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Peoria Standoff Ends Peacefully

Jul 20, 2018
Cody Schindler

A more than 4-hour police standoff ended peacefully today.

Some in the community are questioning the deadly use of force by Peoria Police over-night. 19-year-old Luis Cruz was shot three-times, including once in the head, arm and leg. 

Tanya Koonce

Authorities say a Peoria police officer fatally shot a 19-year-old man who fled from a vehicle after a traffic stop. Luis Cruz died overnight. The shooting happened just after midnight at West Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and south Blaine Street.

A house fire in Bartonville claimed the life of four-year-old John Bankes III.

Peoria officials have terminated a contentious proposal that would have built apartments on part of what is now a public park along the Illinois River.

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“If in doubt, shout it out!” That’s the message a national safety expert is teaching Illinois law enforcement and educators. Dozens of agencies and schools are participating in an Illinois School and Campus Safety Program at Dunlap High School.

Kristin McHugh

Reconstruction of the Murray Baker Bridge deck means the heavily traveled Interstate 74 artery will be completely closed in 2020. That’s the proposal outlined by the Illinois Department of Transportation Wednesday.

Peoria City Council Talks Budget, Housing, Potholes

Jul 11, 2018

  The City of Peoria wants to modify its current budget because of expected shortfalls in income.

Central Illinois grocery shoppers will have fewer choices in the coming months. The Fresh Market announced Monday it’s closing 15 stores across the country. This includes stores in Peoria and Normal.

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Pekin-area medical professionals will operate a mobile clinic in Puerto Rico this fall.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  Congressman Darin LaHood did a quiet military medal presentation in his Peoria office Monday.

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The Peoria Fire Department says arson is the cause of two weekend fires. The first happened early Saturday morning in a vacant home and the second occured Sunday at King Food and Tobacco Mart.

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The Peoria Police Department is investigating the city's 13th homicide of the year. 20-year-old Terence Stone was found shot in the 900 block of West Nebraska around 9:15 p.m. He died less than hour later at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

Peoria Police Officers Cleared in El Shooting

Jul 6, 2018

Peoria County State’s Attorney Jerry Brady has cleared Peoria Police officers of any wrongdoing in the February 1st shooting of Daniel El.

City of East Peoria

East Peoria is making it easier to dispose of unwanted medications. The city has installed a disposal drop box in front of the public safety building at 201 Washington Street.

The city of Peoria will receive nearly $200 thousand in federal funding to support community programs.

Peoria County Sheriff's Office

The Peoria County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public for help in identifying the man whose skull was found a year ago. The skull was recovered along the shore of the Illinois River near Kingston Mines in June 2017.

Peoria Police Department

 A Peoria man was stabbed to death yesterday at Parkview Estates Apartments. Police found 29-year-old Kang Abel behind Building H of the Gale Avenue apartments yesterday about 5:00. He was transported to the hospital and died in surgery about an hour later. The preliminary autopsy showed Abel died of two stab wounds to his lower torso.

Doug Leunig

  PEORIA - Abraham Lincoln soon could be keeping an eye on the Civil War memorial statue next to the Peoria County Courthouse.

The Peoria County Board Executive Committee has approved putting a mural that bears the likeness of the 16th president on a courthouse wall for the Big Picture Street festival. The event is set for Oct. 13.

The county board will make a final decision at its July 12 meeting.  

Schock to Appeal to High Court

Jul 3, 2018

  CHICAGO - Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's lawyers have told a federal judge in Illinois they intend to appeal to the Supreme Court and want a freeze on his corruption trial to continue until the high court reviews his case.

Their filing Monday in Urbana argues that having to prepare for the appeal and trial simultaneously would be burdensome. They say the appellate process could run into 2019.

  BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Public works officials are expected to receive comments on a proposed Bloomington quiet zone that would include several commuter and freight rail crossings.

     Bloomington city staff are to meet in August with representatives from McLean County, the U.S. Transportation Department, the Federal Railroad Administration, Illinois Commerce Commission, Union Pacific Railroad and Amtrak.

A man has died following a Wednesday shooting in the East Bluff. 24-year-old Jermaine Jackson was pronounced dead at OSF Medical Center on Thursday afternoon. 

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  A 13-year-old was shot yesterday and a 15-year-old suspect is in custody.


Shotspotter recorded one shot about 4:30 p.m. Police responded to the 800 block of West McClure. The youth was found in the alley with a single gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to OSF St Francis Medical Center and underwent surgery.


15 alleged Bomb Squad Gang Members are facing federal racketeering conspiracy charges among others that carry up to life in prison if convicted.

  MONMOUTH, Ill. - Authorities have identified the victims of a plane crash in western Illinois that left two people dead.


Warren County Coroner Al McGuire says 65-year-old Robert V. Burkhart of Peoria and 72-year-old Roger D. Lundeen of Galesburg were killed with the plane crashed Sunday about a half mile from the Monmouth Municipal Airport.


Federal Aviation Administration records show Burkhart was the registered owner of the fixed-wing, single-engine plane, a model 415-D manufactured in 1946.

City of Peoria Eyes Budget Cuts

Jun 26, 2018

 The Peoria City Manager presents a financial update to the City Council at the regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday Meeting.  It includes proposed cuts to balance the city’s continued reduction in revenue and state budget issues.


Peoria City staff received an email this morning outlining an estimated $617,000 in proposed cuts and budgetary adjustments.


Splash Pad at Peoria's Harrison Park Coming Soon

Jun 25, 2018
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Greensplash feature planned for Harrison Park on Peoria’s far south side is closer to being a reality. An Illinois American Water crew is installing the necessary water line for the splash pad.

Turbine Parts Moving Through East Peoria

Jun 22, 2018
City of East Peoria

East Peoria will see some unusual early morning traffic next week.

Wind turbine parts are being transported through downtown between 1:30 a.m. and 5:00 or 6:00 a.m.

The wind turbine parts will be moved from TP&W railroad through downtown. North Main from Washington to Camp Street, and West Washington from Columbia to Main Street, will be shut down for approximately four hours each morning, Monday through Friday./

A Peoria 'for Everyone'

Jun 20, 2018

 The City of Peoria has a new promotional tool to attract new skilled and professional talent. The four short videos center on the motto, “Peoria is for Everyone.”

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says “This is a message to send out amongst whoever we can touch with this and say there’s a lot of good things going on in Peoria to say, ‘we’re still here. We’re fighting and it’s a good community to live in.’”  

Kickapoo Creek Road is open again in Peoria County.