AP) - The Mexican government says it will start issuing birth certificates at its consulates in the United States to help immigrants seeking work permits, driver's licenses and protection...MORE 

FBI: Ohio Man Planned To Bomb U.S. Capitol

(AP) - A 20-year-old Ohio man's Twitter posts sympathizing with Islamic terrorists has led to his arrest on charges that he plotted to blow up the U.S. Capitol and kill government officials. Federal authorities on Wednesday identified the man...MORE

Despite Low Gas Prices, Tax Increase Unlikely

(AP) - The new Republican-controlled Congress is facing an old problem: where to find the money for highway and transit programs. With gasoline prices at their lowest in years...MORE

University Of Illinois Expects To Freeze Tuition

(AP) - University of Illinois trustees are expected to freeze in-state tuition rates at the school's three campuses. Trustees meet in Chicago on Thursday and will to vote on a plan...MORE

The House Passes Bill On Regulating Wall Street

 (AP) - The House has passed a bill to soften the landmark law reining in banks and Wall Street, advancing a key Republican priority more than six years after the financial crisis struck and brought on the Great Recession. The vote Wednesday (more)

Pekin Man Facing Battery Charges

A Pekin man is accused of attacking a woman inside a Main Street home. Police say the victim was rushed to the emergency room with serious injuries on Wednesday...MORE

Man Accused In Plot Against U.S. Capitol

(AP) Federal prosecutors say an Ohio man has been arrested in a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill government officials...MORE

Savory Pardon Angers Prosecutor

One of the last acts of Pat Quinn as Governor of Illinois has angered Peoria County's top prosecutor. Quinn pardoned and expunged...MORE

Referee Calls Foul On D150 Superintendent

A middle school basketball ref says District 150's superintendent is out of bounds. Quan Chaney says friction between him and Dr. Grenita Lathan...MORE

PFD Experts At Elevator Rescues

Peoria officials are reminding residents who find themselves stuck in an elevator to request help from the fire department immediately...MORE

Top Democrat Pledges To Work With Governor

(AP) Senate President John Cullerton says he wants to work with Gov. Bruce Rauner to provide better funding for...MORE

Despite Issues, City Officials Glad To Be Home

The City Council has been meeting at various locations throughout the city over the past six months while the chambers underwent a massive, and long overdue, facelift...MORE

Deadly Crash Involving Prisoner Bus

(AP) At least 10 people are dead after a bus carrying prisoners skidded off an icy highway overpass in West Texas, slid down an...MORE

Third Suspect In 2006 Murder Charged

Johnny Marizetts, Jr., 29, has been indicted on three counts of first-degree murder, among other charges, in the death of Robbin Underwood...MORE

House Votes To Undo Immigration Action

(AP) - The House has voted to overturn President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration that extended protections to millions of people here illegally. The 237-190 largely party-line vote...MORE 

Bradley Coach Loses Appeal

Bradley men's basketball coach Geno Ford has suffered a loss in court rather than on the court...MORE

Singapore: AirAsia Fuselage Spotted

(AP) - Singapore's defense minister says a Singaporean navy ship has located the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia plane in the Java Sea. Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said on his Facebook page Wednesday that images taken by a remote...MORE

Gov. Rauner Assessing Medical Pot Program

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he wants to better understand how the state's medical marijuana program is being run...MORE  

New Illinois Legislators Being Sworn In

(AP) - Members of Illinois' 99th General Assembly are to be sworn in during two ceremonies. The ceremony for the 118 members of the Illinois House is to take place at noon...MORE

Yemen's Al-Qaida Claims Paris Attack

(AP) - A top leader of Yemen's al-Qaida branch has claimed responsibility for last week's attack on a Paris newspaper when two masked gunmen killed 12 people, including much of the weekly's editorial staff...MORE

Peoria's Leaders Look At Looming Deficit

Early projections show the city is facing a budget deficit of $5 million for 2016 and 2017...MORE

No.23 NIU Gives Bradley A Thumping

(Bradley Sports) - Northern Iowa started hot by making 10 of its first 12 shots en route to a 29-9 lead to open the game and the Nos. 22/23 Panthers (15-2, 4-1 MVC) coasted to a 63-52 win at Bradley (6-12, 1-4 MVC) Tuesday night at Carver Arena. (more)

Power Plant Cleaning Up Its Act

People who live near a Central Illinois coal-fired power plant will soon be able to breathe a little easier. Dynegy has announced plans to reduce emissions at its ED Edwards power station in Bartonville by more than 90 percent...MORE

Rauner Issues Executive Order On Ethics

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued an executive order banning some state employees from negotiating for a lobbying job...MORE

Politics Drag Down Medical Pot Program

A Peoria attorney who works with potential medical cannabis cultivation center and dispensary owners says there's no telling how much longer it'll be before the first crop is available to patients...MORE

PIA Getting Bigger Jets

The Peoria International Airport has been working with American Airlines to secure larger jets for its Peoria-based flights to Dallas, Texas. American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, will soon be utilizing CRJ-700...MORE

Social Media Helps Fight Crime

The Pekin Police Department says its use of social media is helping to fight crime. The department has been using its Facebook page...MORE

Bulgaria Arrests Man Linked To French Attacks

(AP) - Bulgarian authorities said Tuesday they have arrested a French citizen believed to have links to one of the Kouachi brothers, while in Paris President Francois Hollande led an homage to three slain police officers. Fritz-Joly Joachin...MORE

Quinn Issues Executive Orders Before Leaving Office

(AP) - Right before leaving the governorship Pat Quinn has quietly issued three executive orders on the minimum wage, tax returns and making data more available publicly...MORE

Obama To Sit Down With New GOP Leaders

 (AP) - The guest list hasn't changed, but President Barack Obama faces a different type of crowd when he meets with congressional leaders Tuesday. Obama's sit-down with House and Senate leaders is his first since the new...MORE

