Peoria Honor Flight departing for D.C.

Sep 24, 2013

Peoria’s second Honor Flight takes off from the General Wayne Downing Peoria International Airport this morning about 5:30. The flight is bound for Washington D.C., and honors World War II, Korea and some Vietnam Veterans. More than 75 Veterans are making the flight. 

Peoria Police step up presence following shooting deaths

Sep 24, 2013

The Peoria Police Department arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with a weekend shooting on South Stanley.  Cortez Williams was arrested for the murder of Melvin Sanders on Saturday. The shooting follows two other gun deaths last week at 1204 West Margaret Avenue. Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard says he’s using more personnel to target the affected neighborhoods:

The redevelopment of Taft Homes is taking shape. The Peoria Housing Authority Board unanimously approved taking the next steps in relocating the 216-unit housing complex from near the riverfront. But it’s estimated to cost nearly $45-Million to build the proposed four to six new apartment buildings across the city.

District 150 weighs options on Peoria Stadium

Sep 24, 2013

The future of the Peoria Stadium property remains murky. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports District 150 is considering multiple options:


ADM looks to move world HQ from Decatur

Sep 23, 2013

After 44 years as the world headquarters for Archer Daniels Midland, the central Illinois town of Decatur is about to lose that title.  IPR’s Sean Crawford reports: 

Report: IL prison youth education in violation, inadequate

Sep 23, 2013
WBEZ/Chicago Public Radio

The education Illinois kids get in youth prisons is grossly inadequate, and in violation of state and federal laws and regulations.  That’s according to a new report that can’t simply be put on a shelf.  IPR’s Robert Wildeboer has more:  

Some political strategists say a competitive Republican primary for governor could help challengers further down the ballot, like for state representative or senator.  Four candidates are seeking the GOP nomination for governor.

Rodney Davis announces re-election campaign

Sep 23, 2013

Congressman Rodney Davis is touring the 13th district formally announcing his re-election campaign. The Taylorville Republican recently voted for the House Bill to defund Affordable Care Act and during his stop in Bloomington Davis was forthright about the law several times.

Peoria veteran gets long awaited medals

Sep 23, 2013
Denise Molina / Peoria Public Radio

A retired U.S. Air Force veteran was finally recognized for his part in a classified mission that took place more than three decades ago. Congressman Aaron Schock presented an Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, and Humanitarian Service Medal to 54-year old Benny Percy.

The Constitution and Freedom of the Press

Sep 23, 2013

The first amendment of the U.S. Constitution allows for a free press. But how much freedom should be allowed is an issue that continues to be discussed. Illinois Public Radio's Rich Egger reports. 

Peoria violence continues over the weekend

Sep 23, 2013

Peoria violence continued over the weekend with the shooting death of another man. Police responded to the 1600 block of South Stanley Street late Saturday night regarding two people shot.

East Peoria talks housing, signage for new downtown

Sep 23, 2013

East Peoria is looking to add residential development to its new downtown Levee District.  The City Council last week discussed possible ways to enhance the new public and commercial area.  City Planning Director Ty Livingston says adding residential space would help draw more interest in the Levee District:

The Peoria City/County Health Department is beginning the process of educating the community on Illinois’ Health Insurance Marketplace. The state program created under the Affordable Care Act will allow residents to shop for health coverage online beginning October 1st.

Il Democratic Party endorses Quinn for Gov.

Sep 23, 2013
Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio

Last week, Governor Pat Quinn saw his last serious Democratic opponent drop out, leaving him a straight shot to victory in next year's primary. So it was no surprise Sunday when the Democratic Party of Illinois officially endorsed Quinn for re-election. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

This year has seen a series of potential challengers to Quinn come and go, most recently former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, who promised a vigorous campaign and repeatedly lashed out at Quinn.

New driving simulator aims to boost safety

Sep 20, 2013
Alex Rusciano/Peoria Public Radio

The region has a new driving simulator to help those who need evaluations on the road.  The $20,000 machine is at the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, or IPMR.  Sara Stomberg is an occupational therapist with IPMR.  She says the goal of the simulator is to boost safety on the road before patients get behind the wheel:

Rabid bat identified in Peoria County

Sep 20, 2013

The Peoria City/County Health Department says it’s identified a rabid bat in the county. This comes as the department and Peoria County Animal Protection Services is about to observe World Rabies Day on September 28th. 

George Harrison's 1963 visit to Il to be commemorated

Sep 20, 2013

Just before he became one of the most famous people on earth, George Harrison traveled to southern Illinois. This month is the 50th anniversary of that trip to the town of Benton.  Harrison was here to visit his sister, who had moved to the community.  Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford has this interview on Harrison's time spent in the state and an effort to commemorate the occasion:

Bill Wheelhouse / Harvest Public Media/IPR

While the nation’s economy was slumping over the last five years, the American farm economy was booming. Companies that make tractors and other farm implements have done exceptionally well as many farmers replace their pricey equipment every year. But with commodity prices dropping and a major tax break in jeopardy there is some question as to whether business will stall. Harvest Public Media's Bill Wheelhouse:

Harvest Public Media is a cooperative journalistic effort by several Midwestern public media outlets covering Food and agriculture production issues.


Bradley University’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program has risen in national rankings.  A survey conducted by the Princeton Review for Entrepreneur Magazine looked at more than 2,000 institutions.  Bradley’s program ranks 19th.  That’s compared to getting the 23rd spot last year.  Criteria for the rankings include having successful entrepreneurs as staff members and providing entrepreneurial experiences outside of the classroom.  


Coroner: Peoria double homicide victim was pregnant

Sep 19, 2013

Initial autopsy results show one of the victims of yesterday’s double homicide was in her first trimester of pregnancy.  

Cross campaigns in Peoria

Sep 19, 2013

Former House Republican leader Tom Cross says he will be a fiscal watchdog for the state’s finances if he’s elected Illinois Treasurer. Cross made a stop in Peoria Thursday to discuss why he’s running for the office. The Oswego lawmaker left his leadership post to campaign for the spot.

Il Dems to endorse candidates for primary

Sep 19, 2013

Illinois' leading Democrats will meet in Springfield on Sunday. They're supposed to endorse candidates for next year's primary election even though there are no longer any competitive races. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky wondered why?

Democrats have rarely slated candidates in recent years. But this time, with incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn facing a primary challenge from former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley, the state party was going to consider picking a favorite.

A central Illinois legislator has filed a resolution calling on the governor to spend more time in the capital city.  IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

You never know what'll come up during a candidates' debate.  Back in 2010, it was Gov. Pat Quinn's underwear. As proof that he lives in Springfield, Quinn offered that he keeps his underwear at the governor's mansion.

Alex Rusciano/Peoria Public Radio

A former school building on Peoria’s South Side is preparing to house a new kind of business incubator. Thrive Capital Partners is launching later this year out of the former Blaine-Sumner building. It’s also now connected to an international organization for business incubators. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the incubator’s other goal is to use local businesses to help revitalize struggling neighborhoods: 

IL Supreme Court hears health premium case

Sep 18, 2013

Retired state workers who collect pensions in Illinois started paying health insurance premiums this summer. That's because of a change in the law last year. Previously health insurance was free for anyone who retired with at least 20 years of service.

Schimpf discusses why he wants Attorney General job

Sep 18, 2013

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has been a formidable opponent in her last two re-election campaigns. The Chicago Democrat beat each of her last two opponents by more than a million votes, and she has one of the wealthiest campaign funds in the state.

Illinois will appeal a ruling that says state workers, rather than an outside firm, must scrub Medicaid rolls.  A top state official made the announcement Tuesday at a hearing in Chicago. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

Since the start of the year, Illinois has kicked about 125,000 people from Medicaid, the state's health insurance program for the poor.  All of them were found ineligible: maybe they'd moved out of state, their income went up, or their kids had grown up; Medicaid only covers low-income children and their parents.

Illinois republican gubernatorial candidates have mixed reactions to Democrat Bill Daley’s decision to drop out of the race. IPR'S Lauren Chooljian reports.

The news about Daley came just weeks after he announced his candidacy. Daley says he realized he wasn’t up for the quote “enormity” of campaigning.

Small business and the Healthcare Law

Sep 18, 2013

The Affordable Care Act Marketplace opens October first. Individuals who do not have health insurance will need to choose a provider by January 1, 2014 or face a penalty. 

Bradley University director gets global recognition

Sep 17, 2013
Duane Zehr, Bradley University

The director of Bradley University’s Turner Center for Entrepreneurship is receiving global recognition for his work.  Jim Foley is an expert on trade and international business.  He’s getting a lifetime achievement award from the International Association of Trade Training Organizations.  Foley was instrumental in establishing a certification system that sets professional skill standards in international trade.  He also runs a program for training in business planning, marketing and export finance at Bradley’s International Trade Center.