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One person is dead after a Sunday afternoon fire at a residence in Peoria's North Valley.

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A total of 84 new COVID-19 cases are reported in the Tri-County area over the past 24 hours. That brings Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties to 34,826 cases since the first local COVID-19 case was reported a year ago.

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Frank Abdnour is requesting a discovery recount in the Peoria Township Supervisor Democratic primary election.

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Bradley University commencement ceremonies will be held in-person this spring.

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A year ago, church services came to an abrupt halt. The comfortable after-service chats over coffee and pastry stopped. Hymns stopped. Sunday school stopped. It all moved online. And pastors said they have accomplished a lot to help people emotionally and socially.

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The pandemic forced the Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum to shut its doors for an entire year. But that all ends this Saturday.

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On this week’s episode of Out and About, David Commanday joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the Heartland Festival Orchestra’s upcoming concert, ‘Baroque at Its Best’. The concert will feature HFO musicians Ji-Myung Kim, Alex Malaimare, and Evan Tammen performing works by Marcello, Vivaldi, and Bach. In true Baroque style, the Maestro himself will trade in his baton for a cello bow, to perform as part of the ensemble for an intimate and lively concert.

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With COVID-19 leading to an expansion of telehealth services in the past year, Peoria area health care professionals expect those remote treatment options to keep growing even after the pandemic ends.

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Tri-County health officials on Thursday reported no new fatalities linked to COVID-19, along with 89 new infections in the area, while the area’s fully vaccinated population approached 15%.  

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Bradley University says two more basketball players who were suspended for the end of the season are no longer involved in a Missouri criminal investigation, but a spokesperson for the police department said it could not confirm the information.

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The South Side Mission is partnering with Walgreens to administer 400 Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines beginning this weekend.

Following the many protests around the world last year and the continuing fight for equality, Bradley students voiced their opinions on the racial inequality they’ve faced on campus.

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Café Santa Rosa is renovating an abandoned three-story building at Knoxville and Archer. It's part of an effort to grow its Junction City-based sustainable coffee business.

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The Tri-County area eclipsed two more milestones with COVID-19 vaccinations topping 50,000 residents fully vaccinated and 135,000 doses administered.

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Andre Allen will appear alone on the April 6 general election ballot for voters in the City of Peoria's 4th Council District.

The final tally for the February primary election is in, and it appears the incumbent Peoria Township supervisor came just two votes short of re-election. But the results aren't set in stone yet.

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For a second straight year, Peoria won’t have its traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade. But many of the area’s Irish pubs and other establishments still plan on celebrating next week.

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Homeowners in the City of Peoria can now legally market their homes as short-term rentals on platforms such as Airbnb, but only after obtaining the appropriate license.

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One of Tazewell County's documented Underground Railroad conductors was recognized Tuesday with a new marker heralding his secret work freeing people from slavery.

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A Woodford County woman is the Tri-County area’s lone new fatality linked to COVID-19 in the past day.

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OSF HealthCare is acquiring a majority ownership stake in Peoria's Kindred Hospital.

Peoria Public Schools and its food service provider Sodexo are forming a local advisory committee to oversee decisions regarding student meals in the district.

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The East Bluff Community Center's new brand isn't just cosmetic. It's the first step in an expanded commitment to positively engage with youth in the Peoria neighborhood.

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Steve Kouri is dropping out of the race for the District 4 Peoria City Council seat to take an appointment on the Illinois Human Rights Commission.

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A Tazewell County man in his 60s became the Tri-County area’s latest death linked to COVID-19, while the region has topped 130,000 total doses of coronavirus vaccines administered since they became available.

It's college application season, and COVID-19 is having an impact for the second year running. Student reporter Olivia Streeter checked into enrollment processes with three local higher learning institutions.

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Frederick Douglass, the renowned reformer, writer and orator, was well known in 1870. The former slave was probably the most famous African American of his time and on a cold February morning that year, he found himself in Peoria.

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A Peoria man has been booked for attempted murder after a man was found shot in his vehicle in a Limestone Township liquor store parking lot.

Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said deputies found a 26-year-old man with several gunshot wounds in a vehicle in the Laramie Liquors parking lot just before 10:45 p.m. Sunday.

The man was taken to OSF St. Francis Medical Center with serious injuries.

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The Tri-County area and the state of Illinois continue to surpass milestones with COVID-19 vaccinations, while daily reports of new infections and deaths keep getting smaller.

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A drive-thru COVID-19 mass vaccination site for the Peoria area isn't outside the realm of possibility.

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