Divers Retrieve Black Box From AirAsia Crash

(AP) - Divers have retrieved the crashed AirAsia plane's second black box from the bottom of the Java Sea, giving investigators the essential tools they need to start piecing together what brought Flight 8501 down. Transportation Ministry official (more)

Ohio State Wins National College Football Title

(AP) - Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns and Ohio State won the first national title in college football's playoff era, running over Oregon 42-20 Monday night. Elliott scored three straight times in the second half (more)

Keystone Bill Clears Senate Hurdle

 (AP) - Legislation to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline has cleared an initial hurdle in the Senate, a victory for Republicans newly in charge and now eager for a veto showdown with President Obama. The vote was 63-32, (more)

Central Command Twitter Account Hacked

(AP) - The sites were taken over today by hackers claiming to be working on behalf of the Islamic State militants...MORE

Rauner: "A New Tone" In Illinois

(AP) - New Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he's ordering state agencies to freeze non-essential spending after he took his oath of office Monday...MORE

Flu Bug's Hitting Central Illinois Hard

Area healthcare officials are seeing an increase in the number of flu cases this year. Part of the problem is that even if you got the flu shot, the current vaccine only covers 3 to 4 strains...MORE

Quinn Fails To Issue Medical Pot Licenses

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will not award licenses for cultivating medical marijuana before his term ends. The Democrat did sign into law tougher penalties for violations of the state's new medical marijuana law...MORE

Illinoisians Need More Access To Trauma Care

(AP) - Top Illinois health officials say too many communities don't have access to trauma care. The agency on Sunday released a study recommending ways the state can increase access to emergency medical care...MORE

France Mobilizing 10K Troops

(AP) - France's defense minister says the country is mobilizing 10,000 security forces to protect the country after three days of terror attacks. Jean-Yves Le Drian said the deployment will begin...MORE

Rauner Ready To Take Office

(AP) - Republican Bruce Rauner is set to take office as Illinois' 42nd governor. On Monday, there will be a morning prayer service followed by the swearing in of constitutional officers. Rauner beat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn...MORE

Former West Peoria Fire Chief Passes Away

A man who served 25 years as West Peoria Fire Chief has died. West Peoria Fire Chief Terry Schadt says retired Chief Robert Stecher passed away Sunday at his home following a brief illness...MORE

Black Box Retrieved From AirAsia Crash Site

(Fox News) An official says divers have retrieved one of the black boxes from the AirAsia plane that crashed more than two weeks ago into the Java Sea, a major breakthrough in the slow-moving hunt...MOEW

Thousands March To Honor Paris Terror Victims

(Fox News) Tens of thousands of people including more than 40 world leaders streamed into the heart of Paris on Sunday for a rally of national unity to honor the 17 victims of three days of terror...MORE

Illinois Hospitals Receive Federal Funding

(AP) Hospitals across Illinois will receive $400 million in federal funding under the Affordable Care Act...MORE

Aces Snap Braves Home Winning Streak

 (Bradley Sports) - D.J. Balentine overcame a back injury midway through the second half to score a game-high 22 points and Egidiju Mockevicius turned in his 12th double-double of the season with 14 points and 14 rebounds, leading Evansville (more)

French Police Seek Suspect's Widow

(AP) -- French police on Saturday were hunting the widow of one of the slain suspects in a wave of attacks around Paris, considered dangerous herself and the possible key to helping authorities dismantle what could be a terrorist network. Hayat Boumeddie (moe)

Quinn Pardons Man Wrongfully Convicted

 (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has pardoned a man who spent more than a decade in prison before DNA evidence cleared him in the 1993 murder of his girlfriend. Quinn's 232 granted clemency petitions announced Friday included one for Alan Beaman. (more)

Gun Shop Owner Dies After Shooting

 (AP) - A gun shop owner in suburban Kansas City has died from gunshot wounds after a botched robbery that left three suspects wounded. Shawnee, Kansas, police said in a news release that 44-year-old John Bieker died Friday after the shooting (more)

State Department Issues Global Travel Warning

(AP) The United States has issued a global travel warning after recent terror attacks in France, Australia and Canada...MORE

Area Hospitals Taking Flu Precautions

With flu season in full swing area hospitals are asking people to limit their visits....MORE

Recommendations For Rauner's First 100 Days

(AP) A committee advising Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has issued recommendations for the Republican's first 100 days in office. The bipartisan transition committee issued a report Friday with more than 100 recommendations. Among the suggestions

Rauner Says "Thank You" In Chillicothe

Just days away from his inauguration, Governor Elect Bruce Rauner's Ready To Work Tour stopped in Chillicothe...MORE

President Unveils Free College Plan

(AP) President Barack Obama says his plan for two years of free community college for any American will help train the workforce...MORE

House Approves Keystone Oil Pipeline

(AP) The House has overwhelmingly passed a bill authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline despite a veto threat from the White House...MORE

Making The Call To Close Not Easy

For superintendents, calling off school involves a number of factors. In Washington, part of the decision rides on how cold it is, and if the roads are passable. "We usually put our heads together as a group...MORE

Suspects In Paris Massacre Killed

 (AP) - Explosions and gunshots were heard as police forces stormed a kosher grocery in Paris where a gunman was holding at least five people...MORE

Man Accused Of Filming Girl In Shower

 Police believe Donald Pauli III, 35, took video of the girl using his cell phone at least twice over the last couple of months...MORE

Cause Of Fatal EP Fire Determined

East Peoria fire officials have determined unattended cooking was the cause of last month's fatal house fire on Meadow Avenue...MORE

Get Covered Illinois Targets Rural Counties

(AP) - Illinois is mailing information to another 36,000 households in seven counties to promote health insurance enrollment in rural areas and small cities. The Get Covered Illinois campaign launched the direct-mail...MORE

