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A new Lincoln portrait graces the second floor of the Peoria County Courthouse. The same portrait is going up in all 102 county courthouses in the state.


CHICAGO - A Peoria-based worker for the J.B. Pritzker campaign is among ten current and former staffers suing Democratic Illinois governor candidate’s campaign.

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Peoria County is unveiling a new memorial to honor local veterans who've died in conflicts since World War II.

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Caterpillar is refreshing the logo on several products. The company unveiled the new “Cat Modern Hex” image Monday.

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Authorities say one man was killed and another person possibly missing after a car drove down a boat ramp into the Illinois River in Havana.

Sears Holding Corp.

Peoria’s Sears store will remain open for now as its parent company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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Lydia Moss Bradley tops the list of the state’s ten most groundbreaking women.

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A $1 million donation to the OSF HealthCare Foundation will support neuroscience innovation.

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Caterpillar shareholders will receive their next quarterly dividend in November.

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A single vehicle accident has claimed the life of a Peoria businessman.

Harnessing the Power of The Sun at Home

Oct 8, 2018
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   More and more the alternative solar energy source is merging onto the power grid. It comes with a greater potential than wind energy for individual households to produce and sell power.

Senator Dave Koehler and his wife Nora Sullivan had a solar array installed Thursday, October 4, 2018, n a newly constructed carport at their historic home in Peoria.

Koehler was a co-sponsorship of the Future Energy Jobs Act.

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CHICAGO - Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's public corruption case is now scheduled for June in federal court in Chicago.

The Peoria office of the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center’s work to assist small business growth is being rewarded with a grant.

Peoria District 150 is asking the community to hold the sophomore Richwoods High School football player injured Monday in thoughts and prayers.

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Two Peoria area schools are included on the US Department of Education’s annual Blue Ribbon School list.

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Greater Peoria’s unemployment rate has dropped below five percent. The Illinois Department of Employment Security’s most recent report shows the metropolitan area’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 4.9 percent.

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The Peoria City/County Health Department is urging residents to take extra precautions after a rabid bat was found in Chillicothe last month.

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A man shot on Peoria’s south side in January has died. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says 73-year-old David Babcock died early Thursday at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

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An East Peoria man has died following a home invasion earlier this month.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner touched on a number of topics including gambling expansion and term limits during a campaign stop in Peoria Thursday.


  The City of Peoria has a difficult time collecting housing fines. The city issued $3.8-Million in code violation fines in an 18-month period from January 2017 ending in June.  

The Peoria City Council learned the municipality currently doesn’t know how much of that amount it has collected. City manager Patrick Urich says some landlords ignore or appeal the fines.

Eureka Lake Purposely Poisoned

Sep 25, 2018
City of Eureka, Illinois

EUREKA - State wildlife crews have poisoned Eureka Lake as part of a plan to kill off the carp that have overrun it and restock it with game fish.

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Shopping locally everyday improves our daily lives. That’s the message of the new Shop Local 365 initiative launched Tuesday in Peoria.

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The United States gained 655 new citizens Tuesday during a naturalization ceremony at Bradley University. Chief U.S. District Judge James Shadid and other dignitaries presided over the swearing-in for the immigrants from 77 countries.

Illinois Treasurer to Return More Unclaimed Property

Sep 24, 2018
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About 63,000 people across Illinois will receive some mail including a check from the Illinois Treasurer. It’s called the Money Match Program.


A new law this year allows the cross-agency use of certain electronic records. Specifically, the Illinois Department of Revenue tax database will be used to match with the Treasurer’s list of people who have unclaimed property.


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A Peoria woman is dead following a two-vehicle collision near Edelstein.

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A Peoria man is in custody in connection with the weekend death of Thomas Whitby. 39-year-old Daniel Jablonski was arrested for First Degree Murder Saturday.

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A Creve Coeur police officer shot a charging dog Wednesday morning.

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A Creve Coeur man is facing charges after allegedly stabbing his brother. 32-year-old Tony Spears was charged with aggravated domestic battery following a fight early Wednesday morning.

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Those interested in learning more about solar energy have an opportunity Saturday. Homeowners and businesses across the state include several locally are participating in the Illinois Solar Tour open houses from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.