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  BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Public works officials are expected to receive comments on a proposed Bloomington quiet zone that would include several commuter and freight rail crossings.

     Bloomington city staff are to meet in August with representatives from McLean County, the U.S. Transportation Department, the Federal Railroad Administration, Illinois Commerce Commission, Union Pacific Railroad and Amtrak.

A man has died following a Wednesday shooting in the East Bluff. 24-year-old Jermaine Jackson was pronounced dead at OSF Medical Center on Thursday afternoon. 

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  A 13-year-old was shot yesterday and a 15-year-old suspect is in custody.


Shotspotter recorded one shot about 4:30 p.m. Police responded to the 800 block of West McClure. The youth was found in the alley with a single gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to OSF St Francis Medical Center and underwent surgery.


15 alleged Bomb Squad Gang Members are facing federal racketeering conspiracy charges among others that carry up to life in prison if convicted.

  MONMOUTH, Ill. - Authorities have identified the victims of a plane crash in western Illinois that left two people dead.


Warren County Coroner Al McGuire says 65-year-old Robert V. Burkhart of Peoria and 72-year-old Roger D. Lundeen of Galesburg were killed with the plane crashed Sunday about a half mile from the Monmouth Municipal Airport.


Federal Aviation Administration records show Burkhart was the registered owner of the fixed-wing, single-engine plane, a model 415-D manufactured in 1946.

City of Peoria Eyes Budget Cuts

Jun 26, 2018

 The Peoria City Manager presents a financial update to the City Council at the regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday Meeting.  It includes proposed cuts to balance the city’s continued reduction in revenue and state budget issues.


Peoria City staff received an email this morning outlining an estimated $617,000 in proposed cuts and budgetary adjustments.


Splash Pad at Peoria's Harrison Park Coming Soon

Jun 25, 2018
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Greensplash feature planned for Harrison Park on Peoria’s far south side is closer to being a reality. An Illinois American Water crew is installing the necessary water line for the splash pad.

Turbine Parts Moving Through East Peoria

Jun 22, 2018
City of East Peoria

East Peoria will see some unusual early morning traffic next week.

Wind turbine parts are being transported through downtown between 1:30 a.m. and 5:00 or 6:00 a.m.

The wind turbine parts will be moved from TP&W railroad through downtown. North Main from Washington to Camp Street, and West Washington from Columbia to Main Street, will be shut down for approximately four hours each morning, Monday through Friday./

A Peoria 'for Everyone'

Jun 20, 2018

 The City of Peoria has a new promotional tool to attract new skilled and professional talent. The four short videos center on the motto, “Peoria is for Everyone.”

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says “This is a message to send out amongst whoever we can touch with this and say there’s a lot of good things going on in Peoria to say, ‘we’re still here. We’re fighting and it’s a good community to live in.’”  

Kickapoo Creek Road is open again in Peoria County.

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The Peoria Downtown Development Corporation (DDC) is seeking a property tax increase for businesses located in the downtown area. The DDC proposal would add $65.00 dollars to the tax bill of a property assessed at $100-thousand.

  PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - The cleanup is underway for the massive rock slide in Peoria County.


Excavation equipment started work last week along Kickapoo Creek Road to remove the boulders, earth and trees blocking traffic between Harmon Highway and Bartonville.


The county has seen rock slides before. But officials say they have never seen anything like what happened on May 31 when a bluff gave way and sent rock, soil and trees tumbling from as high as 50 feet above the road.  


Mother Files Suit Against Peoria for Son's Death

Jun 18, 2018

  PEORIA, Ill. - A mother whose son was fatally shot by Peoria police las September is suing the city and several officers.


The lawsuit filed in federal court in Peoria late Sunday alleges officers shot Eddie Russell Jr. at least 17 times as he lifted a garage at the family's Peoria home with both hands.


He was the only a suspect in an armed bank robbery that happened immediately before he retreated into the family home and refused to communicate for three hours.