Special Election For Comptroller Approved

(AP) Outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn says lawmakers' approval of a special election for comptroller is a "victory for democracy...MORE

Boston Chosen To Bid For Olympics

(AP) The U.S. Olympic Committee chose Boston to bid for the 2024 Games in an attempt to bring the Summer Olympics to America after...MORE

Senate Approves Special Election For Comptroller

(AP) The Illinois Senate has passed legislation opposed by Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner that would establish...MORE

Deep Freeze May Have Caused "Explosions"

Several people across Tazewell County were a little shaken up Wednesday night by the sounds of explosions and rumbling...MORE

PPD Fostering Better Communication

The Peoria Police Department has filled a position in the hopes of...MORE

Rauner's 'Ready To Work Tour' To Hit Chillicothe

Governor Elect Bruce Rauner will be stopping by Chillicothe on Friday. The city says the event will be at Pearce Community Center at...MORE

Special Honor For Area Gold Star Children

Children from Peoria, Pekin and Bloomington-Normal will be in Springfield Monday to recite the Pledge of Allegiance during...MORE

IL's New Comptroller Would Run In 2016

(AP) - Illinois' incoming appointed comptroller says she'd run in a 2016 special election if lawmakers approve one at a legislative session in Springfield. Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner appointed Republican Leslie Munger of Lincolnshire...MORE

IL Approves Additional Medical Marijuana Patients

(AP) - Illinois approved 50 new patient applications for medical marijuana during December, bringing the total to 650 patients with complete paperwork...MORE

Girl Tossed From Bridge In Florida Dies

(AP) - Police say a 25-year-old Tampa man faces a first-degree murder charge after allegedly throwing his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge. John Jonchuck Jr. was arrested early today...MORE

Police Officer, Street Sweeper Shot In Paris

(AP) - A French police official says a policewoman shot in an early morning attack on the southern edge of Paris has died. The officer was stopping to investigate a traffic accident when an assailant opened fire...MORE

Illinois Lawmakers Begin Special Session

(AP) - Illinois lawmakers are reconvening for a special session called by outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn. They're expected to consider a proposal that would establish a 2016 special election to replace late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka...MORE

1 Surrenders In French Shooting, 2 Sought

(AP) - A French judicial official says one man sought in the deadly shooting at a French satirical paper has turned himself in to police. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing, said the man surrendered (more)

No. 15 Wichita State Routs Bradley

(AP) - Darius Carter scored a game-high 19 points and No. 15 Wichita State beat Bradley 63-43 on Wednesday night. The Shockers defeated the Braves after trailing at halftime for just the second time this season. Wichita State (13-2, 3-0 Missouri Valley (more)

NASCAR Driver's New Ride Unveiled In Peoria

Dozens of people got to join a NASCAR veteran as he got the first glimpse of his new ride in Peoria...MORE

Dems Already Butting Heads With Rauner

(AP) Illinois Democratic leaders are considering a move Thursday that's opposed by Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner despite pledges of...MORE

Caterpillar Announces East Peoria Layoffs

Caterpillar, Inc. has announced nearly 100 full-time production employees in East Peoria will be indefinitely laid off...MORE

U.S. To Help France Hunt Terrorists

(AP) President Barack Obama is offering U.S. help in pursuing the gunmen who carried out the attack in Paris...MORE

Official Says Dunlap PHA Meeting Unnecessary

A Peoria City Council member feels a crowded public hearing in Dunlap was premature and unnecessary. Hundreds of Dunlap residents...MORE

Peoria Challenged For IHSA Tourneys

Peoria is facing a full court press from cities wanting to steal the IHSA boy's state basketball tournaments. Champaign and Hoffman Estates...MORE

OSHA Cites Agridyne For Pekin Deaths

(AP) - A federal agency has filed violations against an Illinois agricultural products company after two workers died at its Pekin facility last June. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Wednesday said Springfield-based Agridyne...MORE

Washington's Rebuild Still Going Strong

The City of Washington has made huge progress in rebuilding the homes damaged in the November 2013 tornado. Mayor Gary Manier says of over 1,100 homes affected, only 55 are still waiting...MORE

12 Dead In French Newpaper Shooting

(AP) -Masked gunmen have stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper, killing 12 people before escaping, in France's deadliest terror attack in at least two decades...MORE

Dunlap Residents Oppose Taft Homes Study

Dunlap residents crowd the Banner Elementary School to give a grade of "F" to "Area F." "Area F," near Route 40 and Cedar Hills Drive...MORE

Tail Of AirAsia Plane Found

(AP) - Indonesia's search and rescue chief says divers and an unmanned underwater vehicle have spotted the tail of the missing AirAsia plane in the Java Sea, the first confirmed sighting of any wreckage 11 days after Flight 8501...MORE

Gunman, 1 Person Dead in Texas Clinic Shooting

(AP) - Officials say a gunman opened fire at a veterans' medical clinic in West Texas, killing one other person. Fort Bliss Maj. Gen. Stephen M. Twitty announced Tuesday night that the shooter is also dead. Twitty did not say whether the gunman (more)

Shoveling 101 From The City Of Peoria

A friendly reminder from the city of Peoria for people shoveling snow after this first significant blast of winter weather...MORE

Quinn Reflects On His Time As Governor

(AP) Outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn says his future plans include organizing for causes he believes in, like veterans' rights...MORE

Fire Victim Dies, Family Asks For Help

Jesse Reese, 18, died over the weekend at a Springfield hospital, where he'd been in critical condition since being pulled out of a burning house on Dec. 23...MORE

Official: Public Housing Not Right For Dunlap

The Peoria Housing Authority is thinking about relocating some Taft Homes residents to rural Dunlap. The PHA's plans don't make a lot of sense to Peoria County Board member Brian Elsasser...MORE

