Uncertainty over the ongoing redistricting process was a main topic at a Senate committee hearing Monday focused on West Central Illinois' needs over the next 10 years.

Instructional coaches and school interventionists were the hot topic at the Peoria Public Schools Board of Education meeting Monday night, and the Peoria Federation of Teachers was quick to bring the heat.

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One man is dead and another was critically injured after a shooting Monday afternoon in Peoria.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tri-County public health officials on Monday reported 185 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, with Peoria County adding 140 more infections since Friday. Meanwhile, the area has exceeded 162,000 administered doses of COVID-19 vaccines and almost 18% of residents fully vaccinated.

A recently formed nonprofit organization wants to bring youth baseball back to Peoria's neighborhoods.

Illinois Department of Transportation

With work complete on the Interstate 74 Murray Baker Bridge, the Illinois Department of Transportation is focusing its attention to a new span three miles northeast.

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The body of a Peoria woman reported missing in November has been found about 100 miles southwest of the city.

Incumbent Peoria Township Supervisor Frank Abdnour has conceded defeat in last month’s Democratic primary to LaTrina Leary.

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Tri-County health officials on Friday reported 149 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, with the region on track to surpass 160,000 administered vaccine doses before the end of the weekend.

Bradley University Theatre Department

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Scott Kanoff and Grace Sergott join host Jenn Gordon to talk about Bradley University’s theatrical production of “Good Kids”. The searing and timely play by Naomi Iizuka is based on a highly publicized sexual assault involving Steubenville, Ohio high school students in 2012. Bradley University Senior Grace Sergott directs the production with performances being live streamed from March 24 – 27, with on demand viewing options available from March 31 to April 4.
*This production includes strong language and involves intense adult themes.*


Business owner and three-term Peoria City Council member Jim Montelongo is hoping to follow Jim Ardis as the city's as next mayor.

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Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson says the Tri-County area is prepared to meet the state's goal of offering COVID vaccines to all people ages 16 and older come April 12.

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A Peoria County Jail corrections officer is hospitalized with severe injuries after reportedly being attacked by a detainee Thursday morning.

A Peoria man faces federal charges after allegedly threatening violence against former President Donald Trump, a federal judge, and the former U.S. attorney for the Central District of Illinois.

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The Tri-County death toll from COVID-19 increased by two Thursday after case reviews identified additional December fatalities from Woodford County.

All Outside Chicago Will Be Vaccine Eligible April 12; Reopening Changes Announced

Mar 18, 2021
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All Illinoisans 16 years of age and older outside of Chicago will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations beginning April 12, and the state announced a “metric-based” phase-in to greater reopening Thursday.


At-large City Council member Rita Ali is looking to become Peoria's first woman and first person of color to serve as mayor.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tri-County health officials on Wednesday reported 99 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, but no new deaths linked to the pandemic for a second straight day.

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Jeff Jackson has been chosen to follow Doug Elgin as commissioner of the Missouri Valley Conference that includes Bradley and Illinois State universities.

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Despite challenges posed by the pandemic, Downtown Peoria will see residential growth in 2021.

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The Tri-County area reported 70 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours on Tuesday.

Peoria Grown

Peoria Grown sells fresh produce at cost at Market 309, set up at Logan Recreation Center in Peoria's South Side. Now, that mission is expanding to include a new Wellness and Nutrition Hub.

U.S. Cellular Future of Good

Back in April 2020, we spoke with 13-year-old David Simmons, who was busy using his 3D printer to create face shields for his community. Less than a year later, David's been chosen as one of three US Cellular Future of Good winners for all his hard work.

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Andrea Gorski never got to experience an NCAA Tournament in her playing days with the Bradley University women’s basketball team. Neither did anyone else who suited up for the Braves.

Until now.

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On her small family farm outside Princeton, Ill., Rachel Berry, founder and CEO of the Illinois Hemp Growers Association, stands in front of a giant bale of hemp stalks that resembles an oversized bird’s nest. She pulls a small hardcover book from a basket full of various goods made from the fiber and woody pulp of hemp stems.

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed through Congress along party lines and signed into law by President Joe Biden last week is welcome assistance for many in Peoria-area local government.

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A 59-year-old man has been identified as the person who died in a Sunday afternoon house fire in Peoria's North Valley.

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Tri-County health officials on Monday reported one new death linked to COVID-19 in the past three days, while state records show close to 7,700 vaccine doses administered since Friday.

Courtesy Hopedale Medical Complex

Hopedale Medical Complex is among nine rural critical access hospitals statewide receiving direct COVID-19 vaccine allocations under a new safety net program.

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The Reverend C.T. Vivian died before finishing his memoir "It's in the Action." That left co-author Steve Fiffer with the job of telling the rest of the civil rights icon's life story.