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Today is National Voter Registration Day, an annual reminder to register for the first time or update your voter information.

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While the Peoria Metropolitan Area is showing job growth, it still lags national averages. 

A 3-year-old from Metamora drowned Monday morning in a lake near his family's home.

Luke Rynearson, 3, lived at Lake Wildwood Mobile Home Park on Horseshoe Lane. Family members reported him missing around 7:30 a.m.

Family members said he slipped out without anyone noticing. He was soon found unresponsive and not breathing in a lake.

The child was taken to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood pronounced Rynearson dead just before 10 a.m.

Harwood said there are no signs of trauma or foul play.

Peoria Public Schools Board of Education President Dan Adler is declining to run for another term.

Adler has served on the board since July 2015. 

Adler said he's confident in Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat's leadership of the district. He said he feels it's time to step down and pass on the torch to new leadership so he can spend more time with his family.

He works as an engineer at Caterpillar.

Adler represents District 3 on the school board. Anyone looking to fill the seat must submit their nominating petitions between Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. 

Illinois Central College is leading a nearly 19 million dollar effort aimed at helping people in high unemployment, low-income areas obtain living wage jobs.

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Take a trip aboard the S.S Neverland in this inventively staged prequel to Peter Pan. Jenn Gordon talks with Chad Bradford and Scott Kanoff about this genre-bending bit of theatre that relies on creative staging, movement, and story telling to unlock the audiences imagination on an unforgettable journey with Peter and the lost boys. 

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A woman was fatally shot on Peoria's South Side in the city's 20th homicide of 2019.

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Just two years after Ernie's Dairy Dream re-opened on Peoria's South Side, the business is looking to pick up and leave the city.

The murder case of 14-year-old Zaveon Marks is back in adult court. 

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Activists from across the world are protesting today in an effort to drive governments to address climate change.

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The Peoria Police Department has made an arrest in connection with yesterday’s stabbing in the North Valley neighborhood. 

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Peoria County Animal Protection Services is offering free cat and kitten adoption through Saturday.

A Peoria police officer was arrested yesterday on domestic battery charges.

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The Illinois Department of Corrections is being cited for a range of problems in an audit released Wednesday. There were 46 findings over a two-year period.

The former chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board allegedly engaged in prohibited political activity while heading the agency that regulates gambling. 

The woman who blew the whistle on Michael Madigan's silence in her #MeToo case is still searching for a job and closure.

Alaina Hampton says she is finally starting to heal emotionally, but she still wishes she could afford therapy. And she’s struggling to find work.

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Developer Kim Blickenstaff is adding yet another project to his plate. This may be his biggest yet.

Peoria At-Large Councilman Zach Oyler is trying to submit polygraph readings as evidence in his domestic battery case.

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The past president of the Illinois Association of Addiction Professionals spoke Wednesday in Pekin for a National Recovery Month networking luncheon. 

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A recently closed Central Illinois confectionary institution is coming back under new ownership. 

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The intersection of River Road and Camp Street in East Peoria may soon become easier to navigate. 

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Illinois is offering an incentive to those who have outstanding state tax debt in an effort to get them to pay up.

The East Peoria City Council rolled out the welcome mat for recreational cannabis Tuesday.

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"This American Life" host Ira Glass will appear at the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg this Saturday. 

Glass' talk, "Seven Things I've Learned," starts at 7:30 p.m. "This American Life" reaches more than 2.2 million people every week on more than 500 public radio stations across the U.S., including WCBU. Another 2.5 million download the podcast every week. 

Glass began his career at NPR in 1978. He's hosted "This American Life" since 1995. 

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The FDA is weighing a crackdown on flavored vapes as more people are suffering from respiratory illnesses linked to e-cigarette usage. Seven people are now reported dead, including one from Illinois. 

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The Peoria Fire Department is honoring the 25th anniversary of a life-saving moment by calling for more people to learn CPR.

The Peoria International Airport is continuing to set new passenger records this year. 

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The truck-tractor driver involved in an accident with a charter bus Monday faces multiple citations. 

The Illinois State Police said a semi driven by 39-year-old Daniel Fitzgibbons of Dubuque, Iowa rear-ended a charter bus headed northbound on Interstate 155 near Delavan around 10 a.m. 

Ten of the 29 occupants of the charter bus went to area hospitals to get checked out. None suffered life-threatening injuries. 

A program aimed at helping farmers adapt more environmentally sustainable practices is expanding fast.

The S.T.A.R. program started in Champaign County two years ago. Forty-two other counties are now on board, including Peoria, Mason and Tazewell.

Here’s how it works. Farmers fill out a worksheet to grade their current soil and water conservation practices. Then they send it in.

Bruce Henrikson is the project coordinator. He said many central Illinois farmers don’t initially make the grade. 

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Peoria) is calling for federal regulators to scrutinize the closure of four coal-burning power plants in Central Illinois.

Rules adopted by the state earlier this year required Vistra Energy to cut 2,000 megawatts of power generation in Illinois to be in compliance.

The Texas energy company announced it close power plants in Havana, Canton, Hennepin and Coffeen by the end of this year, pending regulatory approval. 

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