Peoria Public Radio News

Local news stories and features from Peoria Public Radio.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio News

CORE Construction and OSF HealthCare System have a new joint venture called POINTCORE. It’s a relationship that offers the growing healthcare system consistent quality construction standards.

CORE Construction company is also officially adding a specialized construction area to its business portfolio. Quintin Smith is the President of the newly formed group. “We’re providing construction services, with healthcare, with innovation, with technology and providing a new delivery model on how these services can come to make this a better industry as a whole.”

Deputy Faces Felony Drug Charge

May 22, 2019

  A Peoria County Deputy was arrested Tuesday after being indicted on a drug charge. Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell says Deputy Adam King turned himself in, after a warrant was issued for his arrest. King is charged with at class 3 felony for unlawful possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Peoria Police Department

Authorities continue to search for one of two suspects accused of stealing scores of guns in central Illinois. A criminal complaint against 19-year-old Miray Smith was unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court in Peoria.

Peoria Public Radio/Tanya Koonce

The downward trend for Illinois home sales continued last month despite an uptick in median prices. The Illinois Realtors organization reports family home and condominium sales statewide were down 5.6% in April when compared with last year.

Illinois Community College

Illinois Central College is a promising place to work. That’s according to the National Institute for Staff Organizational Development and the magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.


NEW YORK (AP) — Dressbarn, the women's clothing chain that's been around for nearly 60 years, is closing all 650 of its stores.

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria

The Archdiocese of New York has filed a new court motion in the ongoing battle over the remains of former Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

Bradley University

Bradley University President Gary Roberts is retiring next year. In a letter to faculty and staff this morning Roberts says he has informed the Bradley’s Board of Trustees of his intention to retire at the end of his contract next May.

Bradley University


The Composite Index of Business and Economic Indicators shows greater Peoria’s economy remains stable despite mixed conditions. The report assigns the Peoria-Pekin Metropolitan Statistical Area a first quarter 2019 Index value of 102.8. A value over 100 is deemed favorable.

Peoria Public Radio/Kristin McHugh

Peoria’s riverfront area is slowly returning to normal nearly two weeks after being inundated with flood waters. The city of Peoria says the 300 block of SW Water Street is now open to all traffic. The Liberty parking lot is also open, but it can only be accessed from Harrison Street.

Eureka College

A Louisiana high school senior will begin classes at Eureka College later this year. This may not seem extraordinary, except Antoinette Love earned at least 115 other college acceptances and nearly $4-million in total scholarships as part of personal quest that went viral on social media.

The Peoria RiverFront Market kicks off its 2019 season Saturday in a temporary location due to flooding. Organizers say the market will open at 8:00 a.m. in the Caterpillar parking lot at the corner of SW Water and Hamilton streets. It will remain in this temporary location on May 25.


A walk Friday evening will remember Peorians who have died from gun violence.

Wife of Cubs' Ben Zobrist Files for Divorce

May 15, 2019
Associated Press

CHICAGO - Julianna Zobrist, the wife of Chicago Cubs World Series MVP Ben Zobrist, has filed for divorce.

Peoria Public Radio/Kristin McHugh

Sandbag cleanup is underway along Peoria’s riverfront. Public works crews began removal Wednesday in the 300 block of SW Water Street.

Pop-A-Shot Loan Approved by Peoria Council

May 15, 2019

The Peoria City Council last night took a step to bring a new company to town.

Peoria Police and city leaders are calling for anyone who knows anything about the murder of Jeremiah Ward Monday to come forward.

Police and members of the Peoria Community Against Violence (PCAV) group did an extensive canvas Tuesday of the West Ann neighborhood where the 4 year-old was shot.

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Police say a 4-year-old boy was killed in a South Peoria double shooting Monday evening. Jeremiah L. Ward and an unidentified 23-year-old male were found as officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert in the 2800 block of West Ann Street around 5:45 p.m.

Caterpillar, Inc.

Caterpillar, Inc. will supply autonomous trucks and technology for a new Australian iron ore operation. Mining giant Rio Tinto announced the deal last week.

Creve Coeur Police Department

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Creve Coeur man.

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Health officials across the state are concerned flooding rivers and streams have contaminated private water wells.

H Wayne Wilson / Peoria Public Radio

The five candidates elected to the Peoria City Council last month took their seats as at-large members at last night’s meeting. Re-elected members Beth Jensen, Zach Oyler and Sid Ruckriegel are joined by newcomers John Kelly and Rita Ali.

Peoria Public Radio/Kristin McHugh

The Illinois River is holding steady in Peoria, nearly 10 feet above flood stage.

Peoria Public Radio/Kristin McHugh

The Illinois River is closed to recreational traffic between Lacon and the Mississippi River due to flooding.

Peoria Public Radio/Kristin McHugh

Monday morning update: The Illinois River depth was 27.9 feet in Peoria Monday morning. Flood stage is 18 feet. The river is expected to fall slightly to 27.8 feet in Peoria by Tuesday morning. WCBU’s Kristin McHugh walked along Peoria’s Water Street Sunday afternoon to document the flood in photos.

Peoria Public Radio/Kristin McHugh

Work to protect the Peoria’s River Station from flood waters is nearly complete. Assistant Public Works Director Sie Maroon expects completion of the remaining sandbag walls Friday.

Peoria Public Radio/Kristin McHugh

Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties are among 34 included in a disaster proclamation issued by Governor J.B. Pritzker. The governor issued the declaration today in response to rapidly rising water and record crests on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers.


Construction of a new fire and rescue house for the Peoria Air National Guard is moving forward.

CAT Boosts Dividend

May 2, 2019

Caterpillar is boosting its quarterly dividend 20%.

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Flash flooding is a concern as more heavy rain moves across central Illinois. A flash flood watch remains in effect through this evening for the entire Peoria Public Radio listening area.