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In this time of strife over immigration issues, residents of central Illinois are still taking citizenship oaths.

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For the third time this year, a Peoria man faces charges after he was arrested following a police chase.

Brian K. Bearce, 37, was spotted by a Tazewell County Sheriff's Deputy just after midnight Sunday. The deputy recognized Bearce for his outstanding traffic and felony warrants during an attempted traffic stop at Derby and 14th Street in Pekin. 

Police said Bearce refused to pull over. During the pursuit, police said Bearce pointed a handgun out his vehicle window at a deputy. The chase ended when Bearce struck a vehicle at Sheridan and 8th. 

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A Peoria woman died Sunday due to the extreme heat, coupled with a lack of air conditioning.

Construction of a new fire-and-rescue house to serve the Peoria International Airport is underway. 

Officiating high school sports may not be for those who take criticism to heart. 

Bradley University said the new $100 million Convergence Center won't begin hosting classes until the middle of the fall semester. 

Unattended food on a stove is likely to blame for a large fire at Koinonia House on Sunday evening.

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Eighty-eight Central Illinoisans took the Oath of Allegiance and became U.S. citizens today.

Dave Mingus was appointed to serve on the Illinois Central College Board of Trustees.

Mingus is the former mayor of East Peoria and the CEO of TazWood Center for Wellness. He holds a master's in counseling and human development from Bradley University. He also graduated from ICC. 

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The annual bike giveaway at Peoria Public Library’s Lincoln Branch is continuing to encourage kids on the South Side to read throughout the summer. 

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A former University of Illinois doctoral student is facing life in prison in the abduction, rape and killing of a scholar from China after a federal jury failed to agree on a death sentence.

Will recreational cannabis legalization have a big impact on usage among teens? 

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Illinois will not implement a Trump administration rule to withhold federal money from healthcare providers that perform and refer women for abortions.

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If you’re tired of this heat, be patient. Central Illinois’ heat wave isn’t going anywhere in the next few days, but relief is coming by the end of this weekend.

University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria

The University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria’s cancer research program has earned a financial boost.

The City of Peoria has hired Indiana Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Rick Powers to lead the city's public works department.

Powers currently heads the Indiana DOT's LaPorte Division, with a staff of 500 employees and annual budget of $300 million. Powers was previously the head of the Indianapolis Code Enforcement Department and Co-Chair of the Super Bowl Host Committee. He previously worked in Virginia and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. 

OSF HealthCare

OSF HealthCare is in negotiations for a full merger with Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in the Chicagoland area, the group announced Wednesday.

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Peoria Public Schools is partnering with Illinois Central College to help high school students earn dual-credit for college.

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The Illinois State Rifle Association is challenging a law requiring more oversight for firearms dealers. 

A medical research partnership between OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois is getting a big boost. 

Peoria Public Schools District 150

A former local basketball standout is the new Peoria Public Schools District 150 director of athletics. A.J. Guyton’s appointment was announced Wednesday. He’s responsible for primary and middle school sporting activities.

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Peoria police are investigating the year’s 14th homicide.

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Forecasters warn dangerously hot temperatures and oppressive humidity will persist through the weekend. An excessive heat warning is in effect through Saturday evening.

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Peoria-area Goodwill shoppers and donors can do so knowing that all employees will continue to be paid. That’s according to Don Johnson, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois has announced it will stop accepting federal funds because of a new Trump administration rule barring family planning clinics from referring women for abortions.

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Senator Dick Durbin is joining a chorus of critics decrying President Donald Trump’s recent tweets and comments on four Democratic congresswomen of color. 

“This weekend, President Trump sunk to a new low. His tweets saying quote ‘four Democratic congresswomen should go back to their countries’ were racist and reprehensible comments. Elected officials of both parties should condemn the president’s statement.” 

The comments were made Tuesday on the Senate floor. 

One local organization is working to break down barriers around testing for and even talking about sexually transmitted diseases with teenagers.

Deric Kimler is the executive director of Central Illinois Friends. The group was started in 1990 by a group of local citizens concerned about the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Since then, the group has expanded into sex education and STD testing, prevention and treatment referrals throughout the 16 Central Illinois counties they serve. 

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Peoria Public Schools is adopting a new policy aimed at distracting cellphone usage in the classroom.

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It’s been half a century since Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon.

The Apollo 11 program was the only time the U.S. put astronauts on the surface of another planet.

Armstrong is one of just 12 people in all of human history to do so. But NASA is using the 50th anniversary to promote it’s new project, called Artemis. 

Illinois Central College

A new Workforce Development Center at Illinois Central College's East Peoria campus will receive a total of $9 million in government funding.

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