Il. Medicaid Paid Millions To Dead People

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

Elderly Man Reported Missing

James Diegel, 80, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, may be driving a van reported stolen by a Pekin assisted living facility...MORE

Vinyl In The Spotlight

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

NLCB Waiver Granted To Illinois

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

Pipeline Decision Delayed

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

Twitter Raid Leads To More Parody Accounts

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

I.C.C. Matching Students With Manufacturing Jobs

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

Ferry Investigation Focused On Captain

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

Guides Killed In Mt. Everest Avalanche

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

Changing The Rules For Medical Marijuana

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

Leuthold Murder Trial Pushed Back

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

Committee Approves Funds For Obama Museum

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

Hefty Price Tag For Record Winter

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

Shooting Suspect Arrested

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

Real Estate Tax Bills Going Out Soon

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

Retired Lawyer Comes Back For Landslide Lawsuit

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

Illinois Jobless Rate Continues To Fall

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

Help "Turners" Become A Hit!

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

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

Jobless Claims Still At Pre-Recession Levels

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

EP Landslide Victims File Lawsuit

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

Fake Twitter Account Leads To Arrest

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

Search For Survivors Continues In South Korea

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

Hearing Set In Rutherford Lawsuit

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

Tax Rollback Could Hurt Addiction Programs

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

Peoria Police Investigating Shooting

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

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

Psych Evaluation Ordered For Boston Suspect

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

Music Filling The Air Near Courthouse

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

PCAPS: Don't Pick Up Chicks This Easter

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

Pekin Police Make Car Burglary Arrest

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

Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast

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

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

BBB Warns Of Bogus Emails

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

Legislators Talk Expanded Gambling

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

Man Charged For Boston Bomb Hoax

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

Dist. 150 Announces Principal Assignments

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

Lawyers Ask Judge To Drop Rutherford Lawsuit

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

Cubs To The Suburbs?

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

CityLink To Host Open House

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

Local Man Praised For Volunteer Efforts

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

Make Washington's "After Prom" Special

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

At Least One More Season For Stadium

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

Boston Marathon Bombing: One Year Later

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

PAAR Reports Sluggish First Quarter

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

CityLink Expands Bus Service on Sunday

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

Dist. 150 Board Approves RIF's

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

Thousands Of Family Keepsakes Returned

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

Chicago Man Loves Soda, Hates Taxes

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

Quinn Promotes Housing Program In Peoria

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

Papers Win Pulitzer For NSA Stories

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

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

Thieves Targeting Unlocked Cars In Pekin

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

Schock Hosting Soldier's Movie Premiere

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

Quinn Touting Help For First-Time Home Buyers

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


Pope Poses For 'Selfies' After Service

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

Strong With The Force, The Library Is

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

Deadly Gun Battle In Eastern Ukraine

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

Feds End Showdown With Nevada Rancher

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

Police Identify Shooting Suspect

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

Obama Reiterates Call For Equal Pay

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

Simon Raising Awareness Of Sexual Assault

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

Beer Fest Offers Hundreds Of Varieties

If you know the difference between Lager, Pale Ale, and Stout...you're ready for the Peoria Jaycees International Beer Fest! The 22nd annual event is going on Saturday at Peoria's Expo Gardens...MORE

Woman Shot on Peoria's Southside

Peoria Police search for a suspect after a woman was shot on Peoria's southside. At 9:15 Friday evening, police responded to a shooting at 2213 Malone. ..(More)

Reductions In Force On D150 Board Agenda

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

Fort Hood Victim Honored

The body of an Army sergeant killed in last week's mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, has arrived in a small southern Missouri town for a weekend funeral. Sgt. Timothy Owens was originally from Effingham.

Road Rage Suspect Surrenders

The Bartonville Police Department says Steven Debis Jr. of Hanna City, walked into the police department and asked to speak with someone regarding...MORE

Civil Rights Celebrated In Peoria

U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) delivered a passionate speech as Bradley University commemorated the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act...MORE

Vehicle Burglary Suspect Arrested

Peoria Police made an arrest Friday in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries...MORE

Quinn And Rauner Go Head-To-Head

(AP) Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner have attacked one another for their record and positions on education...MORE

Survey: Concussion Protocol Lacking

(AP) A survey of school nurses suggests most Illinois schools don't have protocols for when to allow students who've suffered concussions back into...MORE

County Board Defers Vote On DDC Deal

The County Board on Thursday said there were too many unanswered questions to approve a $25,000 contribution to the Downtown Development Corporation...MORE

Commander Scott Altman Back In Pekin

It's not often that the famous person your school is named after actually gets to visit the school, but, that's exactly what's happening Friday at Scott Altman Primary School in Pekin.  WMBD's "Greg and Dan" asked the Pekin...MORE

World Famous Banjo Player Plays In Peoria

He's probably the best known banjo player in the world...Bela Fleck is in town to play with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra this weekend. Some District 150 students are having the chance to hear him play...MORE

Deadly Bus Crash In California

Authorities say nine people have been killed in a three-vehicle crash that has shut down north- and south-bound traffic on Interstate 5. California Highway Patrol dispatcher Curtis Pahlka says authorities received a report of the crash at 5:41 p.m...MORE

Truck And House Collide In Morton

Three people are taken to the hospital after a truck crashes into a house in Morton.  Emergency crews were called to 73 Fox Creek Court around 10:30pm Thursday...MORE

'Peoria Shops Washington' This Weekend

The City and the Chamber of Commerce are asking Peorians to support businesses whose bottom lines were impacted by the Nov. 17 tornado...MORE

Rep. Chapa LaVia Apologizes for 'Half' Remark

House Minority Leader accepts her apology, but says racially-charged, or otherwise "hurtful," comments need to stay out of legislative debate...MORE

Shooter Guilty Of Second Degree Murder

Dieuseul Brown, 26, was accused of fatally shooting Kelsey Coleman on April 5, 2013...MORE

Sebelius Leaving HHS Post

(AP) - The move comes just a week after the close of the rocky enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act..MORE

Bill To Streamline School Funding Advances

(AP) Legislation that makes sweeping changes to Illinois' public school funding is progressing in the Illinois Senate, but changes are likely before...MORE

Stocks Take A Big Tumble

(AP) The Nasdaq had its worst day since 2011 as investors dumped biotechnology shares and other industries that have soared over the...MORE

CBS Reveals New Late-Night Host

(AP) Stephen Colbert is replacing David Letterman as CBS' late-night host...MORE

Police Report "Rash" Of Vehicle Burglaries

Peoria Police warn residents of what they call a "rash" of vehicle burglaries in the Richwoods Area. This includes neighborhoods bordering War Memorial Drive, Northmoor and University. Also affected are neighborhoods along...MORE

"Coffee With A Cop" In Pekin

The Pekin Police Department hopes you can stop by their "Coffee With A Cop" gathering Friday morning...MORE

Still No Motive For Stabbings At High School

(VIDEO) - (AP) - What motivated a stabbing rampage at a Pennsylvania high school remains a mystery, with the teenage suspect's attorney calling him a good student who got along with others. Sixteen-year-old Alex Hribal faces...MORE

