Crime and Courts Violent Crime Numbers Can't Tell Full Story Of Peoria, Expert Says By Dana Vollmer • Jan 23, 2020 Dana Vollmer / Peoria Public Radio 2019 was a violent year in Peoria. The city recorded 25 homicides — the highest number in more than 30 years. New Resident Officer Moves Into East Bluff By Dana Vollmer • Jan 22, 2020 East Bluff Community Center / Facebook A new resident police officer has moved into the East Bluff. Crowdsourced Fund Helps Bail People Out Of Jail For The Holidays By Dana Vollmer • Dec 20, 2019 Peoria County Two people currently detained in Peoria County Jail will be out for the holidays, thanks to a joint effort by the Black Justice Project and Change Peoria. Man Dead In Early Morning Shooting Outside Peoria Club By WCBU News • Dec 13, 2019 Creative Commons Three people are in custody after a man was shot dead outside the Dream Nightclub in South Peoria early this morning. Defense Seeks Funds To Consult Experts In Sentencing Of 14-Year-Old By Dana Vollmer • Nov 13, 2019 Jeff Smudde / WGLT The public defenders representing 14-year-old Zaveon Marks are asking the state for $25,000 to provide special mitigation expertise during the sentencing phase of his trial. First Day Of Testimony In Murder Trial Of 14-Year-Old Charged As Adult By Dana Vollmer • Oct 29, 2019 Testimony began Tuesday in the murder trial of 14-year-old Zaveon Marks. Criminal Justice System Making Progress, But There's More Work To Do By Dana Vollmer • Oct 9, 2019 Dana Vollmer / WCBU State and federal lawmakers are celebrating the relative success of recent criminal justice reforms. But they admit there’s still a long way to go. LaHood: Hard to Gauge President's Stance on Blagojevich Commutation By Tim Shelley • Aug 16, 2019 U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Peoria) said it’s hard to tell which way the president is leaning after he again mused about commuting the sentence of former Governor Rod Blagojevich yesterday.