The lobbying around the graduated income tax amendment backed by Gov. J.B Pritzker and Democrats is ramping up.

The Pekin City Council will use $500,000 in either state or local money to aid a military and aerospace manufacturing company in its expansion plans.

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A new federally-qualified health center will offer free drive-thru COVID-19 testing to rural Peoria County residents Tuesday and Wednesday.

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The average Peoria household is producing five more pounds of trash per week during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Police in the northern Marshall County city of Henry say there's no cause for alarm after a pair of fishermen claimed they caught a human foot in the Illinois River.

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Local COVID-19 cases are increasing in the Peoria area.

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An Illinois bird tested positive for West Nile virus, but no humans have been diagnosed with the virus this year.

Ryan Kerch is the environmental health supervisor with the Winnebago County Health Department. He says they don't want to scare anybody, but it's important to understand that the virus is always out there.

"West Nile is present," he said. "It is active and it has been throughout the state for a number of years. It is a statewide concern."

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Chuck Brown said he would be a unifying force to lead Peoria through troubled times if elected mayor next spring.

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This week on Out & About, Beth Johnson of the Peoria Historical Society joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the new History Walking Tours being offered throughout the summer. Each tour was designed by one of the several passionate history experts who serve with the Peoria Historical Society. The tours cover a wide variety of aspects of Peoria’s past, including famous people and their homes, the theatre district, and notable landmark buildings and memorials. Tours are limited to 8 people and require advance ticket purchase.

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Washington is now a Walldogs mural community.

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July heat is pushing more restaurant goers indoors.


It was only a matter a time that recent events caused someone to focus in on Illinois State Capitol statues dedicated to those with racist pasts. Now, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is calling for the removal of two statues sitting outside the State Capitol and a portrait inside the chamber of the Illinois House.

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More Peoria County youth are testing positive for COVID-19.

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The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is focusing more attention on attracting both tourists and locals to area destinations.

The Peoria Public Schools board spent more than two hours Wednesday night discussing refinements to its fall Return to School plan.

How Race Made A Peoria Newspaper Deliveryman A Target

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Geoff Landrum is a Black newspaper deliveryman, distributing local publications like the Peoria Journal-Star to Peoria Heights and surrounding neighborhoods.

WCBU's Steve Tarter talks with Landrum about times his race has affected his job, including during the aftermath of George Floyd's murder.

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About 50 people gathered Wednesday afternoon for a peaceful Black Lives Matter event on the Metamora square.

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Drivers are warned that high temperatures could cause more road buckling in the Peoria area.

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The Peoria Police Department has officially opened a resource center in the East Bluff.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued new restrictions Monday on international students planning to attend American colleges and universities this fall. The guidance from ICE states that international students are forbidden from taking a full online course load while residing in the U.S. The news comes as universities and colleges formulate plans to reopen during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with some opting for a mix of in-person and online learning.

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The East Peoria Fire Department wants to transport all rescue calls within the city's corporate limits.

We've become accustomed to daily tallies of new COVID-19 statistics in the news. But one researcher at Western Illinois University argues absolute numbers and percentages tend to give a misleading picture when comparing different communities.


A coalition of Illinois business groups is launching a new campaign against the graduated income tax constitutional amendment voters will consider on November's ballot.


The Morton Pumpkin Festival is still on for 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic means it will look different than any of the previous 53 celebrations of the village's signature crop.

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Peoria's census participation has hit a plateau as the COVID-19 pandemic wears on.

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The Peoria Housing Authority's leadership is pledging better communication with residents after closure of the Taft Homes gates and a bolstered private security presence caused confusion and alarm over the weekend.

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The city of Peoria is looking to people financially hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic cover some of their housing costs.

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The city of Peoria is applying for funding to convert Fulton Plaza into a two-way street next year.

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The Heartland Health Services COVID-19 testing sites in Pekin and the East Bluff are now appointment-based.

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This coming school year, districts will be expected to provide information on LGBTQ figures in history before students graduate eighth grade.