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SPRINGFIELD - A report on sexual harassment in Illinois politics issued last week paints a stark picture of the rough-and-tumble of the campaign trail that can breed harassment.

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ALORTON - The mayor of a southern Illinois city has been charged with official misconduct for operating a police vehicle with its lights flashing.

This week, we're talking with Shannon Cox and Kim Sanders from the Peoria Art Guild's Fine Art Fair. This year, the Fair is starting early, beginning Fridat night at 6pm. As in past years, 130 artists will have works on display and for sale, and full schedules of entertainment and activites for children are planned. Cox and Sanders also talk about some of the demonstrations and hands-on activities that are available.

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A man shot on Peoria’s south side in January has died. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says 73-year-old David Babcock died early Thursday at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

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An East Peoria man has died following a home invasion earlier this month.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner touched on a number of topics including gambling expansion and term limits during a campaign stop in Peoria Thursday.


  The City of Peoria has a difficult time collecting housing fines. The city issued $3.8-Million in code violation fines in an 18-month period from January 2017 ending in June.  

The Peoria City Council learned the municipality currently doesn’t know how much of that amount it has collected. City manager Patrick Urich says some landlords ignore or appeal the fines.

Eureka Lake Purposely Poisoned

Sep 25, 2018
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EUREKA - State wildlife crews have poisoned Eureka Lake as part of a plan to kill off the carp that have overrun it and restock it with game fish.

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Shopping locally everyday improves our daily lives. That’s the message of the new Shop Local 365 initiative launched Tuesday in Peoria.

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The United States gained 655 new citizens Tuesday during a naturalization ceremony at Bradley University. Chief U.S. District Judge James Shadid and other dignitaries presided over the swearing-in for the immigrants from 77 countries.

Illinois Treasurer to Return More Unclaimed Property

Sep 24, 2018
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About 63,000 people across Illinois will receive some mail including a check from the Illinois Treasurer. It’s called the Money Match Program.


A new law this year allows the cross-agency use of certain electronic records. Specifically, the Illinois Department of Revenue tax database will be used to match with the Treasurer’s list of people who have unclaimed property.


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CHICAGO - Illinois State Police will be out this week issuing tickets and handing out safety literature in a bid to bring down numbers of railroad-crossing deaths in the state. 

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CHICAGO - A former OpenTable employee has been charged with wire fraud for allegedly making hundreds of bogus reservations at Chicago restaurants to undermine a rival booking service.

CHICAGO - Chicago State University is receiving a $1.3 million federal grant to increase minority participation in science, technology, engineering and math.

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A Peoria woman is dead following a two-vehicle collision near Edelstein.

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CHICAGO - The archbishop of Chicago has removed a priest as head of a North Side church after he burned a rainbow banner, angering the LGBT community.

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A Peoria man is in custody in connection with the weekend death of Thomas Whitby. 39-year-old Daniel Jablonski was arrested for First Degree Murder Saturday.


  CHICAGO - The candidates for Illinois governor are clashing over taxes during their first televised debate.


Democrat J.B. Pritzker says he wants to change Illinois' flat tax to a graduated system, in which the highest earners are taxed at a higher rate than middle-class and low-income households. But he won't say what the new rates should be. He says it should be negotiated with the Legislature.


This week, Nathan Irwin talks with George Stelluto, conductor of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra; and with violinist Catherine Cho. The PSO opens its new season with a concert that includes the "Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra" by Max Bruch, a piece that incorporates Scottish folk songs. The program also includes the Seventh Symphony by Antonin Dvorak. Stelluto says that the composers represent a trend in the late Romantic era, to draw on the influences of traditional folk music.

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A Creve Coeur police officer shot a charging dog Wednesday morning.

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A Creve Coeur man is facing charges after allegedly stabbing his brother. 32-year-old Tony Spears was charged with aggravated domestic battery following a fight early Wednesday morning.

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Those interested in learning more about solar energy have an opportunity Saturday. Homeowners and businesses across the state include several locally are participating in the Illinois Solar Tour open houses from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD - A federal judge has refused to grant class-action status to a lawsuit alleging wage discrimination against female doctors at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.


CHICAGO - Jon Burge, a former Chicago police commander who was linked to numerous cases involving the torture of suspects, has died in Florida.

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A large water main break near the intersection of Main and Adams in Peoria has downtown traffic rerouting this morning.

Peoria City Council Discusses Budget Deficit

Sep 19, 2018

The Peoria City Council Tuesday night had a first look at a $6-million deficit in next year’s city budget. An increase in pension costs and a drop in sales tax revenue are responsible for nearly 40% of that projected shortfall.

WHEATON - A former member of a Christian college football team has settled his lawsuit against the school and four of five teammates accused of attacking him.

NEW ORLEANS - McDonald's workers are staging protests in several cities in what organizers called the first multistate strike seeking to combat sexual harassment in the workplace.


JACKSONVILLE - The wife and daughter of a central Illinois man imprisoned for murder and arson have been charged with joining the inmate to steal from a relative.


The Peoria County Board has filled its District 10 vacancy. Greg Johnston was appointed last week to fill the seat Stephen Morris resigned in July. Johnston is president of Johnston Investment Counsel. He will serve on the Budget Subcommittee and Health Committee until a new District 10 board member is elected.  Republican Matt Shane and Democrat Robert Reneau are vying for the seat in the November general election.