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UnityPoint Health is planning to merge with Sanford Health of South Dakota. 

William Butler of the Contemporary Art Center joins us in the studio today to talk about the Fifth Annual Harmonica Invitational, how it got started, and why it continues to attract the finest “harp” players from around the country. Memphis-based Tony Holiday headlines the event and will be joined by regional Harmonica greats Brian Stear and “Rockin” Billy Gress.

OSF HealthCare

Farming can be a lonely job. That isolation can take a toll on mental health.

OSF Behavioral Health Manager Luke Raymond said farmers face more stress due to pressure to maintain the family farm and economic factors like poor weather and uncertainty in the market. In rural areas, farmers have less access to resources to help them work through issues. 

“There are higher rates of depression, suicide and anxiety among that population," Raymond said.

Bond for the man charged in the shooting death of a Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy is set at $5 million.

The head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says if the party can frame the 2020 elections around health care, it can win some seats that Republicans have controlled for years.

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A Bradley University engineering student’s work will be showcased at the National Air and Space Museum to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. 

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The Supreme Court says federal courts have no role to play in policing political districts drawn for partisan gain. The decision could embolden political line-drawing for partisan gain when state lawmakers undertake the next round of redistricting following the 2020 Census.

After a years-long legal battle, the remains of Archbishop Fulton Sheen have been transferred from New York to Peoria.

Illinois State Police

Memorial funds have been established to aid the family of a slain Fulton County Sheriff’s deputy. 

Lawyers for a former University of Illinois doctoral student convicted of killing a scholar from China says he offered after his arrest to divulge where her remains are in exchange for a life sentence.

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The suspect in the slaying of a Fulton County Sheriff's Deputy was arrested Wednesday morning.


There may be more latitude for painting murals on the sides of buildings in Peoria. Murals currently are limited to 30 feet in height.

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There’s a dispute over the collection of recyclables in the city of Peoria. A new contract called for bi-weekly pickup citywide.


The Peoria City Council may have thrown a roadblock in the purchase of property along the riverfront.

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A Fulton County Sheriff's Deputy is dead after he was shot in an armed standoff near Avon on Tuesday afternoon.

A budget. Recreational cannabis. Gambling expansion. The Illinois General Assembly passed a sweeping slate of bills in the final days of this year’s legislative session. 

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The city of Pekin is tackling human trafficking with new regulations on Asian bodywork parlors. 

Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria) is hailing today’s  passage of a recreational cannabis bill into law.

UnityPoint Health

UnityPoint Health is eliminating birthing services at Pekin Hospital.

A hospital spokesperson said more women are choosing to make the drive to Peoria to deliver their babies, leading to declines in Pekin. 

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A buyer has been found for the old Maytag plant in Galesburg. 

Real estate firm Phoenix Investors purchased the 855,000 square foot facility on South Linwood and the 462,000 square foot space on Monmouth Boulevard. 

The company purchases old industrial properties and rehabilitates them for new usage. 

Ken Springer, President of the Knox County Partnership for Economic Development, said it is likely the facilities will be used for transportation, warehousing or logistics, although theoretically, the buildings could return to manufacturing usage, as well. 

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation making Illinois the 11th state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

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Home sales rebounded last month in greater Peoria.

Macon County Jail

Jurors have convicted a former University of Illinois doctoral student in the slaying of a visiting scholar from China who was abducted at a bus stop as she headed to sign an off-campus apartment lease.

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Two cats and a dog died this morning after a house fire in Bartonville.

Bartonville police and firefighters responded to 221 Buena Vista at 5:30 a.m. Several pets were rescued, but three died. All residents escaped the house safely.

A fire found in the basement was quickly extinguished by firefighters. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

Peoria County

California businessman Kim Blickenstaff is angling to lend a hand to the restoration of the historic Peoria Women’s Club in downtown Peoria. 

Blickenstaff is a Central Illinois native who now runs a medical supply company in San Diego. Over the past year or so, he’s taken on a renewed interest in his hometown, including the purchase and planned restoration of downtown Peoria's Scottish Rite Cathedral, and kickstarting several new developments in Peoria Heights. 

The manager of the Corn Stock Theatre was hired to run two local arts projects spearheaded by California businessman Kim Blickenstaff.

Blickenstaff, a native of Spring Bay and the CEO of Tandem Diabetes Care in San Diego, is currently undertaking several major revitalization projects in the Greater Peoria area. 

Jenny Parkhurst will manage the Betty Jayne Center for the Performing Arts in Peoria Heights and the Scottish Rite Theater in downtown Peoria. 

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ROCKFORD (AP) - An appellate court has tossed a central Illinois man's gun conviction, ruling a lower court shouldn't have allowed a Facebook photograph of him standing near guns to be entered as evidence.  

Peoria Public Radio

A Peoria man is the city’s 12th homicide victim of the year.

Peoria police officers responded to the Harrison Homes about 10:45 p.m. Sunday after receiving a ShotSpotter alert of multiple rounds fired. 

Police found 34-year-old Bronzell Howard with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead just before 11:30 p.m. 

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Howard died of traumatic and rapid blood loss caused by the gunshot wounds. He did not believe the shots were fired at close range. 

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A 17-year-old Peoria teenager faces 28 counts of burglary dating back to January after his latest alleged incident. 

Peoria Police Lt. Michael Boland said officers responded to Wal-Mart, 3315 N. University, around 1:25 a.m. Friday. Boland said the teenager forcibly entered the store by smashing through the glass front doors.

Surveillance video shows him entering, stealing items, and quickly leaving, Boland said. 

Officers found evidence nearby and arrested the teenager on E. Republic. 

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The bill to legalize recreational cannabis currently sitting on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk makes a compromise on who gets to grow - and when.