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The Peoria County Coroner says a 6-month-old girl died from a lack of oxygen to her brain. 

Illinois Sierra Club

A federal judge has approved a consent decree to close the E.D. Edwards power plant by the end of 2022. 

Jeff Smudde / WGLT

The public defenders representing 14-year-old Zaveon Marks are asking the state for $25,000 to provide special mitigation expertise during the sentencing phase of his trial.

A site on Peoria’s southside that has been a problem bar in the past will get a liquor license, but with a change. 

Tim Shelley / WCBU

After state Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) announced his retirement from the Illinois General Assembly at the end of this term, interest for his seat is brewing on both sides of the aisle.

Pekin Mayor Mark Luft is currently circulating petitions to run for the 91st District seat as a Republican. The seat covers large swaths of Tazewell, Peoria, and Fulton counties, including parts of Bartonville, Pekin, East Peoria, and Canton. 

Luft hasn't yet returned our request for comment. 

One person died yesterday in a crash on Interstate-74 near Morton involving two semis and a passenger vehicle. 

Kristin McHugh

UnityPoint Health is abandoning plans to merge with South Dakota-based Sanford Health.

UnityPoint didn't offer a reason for dropping the tentative merger plans, but said in a statement they maintain "great respect" for Sanford. 

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A 20-year-old Peoria man faces murder charges in connection with the death of his 6-month-old daughter.

Peoria Opportunities Foundation

As temperatures plummet and utility bills rise, an affordable housing advocate warns the cost of heating can be unmanageable for some Peoria residents.

Northern Illinois University

Political conflict can be both helpful and harmful to local government. According to a new study, which it is depends on the nature of the conflict.

Quest Charter Academy's leaders say they'll prove to the Peoria Public Schools Board that it deserves to continue. 

Lee V. Gaines / Illinois Newsroom

The Illinois Department of Corrections has revised its publication review policy to include a centralized appeal process for incarcerated people who feel they’ve been unfairly denied access to certain reading materials.

Dusty Rhodes / NPR Illinois

llinois has more than 850 school districts, and most of those stop at 8th grade, or serve only high school students. State Sen. Dan McConchie (R-Lake Zurich), has proposed legislation that would give such districts three years to merge to become “unit” districts — the kind that serve all grades.

Dana Vollmer / Peoria Public Radio

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's regional director of environmental justice met with community members at Mount Zion Baptist Church last night, after touring pollution sites through out Peoria.

The Peoria Public Schools board unanimously approved a conditional 2-year renewal for Quest Charter Academy.

Peoria’s Jamieson School is home to the newest chapter of the Future Farmers of America, a youth organization meant to build leadership through agricultural education.

Tim Shelley / WCBU

World War II veteran Karl Schmidt of Peoria was the keynote speaker at Illinois Central College's Veterans Day event Monday.

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The Illinois State Police is investigating the death of a woman in the Tazewell County Jail.

Central Illinois is facing some unseasonably cold weather Monday - along with a helping of snow. 

Illinois Capitol Development Board

Final construction work on the long-awaited Chicago Veterans Home is on schedule, and a state official says the facility will be fully operational by next summer.

The Peoria Symphony’s upcoming “Unforgettable” concert offers an evening of classical music and jazz that spans three centuries, featuring jazz vocalist Judy Page and the Todd Kelly Quintet. Pianist and composer Derel Monteith joins Jenn Gordon in the studio to talk about the common threads that can connect and even fuse together classical music and jazz. Darell also talks about the thrill of creating a new arrangement of Artie Butler/Phyllis Molinari’s Here’s to Life for Judy Page to debut with the orchestra.

WCBU

Bradley University is weighing cuts and new programs to tackle an $8 million budget deficit.

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The non-profit Leapfrog Group's Fall 2019 Hospital Rankings are out. Some Peoria-area hospitals stack up better than others.  OSF Saint Francis Medical Center received an A, as did OSF Saint Mary in Galesburg. 

“We are pleased but not surprised at these high ratings,” said OSF Saint Francis President Bob Anderson in a statement. “Providing the highest level of care has always been our focus and it’s great to see our efforts recognized in this way.”

Courtesy Peoria Public Schools District 150

Richwoods High School was rated in the top 10 percent of STEM schools in the country by Newsweek magazine.

The mayor, village clerk, and entire police department of East Galesburg have resigned en masse. 

Carter Staley / NPR Illinois

If a school resource officer wants to question a student about a criminal act, they first have to notify the student's parents. That's according to a new law implemented at the beginning of this school year.

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State disinvestment in higher education has put a college degree out of reach for many Illinois students. That’s a key finding from a new series of reports from the Partnership for College Completion.

The “Priced Out” reports focus on the three groups most impacted by funding lapses: Black, Latinx and students who live in rural communities.

Tim Shelley / WCBU

Another big new mixed-use development is coming to the Warehouse District. 

Tazewell County Treasurer Mary Burress is gearing up for a run against Democratic State Senator Dave Koehler.

Sears Holding Corp.

The Sears at Northwoods Mall in Peoria is closing. 

Ninety-six Sears and Kmart stores across the country are closing as part of a recent $250 million infusion of new capital into the struggling retailer. 

Going-out-of-business sales will start Dec. 2. This leaves Sears Holdings with just 182 stores open nationwide. 

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