Boehner Remains Speaker Of The House

(AP) The House has re-elected John Boehner to be speaker in the new Republican-led Congress, despite opposition by tea party lawmakers that...MORE

Charges Upgraded For Accused Dog Killer

Regina Robards, 43, was initially charged with misdemeanors after her landlord found two dead dogs in her Howard Court home in November...MORE

Peoria Crews Busy Plowing

Peoria Public Works crews have plowed and treated the city's primary streets overnight, which are all now cleared. Crews are starting to plow the residential areas, but won't be putting down...MORE

New Congress Convenes With GOP In Charge

(AP) - Republicans are assuming full control of Congress for the first time in eight years in a day of pomp, circumstance and raw politics beneath the Capitol Dome...MORE

NWS: Local Snowfall Totals

The National Weather Service in Lincoln is reporting preliminary snowfall totals for the Peoria Metro area overnight. As of 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, Peoria's official snow total was 5.1 inches. The Village of Dunlap had 5.6...MORE

2014: 4th Coldest On Record For Illinois

(AP) - Illinois has seen the fourth coldest year on record with an average statewide temperature of 49.9 degrees in 2014. Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says 2014 is tied with 1912 and 1972...MORE

Senators Will Consider Combining State Offices

(AP) - Two Illinois lawmakers are calling for legislation to be considered during a special session this week that would combine the offices of the state comptroller and treasurer...MORE

Two Officers Wounded In Bronx Shooting

(AP) - A manhunt is under way for at least two suspects who shot and wounded two New York City police officers responding to a robbery. Both officers are in critical but stable condition. The shooting occurred around 10:30...MORE

Munger Picked For Next Comptroller

 (AP) - Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has announced Monday a onetime state legislative candidate and businesswoman as his pick for Illinois' next comptroller. Rauner says Leslie Munger has been focused on fiscal and economic issues. (more)

Traffic Collision Alerts Issued

The city of Peoria and Peoria County each are under a Traffic Collision Alert. People in a traffic accident that results in no injuries should...MORE

Snow Route Parking Ban For Peoria

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

CAT Requests Downtown Zoning Change

The City of Peoria Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a downtown Peoria zoning change for Caterpillar...MORE

Two U.S. Ski Prospects Killed In Avalanche

(AP) Two prospects from the U.S. ski team have been killed in an avalanche while skiing near their European training base in the...MORE

D150 Seeks Strategic Planning Input

Peoria Public Schools has scheduled four community forums designed to get public input as the school board begins...MORE

Warming Centers Open As Deep Freeze Sets In

With dangerously cold temperatures settling into the Peoria area, warming centers are opening to...MORE

Snow And Frigid Conditions Hit Central IL

The National Weather Service in Lincoln is predicting 3 to 7 inches of snow for the Peoria Metro area tonight. An Alberta Clipper system will move through the northern half of Illinois starting late Monday...MORE

IL Still Researching Medical Pot Apps

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says research is still underway as his administration decides which businesses will receive permits to begin the state's pilot medical marijuana program. Last week Quinn's administration conceded...MORE

Former Peoria Mayor Dies

Former Peoria mayor and councilman Richard Neumiller has passed away. The Peoria Journal Star reports that Nuemiller died Friday at Lutheran Hillside Village...MORE

Jury Selection Begins In Boston Bombing Trial

(AP) - Jury selection for the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused in the Boston Marathon attacks, begins Monday. Those chosen from a pool of about 1,200 will decide whether Tsarnaev planned...MORE

Abducted CA Infant's Body Found

(AP) - Long Beach police have confirmed that a body found Sunday is that of a 3-week-old baby who was abducted from a home after a shooting.  Police say Eliza Delacruz's body was found in a dumpster behind a strip mall...MORE 

Gov. Quinn Begins Last Week In Office

(AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn enters his final week in office with a speech and special session on the agenda, but it's unclear how hard lawmakers and leaders will work...MORE

Law Will Help Illinoisans Save For Retirement

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law legislation to help people in Illinois save for retirement. The Democrat signed the bill on Sunday afternoon at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago...MORE

Illinois Parks Receive Money For More Land

(AP) An investment of $26 million by taxpayers will allow communities across Illinois to buy land for parks and improve recreation.  Gov. Pat Quinn announced the grants Saturday..MORE

ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott Dies At 49

Stuart Scott, a longtime anchor at ESPN, died Sunday morning at the age of 49 after cancer battle...MORE

Accidents Temporarily Close Roads In Peoria

(News 25) Peoria County Sheriff's Office has responded to 24 weather related incidents since 6AM on Saturday. Speeding cars, rain and cold temperatures--a dangerous combination on the roads...MORE

Braves Tame The Salukis

 (AP) - Auston Barnes and Omari Grier scored 14 points each and Bradley beat Southern Illinois 63-44 on Saturday night for the Braves' sixth straight home win. Josh Cunningham matched his career high with 12 rebounds, turning in his third (more)

Shooting In East Bluff

Peoria police are looking into a shooting that sent one person to the hospital. Officers were called to the corner of Knoxville and Thrush by a report of a shooting around 7:45 p.m. Saturday. The victim, who was reportedly shot in the leg, was transported (more)

Girl Survives KY Plane Crash

(AP) -  Kentucky State Police have identified four people killed in a small plane crash that was survived by a 7-year-old girl who walked away from the wreckage...MORE

Child Killer Heading To Prison

 (AP) - A 31-year-old Peoria Heights man has been sentenced to 38 years in prison for shaking or striking his six-week-old son to death in 2012. A Peoria County judge sentenced Zachary Knowles Friday. Under a plea agreement, Knowles pleaded guilty (more)