IL Senate Oks Retirement Savings Program

A proposal giving private-sector workers access to a retirement savings program has cleared one half of the Illinois Legislature.   The state Senate passed the measure 30-22...MORE

Another Signal From Deep In The Indian Ocean

 An Australian official says a search crew hunting for the missing Malaysian jet has located a new possible underwater signal. The coordinator of the search off Australia's west coast says an Australian navy aircraft...MORE

Gunfire Erupts on Peoria's South Side

Peoria Police were busy tracking down several reports of shots fired around 8:30 Wednesday night. Shot spotter alerted police to 11-15 shots fired in the 2300 block of West Starr...MORE 

Illinois Stepping In To Help With Disaster Relief

Iliinois legislators passed an intra-state natural disaster relief package. The State of Illinois will provide a new legislation package that will help local communities respond to the aftermath of the November 17th tornadoes...MORE

Schock Wants Lerner Prosecuted

Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock (IL-18) joined a majority of the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday in referring Lois Lerner, the official at the center of the...MORE

Madigan Pulls Tax The Rich Plan

(AP) Michael Madigan's spokesman says the Illinois House speaker is withdrawing a plan to tax millionaires in the state...MORE

LaHood Touts Pro Bono Legal Services

LaHood was the keynote speaker at a Wednesday luncheon hosted by Prairie State Legal Services, a not-for-profit law firm serving 36 counties in northern and central Illinois...MORE

Alleged North Valley Shooter Arrested

Ricky Whitley-Elam, 25, allegedly fired a gun during a fight in the 2500 block of Northeast Monroe St. around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday...MORE,

Fort Hood Shooting Victims Remembered

(AP) President Barack Obama says the nation is drawing strength from relatives of the victims of the fatal shootings last week at...MORE

Work On Water Co. Agreement Continues

A second delay in a proposed franchise agreement between the City of Peoria and Illinois American Water Co. is likely...MORE

BU's Swopshire, Zecevic To Transfer

(From Bradley University) - Bradley freshmen swingmen Jordan Swopshire and Stefan Zecevic both intend to transfer following the 2014 Spring semester and have been granted their releases, Braves head coach Geno Ford announced Wednesday. "Jordan and S

GPS Bill Advancing In State Legislature

Should Illinois law enforcement be able to know where you are at all times? If you have a restraining order against you...yes!  A bill supporting that type of enforcement...MORE

Mother Indicted For Scalding Daughter

Tiffany Fortune, 33, allegedly poured hot water on her five-year-old daughter on March 19...MORE
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Life-Threatening Injuries At PA High School

(VIDEO) - (AP) - A doctor says some victims of a multiple stabbing at a high school near Pitsburgh have suffered injuries classified as life-threatening though all are expected to survive......MORE

Day 3 Of Testimony For Pistorius

(VIDEO) - (AP) - Oscar Pistorius is testifying for a third day at his murder trial, returning to the witness stand after breaking down in sobs and wailing a day earlier while describing the moments he said he realized he had fatally shot...MORE

Pings Picked Up Again In Plane Search

(VIDEO) - An Australian official says equipment on a ship searching for the missing Malaysian jet has relocated an underwater signal that is consistent with a plane's black boxes. Angus Houston, the head of a joint agency coordinating...MORE

School Funding Overhaul Advances In State Senate

Legislation that would dramatically change the way schools are funded in Illinois for the first time since 1997 is advancing in the Illinois Legislature. The bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Andy Manar of Bunker Hill would...MORE

Tazewell County Loses Veteran Board Member

Tazewell County Board Member Mel Stanford has died. The 70-year-old representative of District 3 died Monday night. He served on the Tazewell County Board for 13 years...MORE

Altercation Leads To Shooting; One Injured

Peoria Police are investigating a shooting in the 2500 block of Northeast Monroe. One woman was reportedly shot in the stomach at 9:30pm Tuesday. The victim was taken to OSF St. Francis Medical Center by private vehicle...MORE

Woman Convicted Of Stiletto Murder

(AP) A jury has convicted a Houston woman of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the...MORE

Big Investment In ICC

Governor Quinn stopped by Illinois Central College Tuesday to announce a $2.6 million dollar state investment to build...MORE

Manier Hasn't Given Up On Changing FEMA Formula

Washington Mayor Gary Manier says he's leaving it up to Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk to get FEMA's disaster funding formula changed with the bill they have proposed. But, Manier says if they need him to go...MORE

Police Search For Missing Pekin Man - Update

Thanks to a Facebook tip, Pekin Police were able to locate a missing man and reunite him with his family...MORE

Local Governments Getting Road Money

The state of Illinois is giving local governments $100 million to help repair roads and address other transportation needs following a particularly brutal winter. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the funding...MORE

IL Senate OKs Proposal Lowering Probation Time

Legislation that would decrease a criminal's time on probation if they pursued further education is moving through the Illinois Legislature. The Senate passed the proposal with a 47-0 vote...MORE

It's Time To Play Ball In Peoria

They started their season on the road with four games in Wisconsin with the Timber Rattlers, but Tuesday night the Peoria Chiefs play their home opener with the Dayton Flyers. Chiefs President Rocky Vonachen...MORE

State Attorney General Warns Of ATM Scam

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says hackers are gaining unauthorized access to bank accounts and illegally withdrawing money from ATMs in Illinois.     Madigan says a report by federal banking regulators shows an increase in the num

Tornado Relief Deadline Extended

Victims of the Nov. 17 tornadoes are being given an extra month to apply for a grant through the Peoria Area Association of Realtors...MORE

Leitch: IHSA Shouldn't Be Interrogated

State Representative David Leitch says people with concerns about the Illinois High School Association should sit down and talk the issues out...MORE

Officials Stress Work Zone Safety

Work Zone Awareness Week kicked-off in Morton on Monday...MORE

Emotional Pistorius Begins Defense

(VIDEO) - (AP) - An emotional Oscar Pistorius began testifying in his murder trial with an apology to the family of Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend he killed last year in his home. Pistorius took the stand in a South African court Monday...MORE

Possible Pings: New Lead In Missing Plane Search

(VIDEO) - An Australian official is calling it the "most promising lead" since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared on March 8. The joint agency coordinating the search for the plane says U.S. Navy equipment...MORE

State Aid To Washington May Not Be Enough

Will there be enough money from the state to cover Washington's tornado recovery efforts?  Mayor Gary Manier says Governor Pat Quinn promised to make Washington whole again...MORE

Hollywood Legend Mickey Rooney Dies

(VIDEO) - Actor Mickey Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93.  Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died...MORE

Unique Thrill For Gamers

(AP) A skyscraper-sized version of the classic video game Tetris in Philadelphia created a spectacle...MORE

Bradley Park Bark Friendly

Now that spring has finally sprung, Bradley Park is packed with people, and dogs, enjoying the warmer temperatures...MORE

Sounds Heard In Search For Plane

(AP) The head of the search effort for the missing Malaysian airliner says the detection of three separate but fleeting sounds from deep in the...MORE

