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The frigid weather moving across Illinois is prompting officials around the state to prepare for its impact. Subzero temperatures will begin Tuesday but Wednesday is expected to be the worst.

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Two young men police believe are adults were shot and killed over night.

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An arctic cold front is ushering in what could be record cold weather for central Illinois. Overnight snow and Monday’s mixed precipitation will give way to low temperatures Monday night/Tuesday morning near zero.

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The Peoria Police Department issued a traffic collision alert for the city of Peoria Monday morning.

Peoria City Council Reviews Economic Development Tool

Jan 28, 2019

The city of Peoria has many economic development tools for attracting business.

Caterpillar is reporting a 20-percent jump in annual profit. The Deerfield-based company recorded $54.7-billion in sales and revenue last year, up from $45.5-billion in 2017.

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State and local crews are treating roads as two-to-five inches of snow fell overnight in central Illinois.

Peoria International Airport set a passenger record in 2018. General Wayne A. Downing officials say 672,594 passengers traveled through the airport, a six-percent jump from 2017.

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CHICAGO - Wind chills dipped to 20 degrees zero in greater Peoria and 30 degrees below in northern Illinois Friday morning, prompting schools to close and warming centers to open.

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State Senator Chuck Weaver has announced his committee assignments for the 101st General Assembly.

State representative Jehan Gordan-Booth has a new job title. The Peoria democrat was recently elected Deputy Majority Leader for the Illinois House of Representatives.

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DETROIT - Brach’s conversation hearts - the heart-shaped candies with messages on them - WILL be on store shelves this Valentine’s Day.

The entire Peoria Public Radio listening area is under a wind chill advisory until noon Friday.

Admission to some Peoria Park District facilities is now free to furloughed federal workers. Fees for the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum and the Owens Recreation Center will be waived for the duration of the government shutdown for affected federal employees and immediate family members. The Peoria Zoo is offering free admission through February 15. Proper federal identification is necessary to take advantage of the free admission offers. 


The driver whose semi-truck collided with a school bus on Interstate 74 last month was not intoxicated at the time of the crash.

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The man who knew the law well enough to get himself arrested in winter and freed in the summer; who had a flair for extraordinary original-art headwear made of recycled materials; who long served as an interesting fixture on the downtown streets of Peoria has died.

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band’s Peoria performance set a record for the Civic Center Arena.

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A 26-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday for the fatal hit and run on Farmington Road in West Peoria over the weekend.

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Another round of icy weather is in store for central Illinois.


CHICAGO - People across Illinois are honoring Martin Luther King Jr. with service projects, meals and celebrations.

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Illinois health officials are encouraging residents to test their home’s radon level.

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A weekend snowmobile crash has claimed the life of a Utica man. 58 year-old Brian M. Kelly died at a Peoria hospital Sunday.

The man who was killed in the apparent hit and run accident early yesterday is identified as 39-year-old John Lackey.

A man indicted last year with 14 others for being members of Peoria's Bomb Squad street gang has pleaded guilty in federal court to racketeering charges.

Hospitals in Peoria and Tazewell counties are asking people to limit visits due to increased flu activity.

A Sunday night train derailment near Table Grove has closed a portion of U.S. Route 136.

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Peoria authorities say Saturday’s homicide victim likely died instantly.

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SPRINGFIELD - Parts of central Illinois registered record snowfalls after a winter storm struck and then lingered for much of the weekend.

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Peoria city and county officials have a list of priorities for state lawmakers as the 101st General Assembly begins work in Springfield. 

Winter Storm Warning Issued Central Illinois

Jan 11, 2019
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SPRINGFIELD - Greater Peoria is now under a winter storm warning beginning tonight, as much of the state prepares for a major winter storm.