Large Objects Found In AirAsia Wreckage Hunt

(AP) - An Indonesian search leader says he's confident two large objects on the ocean floor are from the AirAsia jetliner that dropped from radar nearly a week ago. Teams equipped with a remote-operated underwater vehicles...MORE

Oldest Opry Member Little Jimmy Dickens, Dies at 94

(AP) - Little Jimmy Dickens, a diminutive singer-songwriter who was the oldest cast member of the Grand Ole Opry, has died. Dickens died Friday at the age of 94 at a Nashville-area hospital of cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke on Christmas Day. (more)

Scammer Claims To Be Police

Someone's posing as a Peoria Police Lieutenant in an attempt to scam people. The Peoria Police Department says it has received several complaints about...MORE

Museum Encouraging Selfies With Lincoln

(AP) What if the Great Emancipator had taken a selfie? The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum wants people to take a stab at answering that question with...MORE

Actress Donna Douglas Dies

(AP) - The actress who portrayed the pretty tomboy, Elly May Clampett on "The Beverly Hillbillies," has died. Donna Douglas was 82 years old. She died Thursday from pancreatic cancer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which is where she had lived. Dou

New Details In Pekin Shooting

It turns out the person a Pekin resident shot on New Year's Eve was his neighbor's son...MORE

Civic Center Named A "Top Stop"

 The Theater and Arena are included on a list of top venues based on ticket sales worldwide...MORE

N. Korea Sanctioned For Sony Hack

(AP) - The U.S. is imposing sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for the cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment...MORE

IL Includes Children In Marijuana Experiment

(AP) - A new law expanding the Illinois medical marijuana program to children is opening a market for an unproven strain of cannabis called Charlotte's Web and a dark green, weed-fragrant oil made from it. Some parents of children with epilepsy...MORE

Bellevue Man Robbed At Gunpoint In Peoria

But the suspect didn't get away with much, police say...MORE

City Salt Trucks Ready For First Mission

Peoria's fleet of salt trucks is ready to hit the streets for the first time this winter. Freezing rain is forecast to begin after midnight Friday night...MORE

Get That Tree To The Curb

If you haven't taken the Christmas tree down yet, there's still plenty of time in Peoria. That's because there's no official deadline for pick up. In fact, city officials say if you wanted to wait to get rid of your tree...MORE

More AirAsia Bodies Recovered

(AP) - Officials say five of the bodies recovered today from the AirAsia crash into the Java Sea were still strapped in their seats. A total of 30 bodies have been recovered so far from Sunday's crash, 21 of them...MORE

Senate Leader Injured While Exercising

(AP) - Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid was hospitalized after suffering an injury while exercising in his Nevada home. His office says Reid broke a number of ribs and bones...MORE

Bono's Accident Leaves Him 'Unplugged'

(AP) - Bono says he may never play guitar again due to injuries suffered in a New York City cycling accident. The U2 singer suffered multiple injuries, including fractures to his left eye...MORE

Taking The Plunge For A Cause

(WEEK-25)  What better way to start 2015 than jumping into some freezing water. That's exactly how hundreds of people started their New Year's Day in East Peoria. "You definitely have to have a little crazy...MORE

4 Crash Victims Identified And Returned To Families

 (AP) - The investigation into the AirAsia crash has turned to the ocean floor, with more sonar equipment and metal detectors deployed today to scour the seabed for wreckage...MORE

Former New York Governor Dies At 82

Former three-term New York Governor Mario Cuomo has died at 82, hours after his son, current governor Andrew Cuomo, is sworn in for a second term...MORE

More GM Recalls For Ignition Lock Defect

(AP) General Motors is recalling 92,221 full-size trucks and SUVs for a defect in ignition lock systems that can cause safety problems in hot conditions...MORE

Surprising Find In Elderly Man's Arm

(AP) Fifty-one years ago, Arthur Lampitt of Granite City, Illinois, smashed his 1963 Thunderbird into a truck. This week during surgery in suburban St. Louis...MORE

Plane Crash Opens Old Wounds For Many

(AP) The images of bodies and wreckage from AirAsia Flight 8501 floating in Indonesian waters are serving as another reminder to relatives of those lost aboard another...MORE

WMBD's Top 14 Stories Of 2014

WMBD's David van Camp runs down the top 14 stories of 2014, ranked by the amount of web traffic, social media interaction, and listener response they received throughout the year...MORE

State Delays Medical Marijuana Permits

(AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn's administration concedes it missed its end-of-the-year target for deciding which businesses...MORE

It's A Boy!!

A Peoria couple is the proud parents the area's New Year's baby. Deacon Flora arrived at 1:46 a.m. Thursday...MORE

Egg Prices May Go Up

(AP) - The new year is expected to bring rising chicken egg prices across the U.S. as California starts requiring farmers to house hens...MORE

Earthquake Off California's Coast

(AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 5.3 magnitude earthquake off the coast of northern California. The USGS says the quake...MORE

WHO: 7,905 Ebola Deaths

(AP) - The World Health Organization says the number of reported Ebola deaths in West Africa has risen to 7,905...MORE

Change Of Plans For PHA

The Peoria Housing Authority will not go ahead with plans for the conversion of District 150's Greeley School. The PHA had thought...MORE

Rauner Readying 'War Chest' For Battle

(AP) State filings show Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has expanded his campaign war chest by more than $20 million to support "reformers" and compete with...MORE

'Gilmore Girls' Actor Dies At 71

(AP) Edward Herrmann, the actor who brought Franklin D. Roosevelt to life in films and documentaries, won a Tony Award and charmed audiences as the stuffy dad on TV's "Gilmore Girls," died Wednesday. He was 71....MORE

Special Election To Fill Comptroller Post

(AP) A spokeswoman for Illinois' Senate President says legislation is being prepared to establish a 2016 special election to replace late...MORE

Dozens Killed In New Year's Stampede

(AP) China's state-run Xinhua News Agency is reporting that 35 people have been killed in a stampede during the city's...MORE

