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It won't be health professionals or local politicians who ultimately set the pace of reopening the region. It's COVID-19 itself.

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The Peoria Park District is saying "no" to many summer mainstays this year amid continuing uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CEO of the Par-a-dice Hotel and Casino's parent company said the East Peoria property may rebound fairly quickly once Illinois reopens for business.

Peoria Airport "Eerie" With So Few Customers

Apr 29, 2020
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There's not a lot going on at the Peoria airport these days.

The City of East Peoria will see a series of budget cuts in the coming year due to unexpected revenue loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Woodford County State's Attorney Greg Minger said he will not prosecute or enforce Gov. J.B. Pritzker's extended stay-at-home order.

There are several options on the table, but none of them were palatable enough to members of the Peoria City Council to move forward with plugging the city's gaping $50 million budget hole on Tuesday.

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A week after the first Heartland Health Services COVID-19 testing site opened, nearly half of all new cases diagnosed in Peoria County are stemming from swabs collected at the new community clinics.

Peoria Public Schools continues to adapt to the new reality of distance learning.

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As COVID-19 testing expands in Central Illinois, so does the contact tracing efforts to identify more positive cases.

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said it's time for the governor to talk with downstate leaders about a process to begin reopening their economies before the end of May.

Caterpillar's first quarter sales and revenue declined 21 percent in the first three months of this year, when compared to the same stretch of 2019.

The city of Pekin will let golfers drive their privately-owned carts on the streets to hit the links.

The Pekin City Council approved a new four-year contract with its police union after a lengthy discussion over its affordability and communication about the negotiations.

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Keeping viruses like COVID-19 from spreading in congregant living settings is a challenge. Prisons and jails face some particularly difficult obstacles.

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There are increasing concerns among healthcare providers that people suffering major medical emergencies are avoiding the hospital due to COVID-19 fears.

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Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said people have largely complied with Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order so far, but he is seeing increasing signs of impatience.

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The financial toll of COVID-19 on the Peoria Civic Center is worse than originally projected.

WTVP's Annual Auction: The Beat Goes Online

Apr 27, 2020
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This year's Channel 47 auction, held for the 47th consecutive year by WTVP, the Peoria public television station, is a quieter affair than in the past.

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PeoriaCorps is adapting its upcoming class in the age of COVID-19. The 900-hour professional development program provides maintenance to the city of Peoria’s green infrastructure built to offset stormwater runoff.

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It looked like 2020 was going to be the year for "a really good job market" for U.S. college seniors, according to one college career counselor. Then COVID-19 hit.

One of western Illinois' largest employers is shutting down after a "small portion" of its 1,700-strong workforce tested positive for COVID-19.

The Monmouth Smithfield Foods plans produces about three percent of the country's fresh pork products. It also makes bacon.

At least two Rock Island County residents and one Warren County resident who worked at the plant tested positive for the virus on April 17. Further cases at the plant haven't been disclosed since then. Warren County has reported 45 positive cases since April 10.

A 21-year-old Galesburg woman is dead after she was stabbed at her home early Saturday morning.

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Many small businesses in Peoria were forced to close once the State of Illinois deemed them non-essential last month. Book Rack Used Books on North Knoxville Avenue was one of those businesses. But owner Stacy Hardin received approval from Governor Pritzker’s office to reopen this week for the first time since March 21.

An employee at the Dollar General store on Southwest Adams in South Peoria has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce isn’t worried about keeping it’s doors open – yet – as the coronavirus pandemic strains local businesses. That’s according to Vice President of Operations Sherneka Cagle. She said the organization’s 1,000-plus members account for roughly 80% of the chamber’s budget.

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The Peoria County Board voted unanimously Thursday to begin winding down operations at the Heddington Oaks nursing home.

This week on Out and About, Mae Gilliland Wright joins host Jenn Gordon to talk about how the Peoria Symphony Orchestra is innovating in the midst of Covid-19 to bring meaningful programming to the community. Find out more about the #PSOAtHome online series at peoriasymphony.org!

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Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said while many were disappointed to hear the governor is extending the stay-at-home order through the end of May, it's important for people to continue adhering to it.

Bradley University is eligible for up to $4.2 million in financial help through the federal CARES Act. But there's still a lot of uncertainty on when and how that money may benefit the institution and its students.

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