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A Peoria man is dead in the city's 18th homicide of 2019.

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Illinois has become involved in a national debate over minimum staffing ratios on freight trains. 

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The federal Child and Adult Care Food Program reimburses child care providers for serving up nutritious foods to children in their care. It serves more than 4.2 million U.S. children each day, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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A Logan County town’s new grocery store may provide a model other rural food deserts can follow. 

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The Illinois Department of Corrections will implement a new publication review policy in October. The change comes after staff at the Danville Correctional Center removed more than 200 books from a college-in-prison program’s library at the facility earlier this year.

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At least one person in the Peoria area has been hospitalized after taking what they thought was Xanax, but turned out to be bath salts.

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A judge denied a request to scale back the sentencing exposure for Zaveon Marks, the 14 year old accused of murdering fellow Peoria teen Zarious Fair in June.

Arturo Vargas and Michael Adams were class mates at Manual High School in the 90’s. Arturo never would have guessed that 20 years later he would be showing Michael’s work in his very own art gallery in Peoria’s Warehouse District. Listen to the conversation as Jenn Gordon talks with Arturo and his wife Carla about their desire to start a unique art gallery/eatery that honors their Mexican roots while shining a spotlight on Peoria’s local art scene.

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the death of U.S. Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen of Pekin. 

The Pekin Republican was elected to the Senate in 1950 after eight terms in the House, and served as Senate Minority Leader from 1959 to 1969.


A Mason County tree nursery is taking a lead role in the effort to protect monarch butterflies and Rusty Patched bumblebees. 

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This is the third in a four-part series about how the USDA’s trade relief payments are playing out in Central Illinois. It was produced by WCBU and WGLT.

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A small gathering of anti-abortion activists prayed in the Illinois Capitol Building Wednesday. It comes as lawmakers are considering whether to further relax the state’s abortion laws.

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A Rockford woman has filed a federal lawsuit against the Illinois Secretary of State. The action is done in partnership with a Chicago organization, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR.

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The Trump administration is caught in the middle of growing tension between farmers and the oil industry.

Peoria At-large City Councilman Zach Oyler was formally charged Wednesday with domestic battery and interfering with a report of domestic battery in Peoria County.

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Corruption charges against former Rep. Aaron Schock have been dismissed under a deal struck with prosecutors in March. 

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A new winery has won final approval from the Washington City Council to open.

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The Galesburg City Council opened the doors to recreational cannabis sales.

This is the second in a four-part series about how the USDA’s trade relief payments are playing out in Central Illinois. It was produced by WCBU and WGLT.

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Some of the items you put in residential recycle bins — glass and certain plastics, in particular — is going directly to landfills. That's because the recycling market is at a low ebb right now.

With no discussion, the East Peoria City Council approved a 3 percent sales tax on recreational cannabis sales Tuesday evening.

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A group of men incarcerated at the Peoria County Jail completed the Jobs Partnership Re-Entry Program, which aims to help them find work upon release.

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Officials at the University of Illinois are investigating a report of a noose found in an elevator at Allen Hall, a student dorm in Urbana.

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This year, lawmakers approved a slew of new legislation intended to address Illinois’ teacher shortage. But Mark Klaisner, the new president of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, said school districts across the state are still struggling to fill open teaching positions.

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The Washington City Council is set to open the doors to Tres Rojas Winery.

The East Peoria City Council is set to vote Tuesday on implementing a three percent sales tax on recreational cannabis sales.

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The Morton Village Board will vote Tuesday on zoning changes meant to spur economic development at two shopping centers with high vacancy rates.

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Chicago Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist is returning to the field on Sunday, nearly three months after he took a leave of absence.

Zobrist, 38, is a Eureka native. He was Major League Baseball's 2016 MVP after the Cubs won the World Series, ending a century-long drought. Zobrist also enjoyed winning the World Series during his time with the Kansas City Royals.

In a press conference Sunday, Zobrist said he wasn't sure if he'd be coming back when he first left the team, but he's happy to be back now.

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A Peoria police officer is on administrative leave after returning fire during an incident in the East Bluff early Sunday morning.

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Tazewell County Coroner Charles Hanley said a man was found dead in the Illinois River in East Peoria on Saturday.