Alleged Prowler Shot In Pekin

Pekin police are called twice to a Derby Street home, finding one man shot in the abdomen on their second visit...MORE

Applications For Jobless Aid Rise

(AP) - More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but the number of applications continues to be at historically low levels...MORe

Six People Escape South Peoria Fire

An attic fire spreads to the main floor of a South Peoria house. Six people, five of them children, were able to escape the blaze...MORE

Red Cross Promotes A Safe New Year's Eve

The Red Cross wants everyone to get home safe on New Year's Eve. The agency is partnering for a seventh straight year...MORE

Bats May Have Infected First Ebola Patient

(AP) A team of researchers think they may have pinpointed how the Ebola epidemic in West Africa started - with a small boy playing in a hollowed-out tree where infected bats lived...MORE

Voice of 'Babe' Dies At 51

(AP) Christine Cavanaugh, a prolific voice actress whose characters included the titular character of "Babe," has died. She was 51...MORE

UN Rejects Resolution Against Israeli Occupation

(Fox News) The United Nations Security Council rejected a Palestinian resolution demanding Israel withdraw from disputed territories within three years on Tuesday...MORE

New Eavesdropping Law In Effect

(AP) Gov. Pat Quinn has signed new eavesdropping restrictions for Illinois after the old law was declared unconstitutional by the...MORE

Bodies Pulled From Plane Wreckage

(AP) Parts of the wreckage of AirAsia Flight 8501 have been brought to the town nearest to the spot where the wreckage was found today in the waters off...MORE

Woman Attacked In Broad Daylight

The 28-year-old victim tells police she was on Northeast Perry, a few blocks away from Lincoln K-8 School, around 2:00 p.m. Monday when six people jumped her...MORE

Investigation Confirms Witness Accounts

(AP) Police in the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley say their investigation confirms an 18-year-old pointed a gun and tried to fire at the...MORE

Former President Released From Hospital

(AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush has been released from a Houston hospital...MORE

Deadline Set For IL Retiree Refunds

(AP) - A court has approved a schedule for refunds to tens of thousands of Illinois state retirees who've been paying a portion of their pensions for health insurance over the last year and a half...MORE

North Pekin Man Dies In Dirt Bike Crash

Peoria County coroner Johnna Ingersoll says 25-year-old DeWayne Appleyard of North Pekin has died after sustaining severe head injuries as a result of a dirt bike crash in Tazewell County...MORE

NYC Mayor To Meet With Police Union

(AP) - New York's mayor is aiming to clear the air with police unions after rancor brewed over the shooting deaths of police officers and City Hall's response...MORE

Bodies, Debris Retrieved From Indonesian Waters

(AP) - Bodies and debris seen floating in Indonesian waters have painfully ended the mystery of AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed into the Java Sea with 162 people...MORE

Peoria Man Facing Child Porn Charges

A Peoria man is accused of producing child pornography. Seth Morris, 24, was charged this week in Peoria's U.S. District Court. A middle school-aged girl told police that Morris sent her a sexually explicit photo of a young child in an online chat.

IL Driving Without A Sticker Will Be Legal

(AP) - Motorists may drive without an up-to-date vehicle registration sticker under a law that takes effect Thursday. Secretary of State Jesse White proposed the plan to allow driving with a receipt showing a sticker purchase- even if it hasn't been

Debris, Bodies From Missing Plane Spotted

(Fox News) 'Victims' have been spotted near the area where the missing AirAsia plane vanished, Indonesia officials say. Indonesia officials coming off a helicopter say they spotted several bodies...MORE

Revenge Porn Now Illegal In Illinois

Governor Quinn on Monday signed a new law that makes it a crime to distribute private images without a person's consent...MORE

Clues Emerge In Search For Missing Plane

(AP) There are two potential clues to the disappearance of an AirAsia plane off of Indonesia -- but they are hundreds of miles apart..MORE

Bears Sack Coach, GM After Dismal Season

(AP) The Chicago Bears have fired general manager Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman after missing the playoffs for the seventh time in the...MORE

Illinois Taxpayers To Keep More Cash In 2015

(AP) Illinois' temporary income-tax surcharge drops from 5 percent to 3.75 percent Thursday. The Revenue Department says a family of four with...MORE

NYC Mayor Booed At Police Graduation

(AP) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been getting some boos at a police graduation ceremony that comes with tensions high...MORE

Pekin Woman Arrested For Stabbing

A night of drinking leads to a stabbing in Pekin. Pekin Police were dispatched to the Vista Villa Apartments on Buena Vista Street around 2:30a.m. Saturday, for a report of a domestic disturbance. When officers arrived, they discovered...MORE 

Two House Fires In South Peoria

Peoria firefighters were busy extinguishing two South Peoria house fires Monday morning...MORE

Debris Spotted In Search For Missing Plane

(AP) - An Indonesian helicopter has seen two oil spots and an Australian search plane has spotted objects floating in the ocean, but it's too early to know whether they're from the AirAsia...MORE

Salvation Army Announces Kettle Totals

The Salvation Army's red kettles have been put away for another year after two extra days of bell-ringing at several area stores. The annual ringing was extended to include December 26th and 27th...MORE

Death Toll From Greek Ferry Fire Rises

(AP) - The Greek coast guard says the death toll from a fire on board a Greek ferry in the Adriatic between Albania and Italy has increased to five. Coast Guard spokesman Nikos Lagadianos said four more...MORE

Gov. Quinn Signs Traffic-Related Law

(AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a plan that lets people charged with some minor traffic offenses pay penalties without a court appearance. In a Sunday statement, Quinn says the legislation helps reduce the burden on drivers and the court...MORE

