A Cook County judge has ruled Illinois' constitution was violated when legislators voted in recent years to freeze their pay.

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For the first time, an Illinois governor joined in West Peoria's annual Independence Day parade. 

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A semi tractor-trailer transporting a load of ramen noodles overturned Wednesday night near Morton.

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Three people were taken to the hospital after a rollover accident in Central Peoria early Thursday.

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Independence Day got off to a bloody start in Peoria this year, with one person killed in a shooting and several others injured in multiple acts of violence.

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One man is dead and another seriously injured after a shooting in South Peoria early Thursday morning.

Peoria Police Ask Residents To Register Cameras

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Peoria residents are being asked to register their personal security cameras with the police department.

Central Illinois isn’t exactly seeing knee-high corn by the 4th of July this year.

Peoria County Farm Bureau Manager Patrick Kirchhoffer said the corn crop is “all over the place” this year due to delays caused by wet weather.

“We’ve got corn that’s chest-high in the Peoria area, and we’ve got corn that’s ankle-high. So it’s going to be a very long harvest season come this fall," he said. 

Kirchhoffer says this is the first year he can remember where farmers were planting over three months: April, May and June. Usually, the planting process takes just two weeks.

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U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos says she is pressing for a federal disaster declaration for farmers in her district. 

U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos says she hopes funding legislation she recently helped push through the House makes it through the Republican-controlled Senate. 

Bustos is a Democrat who serves on the House Appropriations Committee. She said she hopes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn’t play partisan politics with the bills. 

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A Pekin man is dead after a two-vehicle accident in rural South Pekin.

The Tazewell County Sheriff's Office responded to Illinois Route 29 and Main around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. 42-year-old Chad Williams of Pekin was found trapped in a vehicle.

He was transported to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead by Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood. 

Harwood said a witness saw Williams pull out in front of another vehicle. 

The occupants of the second vehicle suffered minor injuries.

The accident is under investigation. 

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Get ready to celebrate the nation’s birthday with some fireworks.

The fireworks show at Glen Oak Park starts tonight around 9:15 p.m. As a result, Prospect will close from Nebraska to McClure around 7:30 p.m.

Tomorrow night, you can watch the UnityPoint Red, White and Boom fireworks show along the riverfront in Peoria or East Peoria. The show kicks off around 9:30 p.m. and wraps up around 10.

The Peoria Police Department is asking people to avoid sitting on Main between Washington and Water to keep the area clear for emergency vehicles. 

A former U.S. Secretary of Transportation from Peoria is applauding the Illinois General Assembly for passing its first capital bill in 10 years.

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What could a UnityPoint merger with Sanford Health mean for patients and prices?

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To cut down on unnecessary waste, food safety experts say people need to know what expiration dates on packaged foods really mean.

The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to the food industry back in May suggesting they clarify the meaning of dates printed on packaged foods.

That’s because many people are confused by what they mean, according to Bob Brackett, a food scientist with the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Peoria Small Business Owner Celebrated By City

Jul 2, 2019
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A small business owner was honored today after decades of feeding hungry mouths in downtown Peoria.

A nationwide increase in falling deaths is raising concern over the quality of care for seniors.

Fatal falls in the U.S. have tripled, according to recent medical journal reports. More than 800 Illinoisans died after a fall from 2008 to 2014.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said while falls might not cause immediate death, they can lead to other fatal health problems.


CityLink riders want more service after dark and on weekends. That’s the biggest takeaway from the recently-released “CityLink on the Move” study.

The Knoxville, Garden, Western, Sheridan and Parkview routes currently don’t operate after 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, or 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The routes don’t run at all on Sundays. 

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Morton’s Village Board voted unanimously last night to ban cannabis businesses from starting up within village limits. 

The recreational cannabis law recently signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives local municipalities a wide amount of leeway on regulation of cannabis businesses. The Morton ordinance bans cannabis cultivation centers, dispensaries, processors, transportation companies or craft growing within the village. 

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The Peoria Housing Authority is taking a big step towards redeveloping the Taft Homes. 

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The June numbers for the University of Illinois’ Flash Index show the Illinois economy’s growth rate has fallen for two months in a row. But the economist who compiles the index isn’t too concerned. The Flash Index measured the health of the state’s economy at 105.6 in April, 105.4 in May and 105.2 in June. 

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A Peoria man has died after he was struck by a falling tree limb at his Central Peoria home on Sunday.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Nathaniel Peck, 39, was found lying in his yard unresponsive in the 4200 block of N. Dayton around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. A 40-foot long tree limb was found lying near Peck.

Harwood said a strong storm and winds likely caused the limb to fall. 

Peck was pronounced dead around 5:30 p.m. Harwood said he suffered severe head trauma. 

There will be no autopsy. 

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The village of Morton is one of the first communities in the state to opt out of allowing cannabis businesses within village limits.

Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell is reminding drivers there are now stricter penalties for distracted driving. A new law which went into effect today makes the first instance of distracted driving a moving violation. 

“Prior to this it wasn’t on the first offense. Why this is significant is because anyone that receives three moving violations in a 12-month span is highly likely to have their license suspended by the Secretary of State’s Office," he said. 

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Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said he has worked over the past year to get the jail into compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act for LGBTQ detainees. 

Asbell said he’s worked with Reverend Marcus Fogliano to help better accomodate transgender inmates.

“What we wanted to do, especially for this population, the transgender population, was create a strong policy," he said. 

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CHICAGO  - Illinois residents under 21 won't be able to buy tobacco products and cigarettes will cost more under new laws taking effect on Monday. 

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed into law a $45 billion capital spending plan to build and upgrade bridges, roads, schools and parks and pay for it by expanding gambling and make it more expensive to do things like drive and smoke cigarettes.   

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The co-chairman of an effort to change the way Illinois draws legislative districts calls yesterday’s Supreme Court decision on redistricting disappointing - but isn’t giving up hope for change.

Brad McMillan is the executive director of Bradley University’s Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service and the co-chair of CHANGE Illinois. 

"We were hoping that they would come up with a constitutional standard on the issue of partisan gerrymandering, but they pretty much decided not to do that, and to leave it up to separate states," McMillan said. 

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The Peoria community celebrated the opening of the Romain Arts and Culture  Community Center in the old Greeley School in the North Valley neighborhood today. 

Jonathon and Nikki Romain purchased the former school building last year to transform it into a hub for the arts, education, business, and community events. 

Nikki Romain said she hopes kids in Peoria take a lot away from the new community center. 

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People have been leaving rural midwestern areas for decades. And it’s not just population loss. Often fresh food sellers move away too. There might be hope, though.