Peoria Police, Marshals Service Nab Fugitive

The Peoria Police Department helped United States Marshals bring a fugitive to justice...MORE

Men's Final Four Tip Off Saturday

(AP) - The last time Florida lost there were still 23 shopping days until Christmas. The Gators have won every game since that loss at Connecticut on Dec. 2. The teams meet again Saturday in the Final Four. They both have changed and they both have st

Ft. Hood Motive May Never Be Learned

(VIDEO) - (AP) - Investigators say they may never determine what caused Spc. Ivan Lopez to go on a deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood, despite evidence that suggests an argument ignited the incident. That rampage left three other soldiers dead and 16...MORE

Candidate's Softer Side On Display In Ad

(AP) Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is using a new television ad also featuring his wife to portray himself as a Republican who can work with Democrats...MORE
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IEMA, FEMA Give Disaster Grant To Peoria

Officials announced Friday the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and its federal counterpart have approved the nearly $730,000 damage estimate submitted by the City...MORE

FEMA Petition Will Likely Fall Short

A petition calling for changes to the federal government's disaster assistance formula is likely not going to reach the President's desk, but the Washington resident who wrote it says she's not giving up...MORE

Hands Across The Courthouse

Dozens gathered outside of the Peoria County Courthouse to speak out against child abuse Friday...MORE

Spiders Cause Mazda Recall

(AP) - Mazda is recalling 42,000 Mazda6 cars in the U.S. because spiders can weave a web in a vent hose and cause the fuel tank to crack. The recall involves cars from the 2010 through 2012 model years equipped with 2.5-liter engines. The yellow...MORE

'Money Smart Week' Begins Saturday

Over the course of the week, there will be several classes and seminars to explain different ways of managing finances...MORE

Metamora Man To Be Part Of Cubs Home Opener

(AP) - A 100-year-old Metamora man will be among those helping Wrigley Field kick off its 100th anniversary celebration. Louis Reinhart was asked to participate in Friday's festivities during the Cubs home opener. The invitation came...

CAT Adding Jobs In Georgia

(AP) - Caterpillar, Inc. is planning to hire 100 more workers for its new manufacturing plant in northeast Georgia. Human Resources Manager Mike White said Caterpillar is seeking welders and assemblers and some other workers as it prepares...MORE

Will Illinois Keep The ACT?

State education officials are considering keeping the ACT exam for Illinois high school juniors but passing the cost along to school districts and possibly the students' families. The officials estimate it will cost $14 million...MORE

Longest Tenured Late-Night Host Retiring

(AP) David Letterman says he's retiring next year as host of "Late Show." During a taping of Thursday's show, Letterman said he has informed his CBS bosses that he will step down in...MORE

Gov. Quinn's Appointment Tactics Slammed

A group of Republicans wants to close the loophole that allowed Gov. Pat Quinn to make two executive appointments without going through the Illinois Senate...MORE

"Hands Around The Courthouse" For CASA

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and CASA of Peoria County is raising awareness Friday at the Peoria County Courthouse with their 7th annual "Hands Around The Courthouse" event...MORE

Police, Fire Marshal Investigating Pekin Fire

Crews responded to the blaze at Greg's Garage Door on Court Street around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, where a wooden deck was fully engulfed...MORE

Mudslide Continues To Block Part Of Road

A mudslide closed down the right lane of southbound Galena Road, just outside of Peoria Heights Thursday morning...MORE

Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested

The suspect in the holdup of the Marathon Gas Station on North University Street in Peoria is arrested. A citizen's tip led police to Ryan Lakin. Lakin, 29, is in the Peoria County Jail, booked on a charge of armed robbery. Lakin is...MORE

Strong Storms, Heavy Rain Overnight

Overnight rain measurements are totaling at least 2 inches in many areas of Central Illinois. The National Weather Service reports 3.23 inches of rain 5 miles northwest of Peoria as of 8:00 a.m. Thursday. More rainfall measurements include 3.38...MORE

Two Groups Call For IHSA Hearings

(AP) - Two media groups are backing legislation requiring hearings into the operations of the Illinois High School Association. The Illinois Broadcasters Association and the Illinois Press Association are backing the bill that's been...MORE

"Smoke Free" Campus Bill Headed To IL Senate

 Legislation prohibiting smoking on the campuses of Illinois public universities has passed the House.  The "Smoke Free Campus Act" is sponsored by state Democratic Sen. Terry Link of Waukegan...MORE

Fort Hood Gunman Sought Treatment

(VIDEO) - (AP) - Authorities say the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and himself, was an Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness. Wednesday's attack also wounded 16 people at the Texas military base, where a 2009...MORE

Fort Hood Gunman Sought Treatment

(AP) - Authorities say the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and himself, was an Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness. Wednesday's attack also wounded 16 people at the Texas military base, where a 2009...MORE

Pekin Crews Battle Large Business Fire

Pekin Fire crews respond to a business fire at Greg's Garages at 2218 Court St. When crews arrived around 930pm Wednesday, they found a wooden deck fully engulfed...MORE

OSF Healthcare Family Grows

OSF Healthcare System just got a little bigger...Kewanee Hospital has officially joined OSF Healthcare. The hospital's name was changed to OSF St. Luke Medical Center on Wednesday. The former Kewanee hospital will celebrate 95 years of service...MORE

Fort Hood Shooter Dead

(AP) A U.S. law enforcement official says the suspected gunman at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas is now...MORE

Shooting At Fort Hood Army Base

(AP) Fort Hood has ordered everyone at the Texas Army base to "shelter in place."...MORE

Chiefs Getting Back In The Swing Of Things

The Peoria Chiefs arrived in town this week, gathering at Dozer Park for practice ahead of the start of the regular season...MORE

Man Robs Peoria Gas Station At Gunpoint

Investigators say a man walked into the Marathon Gas Station at 3712 North University at 2:40 Wednesday morning, showed a gun, grabbed...MORE

FBI Searching For "John Doe 28"

The FBI is looking for a suspect known only as "John Doe 28." The man, thought to be in his 30's or 40's, is believed to have sexually exploited a child. The FBI has released pictures of the man lifted from video...MORE
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Former Police Chief Doing Time In Pekin

(AP) - Former Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper has entered a minimum security prison in Illinois to begin serving time for a corruption conviction...MORE

High Court Approves High Contributions

(AP) - The Supreme Court has struck down limits in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees. The justices said...MORE

Winter Slowly Easing Its Grip

March weather was cold and dry in Illinois. State climatologist Jim Angel says the statewide average temperature for March was 33.8 degrees. That's seven degrees below average and makes last month the eighth coldest March on record...MORE

Chrysler Recalling Thousands Of SUVs

Chrysler is recalling nearly 870,000 SUVs because corrosion may make the vehicles' brakes harder to use.   The recall affects Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs from 2011...MORE

Mortgage Help Available From The State

Governor Pat Quinn has announced a plan that helps new homebuyers in Illinois get $7,500 for a down payment on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. It builds on existing programs...MORE


Peoria Police Report Spike In Burglaries

Over the past few days, several incidents have happened in an area bounded by Glen, Hanssler, University, and Knoxvile...MORE

