Records show the recovery rate for stolen guns in Springfield is far lower than the national average. 

STAR Program helps cancer patients

Nov 18, 2014

Care for cancer patients is expanding, from a focus on the cancer itself, to the after-effects that patients experience due to cancer and its treatment. 

Amtrak is looking to start a pilot program next year that would bus residents from Peoria to the passenger rail service in Bloomington/Normal. The company says a bus service would generate more than 27,000 riders. The City is looking at Bradley University and the CityLink Center on Adams as two sites for the proposed Amtrak bus terminal.  Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich says the bus service makes more economic sense than to bring passenger rail directly to Peoria:

Bloomington Pantagraph Owner Revenue Continues Slide

Aug 7, 2014

The parent company of Bloomington's Pantagraph Newspaper lost $9.7 million in the most recent quarter. Lee Enterprises reports that compares to a $1.8 million profit in the quarter ending in June of last year. And even though revenue of $163 million fell 2.3%, CEO Mary Junck said during a conference call that revenue trends are favorable:

FedEx moving airport operations out of Peoria

May 9, 2014

FedEx is terminating its operations from the Peoria International Airport. The company is reportedly moving its operations to the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington. FedEx business is just under half of total air cargo flights out of the Peoria airport.  Airport Director Gene Olson says FedEx is moving to make their operations more efficient. The Peoria Airport Authority is working to find a replacement service to occupy the FedEx space at the airport. It’s unclear when FedEx will move its cargo plane services to Bloomington.

Investors plan to keep Rivermen in Peoria

May 13, 2013

The Peoria Rivermen Hockey Team is set to remain in the city, but local investors are applying to operate in a different league. The Vancouver Canucks told the Civic Center it won’t run its American Hockey League team in Peoria leaving the city without a team. Now the owners of the Bloomington U-S Cellular Coliseum team are asking the Southern Professional Hockey League for the rights to have another team in Peoria. Bart Rogers is a former Rivermen executive and a manager of the U.S. Cellular Coliseum. He says the move aims to keep Peoria’s hockey tradition alive:

Young girl dies from flu in McLean County

Feb 18, 2013

Influenza has killed an eight year old girl in McLean County. This is only the second child death related to flu in the state this season. Kera Simon is a spokeswoman for the McLean County Health Department: