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More Peoria County youth are testing positive for COVID-19.

The Peoria Public Schools board spent more than two hours Wednesday night discussing refinements to its fall Return to School plan.


A coalition of Illinois business groups is launching a new campaign against the graduated income tax constitutional amendment voters will consider on November's ballot.


The Morton Pumpkin Festival is still on for 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic means it will look different than any of the previous 53 celebrations of the village's signature crop.

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The Heartland Health Services COVID-19 testing sites in Pekin and the East Bluff are now appointment-based.

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Minor League Baseball announced Tuesday that its season is canceled for 2020. But the Peoria Chiefs are already looking ahead to next season.

The central Illinois real estate market hasn't been immune from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 economic shutdown, but local Realtors say there are some good signs on the horizon.

Bradley University's "Return to Campus" plan will include a weekly round of COVID-19 surveillance testing among a sampling of students, faculty, and staff.

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For the first time in months, residents of Illinois long-term care facilities can once again visit with loved ones in person as Illinois moves into phase 4 of reopening.

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A number of Greater Peoria businesses are planning to open their doors or expand services starting Friday, as the state moves into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.

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More people are caring for a loved one at home as the COVID-19 pandemic leaves them unemployed or apprehensive about care facilities. 

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The Trump administration is moving to end federal funding for the COVID-19 testing site in Peoria on June 30.

Peoria School Board Approves Return To School Roadmap

Jun 23, 2020

The Peoria Public Schools Board has approved a Return to School plan for this fall after COVID-19 forced schools to move online in March.

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Earlier this year efforts to contain the pandemic forced central Illinois restaurants to change the way they do business.

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Hispanic and Latinx people now account for more COVID-19 cases in Peoria County than Blacks.

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The Peoria Park District, in conjunction with the respective local organizations, canceled several of this year's Riverfront events as restrictions on crowd sizes and other social distancing guidlines continue to stay in place.

Drive-in Movie Ritual Returns in Peoria

Jun 15, 2020
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The drive-in era has come and gone in Peoria, but the pandemic is giving new life to the concept of watching a movie in the privacy of one’s car.

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The Peoria City/County Health Department is warning restaurants against flouting the governor's executive order prohibiting indoor dining as the state gradually reopens.

A total of five people have now died due to an outbreak of COVID-19 at a Peoria nursing home.

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Gov. JB Pritzker said Illinois has now conducted more than 1 million COVID-19 tests.

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The federally-funded COVID-19 testing site at the Peoria Civic Center parking lot is now open to everyone.

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Applications are due soon to receive money from the Downstate Stabilization Fund.

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All federally-funded COVID-19 testing facilities in Illinois were temporarily shut down as civil unrest stirs across the state in the wake of national discord over George Floyd's death.

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Hundreds of people clustered closely together for peaceful protests or violent outbreaks alike are a concern for public health departments still grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several members of the Peoria city council want to hold off on drastic cuts in hopes of a new federal stimulus package coming. And Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says the city is "toast" without it.

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Heartland Health Services is permanently closing its South Peoria COVID-19 testing site.

Is This The Summer Of The RV?

May 30, 2020

After the pandemic throttled business this spring, things are starting to pick up at Fourwinds RV, 3104 N. Main St. in East Peoria.

The Tri-County region reported its largest one-day spike of new positive COVID-19 cases to date on Friday.

Twenty-seven new cases were reported, for a total of 309. Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson said most of 25 of the new cases from Peoria County were linked to University Rehab at Northmoor, which tested all residents and staff for the virus after two initial tests came back positive.

Hendrickson said a majority of the cases are asymptomatic.

The Peoria area's unemployment rate is nearing 18 percent as the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant stay-at-home order continues to hammer the economy.

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The architects of the Restore Heart of Illinois regional reopening plan say that, for all intents and purposes, their plan is now the governor's plan.