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Water covering train tracks
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The Illinois River is slowly falling in Peoria after cresting nearly 9 feet above flood stage Sunday. The National Weather Service predicts the Peoria measurement will drop below 26 feet early Wednesday. Flood stage is 18 feet.

A new $3.7 million train station has opened in southern Illinois.

Historic Alton Depot Razed

Dec 12, 2017
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An 89-year-old train depot in Alton is being razed.  Union Pacific had been leasing the building to Amtrak . The passenger rail service started serving passengers at the new Alton Regional Multi-Modal Transportation Center in September. A demolition team began earlier this week by punching a hole in the wall of the building. That allowed benches to be moved out of the interior before machinery proceeded.

Fire departments across Illinois are receiving nearly $2.7 million in federal grants to help pay for equipment and training.

An 88-year-old Illinois election judge has pleaded guilty to casting a vote as her late husband.

St. Louis Public Radio

ALTON, Ill. (AP) - Hundreds of admirers of Miles Davis have turned out for the unveiling of a bronze sculpture of the jazz legend in the Illinois community where he was born. More than 350 people showed up Saturday for the weekend event in Alton. 

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A bronzed sculpture of jazz trumpeter and band leader Miles Davis will soon be unveiled in the Illinois town where Davis was born. Artist Preston Jackson is scheduled to do the unveiling in downtown Alton Sept. 12. Davis was born in Alton in 1926 and moved to East St. Louis a year later. He would later play with such stalwarts as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey before dying of a stroke in 1991. Utility provider Ameren Illinois recently donated $5,000 toward the project in the city's Riverbend community, which is located near downtown along the Mississippi River.