8.2 Quake Strikes Northern Chile

Authorities have lifted tsunami warnings for Chile's long coastline after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck the country's northern coast...MORE

One Person Found in Peoria House Fire

Peoria Fire crews responded to a working house fire at 9020 N. Knoxville around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday. The occupant, an elderly woman, called her family who called 911 to report the fire. First crews reported...(MORE)

Group's Plan For Roads Would Cost You

(AP) A transportation group is proposing a plan to change the way Illinois pays for road construction, including an increase in gas taxes...MORE

ISP: Don't Call These Instructors

So far, 13 firearms instructors across the state have been stripped of their abilities to teach Illinois Concealed Carry Curricula due to cutting corners in the classroom...MORE

Obama Touts Enrollment Numbers

AP) - President Barack Obama says 7.1 million Americans enrolled for health care coverage by Monday's midnight deadline...MORE

Deadly Fire Near Chillicothe

Authorities confirm a body was found in the rubble of the house, located in the 23000 block of Berchtold Road, near Chillicothe...MORE

Madigan's Metra Mess

(AP) A task force appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn to scrutinize Chicago's transit agencies says it has unearthed more evidence that House Speaker Michael Madigan directed...MORE

New Issue In Washington's Tornado Recovery

City of Washington officials may soon be cracking down on homeowners who left their tornado-damaged properties behind...MORE

CAT Defends Tax Strategy

Caterpillar appears before a U.S. Senate subcommittee to testify about it's tax strategy. A report by Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, who chairs the Senate's investigations subcomittee, claims CAT has shifted $8-billion in profits to a...MORE

Local Flu-Related Restrictions Lifted

Peoria's three hospitals have lifted restrictions that were in place because of the number of flu cases being treated. The Peoria City/County Health Department says flu activity will continue to be monitored, but at this time flu activity...MORE

Feds Tip Pekin Police In Drug Bust

Drug busts happen all the time, but maybe not quite like this...Homeland Security recently tipped off Pekin Police about a shipment of an illegal drug from China, methylone, formerly known as "bath salts". Mike Eeten, with Pekin Police...MORE

Gas Prices On The Rise

AAA reports the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Illinois was $3.74 in the month of March, an increase of 26-cents from February...MORE

IDOT Kicks Off "Gear Up-Ride Smart"

As temperatures warm up, motorcycle advocates are urging riders to be safe when they hit the road this spring and summer.  The Illinois Department of Transportation and other motorcycle advocates...MORE

"Sign And Go" Advances to Illinois Senate

(AP) - Legislation being considered by lawmakers in Springfield would allow drivers to keep their licenses in hand after getting speeding tickets. The bill is sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Mike Noland of Elgin. The proposed law...

Healthcare Enrollment Meets Goal

Officials say a mad rush to sign up for health insurance before last night's midnight deadline has put the government on track to have more than 7 million Americans...MORE

Semi Jams Up Cedar Street Bridge Ramp

 A semi transporting an oversized load of CAT machinery on Route 29 was unable to navigate the ramp at the intersection of eastbound Cedar Street and southbound Main Street in East Peoria, getting stuck...MORE

Dee Snider Takes Over Peoria Rock Radio

Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider is hosting the morning show on WMBD sister station 102.3 Max FM this week...MORE

CAT Releases Senate Testimony

The Peoria-based manufacturer is suspected of dodging taxes by moving profits out of the country while restructuring the way in which it does business...MORE

Limestone H.S. Basketball Player Arrested

A Limestone High School basketball player is in the Peoria County Jail. Terence Shelby, 18, is booked on charges of manufacture or delivery of cannibis, distribution of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and two counts...MORE

Officer Makes New Court Appearance

Bond is set at $100,000 for a Peoria Police officer arrested on new charges. John McCavitt, 32, is formally charged with unauthorized video recording. McCavitt is accused of videotaping a woman in his house. A Peoria County jury last week...MORE

Verizon Wireless Adding Jobs

If you're looking for work, try Verizon Wireless. The company says it will be adding 169 full-time positions in Illinois by the end of June, 12 of them in Central Illinois. The Central Illinois jobs will be based...MORE

Local Car Dealer Likes Sunday Ban

The Federal Trade Commission is on board with Illinois State Senator Jim Oberweis' wish to repeal the 1983 law banning car sales on Sundays. But Ray Dennison of Ray Dennison Chevrolet in Pekin says not so fast. "It was the dealers...MORE

Chicago Man First To Lose Concealed Carry Permit

(AP) - William P. O'Connell, 54, was arrested March 23 on suspicion of a misdemeanor charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon...MORE

Peoria City Parking Rates Changing

It's no April Fool's joke...starting Tuesday, rates for on-street parking and the parking decks will change in downtown Peoria.  The rate for city parking decks is dropping 50-cents an hour, from $1.50 to $1.00.  And, on-street parking

Senator Pushing For Sunday Car Sales

Federal regulators say Illinois' longstanding ban on Sunday automobile sales isn't good for competition and can be harmful to the marketplace.  The Federal Trade Commission says the prohibition on Sunday...MORE

Mudslide Death Toll Rises

The number of people who have been confirmed dead from the mudslide in Washington state now stands at 21. A Snohomish County official says 15 victims have been identified by the medical examiner. Six have...MORE

Quinn's Budget: Hidden Proposals

Much of the focus of Gov. Pat Quinn's election-year budget address was on his proposal to make Illinois' temporary income tax permanent in order to avert cuts to education...MORE

Intersection Shutdown Expected To Be Worthwhile

Main and University will close early Monday morning, and stay that way until sometime around May 10...MORE

Healthcare Open Enrollment Deadline Nears

There's not much time left to sign-up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act without incurring a penalty...MORE

More Debris In New Search For Missing Plane

The second day of searching a new part of the Indian Ocean has ended with no confirmed sign of the missing Malaysia jetliner. A Chinese military plane did spot several objects floating in the sea, including two bearing colors of the missing plane...MORE

Search For Mudslide Survivors Continues

Officials in Washington state say the difficulty of searching the sticky mudslide debris that covers Oso, northeast of Seattle, makes it impossible to establish a time frame...MORE

TSA Makes Gun Arrest At QCA Airport

A Georgia man has been arrested at the Quad City International Airport after the TSA found a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage. News Partner News 25 reports 58-year-old John Van Epps was taken into custody after a routine search by TSA agents. 

