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WCBU

Extra police are on the Bradley University campus after a threatening note was found in Olin Hall this afternoon.

Police said the note threatened violence in that building tonight. The Bradley University Police Department said it hasn't been determined to be a credible threat, but BU and Peoria police are taking it seriously. 

Police officers are posted at each entrance of Olin Hall to check bags and personal belongings. Classes around campus will otherwise continue as normal. 

Recreational marijuana businesses have been a hot-button topic for many municipalities around the state. But it appears everyone is on the same page in Woodford County. 

Jeff Smudde / WGLT

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has approved Revolution Global's Delavan cultivation center to grow recreational cannabis.

Governor J-B Pritzker says he's "appalled" by reports of forced student isolation in Illinois schools and promised immediate action.

Pool Photo: Andy Kravetz / Peoria Journal Star

Last updated: 12:57 p.m. Judge Katherine Gorman has found 22-year-old Jose Ramirez of Princeville guilty on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his parents. 

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Governor J.B. Pritzker shot down the suggestion of amending the Illinois Constitution to address the state's public pension funding deficit.

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It appears a protracted dispute over the East Peoria firefighter union's contract may be resolved.

The East Peoria City Council voted Tuesday night to approve the first reading with four ayes. Commissioner Dan Decker abstained.

Decker is a firefighter and former union member who's now in a management job. He voted on a previous version of the contract, raising questions over whether it was legal and proper for him to do so.

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Another hotel is set to open in East Peoria.

Tim Shelley / WCBU

Downtown Peoria is getting several new additions in one historic building.

Photo by Christopher Korose for the Illinois State Geological Survey. \ Used With Permission

New research on a central Illinois crater suggests possible links to an Ice Age about 455 million years ago. 

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Legend says it was President Teddy Roosevelt who first gave historic Grandview Drive its name. 

Dana Vollmer / Peoria Public Radio

Access to education can change a lot for prisoners — the majority of which eventually return to the communities they came from.

The Partnership for a Healthy Community wants to lower the Tri-County suicide rate by 10 percent over the next three years. 

A Peoria supportive living facility's federal lawsuit over SNAP benefits is driving most of the state's congressional delegation to ask for the funding's release. 

Keokuk Junction Railway Company

Pioneer Railcorp's sale to a private equity firm apparently means the annual Santa Train won't be rolling into rural Peoria and Fulton County towns anymore.

For the past 10 years, Keokuk Junction Railway Company's annual Santa Train visited Glasford, Canton, Mapleton, Breeds, Cuba, Smithfield, and other small towns along the railway tracks each December, bringing Santa's holiday caboose along every year. 

Glasford Village Clerk Tammy Jo Stetler said the new owners of the railway informed village leaders they won't be continuing the annual holiday event. 

WTVP

Illinois lawmakers have officially sent a police and fire pension consolidation plan to Governor J.B. Pritzker's desk.

Spanky Edwards for Congress

A Peoria Democrat says the people of the 17th Congressional District need another option in the March 2020 primary besides incumbent Rep. Cheri Bustos. 

Pool photo: Andy Kravetz/Journal Star

A bench trial is underway for 22-year-old Jose Ramirez, who is accused of murdering his parents last year. Both were Bradley University employees.

Democratic state Senate President John Cullerton has announced he's stepping down from the Illinois Legislature.

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The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has banned the use of shackles and handcuffs on youths in its custody after two teenage boys were restrained.

The Peoria Public Schools Foundation needs donations for their Little Free Pantries.  The pantries are set up at 14 schools across the district. This month, they're hosting a Thanksgiving food drive.  The pantries also stock hygiene products and household items.

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The Peoria Journal Star's parent company will merge with Gannett to create the nation's largest newspaper chain.

The judge presiding over Peoria City Councilman Zach Oyler's domestic battery case has recused himself. 

The Peoria County Coroner says a 6-month-old girl died from a lack of oxygen to her brain. 

Illinois Sierra Club

A federal judge has approved a consent decree to close the E.D. Edwards power plant by the end of 2022. 

Jeff Smudde / WGLT

The public defenders representing 14-year-old Zaveon Marks are asking the state for $25,000 to provide special mitigation expertise during the sentencing phase of his trial.

A site on Peoria’s southside that has been a problem bar in the past will get a liquor license, but with a change. 

Tim Shelley / WCBU

After state Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) announced his retirement from the Illinois General Assembly at the end of this term, interest for his seat is brewing on both sides of the aisle.

Pekin Mayor Mark Luft is currently circulating petitions to run for the 91st District seat as a Republican. The seat covers large swaths of Tazewell, Peoria, and Fulton counties, including parts of Bartonville, Pekin, East Peoria, and Canton. 

Luft hasn't yet returned our request for comment. 

One person died yesterday in a crash on Interstate-74 near Morton involving two semis and a passenger vehicle. 

Kristin McHugh

UnityPoint Health is abandoning plans to merge with South Dakota-based Sanford Health.

UnityPoint didn't offer a reason for dropping the tentative merger plans, but said in a statement they maintain "great respect" for Sanford. 

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