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A Salvation Army Red Kettle in Pekin received a rather special deposit Tuesday. It was a Golden Eagle coin worth more than $140.

Caterpillar is offering caution and guidance to its shareholders. The company says it’s received notice of an unsolicited mini-tender offer by Baker Mills.

  Caterpillar Inc. is maintaining its quarterly cash dividend.

TREMONT - One of five missing Marines declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan's southern coast was from Tremont.

  Central Illinois motorists now have a new tool to assist with travel planning.

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The regular normal school schedule continued Monday at Manual High School, despite a a vehicle crashing into the school.

Tazewell County Sheriff's Office

The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office lost a long-time deputy suddenly and unexpectedly.


The driver of the semi that crashed head on with a school bus Wednesday evening is identified as 34-year-old Ryan E. Hute, of Delmar, Iowa.

Peoria Police are investigating a fatal car accident at the entrance of Glen Oak Park.

URBANA - A federal judge has moved the trial of a man charged in the 2017 slaying of a University of Illinois scholar from China from Urbana to Peoria.

Tenth Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois

Judge Paul Gilfillan will remain the Chief Judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois.

Pekin’s public library will remain closed indefinitely following last weekend’s severe storms.

A large water main break is causing traffic delays on Peoria’s Knoxville Avenue. The break happened Wednesday near Frye Avenue. City officials say motorists should expect delays in the area between Frye and Nebraska.

CANTON - Federal investigators say drilling to install a fiber optic conduit likely caused a gas explosion that killed one person and injuring 12 more in Canton.

A British industrial group is purchasing Keystone Consolidated Industries.

The Pekin Public Library is closed and under repair following Saturday's severe storms.

Peoria Fire Stations Hang Wreaths With Meaning

Nov 30, 2018
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  The Peoria Fire Department is using an annual campaign to remind people about holiday fire safety. The department is promoting its 23rd annual “Keep the Wreath Red” campaign.

Fire stations around the city switch the lights on their holiday wreaths from red to white for every fire they respond to between now and January 1st.

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A Peoria State Representative is providing guidance to the transition team of Governor-elect JB Pritzker.

Tazewell County is rolling out a property tax prepayment plan. Treasurer Mary Burress says her office will begin accepting the payments December 3.

Authorities have identified the Peoria woman stabbed to death Tuesday.

Peoria Police Department

A woman is facing murder charges following a stabbing in a central Peoria parking lot.

CHICAGO - The first major blizzard of the season left thousands of travelers stranded, kept tens of thousands of students home from school and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands to homes and businesses.

Ameren Emergency Restoration Response

Nov 26, 2018
Shaun Williams / Peoria Public Radio

Ameren Illinois crews worked throughout the night to restore outages caused by the high winds and snow. The power company activated its Emergency Operations Center about 8:00 p.m. Sunday.

The goal was to coordinate power restoration efforts necessary to deal with the broken power poles as well as fallen trees and limbs that brought a large number of outages. I-DOT stopped running plows in some areas and closed highways that made accessibility to some damaged equipment difficult for crews.

Weather Creates Many Cancellations

Nov 26, 2018


City of Peoria - Collision Alert Cancelled. Police accident reports due in 36 hours about 12:00pm Wed.


Peoria & Tazewell Counties - Collision Alerts

Detweiller Hill is Closed

Check IDOT Road Conditions 


Bartonville Dunlap -until 10am

Canton Galesburg

Creve Coeur Mackinaw -until 12pm


Peoria Man is City's 18th Homicide

Nov 21, 2018
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  The 36-year-old Peoria man who was killed on Monday at North Sand and 3rd Streets was shot five times.


The autopsy report says Daryl D. Keller likely died instantly from a significant hemorrhage.


Police continue to investigate the shooting that happened during the noon hour, in broad daylight on a fairly well-traveled street corner.


Peoria Council Whittles Away at 2019 Deficit

Nov 21, 2018

  The Peoria city council inched closer to a balanced 2019 budget Tuesday night.


The deficit at the start of the evening was $2.2 million. The council unanimously approved cutting proposed capital improvements in half, saving $1 million.


Members then turned to the planned public safety pension fee, which would assess property owners on a sliding scale based the size of a property. The fee originally was scheduled to raise $2.2 million, but Councilwoman Denise Moore suggested a change.


Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  Snow plows are ready to hit the road to handle the ice and snow of a Midwestern winter. It's just in time too.

Peoria public works officials, county highway department and IDOT are reminding people to adjust their following distance and awareness during times of snow and ice.

Peoria Police Chief Officially Named

Nov 16, 2018
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria Police Department officially has a new chief who’s familiar in the role. Loren Marion has served as interim chief for the last nine months. He’s been with the department for 23-years, is an Army veteran and a third generation police officer.

He takes the post as the police department is losing 16 full-time positions. But those vacancies and more already exist, and Marion says a few more retirements are still expected with the city’s buyout offer.

Peoria Officer Cleared in Shooting of Luis Cruz

Nov 16, 2018
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  The Peoria Police Officer who killed Luis Cruz in July has been cleared of any wrongdoing. Peoria County State’s Attorney Jerry Brady says the officer acted with justifiable and necessary force when he shot 19-year-old Luis Cruz.


Brady delivered findings from the State Police investigation Thursday saying the officer was acting to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or another.


Missing Peoria Woman is Found

Nov 12, 2018

 Peoria Police say the woman reported missing last week has been found. Miranda Shelton was found unharmed November 9, 2018. 

The 22-year-old woman was reported missing Saturday, November 3, 2018, and had last in contact with her family on October 18.

The details around the situation are unclear.  But the statement from Peoria Police specifics Shelton is unharmed.