Business and Economy

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With the region's move back to Tier 1 COVID mitigations, some Peoria restaurants are offering indoor dining as an option for the first time in weeks.

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With Gov. JB Pritzker officially allowing Region 2 to move back to lighter COVID-19 restrictions, some businesses are now able to reopen their doors to customers--again.

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Have you ever wondered what the person on the other side of the screen thinks of your home during a Zoom meeting? Until now, a lot of us haven't.

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First District city council member Denise Moore has withdrawn a proposal before the Peoria City Council to approve the use of $550,000 in TIF funds to purchase a former grocery store building at 210 S. Western Ave.


Allegiant Airlines has announced it will be adding two new destinations to the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport.

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Commerce Bank says its employee-funded political action committee (PAC) will no longer give money to members of Congress who have "impeded the peaceful transfer of power."

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Barb Hoffman, a travel agent for Direct Travel in Peoria, said 2020 was a year like no other when it came to her industry.

CityLink, the Peoria-area transit system, faced a variety of challenges due to the coronavirus in 2020, but fared better than systems in many larger cities, said General Manager Doug Roelfs.

The pandemic hit the airline industry hard in 2020.

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We recently shared the story of Peoria High School senior Imani Abdul, one of the members of the Woodruff Career and Technical Center’s culinary team that won the ProStart state competition last March, but were denied a chance to attend the national competition due to the pandemic. 

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2020 is forcing all of us to spend more time at home. Some are using those extra hours stuck indoors to pick up a new skill or practice. Making art of any kind -- whether it be painting, sewing, or crafting -- has proven to be a creative outlet for many.

Trisha Yocum is owner of Art at the Bodega in Washington. She says hands-on artistic activities help alleviate some of the stresses and worries this year has brought.

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Dan Conlin has been praying more lately.

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Former Hotel Pere Marquette developers Gary Matthews and Monte Brannan were indicted Tuesday on 21 federal felony counts of money laundering, consipracy to commit money laundering, mail fraud, and concealment of bankruptcy assets.

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The Pekin City Council approved the creation of a new Business Development District along the Court Street Corridor.

Council members didn't mince words Monday night, saying the city's previous reluctance to offer such incentives led to major retail developments heading instead to Peoria and East Peoria.

The long-vacant property at a busy Peoria intersection might have a combination of retail and residential buildings in the not-too-distant future.

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For Illinois restaurateurs, when they say help is needed to stay in business, they don't mean sometime next month. They mean immediately.

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Delta will not be offering any more flights out of Peoria International Airport, at least for a while.

Paul Leamon feels he’s up to the challenge of getting Distillery Labs, the technology and innovation center coming to downtown Peoria next year, off the ground.

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Perhaps the best way to describe Steve Roach, an usher known for his antics at Dozer Park and the Peoria Civic Center, is to recall a photograph taken in July 2018.

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The alternate COVID-19 housing site at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel in downtown Peoria has quietly reopened in time for winter." class="wysiwyg-break drupal-content" src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">

Adam Duvall is the housing navigator for Advocates for Access. He's subcontracted with the Heart of Illinois Continuum of Care to manage referrals to the site that reopened last month after a summer lull in COVID-19 cases.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The Par-A-Dice casino will shut down to comply with Gov. JB Pritzker's new Tier 3 COVID-19 mitigations.

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As the country celebrates Veterans Day, Miranda Troyer admits the time she spent in the U.S. Army shaped her life in many ways, personally and professionally.

The city of Peoria says it will abide by the new restrictions on bars and restaurants announced by Gov. J.B. Pritkzer as a COVID-19 mitigation measure as cases surge to new heights in the region.

Central Illinois restaurants and bars only have a couple days to adapt to new bans on indoor service as COVID-19 cases surge across the region.


Economic concerns related to the ongoing pandemic apparently have not scared off Peoria-area home buyers.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Caterpillar's earnings dropped in the third quarter, but still beat Wall Street's expectations.

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The Peoria area economy has only added back about half the jobs it lost over the spring when the pandemic hit, new state data show.

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Proponents of the proposed Hanna City Trail may see a light at the end of a decades-long tunnel, following a vote at Farmington’s city council meeting Monday night.

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John Ackerman of Ackerman Family Farms in Morton admits he feared COVID-19 would threaten the commercial viability of the fall pumpkin season.

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The City of Peoria has been chosen to participate in a nationwide program examining ways to confront budget issues from COVID-19 and to assist economic recovery.