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The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall arrived in East Peoria with full fanfare on Wednesday morning.

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Starting Thursday, Peoria County voters who choose to have their ballot mailed to them can pop it into a new secure dropbox outside the county Election Commission office on Brandywine Drive.

An attempt to reverse the planned budget-related cuts of two Peoria Fire Department engines fell short Tuesday night, after the City Council unanimously agreed to issue $4 million in working cash bonds to keep the Peoria Civic Center afloat.

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Rockford attorney David Black is running as the Illinois Green Party's candidate for U.S. Senate.

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Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride is asking voters to retain him for another 10-year term in November. The results of that race could have an impact on the partisan lean of the state's highest court for years to come.

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Nearly seven months of coping with lives upended by the COVID-19 pandemic have left many people on edge.

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The second phase of Peoria Public Schools’ return plan amid the COVID-19 pandemic will bring students in grades 2-4 back to the classrooms starting Oct. 26.

The Peoria County Sheriff's Office is investigating a rollover crash involving Dunlap Fire Chief James Hanson.

Bradley University is lifting the all-student quarantine on Wednesday, but many COVID-19-related restrictions will remain in place.

Two Stark County men are dead after drowning near Williamsfield over the weekend.

A teacher at Morton High School has resigned following an investigation into an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student.

Morton Unit School District 709 said Erin Kemp resigned Thursday. School representatives have filed a report with the Department of Children and Family Services and local law enforcement agencies.

The Morton Police Department said it is not releasing any additional information at this time.

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After starting the school year with full remote learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Peoria Public Schools last week announced plans to start bringing some students back to the classroom.

Peoria Art Guild

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Shannon Cox and Kim Sanders of the Peoria Art Guild join host Jenn Gordon to talk about the 58th Annual Peoria Fine Art Fair. Learn about the cutting edge technology and attention to detail involved with bringing this year’s fair to life. The virtual fair goes live on September 25 at peoriaartguild.org.

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The Bleeding and Clotting Disorders Institute will soon call home the former Midstate College campus.

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A letter sent by the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office is forcing local election officials to reassure citizens that they are not required to vote by mail for the November election.

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About 4,000 University of Illinois Chicago medical employees are currently on strike statewide, including 150 employees of the College of Medicine in Peoria (UICOMP).

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Two candidates for local office gave brief statements making their cases to voters at the League of Women Voters Greater Peoria candidate's forum Thursday night.

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A collaborative effort coordinated by members of the Southside Community United for Change hopes to bring fresh, local food and provide small business development opportunities to residents of Peoria’s Southside neighborhood.

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Andre Allen is making another run for a seat on the Peoria City Council.

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Jim Combs may be stepping down as director of the East Bluff Community Center he helped start, but he'll always be a huge part of it.

Peoria Public Schools will return to in-person instruction for some students starting next month.

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Members of the Dunlap School Board say they need to start looking at 2022 now in hopes of balancing the books after passing a deficit-heavy budget for the 2021 fiscal year.

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Not long after Dan Luthi graduated from nursing school in 2013, he started volunteering with the American Red Cross, and the Washington resident soon wound up assisting in relief after a major catastrophe.

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Bradley University is making good on its promise to step up disciplinary enforcement to control the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

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At Eureka College, the fall semester is going "so far, so good" despite the new challenges presented by COVID-19.

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East Peoria City Council members spent most of their meeting Tuesday night explaining the additional fees on water and sewer bills to concerned residents.

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Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson said they're keeping a close eye on Bradley University to see if the two-week all-student quarantine is getting the COVID-19 spread on campus under control.

Earlier this summer, Banu Hatfield learned four men experiencing homelessness had been staying in the neighborhood near the Zion Coffee Bar she co-owns with her husband, Mike.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation is studying the reconstruction of Knoxville Avenue from Pennsylvania to just north of War Memorial Drive.

Peoria 4th District Councilman Jim Montelongo said he's not running for another term next year, but he is eyeing a potential mayoral run.

Montelongo was elected to his current seat in 2013. Before that, he served four years as an at-large councilman.

"Two, four-year terms in one position should be plenty for anyone in public office to get things done. Now is the time to move up or move out of the way. So, it is time to pass the baton on to someone new to keep all the great things moving forward," Montelongo said.

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