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A pre-professional soccer team will call Peoria home starting this season.

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A couple is making one of the largest donations in Bradley University's history.

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State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) announced Thursday he's retiring at the end of his term. 

In his place, Widmer Fabrics CEO Win Stoller will fill the Republican nomination for the district, which stretches from Peoria to Galesburg. 

"With Central Illinois at a turning point, everyone must serve where they can cause positive change," Weaver said in a statement. "I believe I can now make the most positive impact closer to home by serving my community in a different position of service." 

Bradley University President Gary Roberts said there will be "noticeably heightened law enforcement visibility" on and around the campus as crime concerns mount. 

A number of incidents, mostly armed robberies involving handguns, have been reported near the campus. The latest incident last week involved a victim unaffiliated with the university robbed at gunpoint on the sidewalk between Westlake Hall and Bradley Hall. 

The Bradley University Police Department said someone was robbed at gunpoint on campus Thursday evening.

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The Greater Peoria Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Bradley University students to connect Latinx businesses with resources in the community.

A retired Bradley University professor says the Supreme Court is increasingly intervening in religious exercise. 

The second suspect in the slaying of a Princeville couple pleaded guilty but mentally ill Monday.

The business and economic indicators for 2019's third quarter are looking good. 

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Demand for new homes in the Peoria metropolitan area remains sluggish. 

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A bench trial is underway for 22-year-old Jose Ramirez, who is accused of murdering his parents last year. Both were Bradley University employees.


Bradley University is weighing cuts and new programs to tackle an $8 million budget deficit.

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Competitive video games are poised to overtake traditional athletics in the next 10 to 20 years. 

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Bradley University’s new $100 million Business and Engineering Convergence Center was officially dedicated Friday. 

The two men charged with the brutal slaying of a Princeville couple last year appeared in court Friday. 

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An expert on whistleblowing said the way the president’s Ukraine phone call scandal is playing out in public is undermining the investigation process.

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Bradley University employees will start moving into the new Business and Engineering Convergence Center next week. 

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A prominent redistricting reform advocate says he thinks the latest effort to change how the state draws legislative maps has enough support in the Illinois General Assembly to move forward. 

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A Bradley University cybersecurity expert is leading research aimed at shielding whistleblower anonymity. 

Dr. Jacob Young will serve as the Senior Advisor on Cybersecurity for the National Whistleblower Center. He's the director of the Bradley University Center for Cybersecurity in Peoria. 

Young said with modern technology, it’s harder than ever for whistleblowers to stay anonymous and avoid retaliation for speaking out. 

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Congress could use fewer showhorses, and more workhorses.

That's according to Sean Q Kelly. He's a political science professor at California State University and the co-editor of a recent book on House Minority Leader Bob Michel, Robert H. Michel: Leading the Republican House Minority. He said the Peoria Republican listened and was willing to do the hard, unglamorous work to get legislation passed.

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Legislation being considered in the Illinois House would allow college athletes to get paid for endorsements.

A panel discussion on former House Minority Leader Bob Michel's legacy and a new book on the Peoria Republican is set for next Monday at Bradley University.

The discussion will feature Frank Mackaman and Sean Q. Kelly, the authors of Robert H. Michel: Leading the Republican House Minority. The discussion will also feature former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The discussion starts at 7 p.m. in the Peplow Pavilion at the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center at Bradley. Chris Kaergard of the Peoria Journal Star will moderate. 

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

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Bradley University is high on the list in a new Best Colleges Rankings from U.S News and World Report.

The publication ranks Bradley as the 4th best regional university in the Midwest, and the best in Illinois. Bradley was also ranked as the most innovative school and the best school for veterans in the Land of Lincoln.

The school also had the best-rated undergraduate engineering program in the state. 

“It’s so nice to have an outside source like this to recognize all the work that we’ve put into what we do here at Bradley, said spokeswoman Renee Charles.

Bradley University Women's Head Basketball Coach Andrea Gorski will be on the Hilltop at least through the 2023-24 season.

Gorski signed a multi-year contract extension. She came back to Bradley in 2016 to coach her alma mater's team. 

In Gorski's first three seasons at the helm, the women's basketball team has produced three first-team All-MVC performers. That's the same number of Braves selected in the 15 years before Gorski's return.

She also led the women's team to its best season in a decade last year. 

Gorski is a 1992 graduate of Bradley University. 

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It’s been a long journey back to the stage for the Barn III Dinner Theatre Conklin Players in Goodfield. 


Expect significant traffic delays around Bradley University tomorrow as students move back in ahead of the new semester. 

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An expert on Korean affairs says North Korea is far closer to its goal of normalizing itself than the U.S. is in its aim of denuclearizing the autocratic international pariah. 

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Republican State Senator Chuck Weaver says it’s up to everyone to champion workforce development after Midstate College’s closure announcement.

Bradley University said the new $100 million Convergence Center won't begin hosting classes until the middle of the fall semester.