Braves Cool The Flames of UIC

 (AP) - Tramique Sutherland scored 19 points, Josh Cunningham added 11 with 11 rebounds and Bradley defeated Illinois-Chicago 68-60 on Sunday night. The Braves (5-8) led by as much as 12 in the second half, but surrendered a late run that pulled UIC (more)

Harsher Penalties For Adults Who Let Kids Drink

(AP) Parents or guardians considering allowing their teens to host parties will be responsible for more than just the alcohol consumed in the house when...MORE

Rauner Tops AP's List Of Biggest State News

(AP) Bruce Rauner's election as Illinois' first Republican governor since 2003 topped the state's news in 2014...MORE

Illinois Man Still Behind Bars In Israel

(AP) An Israeli court has ordered an Illinois man charged with plotting anti-Muslim violence detained until the end of court proceedings against him...MORE

Life-Saving Tool For Illinois Farmers

(AP) A new app could help reduce the number of fatal grain bin entrapments that occur in Illinois...MORE

AirAsia Plane Disappears

(AP) It's been many hours with no sign of a missing AirAsia plane that disappeared over the Java Sea with 162 people aboard...MORE

New York Police Officers Turn Backs On Mayor

 (AP) - The tension between New York City's mayor and police has been evident today at the funeral of police officer Rafael Ramos. Thousands of police officers from across the nation traveled to New York City to honor Ramos today. (more)

Biden: NY officers' Deaths Touched Soul Of Nation

(AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says the slayings of two New York City police officers in an ambush shooting have "touched the soul of an entire nation." Biden addressed hundreds of police officers and family and friends of Officer Rafael Ramos (more)

North Korea Blames US For Internet Shutdown

 (AP) - North Korea is hurling racist comments at President Barack Obama. It's blaming the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid allegations that its operatives hacked Sony and threatened theaters planning to show the Sony Pictures movie " (more)

Man Charged In Toddler's Death

A Peoria man is facing First-Degree Murder charges in the death of his girlfriend's son. Peoria police arrested Deon Wells, 19, on Monday after the...MORE

Pole Struck, Power Outages In The Heights

Ameren Illinois says customers in Peoria Heights and surrounding areas are experiencing power outages following an accident that took out a utility pole. A car struck the pole, splitting it in two...MORE

Former President Bush Remains Hospitalized

(AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush is spending a fourth night in a Houston hospital where he's being treated after experiencing shortness of breath earlier this week. Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Friday evening the 90-year-old Bush (more)

Christmas Day Shooting In Peoria

Peoria Police say a man shot just after 4:30 p.m. on Christmas Day at Villa Bordeaux Apartments on North Knoxville Avenue...MORE

Parking In Short Supply At PIA

Due to what airport officials are calling "unprecedented levels of demand" passengers traveling from now until New Year's Eve are...MORE

Asia Marks 10-Year Tsunami Anniversary

(AP) - Beachside memorials and religious services were planned across Asia to mark 10 years since the Indian Ocean tsunami slammed into a dozen nations and killed nearly a quarter million...MORE 

Hundreds Of Police Salute Fallen Officer

(AP) The wife and two sons of a New York City policeman gunned down along with his partner have been joined by hundreds of uniformed...MORE

Clemency Apps Await Quinn's Action

(AP) - While Gov. Pat Quinn granted 179 clemency petitions in time for Christmas Day, thousands of other applicants are awaiting word during the outgoing Democrat's final weeks...MORE

Peorians Pack Theaters For 'The Interview'

A lot of Peorians spent part of their Christmas Day watching a movie that's been at the center of controversy for weeks. Willow Knolls 14 and Landmark Cinemas in Peoria are two of a few theaters in...MORE

Teen Driver Ticketed For Fatal Crash

The 17-year old driver of an SUV that overturned on lower Detweiller Hill, killing one of six passengers, has been ticketed...MORE

"The Interview" Will Play In Peoria

At least two movie theaters in Peoria are planning on showing the film that became the center of international controversy. The movie is also available on a handful of digital platforms...MORE

Missouri Man Shot, Killed By Officer

(AP) - St. Louis County police say a man who pulled a gun and pointed it at an officer has been killed in Berkeley, Missouri...MORE

Beaten Child Declared Brain Dead

A Peoria man was arrested Monday after a young boy he was looking after arrived at a hospital with severe injuries...MORE

Schools Get Help Battling Cyber Bullies

(AP) Illinois school districts soon will have the authority to punish students for cyberbullying, even if it occurs outside of school...MORE

Snow Less Likely In Illinois

(AP) - Good news for holiday travelers: Above-freezing temperatures around Illinois look set to ward off much of the snow that had been forecast...MORE

Red Kettles Going Into Overtime

Christmas may be over, but the Salvation Army is getting a late Christmas present from some area stores. The Kroger stores in Peoria, East Peoria, and Washington, as well as the Peoria Hyvee...MORE

Former President George H.W. Bush Hospitalized

(AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush has been taken to a Houston hospital after experiencing a shortness of breath. Spokesman Jim McGrath said in statement that Bush was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital on Tuesday evening (more)

4 Killed As Severe Weather Slams Southern US

(AP) - Severe storms have killed at least four people in Mississippi and damaged homes and businesses throughout the state, leading to the governor declaring a state of emergency for two counties. Gov. Phil Bryant's office says thousands were without power (more)

Winter Weather On Tap For Christmas Eve

Snow may blanket parts of Central Illinois in the next two days, although just how much snow will fall is still up in the air. The National Weather Service says Tazewell and Woodford Counties could see up to two inches of snow on Christmas Eve. (more)

Dow Reaches Uncharted Territory

(AP) The Dow Jones industrial average is breaking through another milestone, closing above 18,000 points for the first time following...MORE

Movie At Center Of Controversy Finds A Home

(AP) "The Interview" is the movie that everyone's been talking about. Now, some may get a chance to actually see it...MORE

