Peoria County is looking for guidance to better operate its Heddington Oaks Nursing Home. The county is in negotiations with OSF Healthcare for a study that will give an objective view of the future operation of the county-owned home. That study does not include a hospital purchase of the facility.

Outgoing County Board member Brad Harding says a lack of county nursing home expertise, shortage of staff, low occupancy and slow Medicaid reimbursements are responsible for the county-owned home losing as much as $6 million a year.

Semi Rollover Accident Kills Driver

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  A semi rollover accident on the interstate in Tazewell County Thursday around 4:00 p.m. took the life of the driver.


The unidentified man was traveling alone when the accident happened at the exit ramp 101, the split of I-74 westbound to I-155 southbound.


Tazewell County Coroner Brian Foley says the semi was the only vehicle involved and the driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.


Our guest this week is Jeff Craig, with the Caterpillar Employees Mixed Chorus. He's appearing as the Jester in  their production of the musical, "Once Upon a Mattress."

For 77 years, the Chorus has provided a musical outlet for CAT employees, retirees and dependants. In addition to a musical production each fall, the Chorus also has performances through the winter and spring.

Caterpillar Celebrates Production Milestone

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  Caterpillar celebrated a milestone in East Peoria when the 40,000 large Track Type Tractor rolled off the line in building SS.


The production benchmark Thursday corresponds closely with Caterpillar’s 40th anniversary of making the large dozer. It’s one of the company’s most iconic machines. The line includes the D9, D10 and D11.


The D11T that was number 40,000 was built for Teck Resources Limited. According to Caterpillar, Teck has been one of its top customers for more than a decade.

CityLink is preparing a vintage bus for its Stuff-a-Bus food drive. The annual campaign to end hunger in Peoria begins today.


SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Bicentennial organizers and the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs have named 200 military veterans to honor during the state's 200th birthday.

SPRINGFIELD - A container for gunpowder that Abraham Lincoln carried as a soldier during the Black Hawk War of 1832 is now on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

Peoria Continues to Negotiate Projected Deficit

Oct 24, 2018

  The City of Peoria will have fewer firefighters and policemen next year. But it will be through voluntary retirement, not city imposed layoffs.

The city council Tuesday night unanimously voted to establish a voluntary separation incentive. It allows older public safety employees to retire earlier than anticipated and still participate in the city’s healthcare plan for several years.

SPRINGFIELD - An Illinois appellate court has ruled that a state labor board erred when it declared that Gov. Bruce Rauner's negotiations with a state labor union were at a standstill.

  Caterpillar is reporting an 18-percent increase in 3rd quarter sales and revenue compared to the same time last year.

The company’s sales and revenue amounted to $13.5 billion. Profit per share for the third quarter is $2.88 which the company says is a quarterly record.

Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby says the company’s global team continues to do excellent work focusing on customer success and executing its strategy for profitable growth.

Illinois Organic Farmers Adapt

Oct 23, 2018

ATLANTA, Ill. - Illinois farmers who grow local organic fruits and vegetables are adapting their business practices amid the changing market for organic produce.


Many small Illinois farmers relied on sales through community-supported agriculture programs, where community members pay for a weekly box of vegetables.


  Farmers say their CSA sales have decreased as competition changes. That includes large grocers offering organic produce and meal-kit startups gaining popularity.


The Peoria Courthouse Square Gets A New War Memorial

Oct 22, 2018
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There has long been a monument in downtown Peoria to honor those who served in the Civil War. A second war memorial was erected to represent those who fought in the two world wars. And now there is a monument for Peoria County veterans of all conflicts since World War Two.

More than 300 people viewed the unveiling of the new Veterans’ Memorial on Saturday. It’s placed between the earlier two statues on the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza.

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SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois State Board of Education has approved proposals to expand the teacher workforce.

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Officials have identified the Peoria man killed in a weekend shooting. 49-year-old Michael W. Jackson died Saturday evening at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

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BLOOMINGTON - Bond has been set at $7 million for a man charged with fatally shooting three men and wounding a 4-year-old boy at a central Illinois apartment complex.

CHICAGO - A Chicago park has been renamed in honor of a police officer who was killed when a gunman opened fire inside a school three decades ago.

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SPRINGFIELD - A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for using identities stolen from the dark web to defraud businesses of more than $600,000.

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CHICAGO - An imprisoned former city of Chicago tow truck driver has been charged with forcing eight underage girls into prostitution.

Mega Millions Players Ponder How to Spend Record Prize

Oct 22, 2018


CHICAGO - With the Mega Millions lottery jackpot at a record $1.6 billion, people are snapping up tickets across the U.S.

This week, we're talking with guitarist Jason Vieaux and conductor David Commanday. The Heartland Festival Orchestra presents a concert this weekend called "Guitar Classic." Vieaux is the featured soloist in a performance of Joaquin Rodrigo's "Fantasy for a Gentlemen," and in a contemporary piece called "Six Sixteen."

CHICAGO - Attorney General Jeff Sessions will deliver a speech in Chicago on the heels of a Trump administration decision to oppose a proposed plan to overhaul Chicago police under close court supervision.

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EDWARDSVILLE - Murder charges have been filed against a southern Illinois man in the shooting death of a Godfrey village official.

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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.

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FREEPORT - A northern Illinois county has agreed to a $3 million settlement with the family of a pregnant woman who was killed in a crash at a rural intersection where a stop sign was missing.

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CHICAGO - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker each reported income of roughly $55 million last year.

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JOLIET - A suburban Chicago gymnastics coach has been charged with sexually assaulting a girl he trained at a gym in Channahon.

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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.

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

The Top 200 Project

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