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Peoria Fire Chief Ed Olehy is retiring. 

OSF’s venture capital arm is investing in a new healthcare data company. 

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Bradley University President Gary Roberts says a small number of colleges exploiting predominantly African-American star athletes may ruin sports for all of higher education.

Suspects from Bloomington and Peoria were among those arrested last weekend during an FBI sting targeting men who allegedly used social media to try and lure minors into sexual activity.

The nine Central Illinois suspects were each charged with attempted enticement of a child. They made their first appearances in federal court Monday. Prosecutors announced the charges Wednesday.

The defendants are:

The Peoria City Council approved next year’s budget in less than one hour last night. 

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Over the past few years, Illinois lawmakers have been trying to ease the teacher shortage. But one of those plans also made it more difficult for school paraprofessionals to get licensed.

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Competitive video games are poised to overtake traditional athletics in the next 10 to 20 years. 

An Illinois Department of Corrections parole officer from Knox County was charged with official and sexual misconduct.

The Illinois State Police said Garrick Randolph, 52, faces two counts on each charge. On August 12, a female parolee reported Randolph sexually assaulted her in her Galesburg home. A second parolee interviewed by officers also said Randolph sexually assaulted her. 

Randolph was arrested on Oct. 23. He posted bond the same day. Each warrant was for $75,000 bond. 

Illinois' congressional delegation is backing Gov. J.B. Pritzker's appeal to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reverse its decision to deny aid to individual flood victims.

Peoria Public Schools board members heard Quest Charter Academy's arguments for five more years of funding at a public hearing Monday night.

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The Peoria Innovation Hub formally kicked off Monday in downtown Peoria. 

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Revolution Global CEO Mark de Souza sees good signs for the future of cannabis in Illinois.

The early snowfall this year is another frustration for farmers who have faced down difficult weather all year. 

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Bradley University’s new $100 million Business and Engineering Convergence Center was officially dedicated Friday. 

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Congresswoman Cheri Bustos met with a roundtable of community leaders today to discuss lowering the price of healthcare.

President Donald Trump is again broaching the idea of freeing former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich from prison, where he is serving 14 years for corruption.

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A nature resort and retreat is in development in Woodford County.

Sculptor and Peoria Native Jam Lovell returned to the area a few years ago with a passion for all things iron. The co-founder of Black Dog Metal Arts, joins Jenn Gordon in the studio to talk about the magic of pouring iron and the tight-knit community of iron casters from across the country joining her for Peoria’s First All-Female Run Iron Pour. Additionally, Jam is the co-curator of Fierce: Women in Iron Exhibition happening at the Prairie Center of the Arts, which will showcase iron artworks created by female identified artists from around the world.

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With most lawsuits, you can read the pleadings and decide who’s the bad guy. But in this case filed by the Children's Habilitation Center, I can’t find a bad guy. The plaintiff represents 10 children with disabilities, seeking almost $1 million from one of the very poorest school districts in the state — West Harvey-Dixmoor District 147.

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Most people in Illinois who have insurance through the Affordable Care Act won’t see big changes to their monthly premiums next year, according to a report released this week by the Illinois Department of Insurance.

Congressman Darin LaHood says the House vote today formalizing the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is an attempted nullification of the 2016 elections. 

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The Peoria Innovation Hub is gaining forward momentum.

Governor J.B. Pritzker will be in Peoria Monday to kick off the next steps for the hub. It’s an affiliate of the University of Illinois’ Discovery Partners Institute in Chicago and the Illinois Innovation Network

Michelle Conger is the Chief Strategy Officer for OSF HealthCare, one of the partners in the project. 

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For Halloween this year, Peoria is dressing up as a winter day. 

The Illinois State Board of Education yesterday released its new report card. That name makes it sound like gives schools a grade, which it does. But there’s much more to it than that. Here are five things you need to know about the Illinois Report Card:

A jury found 14-year-old Zaveon Marks guilty of one count of first degree murder and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon in the shooting death of 16-year-old Zarious Fair last summer. 

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A $20,000 grant from Ameren Illinois will allow the Center for Prevention of Abuse to continue and expand its human trafficking education programs in area schools. 

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The Peoria City Council last night gave an initial okay to three sources of income to help balance its budget for next year. 

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Peoria Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat said the 2019 School Report Card from the Illinois State Board of Education is good news for the district. 

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The suspect in an alleged attempted murder incident in South Peoria has died. 

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Peoria Public Schools is taking steps to address its high rates of racially disproportionate discipline.