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Competitive video games are poised to overtake traditional athletics in the next 10 to 20 years. 

An Illinois Department of Corrections parole officer from Knox County was charged with official and sexual misconduct.

The Illinois State Police said Garrick Randolph, 52, faces two counts on each charge. On August 12, a female parolee reported Randolph sexually assaulted her in her Galesburg home. A second parolee interviewed by officers also said Randolph sexually assaulted her. 

Randolph was arrested on Oct. 23. He posted bond the same day. Each warrant was for $75,000 bond. 

Illinois' congressional delegation is backing Gov. J.B. Pritzker's appeal to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reverse its decision to deny aid to individual flood victims.

Peoria Public Schools board members heard Quest Charter Academy's arguments for five more years of funding at a public hearing Monday night.

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The Peoria Innovation Hub formally kicked off Monday in downtown Peoria. 

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Revolution Global CEO Mark de Souza sees good signs for the future of cannabis in Illinois.

The early snowfall this year is another frustration for farmers who have faced down difficult weather all year. 

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Bradley University’s new $100 million Business and Engineering Convergence Center was officially dedicated Friday. 

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Congresswoman Cheri Bustos met with a roundtable of community leaders today to discuss lowering the price of healthcare.

President Donald Trump is again broaching the idea of freeing former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich from prison, where he is serving 14 years for corruption.

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A nature resort and retreat is in development in Woodford County.

Congressman Darin LaHood says the House vote today formalizing the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is an attempted nullification of the 2016 elections. 

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The Peoria Innovation Hub is gaining forward momentum.

Governor J.B. Pritzker will be in Peoria Monday to kick off the next steps for the hub. It’s an affiliate of the University of Illinois’ Discovery Partners Institute in Chicago and the Illinois Innovation Network

Michelle Conger is the Chief Strategy Officer for OSF HealthCare, one of the partners in the project. 

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For Halloween this year, Peoria is dressing up as a winter day. 

A jury found 14-year-old Zaveon Marks guilty of one count of first degree murder and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon in the shooting death of 16-year-old Zarious Fair last summer. 

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A $20,000 grant from Ameren Illinois will allow the Center for Prevention of Abuse to continue and expand its human trafficking education programs in area schools. 

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The Peoria City Council last night gave an initial okay to three sources of income to help balance its budget for next year. 

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Peoria Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat said the 2019 School Report Card from the Illinois State Board of Education is good news for the district. 

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The suspect in an alleged attempted murder incident in South Peoria has died. 

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Peoria Public Schools is taking steps to address its high rates of racially disproportionate discipline.

Testimony began Tuesday in the murder trial of 14-year-old Zaveon Marks.

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The National Weather Service is projecting an early season snow for Central Illinois.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through Wednesday morning. Total snow accumulation is expected to be 1 to 2 inches in the Tri-County area, with up to 3 inches possible in Galesburg. 

The NWS Lincoln Office said a rain/snow mix will develop Tuesday night, and change to mostly snow later tonight into Wednesday. 

Ground temperatures will remain warm, but some slick spots may develop on secondary roads, bridges and overpasses. 

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A snow removal expert says it is important for plow drivers to use the least amount of salt possible on the roadways to limit environmental impacts. 

Mark DeVries was the keynote speaker at the Snow and Ice Workshop in East Peoria for public works employees on Tuesday. He said once salt gets into the water system, it can have some serious impacts.

“So no matter what we’re using, we want to use only what we need in winter maintenance," he said.  

The chairman of the NCAA board of governors says the association hopes to avoid a court battle against states that are attempting to pass laws aimed at dismantling the NCAA's rules.

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The man who’s spent nearly 60 years behind bars for the grisly murders of three women at Starved Rock State Park will soon be up for parole again.

A 20-year veteran of the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office was terminated for unprofessional conduct. 


The business community is offering its own suggestions for the city of Peoria’s 2020 budget. 

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The Peoria Public Schools board voted 5 to 2 Monday against suspending classroom walkthroughs until the end of the school year.

A state lawmaker has been arrested on a federal public corruption charge, becoming the latest top state Democrat targeted by federal prosecutors.

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A new judge will preside over Peoria County’s 10th Judicial Circuit Court.