Main & University To Close For Six Weeks

One of Peoria's busiest intersections is about to shut down for significant renovations...MORE

Food Summit In Peoria Saturday

Peoria should be able to maintain is own local food network. That means everything from family farms to gardens -- helping the area rely on itself for the healthy food it needs. Seeds-2-Success is the name...MORE

Bradley AD: Athlete Unions Create Issues

Bradley University's Athletic Director says a National Labor Relations Board decision to allow Northwestern University football players to unionize creates an uncertain, and problematic, future...MORE

Child Abuse Is A Growing Problem In Illinois

There may be a decline in child abuse nationally, but here in Central Illinois, the number of abuse cases keeps going up. 35-percent more child abuse cases have been reported this year...MORE 

Mudslide Death Toll To Rise Significantly

The latest body recovered from the mud and debris that devastated the town of Oso in Washington state was that of a 4-month-old...MORE

State Police Stepping Up Safety Enforcement

The Illinois State Police have begun 24 hours of aggressive patrolling to catch motorists violating safety laws.   Friday's operation is in honor of Trooper James Sauter, who was killed a year ago...MORE

Search Shifted For Missing Malaysian Plane

"We have moved on." That's what Australian officials overseeing the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are saying after trying to locate hundreds of floating objects detected over the last week...MORE

High Bond Set For Mom In Scalding Case

Bond for the Peoria Heights mom who poured boiling water on her young daughter has been set at $200,000. 33-year-old Tiffany Fortune is charged with aggravated battery. Police say Fortune admits to dumping...MORE

Police Search for Armed Robbery Suspects

Peoria Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the McDonalds at 1017 W. Main just before 9:30 Thursday night. Two suspects dressed all in black...MORE

Milestone Reached In Washington

The City has issued rebuilding permits for a quarter of the roughly 600 homes completely destroyed in the Nov. 17 tornado...MORE

Governor Picketed By "Quinnocchio"

A Bruce Rauner campaign staffer wearing a fake nose and calling himself "Quinnocchio" picketed outside Governor Pat Quinn's stop at...MORE

Tax The Rich Bill Passes Committee

(AP) Gov. Pat Quinn says state lawmakers should take a close look at a plan to tax Illinois millionaires. House Speaker Michael Madigan introduced a...MORE

Bad Firearms Instructors Beware

An Illinois lawmaker wants to make sure firearms instructors don't cut corners when it comes to certifying concealed carry permit applicants...MORE

Peoria Unemployment Rate Climbs

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the unemployment rate rose to 10.1% in February...MORE

IHSA "March Madness" Still A Huge Draw

On the heels of the IHSA Boys State Basketball Tournament, there's talk that the tournament isn't what it used to be.  Peoria Civic Center General Manager Jim Wetherington tells WMBD's "Greg and Dan" despite changes...MORE

Woodford County: Healthiest In The State

An annual report finds that Woodford County is the state's healthiest, while Alexander County in Illinois' far southern tip ranks last...MORE

Unemployment Apps Take a Dip

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 311,000, the lowest since late November and a hopeful sign hiring could pick up...MORE

Obama Makes Vatican Visit

Pope Francis has welcomed President Barack Obama at the Vatican. After being led through the hallways of the Apostolic Palace by colorful Swiss Guards, the president bowed as he shook hands...MORE

New Details Available About Elmwood Shooting

The Peoria County Sheriff's Department says investigators were searching for 53-year-old Debra McCawley Tuesday morning after she allegedly shot her 79-year-old father Gene Kennedy just before 8:00 outside the Elmwood...MORE

Missing Teen Reunited With Family

A missing Peoria teenager that has been missing since February has been found...MORE

Group Applauds 'Conversion Therapy' Ban

(AP) A bill banning so-called conversion therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay young people is advancing in the Illinois Legislature...MORE

Washington To Hold Community Meeting

City of Washington officials are putting on another community meeting. Victims of the Nov. 17 tornado are invited gather at Evangelical United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. Thursday...MORE

Investigators Discuss Pair Of Apt. Fires

Two fires in as many days may seem suspicious. But in the case of a pair of blazes at a Peoria apartment building, officials don't think so...MORE

LaHood: 'Temporary' Doesn't Exist In Tax Hike

State Sen. Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) was among many Republicans to cry foul Gov. Pat Quinn's call to extend the income tax increase passed by Illinois lawmakers in 2011...MORE

NLRB: College Athletes Can Unionize

(AP) In a ruling that could revolutionize college sports, a federal agency has given football players at Northwestern University the green light to...MORE

Quinn: Make Income Tax Increase Permanent

(AP) Gov. Pat Quinn says making the income tax increase permanent will prevent drastic budget cuts and help pay down the state's backlog of...MORE

Road Analysis To Begin In Peoria

A first-of-its-kind project will help prioritize much-needed road projects in Peoria...MORE

Train Operator Was Asleep At The Wheel

A commuter train operator "dozed off" before Monday's crash at O'Hare International Airport. That's according to federal investigators, who say the woman also admitted falling asleep on the job last month...MORE

Peoria Heights Mom Arrested

A Peoria Heights woman is behind bars, accused of pouring boiling water on her daughter. Tiffany Fortune, 33, is in the Peoria County Jail, booked on a charge of aggravated battery to a child. The five-year old girl was initially treated...MORE

Bears Sign Jared Allen

(AP) - Free agent pass rusher Jared Allen has agreed to terms with the Bears on a four-year deal to help replace Julius Peppers in Chicago. A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that Allen will get $15.5 million...MORE

Concentrated Debris Found In Indian Ocean

Malaysia's defense minister says satellite images showing a debris field of more than 100 objects is "the most credible lead" so far in the disappearance of the Malaysian jetliner. The objects were spotted Sunday...MORE

Pekin Man Charged In Stabbings

29-year-old Andrew Bohnert is accused of stabbing three people, one of them required surgery. Bohnert is charged with attempted murder, home invasion, aggravated battery...MORE

Gov. Quinn Releasing State Budget

Gov. Pat Quinn is set to present his state budget at a time when Illinois faces an expiring income tax increase and the massive budget shortfall that comes with it...MORE

More Bodies Recovered In Washington Mudslide

Officials in Washington state say the list of people missing after Saturday's landslide is shrinking, as survivors call in from a nearby town that had lost power. Two bodies were recovered late Tuesday, while search dogs helped locate...MORE

Peoria Police Seek Help Finding Missing Teen

The Peoria Police Department is asking for the Public's assistance in locating a missing teenager. 14-year-old Dezerea Huber is described as 5'1, weighing 125 pounds, with curly brown hair, and brown eyes.  (MORE)

Elmwood Shooting Suspect Found Dead

The woman suspected shooting her father in Elmwood Tuesday morning, is found dead in Knox County Tuesday afternoon. The Knox County Sheriff's Office confirms the discovery but is not releasing...MORE

Graduated Tax Plan Outlined

(AP) - An Illinois lawmaker has announced details of a proposed graduated income tax in which higher earners would pay a larger percentage of their income than the less well-off...MORE

High Court Discussing Obamacare Provision

(AP) Do profit-making businesses have religious rights? The Supreme Court is wrestling with that question in a case that involves...MORE

Next Phase Of 'Don't Shoot' Coming

The community as a whole will soon be asked to get involved in the anti-gun violence initiative...MORE

Former ISU President Facing Charges

(AP) The ex-president of Illinois State University is facing a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge for an altercation with...MORE

Minnesota Students Helping Out In Washington

Most college kids head to Fort Lauderdale, or Cancun, Mexico for Spring Break. But a group of students from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota are in Washington this week...MORE

Authorities ID Elmwood Shooting Suspect

Deputies believe Debra A. McCawley, 53, shot the 79-year-old victim at a home in the 9400 block of Cedar Bluff Road early Tuesday morning...MORE

