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The Peoria City/County Election Commission is preparing to move next month. The office on South West Adams is moving to a new location on Brandywine Drive.

Tanya Koonce/Peoria Public Radio


The Diocese of Peoria is asking for the community to join in prayer for healing, following the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on Catholic Church sex abuse.

Ronald McDonald House of Central Illinois

  A new grant will help Peoria’s new Ronald McDonald house break ground next month. The Peoria project was awarded a $3.3 million grant from AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company.


Kelly Thompson is the CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois. She says the grant will go toward the Peoria Ronald McDonald House’s $7-million construction cost. The charity still needs another $1.5 million to complete the project, but a September groundbreaking is expected.


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  If you want to see a bridge demolition head to Spring Valley Wednesday morning. The Illinois Department of Transportation will implode the remaining three trusses of old Illinois 89.


Weather permitting, river and pedestrian traffic will close at 7:30 a.m. Vehicular traffic on the new Illinois 89 bridge closes at 8:00 a.m. Nearby properties will be temporarily evacuated including the Spring Valley Boat Club, Barto Landing, ADM and Cargill.


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CARBONDALE - The Carbondale City Council is considering allowing "natural" burials that involve biodegradable materials and no chemicals. The council is discussing altering its code to allow the process at Oakland Cemetery.

Richard Heim/U.S. Drought Monitor

Portions of central and western Illinois remain dry as drought conditions persist across the Midwest. The U.S. Drought Monitor says Kentucky is the only Midwest state with normal soil conditions.

Police and Fire Missing Mark on Minority Hiring

Aug 16, 2018
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Minority employment in the Peoria Police and Fire Departments is falling behind established goals. Three years ago, the city council set a target of 38 and 39-percent minority officers in each department respectively by the year 2025.

Only 18.3-percent of the police force currently comes from minority groups. Police Chief Loren Marion says there are a limited number of qualified minorities applying to the department. One example he says it that 32 African American male applicants this past spring and only six were recommended for hiring.

Bradley University’s iconic Lydia Moss Bradley statue is back on display. Hundreds were on hand as officials unveiled the repaired likeness of the school’s founder Thursday.

Peoria Public Radio Will Merge Or...

Aug 15, 2018
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

 The future of Peoria Public Radio is changing. The station must move before its home in Bradley University’s Jobst Hall is demolished next year.

Kristin McHugh

The Peoria Area Food Bank is on the move. It hosted its first-ever mobile food bank Monday in front of the former Madison Park Plaza Kroger store.


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A Peoria woman died Monday night following an accident on Interstate 74 near Carlock. Family members confirm 72-year-old Marcia Gaffney was killed just after 6:10 p.m.

Update: Peoria Roll-Over Accident is Fatal

Aug 13, 2018

An East Peoria man was killed in a roll-over accident in Peoria Sunday night.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner was a speaker at the annual Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce Conference in East Peoria Wednesday. He asked the conference attendees to remember all he’s done for minority-owned businesses when they vote in November, citing a list of achievements for the advancement of black owned-business.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Main Street in Peoria is fully open between Farmington Road and Maplewood.

A water main break last week meant a large portion of the road needed to be removed. Illinois American Water crews replaced about 10 feet of water main. That work was completed soon after the water main break.


But the restoration work took a little longer. The road restoration was completed and it was reopened Tuesday.





Bradley University is among the nation’s best undergraduate schools. That’s according to the The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition from the Princeton Review.

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A mosquito pool in Peoria County has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The Peoria City/County Health Department says says this means West Nile Virus is actively circulating in the region.

Kristin McHugh

The University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria is celebrating record enrollment. Officials say 244 students attend the medical college, the largest in the school’s history. The newest class-those expected to graduate in 2022-is a record 67. All students in the new class are from Illinois.

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OSF Healthcare St. Francis Medical Center is earning accolades for its heart attack patient treatment program. The American College of Cardiology has given the medical center its ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award.


Peoria International Airport has received a $1.5 million dollar grant to rehabilitate the terminal’s apron pavement.

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Streets in portions of downtown Peoria will close Saturday afternoon as the St. Jude Runners return from Memphis.


A Peoria flight bound for North Carolina landed safely Tuesday after a sudden loss of cabin pressure.

UnityPoint Health Reports Data Breach

Jul 31, 2018
Kristin McHugh

UnityPoint Health says a computer breach might have exposed the personal information of more than a million patients.

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Peoria’s Quest Charter Academy is seeking volunteers for its "Village of Men" to welcome students back to school.

Caterpillar, Inc.

Deerfield, IL - Caterpillar's second-quarter easily beat Wall Street expectations thanks in part to the blistering pace of construction and demand for big machines.

OSF Gets Boost from New Tax Credit Bill

Jul 26, 2018
Cody Schindler

Historic Tax Credits will benefit OSF Healthcare’s renovation of the former Chase Bank Building. The tax credits are part of a new revitalization program signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner in a downtown Peoria ceremony Thursday.

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Unemployment inched lower in greater Peoria last month. The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports the metropolitan area’s June unemployment rate fell to five-percent. That’s slightly better than the 5.2% figure recorded a year ago.

Office of Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Pekin’s post office will be renamed in honor of a Marine who died in Afghanistan. The Broadway Street facility will be known as the “Lance Corporal Jordan S. Bastean Post Office.”

Kristin McHugh

Peoria Public Schools is honoring the city’s first, black female physician. Dr. Maude A. Sanders Primary School is the new name of the district’s facility along West Forrest Hills Avenue.

Kristin McHugh

Bradley University’s new business and engineering complex is on track to open next summer. Construction of the 5-story building on Main Street is 45-percent complete. Larry McGuire is Bradley's Director of Facilities Operations. He provided behind the scenes access to local media Tuesday. McGuire says the complex features two distinct sections, each with different support structures.


“The concrete side is our college of engineering and its been constructed of concrete to support the requirements within that college,” says McGuire.

Kristin McHugh

It’s still unclear what the cause of death was for the 47-year old man found unresponsive in downtown Peoria Saturday evening.