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A weekend snowmobile crash has claimed the life of a Utica man. 58 year-old Brian M. Kelly died at a Peoria hospital Sunday.

The man who was killed in the apparent hit and run accident early yesterday is identified as 39-year-old John Lackey.

A man indicted last year with 14 others for being members of Peoria's Bomb Squad street gang has pleaded guilty in federal court to racketeering charges.

Hospitals in Peoria and Tazewell counties are asking people to limit visits due to increased flu activity.

A Sunday night train derailment near Table Grove has closed a portion of U.S. Route 136.

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Peoria authorities say Saturday’s homicide victim likely died instantly.

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SPRINGFIELD - Parts of central Illinois registered record snowfalls after a winter storm struck and then lingered for much of the weekend.

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Peoria city and county officials have a list of priorities for state lawmakers as the 101st General Assembly begins work in Springfield. 

Winter Storm Warning Issued Central Illinois

Jan 11, 2019
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SPRINGFIELD - Greater Peoria is now under a winter storm warning beginning tonight, as much of the state prepares for a major winter storm.

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State Senator Dave Koehler has a new role in the 101st General Assembly. He was named Assistant Majority Leader for the 101st General Assembly.

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No serious injuries were reported following an accident involving a Peoria District 150 school bus Wednesday afternoon.

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A Creve Coeur woman is facing charges following a month-long prostitution investigation. 45-year-old Bethany Ann Geiler was arrested around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Peoria City Council Studies Video Gaming Fees

Jan 9, 2019
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Some requirements to operate video gaming in the city of Peoria may soon change.

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A Pekin woman was injured in a Tuesday crash on Illinois Route 6.

Authorities have located the body of an 80-year-old man reported missing Monday.

Peoria police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 80-year-old man.

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Illinois’ senior senator says the federal government shutdown is an unnecessary hardship on the people in the eight agencies that are going unfunded. That includes the USDA Ag Lab in Peoria.

Hy-Vee is changing its controlled substance policy in an effort to combat the nation’s opioid drug epidemic.

Peoria Area Crime Stoppers is offering a record reward for information that leads to an arrest in the shooting death of Jerrimic Booker.

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Peoria city officials were talking trash Thursday-as in waste management.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The father of the former Morton man accused of fatally shooting four people in a Nashville Waffle House claims authorities didn't expressly tell him to keep guns away from his son.

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The State Fire Marshall and Tazewell County authorities continue to investigate a deadly rural Hopedale house fire.

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A Creve Coeur police officer was forced to use his Taser to subdue a fleeing suspect Friday.

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Illinois home prices inched higher last month despite fewer units sold.

Peoria Public Schools will launch web-based courses next month. The Online Academy will offer middle and secondary curriculum to current district students and those who reside outside of the district boundaries.

Pekin’s public library is open for limited hours for the first time since storm damage shuttered the building in early December.

The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office is ending its daily jail report effective Friday.

A 43-year old Peoria man is the city’s latest homicide victim. Jerrimic Booker died early Wednesday morning at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

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Authorities say the Peoria woman killed Sunday night suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

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Authorities have identified the woman whose body was found along Illinois Route 6 in North Peoria Sunday morning. 35-year-old Inita Thomas was found on the northside of the road, just south of the Knoxville Avenue overpass.