UPDATED 10:30 A.M. | Prosecutors in Missouri are deciding whether to file criminal charges against Bradley basketball player Elijah Childs in relation to an alleged sex crime in February.

The U.S. Department of Justice says former Congressman and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood took undisclosed foreign money while serving in President Barack Obama's administration.

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Peoria-area hospitals are currently treating the most patients admitted for COVID-19 in more than two months, while the Tri-County area saw an increase of more than 4,100 vaccine doses administered in the past day.

Democratic lawmakers serving Peoria at both the state and federal levels are putting their support behind a variety of LGBTQ bills. Community members are sharing what those bills would mean to them.

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Lydia Moss Bradley wore many hats during her 91-year life. She was a wife and mother. She was also business savvy, a philanthropist, and a pioneer - serving as the first woman director of First National Bank of Peoria before fulfilling her quest to create the higher education institution now known as Bradley University. 

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U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood says he's now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. But for those hesitating to roll up their sleeves, he said not to take his word for it.

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Hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the Tri-County area have nearly tripled in the past three weeks.

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U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline, and other Illinois lawmakers have called for townships to be included in federal COVID-19 recovery assistance, and some Peoria-area township officials believe additional funding will help make ends meet.

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A Bradley University biochemist is a national leader in the fight against the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.

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Tri-County public health officials on Monday reported one new death linked to COVID-19, while the region added more than 5,400 administered vaccine shots and 2,100 fully-dosed residents over the weekend.

As chairman of the Tazewell County Board, David Zimmerman is in a position to know about the so-called digital divide, the term used to describe the lack of high-speed internet in rural America.

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Fire officials in Peoria say a child playing with a lighter caused a fire at an apartment on Sunday morning.

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Dan Adler has a vision for the Peoria Stadium, and that vision involves key upgrades and year-round events.

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Some Peoria high school athletic directors say blaming the area’s recent surge in COVID-19 cases on the return of high school sports may be premature.

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Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford County health departments will open up COVID-19 vaccinations to all people 16 and older starting on April 5.

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On this week’s episode of Out and About, William Butler joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the two current exhibits up at the Contemporary Art Center Guns in America and Making Faces at the World.

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Of the 43 states recently reported by the Brennan Center for Justice to be facing a wave of new bills aimed at tightening voting rules, Illinois is not one of them.

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COVID-19 numbers are heading the wrong way again in the Peoria area.

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The Tri-County area is now past 164,000 administered doses of COVID-19 vaccines and 65,000 fully vaccinated residents, while a Tazewell County man in his 70s became the Tri-County's latest victim linked to the pandemic.

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Limestone Community High School in Bartonville has fallen behind in one aspect over the past decade, according to Superintendent Allan Gresham.

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The Memphis Dives will be the first band in over a year to take the stage live for an in-person audience at Galesburg's Orpheum Theater when they perform Friday night.

Peoria-area farmers have reason to head into the 2021 planting season with a positive outlook.

With Election Day less than two weeks away, Peorians will soon be selecting their first new mayor in 16 years, and the two candidates vying for the office have different thoughts on the biggest issues facing the city.

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Tri-County health officials on Wednesday reported 167 new COVID-19 cases in the past day, as the region surged past 18% of residents now fully vaccinated and Illinois topped the 5-million mark for administered doses.

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If all goes according to plan, the first phase of demolition and new construction at the Taft Homes could start this summer.

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A new Caterpillar video may pay tribute to "American Ninja Warrior," but it also highlights the high demand for more Caterpillar service technicians at dealerships.

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Building a new home in Peoria’s North Valley now comes with a 10-year property tax abatement.

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Hate crimes directed toward Asian Americans have spiked sharply over the past year. After last week's shootings in Atlanta, the issue is under a magnifying glass.

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Two Peoria County women are the area’s latest COVID-19 fatalities, as the county stands on the brink of topping 90,000 administered vaccine doses and 40,000 fully vaccinated residents.

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The Pekin and Hollis school districts now tout some of the state's first electric school buses.