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Tri-County health officials reported almost 300 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, as Gov. JB Pritzker announced increased statewide restrictions on businesses as the pandemic rages.

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Adhering to recommendation from the Illinois Departement of Public Health, Peoria will temporarily close its offices to the public starting Wednesday.

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A Peoria man who was shot Monday night while driving on North Knoxville Avenue has died.

A teacher at Morton High School has resigned following an investigation into an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student.

Morton Unit School District 709 said Erin Kemp resigned Thursday. School representatives have filed a report with the Department of Children and Family Services and local law enforcement agencies.

The Morton Police Department said it is not releasing any additional information at this time.

Peoria Public Schools will return to in-person instruction for some students starting next month.

Peoria police have arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with a fatal shooting over the weekend.

City of Peoria

The City of Peoria and Hope Fair Housing Center have agreed to settle a lawsuit over the chronic nuisance property ordinance.

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An overnight crash caused a Peoria Fire engine to roll over–and resulted in a DUI for the driver of the second vehicle.

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Health officials announced Friday the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Tri-County area since the start of the pandemic has risen to 2,633.

Local health officials announced Thursday that a Tazewell County man in his 80s died from COVID-19 complications, marking the Tri-County area's third pandemic-related fatality this week.

On Wednesday, a Peoria County woman in her 40s was confirmed as the region's youngest patient to succumb to the disease since the pandemic began. Both recent victims had underlying health conditions.

The death toll for the area now stands at 46, with 34 coming from Peoria County.

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Forty-three Tri-County businesses financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will benefit from an Illinois emergency grant program.

Peoria Public Schools have pushed the start of classes back three days to Monday, Aug. 24.

The school year was originally scheduled to begin next Wednesday. The delay announced Wednesday night comes two days after the decision by the Board of Education to switch to full online instruction for the entire first semester.

In an email announcing the move, the district said the schedule adjustment will provide more preparation time for the virtual learning format.

A Peoria County woman in her 90s living in a long-term care facility has died from COVID-19 complications, local health officials announced Tuesday.

She is the 44th Tri-County resident to succumb to the disease since the pandemic began.

With 92 new infections confirmed, the region’s total number of cases grew to 2,380. Of those, 1,663 were from Peoria County where 33 people have died from the disease. More than 62% of patients in the region have recovered.

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A fast and powerful storm with wind gusts above 60 mph swept through the Tri-County area Monday afternoon, downing trees and knocking out power.

“The line of storms actually originated back in Nebraska and South Dakota early this morning. It tracked all the way across Iowa and gone across most of Central Illinois, and now it’s moving into south central parts of Illinois,” said Chris Geelhart of the National Weather Service in Lincoln. “All along that track there was widespread wind damage that occurred.”

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An East Peoria man has died after reportedly fleeing an attempted traffic stop late Saturday night.

According to Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood, 25-year-old Craig Spurlock Junior died at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center just before midnight Saturday.

The coroner's report indicates East Peoria police attempted to stop Spurlock for speeding on the Cedar Street bridge around 11:15 p.m.