Chillicothe is giving up a decade-old fight against a gravel pit just outside the city's western edge.

An Illinois congressman says he plans to introduce legislation to name a post office after a U.S. Navy SEAL from Illinois who was killed in Yemen.

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4999 in Chillicothe broke ground this year for an elaborate memorial to be completed next year. Those involved with the more than $300,000 project say it’s for soldiers, families and the community. And, like many memorials, this one preserves the memory of those who paid the ultimate price.  

Authorities in Lee County have charged two brothers, both in their 60s, in connection with a grisly 1983 beating death in which the victim's body was found naked, bound and gagged in a hog pen.

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Veterans gathered in Chillicothe today for the dedication of a new memorial honoring American soldiers from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror.

The $325,000 Chillicothe Veterans Memorial is on a triangular plot of land, donated by the resident of an adjacent property.

Memorial project chairman and Vietnam veteran Tom Harms says the memorial honors all veterans, living and deceased, and the soldiers who are still fighting: 

The Peoria Warehouse District is among 23 Illinois sites added last year to the National Register of Historic Places.

Listen: IVC Chorale Sings at County Board Meeting

Feb 12, 2015

The Illinois Valley Central Chorale opened last night’s Peoria County Board meeting with various vocal piece selections.  The group of 12 junior and senior high school students were directed by Angie Dorough during the first ‘on the road’ Peoria County Board meeting this year.  Click below to listen to two live recordings from last night’s meeting:

Shakespeare in the park, with The Great Work Begins

Jun 12, 2014

This week, we're talking with Andrew Rhodenbaugh. He's playing Hamlet in a production by The Great Work Begins Theatre Troupe. The group has been presenting Shakespeare at Camp Wokanda in Chillicothe since the summer of 2012, and has staged other productions at venues in and around Peoria. He talks about the genesis of the company, about the challenges of taking on an iconic role Shakespeare, and about taking theatre to unconventional locations. The Great Work begins performs "Hamlet," Saturday at 11:30 a.m., and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., at Camp Wokanda.

Peoria Area EMS Medical Director stepping down

Jun 11, 2013

The Peoria Area EMS Medical Director is stepping down. OSF Saint Francis Medical Center announced Cheryl Colbenson’s resignation is effective July 1st. She’s leaving to complete a fellowship in Integrative Medicine.

County holds flood meeting in Chillicothe

Apr 29, 2013

More than 100 residents from the Chillicothe area learned about local recovery efforts following last week’s flooding.  Peoria County held an informational meeting to answer questions and update residents on how to deal with property damage.  Assistant Peoria County Administrator Scott Sorrel says that officials want residents to remember two main points in the coming weeks:

The rising levels on the Illinois River could pose a significant risk to residents living around Chillicothe and Rome.  Peoria County says the Illinois River is expected to crest at nearly 30-feet by Monday night.  The County says residents in those areas should be prepared to leave their homes if needed. Peoria County says it will send representatives into flooded areas in the coming weeks to conduct damage assessments.  

AMT to provide permanent service in Chillicothe

Feb 18, 2013

Advanced Medical Transport is permanently providing ambulance services to the Chillicothe Area.  AMT has handled the community’s calls since Chillicothe Ambulance Rescue 33 was suspended last August by the local regulatory authority. That happened after Rescue 33 failed to meet response time terms as part of a probationary period.   AMT executive director Andrew Rand says the agency currently spends $1,300 a day to maintain the temporary service in the Chillicothe area.  He says AMT still won’t break even providing permanent service to the area.