A Second Fire, Same Location

(VIDEO)  Peoria firefighters have had a busy morning. Crews were called out to fire at an apartment building at 109 NE Roanoke around 7:30 this morning, to the same building where there was a fire Monday...MORE

Two Dead In Naval Shooting

Authorities at Naval Station Norfolk aren't saying yet whether a civilian suspect who shot and killed a sailor aboard a guided-missile destroyer had permission to be there. Security forces killed the single...MORE

Neighbors Worried About Traffic At University/Main

Residents and business owners near the Main and University Intersection had one last chance to have their voices heard before a reconstruction project begins. Neighbors worry about increased traffic during construction...MORE

House Fire On Peoria's South Side

(VIDEO) - Peoria Firefighters respond to a house fire call at 1610 W. Martin Street Tuesday morning. When crews arrived on the scene around 4:15am, they found fire and smoke, the blaze reportedly started in the basement...MORE

Gang Members Put On Notice

Law enforcement, community leaders, and the mother of a shooting victim asked gang members to put down their guns during Peoria's third "Don't Shoot" call-in...MORE

Call For Civility Within District 150

The new buzz word during Peoria District 150's school board meeting is - civility. Board member Laura Petelle is calling for that, especially since during her recent school board re-election campaign she says she had to keep her pre-K son home from school because of threats...MORE

G-8 Becomes G-7

(AP) The United States and its Western and Asian allies are looking to isolate Russia, over its annexation of Crimea...MORE

Big Yellow To Testify Before Senate Panel

Caterpillar says it has been asked and has agreed to voluntarily testify before the U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations related to U.S. taxes paid...MORE

Peoria Pastor Calls Out Change150

Pastor Harvey Burnett says the group needs to distance itself from "vitriolic" and "threatening" actions and statements made against Peoria District 150 leaders...MORE

Face To Face With Gang Members

Peoria's Don't Shoot campaign continues tonight with a 3rd call-in of gang members and their associates...MORE

Utility Pole Break Threatens Peoria Home

Ameren crews are called out to Sterling and Richwoods Monday morning for a pole fire just before 8:00. It was a tense situation, the utility pole was dangling over a home at a 90 degree angle...MORE

Malaysia PM: Flight Ended In Indian Ocean

(AP) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says a new analysis of satellite data shows that the missing Malaysia Airlines plane plunged into the southern Indian Ocean. If confirmed, the news would be a major breakthrough in the unprecedented...MORE

New Debris Spotted In Indian Ocean

Ships are converging on floating objects spotted today by Australian and Chinese planes in the southern Indian Ocean. The location is close to where multiple satellites have detected possible remains of the lost Malaysia Airlines plane. One ship is carr

Illinois Prisons: Overcrowded, Understaffed

The $60 million price tag for 2013 overtime filed for Illinois' prison system employees is drawing scrutiny. The Illinois Department of Corrections says the time-and-a-half pay...MORE

8 Dead In Washington Mudslide

(Photo-FOX)  Hope of finding survivors of a massive mudslide in Washington state appears to be fading. Rescue crews have been working through the night. But since hearing cries for help Saturday...MORE

Pekin Police: Three Stabbed In Brawl

A fight on the south side of Pekin injured a total four people and left another facing attempted murder charges...MORE

Fight Over Teacher Cuts Not Over

The local teacher's union says it's not done trying to save jobs in Dunlap Community School District #323...MORE

ISU President Resigns

Illinois State University President Timothy Flanagan has resigned after an investigation into an alleged assault of a university employee in December...MORE

Two Overnight House Fires

Three adults and five children are rousted from their house by fire. The blaze was reported at 1918 West Proctor in Peoria just after 9:30 p.m. Friday. Firefighters had the fire out within ten minutes. All the occupants were out of the house...MORE

Visitation For Fallen Marine

(WEEK News 25 photo) - (From WEEK News 25) - The small town of Hopedale felt big Friday. It was filled with the love of hundreds for one man. "This is probably the most generous thing anyone could give us, is just their presence," said his sister...MORE

Chinese Satellite Spots Object In Ocean

(AP) - Malaysia's defense minister says a Chinese satellite has spotted a large object along a broad stretch of ocean where officials hope to find a Malaysia Airlines plane that has been missing for more than two weeks. Hishammuddin Hussein...MORE

No More Perfect Brackets

Several upsets in the NCAA men's basketball tournament have elimated the remainder of the perfect brackets in the Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge.

Peoria Police Investigating Robbery

Peoria police are looking for two men after an armed robbery at 2519 W. Reservoir. The incident took place just before 8:00 Friday night...MORE

Panel Hears Testimony On Meth Bill

(AP) Lawmakers in Springfield are considering whether to require prescriptions for some common medicines as they look to solve the methamphetamine problem in Illinois...MORE

Benson Man Found Guilty For Heroin Death

A Benson man has been found guilty of providing the drugs that killed a Roanoke teen last November...MORE

State Lawmakers Urge FEMA Changes

Rep. Keith Sommer (R-Morton) and Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) have introduced legislation calling on Congress to update the federal disaster declaration process...MORE

Sources: Senate Panel Looking At Caterpillar

(Bloomberg) A U.S. Senate panel reportedly is looking into whether Caterpillar improperly avoided taxes by moving profits outside the United States...MORE

Dunlap Superintendent Resigns

A tumultuous week for Dunlap Community School District #323 continues...MORE

Dunlap Supt. Resigns

A tumultuous week continues for Dunlap Community School District #323...MORE

"Doughnuts With Dad"

A special event focusing on parental involvement takes place at a Peoria District 150 school. Spending quality time with their children...along with a health message. "Doughnuts with Dads" attracts hundreds of dads to Keller Primary School to h
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Peorian Becomes NCAA Tourney Hero

Lawrence Alexander, a 6'3", 180 pound Junior will not be soon forgotten by North Dakota State University. His No. 12 seeded Bison shocked No. 5 Oklahoma on Thursday, thanks to a last-second three pointer that sent the game into OT...MORE

I.C.C. Bumping Up Its Rate

Illinois Community College is raising tuition again. Bruce Budde, Executive Vice President of Administration and Finance, says the rate will go up $10.00 per credit hour, from $115.00 to...MORE

Search For Missing Plane Comes Up Empty

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority says five planes saw no sign of anything that looked like debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet after a 10-hour mission...MORE

Flags For A Fallen Marine

Volunteers have placed thousands of American flags along a stretch of Route 122 in Hopedale in honor of 32-year-old Cap. Reid Nannen. Nannen died on March 1st in a training accident...MORE

Peterson Pension Hearing To Be Held

(AP) - The Bolingbrook Police Pension Board will hold a hearing on whether convicted killer Drew Peterson's pension payments should end. The board made the decision during a Thursday meeting in which no evidence was presented on why Peterson's...MORE

Putin Signs Off On Annexation

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a resolution approved by parliament to annex Crimea. Putin also says there is no need for further Russian action against the West beyond some individual sanctions...MORE

Insurance Deadline Looms To "Get Covered"