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  BOWMANVILLE, Ont. (AP) - The president of two Peoria automobile dealerships is dead after he lost control of his race car and crashed during a race at a track in Canada.


Durham Regional Police say the crash happened during a Formula 5000 race at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ont., Saturday afternoon.


Police say 61-year-old Jeff Green was racing at the track outside Toronto when he lost control of his 1972 Lola T300 race car while turning a corner and smashed into a wall.

The National Weather Service says high temperatures in the middle to possibly upper 90s Saturday through Monday will lead to potentially hazardous conditions statewide, especially for elderly people and those with pre-existing health conditions.

Peoria's 3 High Schools Will Have Police Officers

Jun 13, 2018

Peoria Public High Schools will have an assigned Peoria Police Officer starting next year.

It seemed like a fairly straightforward issue. Should the city provide a Peoria police officer to each of the three Peoria public high schools at 47 dollars per hour?

But before the vote, councilman Chuck Grayeb criticized Peoria schools for lack of student discipline. Councilwoman Denise Moore responded that there are limitations on teachers.

  Illinois Central College will explore racial disparities in college policies and practices. The institution is the recipient of a grant from the Lumina Foundation’s Fund for Racial Justice and Equity. The $25,000 award allows ICC to hire a local project coordinator and facilitators to direct discussions on equity issues within the education field.

The Peoria Public Schools board have decided to remove Woodrow Wilson's name from an elementary school and instead honor the area's first black female doctor.

Repairs to Bradley University’s iconic Lydia Moss Bradley statue are expected to take about a month. 

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The much loved Lydia Moss Bradley statue that graces the circle drive in the heart of Bradley University’s campus is absent, at least for now.

It was EPIC Firefighter Day at the Peoria Fire Department’s Central House. Peoria firefighters and managers hosted 20 EPIC participants.

Mugshot 06-07-18 / Peoria County Jail

Anthony L. Jackson, 27 is being held on $2 million bond for the shooting death of his uncle, Timothy Jackson.

The details of the deadly disagreement are not completely clear. But 43-year-old Timothy Jackson was apparently stabbed about 3:45 a.m. Thursday, in a fight at the same location he was shot to death less than three hours later.

The Bloomington and Peoria Invest Health teams hosted a day long peer exchange event. The event at the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront included more than 100 people from the region. They shared ideas and strategies to improve overall community health. 

Kristin McHugh

The Peoria Fire Department is one of the first large-scale Illinois operations to implement a new cardiac rescue device. Officials unveiled the ResQCPR unit Thursday. Peoria Fire Department Chief Ed Olehy says the plunger-like, hand-held unit improves upon traditional chest compressions used for patients in sudden cardiac arrest.

Tanya Koonce

Peoria Police are investigating the death of 43 year-old Timothy Jackson. 

Kristin McHugh

Navigating portions of Peoria could be much easier in the near future. City officials unveiled a Downtown Wayfinding Plan at an open house Tuesday night. It includes a series of directional signs to navigate from the interstate to various destinations in the downtown, city center, riverfront and warehouse districts.

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The country’s low unemployment rate is challenging companies seeking workers with specific skills. The Labor Department says the nation’s May unemployment rate was 3.8 percent, an 18-year low. The metropolitan Peoria rate is 4.1 percent.

Kristin McHugh

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti believes telemedicine is the right prescription for rural medical needs. She made the comments following a tour of Peoria’s Jump Innovation Center.

Some Worry PFD Money Saving Strategy Will Cost Safety

May 30, 2018
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio


  The Peoria Fire Department is on a path toward spending $22-million this year. That’s $1.5-million more than its annual budget.

Much of that deficit can be attributed to overtime pay because the department has operated with a turnover rate of 10 percent.

The department is currently down 10 positions. The agency has not been able to fill those positions in a timely manner because of lengthy training.

Kristin McHugh

The Illinois Department of Transportation will invest $11 billion dollars in the state’s road system over the next six years. Governor Bruce Rauner announced the multi-year plan on the Illinois River shore near the McClugage Bridge in Peoria today.