D150 Board Prez: Crowded Field "Great"

A huge slate of candidates for Peoria District 150 school board will face voters this Spring. Monday was the final day for submitting nominating petitions...MORE

Peoria Unemployment Dips, Despite Job Losses

Unemployment rates fell in every metro area in Illinois for the eighth consecutive month, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security...MORE

EP Fire Victim In Critical Condition

One man is in critical condition at Springfield Memorial Medical Center after being pulled out a burning house in East Peoria...MORE

Keurig Recalls Coffee Brewers

(AP) - Keurig is recalling some 7 million of single-serve coffee brewing machines because of reported burns...MORE

CAT Asking For Land-Use Changes

Caterpillar will be taking another step toward announcing plans for an expanded headquarters campus in downtown Peoria...MORE

Crowded Field For D150 Board

A huge slate of candidates for Peoria District 150 school board will face voters this Spring. Monday was the final day...MORE

Filling Children's Hospital With Holiday Cheer

Volunteers and special visitors once again are making Christmastime bright for patients at Children's Hospital of Illinois...MORE

Rain, Snow Could Face Holiday Travelers

(AP) - Rain or snow could fall across a big swath of the nation's midsection as holiday travel gets underway...MORE

Blago Brother Writes Of Strained Relationship

(AP) - Rod Blagojevich's brother, Robert, says in a new book his relationship with his sibling has been so strained that...MORE

Police Chief Reacts To NYPD Officer Murders

Peoria Police Chief Jerry Mitchell says police officers and departments all over the country are still reeling from the murders of two NYPD officers over the...MORE

North Korean Websites Back On Line

(AP) - Key North Korean websites are back online after an hours-long shutdown that comes amid heightened tensions with the U.S. over Pyongyang's alleged hacking attack on Sony Pictures. Internet access to the North's official Korean Central News (more)

Music Acts For Rauner Inauguration Announced

(AP) Country singer Toby Keith will headline a concert celebrating Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's inauguration. Rauner on Monday announced the lineup for the Jan. 12 concert. It also includes blues artist...MORE

Abducted Peoria Boy Found Safe

A Peoria boy believed to have been abducted by his biological mother has been found safe. The Peoria Police Department says 11-year-old Jason Moore Jr. was...MORE

Legendary Singer Joe Cocker Dies

(AP) - Cocker's London-based agent, Barrie Marshall, said the 70-year-old singer died early Monday of lung cancer in Colorado, where he has lived for the past two decades...MORE

CAT CEO Rings Bell To Start NYSE Trading

(VIDEO) - Caterpillar's Chairman and CEO celebrated his company's 85 years as a publicly traded company Monday...MORE

Police: Speed May Have Led To Fatal Crash

Peoria Police continue to investigate a fatal weekend accident that claimed the life of a Sparland teenager...MORE

IL Governor To Visit Injured Troops

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has departed for his annual holiday trip to deliver Christmas cards...MORE

Salvation Army Store Employee Robbed

A Salvation Army Thrift Store employee was robbed of over $1,600 Saturday. The incident occurred outside the store...MORE

One Teen Killed, Six Injured In Rollover Crash

Peoria police are investigating a deadly wreck that happened at Detweiller Park on Saturday night...MORE

UCI Rallies Against Cold-Shooting Braves

(BU-Sports) - Omari Grier came off the bench to score a game-high 13 points, but Bradley could not overcome a cold-shooting finish as UC Irvine (5-5) rallied for a 55-47 win against the Braves (4-7) in the opening round of the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic (more)

Making Christmas Merry For Struggling Families

The Salvation Army Toy Shop is helping thousands of central Illinois parents put some gifts under the tree for their kids this Christmas...MORE

NYPD Officers Killed In "Retaliatory" Shooting

(Fox News) - A gunman who ambushed and murdered two NYPD officers as they sat in their squad car Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn vowed to kill police in a number of social media posts that vowed retaliation for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner...MORE

Victory Is Sweet For Winner Of Ornament Hunt

The contest, in which hundreds of people from around the region search for a decorative ornament hidden somewhere in East Peoria, ended Saturday morning when Amy Gerlach found the object in some shrubs outside the Festival Building on East Washington Street...MORE

Woman Suspected Of Abducting Her Son

Jason J. Moore was last seen being driven away from the 2700 block of Woodbine Terrace, in Central Peoria, on Friday afternoon. Police believe his non-custodial mother, Brandy Martin, is taking him to Louisiana...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

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

Widespread Internet Outages In North Korea

(AP) North Korea is experiencing widespread Internet outages. One expert says the country's online access is...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

Man Claims Responsibility For WH Drone

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

(AP) - A winter storm forecast to bring up to 2 feet of snow to the East Co

A rude awakening for some Pekin residents. Pekin police say officers report

Joshua Webb, 28, was stopped by Pekin Police early Sunday morning and charg

(AP) - Newly released documents show former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn receive

(AP) - A blizzard warning is in effect for a 250-mile stretch of the northe

The Peoria Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding a m

The Peoria County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in locating 35-year-o

(AP) - Amtrak is studying potential rail service between Danville and the Q

The Peoria County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in locating 35-year-o

(AP) -The Secret Service isn't commenting, but a White House spokesman says

(AP) The Vatican has given up on releasing doves as a symbol of peace. Inst

(AP) Some Grateful Dead fans are asking for fans to be allowed to camp out

(AP) President Barack Obama has offered condolences to Japanese Prime Minis

(AP) More than 85,000 immigrants living in the U.S. illegally now have Illi

(AP) President Barack Obama was greeted in India by an elaborate welcome at

(Bradley Sports) - Bradley junior guard Warren Jones scored a game-high 16

A fast moving storm system will move across Illinois by Sunday morning. Rai

(AP) - Police are searching two planes at Atlanta's main airport after auth

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