Illinois officials are reminding people without health insurance to sign up for coverage before the end of the month to avoid facing a tax penalty. A call center for people with questions about insurance coverage...MORE

Significant Police Presence During Tourney

The Peoria Police Department will be out in force Friday and Saturday to make sure everyone in town for the IHSA Boys Basketball Class 3A and 4A State Finals gets around safely. "We end up having anywhere from 12 to 20 officers working...MORE

D150 Supt. Responds to Criticism

Does Peoria District 150 Superintendent Grenita Lathan rule with an atmosphere of fear and intimidation? "No," Lathan said during an appearance on WTVP's "At Issue" broadcast Thursday night. "I'm very direct with...MORE

It's Time To Hit The Links

Three Peoria Park District golf courses are opening Friday morning...MORE

Woman Charged In Mother's Homicide

The Tazewell County Coroner's office Thursday released its verdict in the case of Carole Levin, who was found dead and covered in feces last July...MORE

Madigan: Tax Rich To Fund Education

(AP) Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan wants millionaires to pay a 3 percent surcharge for education...MORE

Massive IRS Phone Scam

(AP) A government watchdog says more than 20,000 taxpayers have been targeted by fake IRS agents in the largest phone scam the agency...MORE

Illinois Unemployment Holding Steady

(AP) The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment held steady across the state in February at 8.7 percent...MORE
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Westboro Founder Dead At 84

  (AP) - The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of a Kansas church known for anti-gay protests and pickets at military funerals, has died...MORE

Illinois' Eavesdropping Law Thrown Out

The Illinois Supreme Court has declared the state's decades-old eavesdropping law unconstitutional.  In the unanimous decision, Illinois' highest court...MORE

Washington Woman Charged With Neglect

The Tazewell County Coroner's office later today will talk more about the death of a 66-year old woman who's death is attributed to neglect. Carole Levin was found dead in her daughter's Washington apartment last July...MORE

Applications For Jobless Aid Rise

(AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, which is close to pre-recession levels and suggests a stable job market. The Labor Department says the four-week average of...MORE

Armed Robbery On NE Adams: Second This Week

Peoria Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Hardee's at 3505 NE Adams around 8:30 Wednesday night.   2 men and one woman entered the business wearing black hoodies and masks...MORE

2 Objects Found Near Australia

(VIDEO) - Australia's prime minister says objects possibly related to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight have been spotted on satellite imagery. (MORE)

Popular Week To Get 'Snipped'

While getting a vasectomy isn't exactly something men look forward to, there is something to make it a little more bearable...MORE

PPD Officer Not Guilty Of Sexual Assault

The verdict is in for a Peoria man accused of tying up and sexually assaulting a woman...MORE

Fed Keeping Interest Rates Low

(AP) The Federal Reserve is reaffirming its plan to keep short-term interest rates low to help support the economy...MORE

FEMA Reform Petition Deadline Nears

A petition asking for reforms to the Federal Emergency Management Agency has grabbed a lot of attention on social media, but its signature-count has a long way to go...MORE

Sunshine Week Seeks Transparency

This is Sunshine Week...a national movement for transparency within local government. Illinois Policy Action will soon introduce a bill in the Illinois House of Representatives requiring governments with an annual budget of at least $1-million to...MORE

Settlement Announced With Toyota

Attorney General Eric Holder has announced a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota. Under the agreement, Holder says the Japanese automaker will admit that it misled U.S. consumers by making deceptive...MORE

Oberweis Will Square Off With Durbin

State senator and dairy magnate Jim Oberweis says he's ready to face Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. Oberweis is from the western Chicago suburb of Sugar Grove...MORE

Malaysian Officials Focus On Pilot's Files

Malaysia's defense minister says files were recently deleted from the home flight simulator belonging to the pilot aboard the missing Malaysian jetliner...MORE

Local Primary Election Results

--9th Circuit Court Judge Democratic Primary: Thomas Ewing wins.  10th Circuit Court Judge Republican Primary: Tom Keith wins...MORE

Concealed Carry Instructors Busted

(AP) Illinois State Police say two Illinois firearms instructors were improperly certifying students trying to get concealed carry permits...MORE

Long Overdue Medals Of Honor Presented

(AP) President Barack Obama Tuesday presented 24 Medals of Honor in a rare ceremony meant to commemorate acts of bravery that...MORE

Dillard Nervous, Excited About Election

As the clock winds down on the Tuesday election, the four Republican gubernatorial candidates aren't done campaigning...MORE

Burnett Endorses Petelle, Counters NAACP

A local pastor says the NAACP's endorsement of Change150 doesn't carry much weight...MORE

Chase Ends In Peoria County Crash

One driver leads Creve Coeur police on a chase into Peoria County before crashing his car. Creve Coeur Police Chief Pete Fisher said the chase started on the Tazewell County side of the Shade-Lohmann Bridge on I-474 and ended along Jones Hollow Road...

News Helicopter Crashes In Seattle

The Seattle Fire Department says the two people killed when a KOMO-TV news helicopter crashed Tuesday morning outside its station near the Space Needle were inside the chopper. Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore says in addition to the fatalities, a 37-year-old man...MORE 

Belated Information On Missing Plane

Thailand's military says its radar detected a plane that may have been Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 just minutes after the missing jetliner's communications went down, and that it didn't share the information...MORE

Biden Trying To Reassure Nervous Allies

Vice President Joe Biden is trying to reassure some of Russia's neighbors that the U.S. will stand up to Russia's aggression in neighboring Ukraine, where voters in the Crimea region...MORE

Peoria McDonalds Robbed At Gunpoint

Police are investigating an armed robbery at the McDonalds at 2920 NE Adams in Peoria Monday night.  Reports say 2 people entered the business, with one displaying a weapon...MORE

Dunlap's Attempt To Fix School Budget Problems

Dunlap School District 323 will vote Wednesday on a proposal to help fix a $2 million budget deficit for the 2015 fiscal year. On the table is cutting 17 full-time teaching...MORE

Peorians Urged To Spend In Washington

The city of Peoria's teaming up with the Washington Chamber of Commerce for an upcoming Shop Washington Weekend...MORE

Early Activity At Peoria Polling Places

It's not your typical primary election. Activity around polling places Tuesday depended on where you visited...MORE

Peoria Goes Irish

On a chilly Monday morning, hundreds packed the downtown streets for the St. Patrick's Day parade...MORE

Illinois Attorney General To Monitor Primary

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is sending out 181 teams to monitor Tuesday' primary election. The teams of Assistant Attorneys General and investigators will be on the lookout for fraud and any illegal activity. Madigan spokeswoman...MORE

Red Cross Unveils New Flood App

It's National Flood Safety Awareness Week, and the Red Cross has a new app to help you keep your family safe in the event of a flash flood.  The app is now available for Apple and Droid...MORE

New Developments In Missing Plane Search

The timing of the last words from a missing Malaysia Airlines plane has sharpened suspicions that one or both of the pilots may have been involved in the plane's disappearance...MORE

