Six students from Chicago and its suburbs are among more than two dozen whose anti-violence activism has earned them Giffords Courage Fellowships to aid them in organizing anti-violence prevention.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth says she's returning to full-time work after 12 weeks of leave to care for her baby.


  MARION, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued a disaster proclamation for nine southern Illinois counties affected by a water main break that left cities short of water and forced schools and businesses to close.

The Illinois Senate is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to reject a presidential call to send National Guard troops to help secure the U.S.-Mexican border.

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Multiple fire departments are responding to a large fire at Uftring Chevrolet in Washington off Business 24 and Mt. Vernon Drive. Emergency crews are working the fire scene and lane reductions remain in place along Business 24/ Washington Rd. Officials are asking motorists to avoid the area until the scene is secure.

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Illinois Bicentennial Flags Fly

Dec 4, 2017
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  Communities across the state raised a very special flag Monday. The Illinois Bicentennial flag raising happened at municipal and county buildings and complexes over the noon hour. It also served as the kick-off of the state’s yearlong bicentennial celebration at the local level.

Washington, Ill. Gets a Special Census

Nov 9, 2017
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More than 20 neighborhoods in the City of Washington are expected to receive a visit from special census counters starting today.

A federal judge in central Illinois has tossed two counts in a 24-count indictment of former Rep. Aaron Schock, including a wire fraud allegation, but he still faces serious charges.

Congressman Davis Ready for Tax Cuts

Oct 20, 2017

A central Illinois congressman is ready to vote for tax cuts.

The mayors of Chicago and Washington are making a friendly wager on the outcome of the National League Division Series between the Cubs and the Nationals.

Tazewell County Consolidated Dispatch Takes Shape

Sep 29, 2017
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As of Thursday, Tazewell County and its municipalities have all approved the intergovernmental agreement for the consolidation of its emergency call dispatch centers.

Precautionary Boil Order Issued for Washington

Jul 26, 2017
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The City of Washington has a precautionary boil order in place beginning August 1st. Washington City water users will be under a three-day boil order. A planned maintenance project at the city’s water treatment plant #2 is scheduled begin late in the evening on July 31st.

President Donald Trump has welcomed the manager and several players from the World Series champion Chicago Cubs to the White House. 

The shooting at a republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia is hitting a southern Illinois congressman hard. Republican John Shimkus is a roommate of Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise, who was shot during the incident. Shimkus - who was not at the practice - says it feels as if a brother was shot.

Officials of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum said the state has suspended a project searching the National Archives for papers written by Abraham Lincoln.

Boeing Co. will move the headquarters for its defense unit from St. Louis to the Washington, D.C., area.  The move by Chicago-based Boeing affects about a dozen top executives and some support staff. It will not impact the day-to-day operations for defense workers in St. Louis.

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U.S. Senator Mark Kirk says he is still hopeful about passing the measure to change the federal funding formula used after a disaster.  Kirk made his comments in Washington today, nearly three years after the EF-4 tornado struck Tazewell County. FEMA denied funding to the town.

South Main Street in Washington Closed For Emergency Repairs

Sep 28, 2016
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South Main Street in Washington is closed between Holland and Burton Streets for emergency repairs to the sanitary sewer. No service disruption is expected during the repair window. The roadway is expected to reopen Thursday evening. 

A detour route for both north and south bound traffic is Burton Street, Market Street, and W. Holland Street. Only local traffic will be allowed on Catherine Street and E. Holland Street west of S. High Street until further notice.  

WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) - The mayor who led the central Illinois town of Washington when a powerful tornado struck in 2013 says he will seek one final term in office.

Gary Manier is in his fourth term as the mayor of the town of 14,700. He is the city's longest-serving mayor and was first elected in 2001.

WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in central Illinois say a house exploded outside the city of Washington sending two residents hurtling out of the home.

Tazewell County Sheriff's Department chief deputy Jeff Lower says the blast happened about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday. Emergency responders arrived to find the property full of debris and the house on fire. The only part of the home left was a chimney.

The old Washington School building in Peoria could be used as the city's first Buddhist temple.  That’s the latest proposal for the facility.

A Washington resident is getting a specialized bike from the Tri-County Long Term Recovery Committee.  Jenna Wallgren has a disability that requires a customized bicycle.  After weeks of improvements, Walgren is getting the special transportation Thursday.  It’s part of the Long Term Recovery’s group effort to give 500 bicycles to people affected in the 2013 tornado.

Peoria looks to business growth in Warehouse District

Jun 11, 2015

The City of Peoria celebrated finishing three years of construction work in the downtown Thursday.  Local, state and federal dollars went into revamping Washington, Adams and Jefferson Streets in the Warehouse District.  City Councilman Ryan Spain says the finished roundabout and new roads mark a transition point:

A heavily-damaged neighborhood in Washington restored a familiar marker last week. 


Narcan is not just for police and first responders anymore. New York and a handful of other states are helping to make the life-saving heroin antidote available to regular folks, hoping to increase the odds it will be there when needed in an emergency. State health officials say New York has trained 10,000 laypeople in the last six months alone, sending them home with a rescue kit containing Narcan and a nasal atomizer used to spray it in an overdose victim's nose.

Central Illinois officials are decrying Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed cuts to local income tax revenue.  

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk is pushing a measure to change the federal funding formula used after a disaster.  Kirk made his comments in Washington, Illinois nearly a year-and-a-half after FEMA denied funding to the tornado-ravaged town.  Kirk says a previous attempt to pass the measure failed because some lawmakers feared the change would take away disaster funding in their states:

The road to rebuilding in Washington

Nov 18, 2014

Families continue to move back into Washington, Illinois a year after an EF4 tornado damaged or destroyed more than 1,100 homes. The majority of destroyed properties are getting rebuilt. And the surge of new construction coupled with returning residents has the city on track to be bigger and potentially better. 

More than 100 residents braved the bitter cold to walk through neighborhoods damaged by last year's tornado. 

Remembering November 17th in Tazewell County

Nov 17, 2014
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A moment of silence happened Monday in remembrance of the November 17th tornadoes that hit Tazewell County. Residents and public officials attended the outdoor event in Washington’s LaHood Park, despite the frigid temperatures.