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41-year-old Sean Juergens was killed Tuesday night in the area of Route 24 and Mendenhall Road.

Kickapoo Creek Road is open again in Peoria County.

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Kickapoo Creek Road is closed in Peoria County from Farmington Road to Bartonville.

Central Illinois Election Highlights

Apr 5, 2017

The general election results in Peoria mean several members of the city council will be returning for another term. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis defeated political newcomer Couri Thomas for a fourth term.


Fi rst District Incumbents Denise Moore maintains that seat with a more than 50 percent margin of victory over David Berry. Jim Montelongo also won another term over challenger for Peoria Police professional Mike Eddlemon.


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Members of the Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance and Illinois People’s Action are renewing their call for environmental justice and a transition to clean energy in the greater Peoria area.  

Dynegy recently announced plans to shut down five units split between its Baldwin and Newton Plants.

Tracey Fox is with the Health Communities Alliance. She says burning less coal is a step forward for the state. But Fox says  the economics used to decide the plant closures was one-sided in the fact that they are also some of the least polluting.

Army Reserve Soldiers of the 419th Movement Control Battalion based in Bartonville are preparing to deploy to Kuwait. Congressman Aaron Schock is speaking at the deployment ceremony Friday at the Bartonville American Legion Post. 

Bartonville woman dies in house fire

Jul 29, 2014

A Bartonville woman is dead after running back into her burning home to get her cell phone. A police officer who tried to save her was hospitalized.

The Sierra Club is challenging a state decision giving an energy company extra time to install pollution controls at five coal-fired power plants.  The Illinois Pollution Control Board agreed to give Texas-based Dynegy five more years to comply with state pollution standards.  

The State Pollution Control Board should reject a request to extend the timeline for pollution controls at a Bartonville coal plant.  That’s the message from local and state environmental groups for the Edwards coal-plant in Bartonville.  Houston-based power producer Dynegy is buying five Illinois coal plants from Ameren, including the Edwards facility.  Kady McFadden is with the Sierra Club.  She says the federal EPA designated the air quality around the plant below healthy levels:

Houston-based power producer Dynegy will not have extra time to comply with pollution standards for five Illinois coal power plants. The company recently bought five Illinois coal power plants from Ameren, including the Edwards coal plant in Bartonville. The Illinois Pollution Control Board denied a request by Ameren to transfer the company’s pollution variance to Dynegy.  That would have given the company five extra years to comply with state pollution standards enacted in 2006.

Quinn surveys area flooding

Apr 19, 2013

Governor Pat Quinn met with area officials in Bartonville yesterday as part of a state-wide tour to survey flood damage.  Quinn declared 40 counties state disaster areas.  That helps expand the deployment of state emergency resources.  Quinn says the recent flooding is unique to the state:

Houston-based power producer Dynegy is buying five Illinois coal power plants from Ameren.  That includes the Edwards coal plant in Bartonville.  Dynegy isn’t paying cash for the plants and the related Ameren business that provides electricity to homes and businesses. Instead Dynegy is assuming $825 million in Ameren's debt. Dynegy says buying the Ameren plants will give it more than 8,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the state and nearly 14,000 megawatts in the U.S.Area environmentalist groups are calling for the eventual closure of the Edwards plant.