Fallen Officer's Remains Come Home

Some Hopedale residents lined the streets Sunday night to welcome home a fallen hero.  Thirty-two-year old Captain Reid Nannen was killed March 1st when his plane crashed during a military training...MORE

GOP Candidates' Last Big Push

Most Republican candidates running for Illinois governor are spending the last day before the primary traveling around the state. State Sen. Kirk Dillard's stops will include Champaign and suburban Chicago Monday, after making a stop in Peoria...MORE

Lathan Cartoon Sent To D150 Board

The Peoria Police Department has been notified of a caricuature sent by U.S. Mail to Peoria District 150 school board members...MORE

Comedian Made People Laugh Til' The End

(AP) A spokesman for the family of comedian David Brenner says the "Tonight Show" favorite has died...MORE

Government Slow To Embrace Commercial Drones

(AP) The U.S. government bars commercial use of drones, no matter how seemingly benign. But already, photographers, real estate agents...MORE

Investigators Search Pilot's Homes

(AP) Malaysia's government says police are examining an elaborate flight simulator that one of the pilots of the missing...MORE

Police Urging Safety At Parade

The Peoria Police Department wants you to have a great time at Monday's St. Patrick's Day Parade, but...MORE

Cold, Blustery End To Weekend

Temperatures will barely reach the 30's and winds could gust as high as 35 miles per hour on Sunday...MORE

Plane's Disappearance Was No Accident

Malaysia now says it was no accident. Officials say they've concluded that communications devices on a missing airliner were deliberately switched off. Also, indications are that the plane was airborne...MORE

Last Day To Vote Early

Gonna be out of town on Tuesday? Saturday is the last day to vote early before the primary...MORE

Affordable Care Act Reaches 8 million

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

Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies

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

Senator Kirk Promotes Stroke Research Funding

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

Boston Police Investigate 2 Unattended Backpacks

(AP) - Police say they've taken a man into custody in connection with two unattended backpacks found at the Boston Marathon finish line.  The Boston police department has tweeted asking people to avoid the area, while the bomb squad wa

Rain & Cold Slow Illinois Corn Planting

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

Marine Guard Shot to Death by Colleague

(AP) - Authorities at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina say a Marine standing guard at the main gate has shot and killed another guard. Base spokesman Nat Fahy said the shooting occurred late Tuesday afternoon...(MORE)

Sub Hunting For 'pings' In Plane Search

(AP) - Search crews will for the first time send a sub deep into the Indian Ocean to try and determine whether faint sounds detected by equipment on board. .(MORE)

UConn Wins NCAA Men's Basketball Championship

(AP) - Connecticut's upperclassmen were too much for the kids of Kentucky. (MORE)

Senate Approves Jobless-benefits Bill

(AP) - The Senate has passed legislation to renew a program of jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed that expired last December. The 59-38 vote sends the bill to a frosty reception in the House, where majority Republicans are generally opposed.

Chinese Search Ship Detects Signal

(AP) - China's official news agency says a Chinese ship that is part of the multinational search effort looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has detected a "pulse signal" in southern Indian Ocean waters. The report says a "b

I74 Construction Near Morton; Expect Delays

The Illinois Department of Transportation will be removing a portion of the bridges carrying I-74 over US 150 (Jackson Street) in Morton. The work is expected to take place Saturday, from 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m...  (MORE)

Economy Steady; US Jobs Increased in March

(AP) - One private economist says the March jobs report shows that "we're back to where we were before the weather got bad." John Canally of LPL Financial is reacting to this morning's report.. (MORE)

Army Sergeant from Illinois Killed in Fort Hood Attack

(AP)- A U.S. Army sergeant from Illinois was one of the soldiers killed in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. Family members identified the victim as U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Owens, a native of Effingham, Ill. (MORE)

Gunman Kills 3, Wounds 16 at Fort Hood

(AP UPDATE) - A Fort Hood official says the shooter in Wednesday afternoon's attack at the central Texas Army post was a soldier being assessed for whether he had PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder.  (MORE)

All-Clear Sirens Sound After Shooting

(AP) - All-clear sirens have sounded at Fort Hood as the lockdown was lifted hours after a deadly shooting at the Texas Army post. Hundreds of cars began streaming from the giant complex, .. (more)

Health Care Sign-ups Amid Glitches

(AP) - There's been a flood of last-minute applicants to HealthCare.gov with the midnight deadline for enrollment by Midnight Monday. The federal online marketplace for insurance coverage had recorded 1.2 million visitors by noon Monday, (MORE)

Searching For Flight 370; Some Objects Retrieved

PERTH, Australia (AP) - A day after the search for the Malaysian jetliner shifted to a new area of the Indian Ocean, ships have plucked several objects from the sea. A Chinese military plane spotted several floating objects, including two bearing co

LA Aftershocks; Shake Rattle and Roll

(AP) - More than 100 aftershocks have rattled Orange County south of Los Angeles where a magnitude-5.1 earthquake struck Friday night..(more)

PPD Officer McCavitt Arrested on New Charge

A Peoria Police Officer that was found not guilty of Sexual assault two weeks ago, was arrested on new charges Friday night.  (MORE)

GM Ignition Recall for 824,000 Vehicles

(AP) - General Motors is adding 824,000 small cars to its ongoing recall tied to defective ignition switches. The company will add vehicles from the 2008-2011 model years to a recall that initially covered cars only through the 2007 model year.

GM Ignition Recall for 824,000 Vehicles

(AP) - General Motors is adding 824,000 small cars to its ongoing recall tied to defective ignition switches. The company will add vehicles from the 2008-2011 model years to a recall that initially covered cars only through the 2007 model year. (MORE)

Madigan To Call Vote on Tax Increase

(AP)-Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he plans to call a vote on making the state's tax increase permanent. Madigan is chairman of the state Democratic party and has served as speaker for nearly 30 years. (MORE)

China Wants Plane Satellite Data

(AP)-China doesn't accept Malaysia's conclusion that the missing airliner was lost in the southern Indian Ocean with no survivors. (MORE)

Fire Damages Peoria Apartment Building

Peoria Fire Fighters made quick work of extinguishing an attic fire 109 NE Roanoke. Peoria fire crews arrived at 3:15 Monday afternoon, where smoke was seen coming from an open attic window of a 12 unit - 3 story apartment building. The f

EU Targets Putin's Inner Circle: Scraps Summit

(AP)-The European Union has slapped sanctions on 12 more people linked to Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, bringing the number of people facing EU sanctions to 33.

Gubernatorial Election Up-Date

Republican voters have four options from which to choose when it comes to who will represent their party in the November gubernatorial election. 72% Of the precincts reporting as of 9:30pm. Rauner/Sanguinetti 225,585 39% Dillard/Tracy 217,091 38% Brady/

Detours! Busy Peoria Intersection Closed

Look for a new route to Bradley or Campus Town, as the intersection of Main and University in Peoria is now closed. (MORE)

Massive Protest in Moscow Before Election

(AP)-Billboards throughout the capital of the Ukrainian republic of Crimea proclaim "Together With Russia" on Saturday, though a few have been hit by spray-painters who replaced "Russia" with "Ukraine." (more)
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