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This week, our guest is Dr. Cory Ganschow, Director of Choral Activities at Bradley University. The Bradley Community Chorus and Bradley Symphony Orchestra will present a program that includes Mozart's Solemn Vespers and Lux Aeterna by American composer Morten Lauridsen.

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  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
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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
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  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.

 

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Peoria County State's Attorney Jerry Brady has ruled that a Peoria police officer acted in self-defense when he fatally shot a 19-year-old man who fled from a vehicle after a traffic stop.
 
Brady said Thursday he made that decision even though he had doubts about why police chased the car in which Luis Cruz was a passenger. Cruz was wanted in connection with previous shooting and domestic battery incidents and that officers followed him for hours before the July 19 confrontation.
 

A bomb threat in the Illinois State Capitol Building caused the House and Senate chambers to be evacuated this afternoon.

The call came in to a desk manned by tour guides in the Capitol. According to a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office, which oversees the Capitol Complex, a caller said there was a bomb on the upper floors of the building.

Two stories up, in the House chamber, legislators were debating a bill ...

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.  

  

  CHICAGO - Preventing heart attacks and other problems is the focus of top news from an American Heart Association conference that ends Monday in Chicago.

 

A large study found that fish oil, in the amount and type contained in many dietary supplements, did not lower the risk of cancer or heart problems for generally healthy people. Vitamin D pills also failed to help.

 

But a prescription-strength fish oil showed promise for people who already had certain heart risks.

 

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  Democratic gains in the 2018 elections could lead to a push for expanded health coverage, gun control and recreational marijuana in some states.

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  BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - A former management official of Bloomington's city-owned arena who was indicted on charges of mishandling city money has been fined $1 and sentenced to 30 months of probation in exchange for his testimony at the trials of three co-defendants.

This week, we're talking with Scott Kanoff, about Bradley University Theatre's production of "She Kills Monsters." The play tells the story of a young woman who delves into the world of the Dungeons & Dragons game in an attempt to better understand her late sister.

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 CHICAGO - The Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago says it will no longer refer officers in need of legal assistance to the attorney who represents convicted former officer Jason Van Dyke.

     Daniel Herbert is a former Chicago police officer and prosecutor who once worked as an FOP staff attorney. He built his private practice largely on representing police officers in labor disputes, civil and criminal cases. Officers can hire Herbert, with FOP financial support when warranted.

  FOREST PARK, Ill. - A Chicago suburb that once welcomed video gambling machines now wants them out of town.

     Tuesday a majority of those who cast their ballots in Forest Park voted to prohibit video gambling machines. The vote is believed to be the first in which residents in any Illinois community where video gambling machines have been allowed have rejected them through a binding ballot question.

U of I Eyes Seeking a Funding Boost

Nov 8, 2018

  URBANA, Ill. - University of Illinois officials are planning to seek a 16.5 percent funding boost from the state toward making up money it lost from the state's long budget standoff.

    University administrators say they'll ask the Board of Trustees next week to support a state funding request of $692.5 million. University leaders say that would still fall below 2010 funding when adjusted for inflation.

    The funding request will cover the university's Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield campuses.

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  The duo that reportedly confessed to the brutal murder of the Princeville couple last week will be back in court Thursday to hear the indictments returned by the grand jury.

 

20-year-old Matthew Roberts and 21-year-old Jose Ramirez are accused of killing Ramirez’s parents in their home and dumping them in the Spoon River. Both Ramirez and Roberts are now indicted on two counts of first-degree murder for the bludgeoning and stabbing of Susan Brill de Ramirez and Antonio Ramirez Barron, both 63.

 

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Incumbents prevailed in local races in Peoria and Tazewell Counties Tuesday. Here’s a rundown of the races watched by Peoria Public Radio:

Peoria motorists can expect significant traffic delays on Allen Road Wednesday. The thoroughfare between Carriage Lane and Pioneer Parkway will be reduced to one lane beginning at 7:00 a.m. for a signal mast installation.

White-tailed deer in Illinois are experiencing a disease that’s killed more 430 animals this year as of Oct 29.

    

CHICAGO - The Cook County Medical Examiner's office has reported the first cold-weather related death of the season in the Chicago area.

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CHICAGO - Duncan Hines is recalling 2.4 million boxes of cake mix because of a link to salmonella.

Peoria Evaluates Cost of 2019 Cuts and Fees

Nov 6, 2018

 

The City of Peoria could be making personnel cuts to its police and fire departments for the first time in years. Other areas will take cuts too and the city is considering new fees as it faces a $6 to $7-million deficit next year.

SPRINGFIELD - An Illinois prison chaplain has filed a federal lawsuit alleging sexual discrimination and retaliation for complaining about it.

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A memorial service is set for the Princeville couple found dead in the Spoon River last week.

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Peoria Firefighters Union 50 is asking the city council to reconsider reductions proposed for the 2019 budget.

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Area Police Officers are getting a new five-ounce piece of equipment to wear on their uniforms starting Friday. The first group of 20 to 30 officers were fitted and receiving training to wear the cameras.

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CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has temporarily stopped placing foster children in a Chicago psychiatric hospital where allegations of abuse have arisen.

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CHICAGO - Former President Barack Obama rallied voters in Chicago to support governor candidate J.B. Pritzker and other Democrats.

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Peoria police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing woman. Authorities say Miranda Shelton is bi-racial with light complexion. She is 5-foot-8-inches and weighs approximately 180 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says -- if re-elected -- he’ll work to decrease the personal income tax rate and make cuts to state spending.

The Republican incumbent says he’ll implement policies that will save the state billions. Speaking on the 21st show, Rauner says state government doesn’t need more taxes:

“We don’t need to cut human services, we don’t need to cut education. We need to make government more efficient, transparent, and less bureaucracy.”

This week, we're talking with Newt Holt. He's the author and director of the new play, "Imprimatur," which runs next weekend at Eureka College. Set during World War II, the play tells the story of two cartoonists who go to work in the Office of War Information, and discover unpleasant truths about their own country.

Holt talks about an earlier play, which he staged last year, and what he learned from that experience. He also talks about his dual roles as writer and director, and about the rewards of seeing his work brought to life by a company of actors.

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