East Peoria

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A large crowd of veterans and civilians filled East Peoria’s Levee Park on Thursday as the city held an opening ceremony for the Vietnam Traveling Wall Memorial.

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The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall arrived in East Peoria with full fanfare on Wednesday morning.

East Peoria entrepreneur Roy Sorce is proposing a recreational cannabis start-up in the city's downtown.

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The Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino has launched an online sportsbook in conjunction with FanDuel.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Each of the Tri-County health departments reported record single-day increases in new COVID-19 cases Wednesday.

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A new 4-story, $45 million mixed use development appears to be officially on the way to East Peoria's Levee District.

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The Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino shifted most of its 700 or so employees to unpaid furlough last weekend as the governor's stay-at-home order enters its fourth week.

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East Peoria Mayor John Kahl said the state of the city is "one of confidence and promise."

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You may soon be able to live in East Peoria's Levee District.

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A local food distribution company wants to start up a new side business to stay open: craft cannabis growing.

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The intersection of River Road and Camp Street in East Peoria may soon become easier to navigate. 

The East Peoria City Council rolled out the welcome mat for recreational cannabis Tuesday.

The East Peoria City Council is set to vote Tuesday on implementing a three percent sales tax on recreational cannabis sales.

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There is no dearth of opinions for East Peoria city commissioners to weigh as they decide whether to allow the sale of recreational cannabis next year.

The city council held a public forum on the issue on Tuesday evening. Residents fell on both sides of the issue. Some called for East Peoria to follow Morton and El Paso in banning recreational cannabis sales within its borders, while others said it presents an opportunity to create new jobs and tax revenue.

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If you’ve driven by the Four Corners in downtown East Peoria lately, you’ve probably noticed a new bright spot. 

Dave Mingus was appointed to serve on the Illinois Central College Board of Trustees.

Mingus is the former mayor of East Peoria and the CEO of TazWood Center for Wellness. He holds a master's in counseling and human development from Bradley University. He also graduated from ICC. 

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An East Peoria man has died following a home invasion earlier this month.

This week, we're talking with Debra Mielke of the Illinois Art League, about their annual membership show, which is on display at the Time Gallery in East Peoria.

The exhibit features over 100 pieces, submitted by 57 different League members. Awards will be presented at an opening reception, Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon.

Kristin McHugh

Reconstruction of the Murray Baker Bridge deck means the heavily traveled Interstate 74 artery will be completely closed in 2020. That’s the proposal outlined by the Illinois Department of Transportation Wednesday.

Reading Garden Anchors EP Levee District

May 3, 2018
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The East Peoria Levee District and Civic Plaza has a new reading garden. The new community space was dedicated Wednesday. The garden cost just over $500,000 to build. It was paid for entirely by private donations raised through the East Peoria Foundation. Sue Yoder-Portscheller is the president of the Foundation. She says the garden was designed to anchor downtown and be green, growing and family centered.

I-74 Crash Injures E. Peoria Motorist

Apr 10, 2018
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A semi carrying a combine failed to make it under the overpass at Pinecrest Drive on Interstate 74 Monday evening. The semi was traveling eastbound about 6:30 when it struck the overpass. Debris from the combine struck the 2003 Ford pickup truck traveling behind the semi and flatbed.

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As Illinois attempts to balance its books, it’s dipping into pots of money meant to help cities and towns pay for services. And local officials are looking for options.

One idea is to make it easier for smaller cities to gain home-rule status, which allows those towns to have more flexibility in how they operate. Home rule governments can borrow more money for big road projects, set more zoning rules and institute sales and gas taxes.

 

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A 40-year prison sentence has been handed a central Illinois woman who pleaded guilty to murder in the stabbing death of her mother. Christine Roush pleaded guilty in December in the July 2017 death of 47-year-old Theresa Poehlman of East Peoria. Forensic pathologist Dr. Scott Denton testified Poehlman suffered at least a dozen stab wounds to her neck and chest, including two knife wounds that pierced her heart. Poehlman's body was found in a wooded area at Funk's Grove Nature Preserve.

 

Illinois Bicentennial Flags Fly

Dec 4, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  Communities across the state raised a very special flag Monday. The Illinois Bicentennial flag raising happened at municipal and county buildings and complexes over the noon hour. It also served as the kick-off of the state’s yearlong bicentennial celebration at the local level.

East Peoria Resumes Fall Burning Schedule

Oct 9, 2017

East Peoria has reinstituted its burning season. The recent rainfall makes the burning of dry yard waste an option for East Peoria residents from October 15th through Nov 30th.

Tazewell County Consolidated Dispatch Takes Shape

Sep 29, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

As of Thursday, Tazewell County and its municipalities have all approved the intergovernmental agreement for the consolidation of its emergency call dispatch centers.

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EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - The city of East Peoria is donating items to Habitat for Humanity that were salvaged from seven households that were condemned following landslides four years ago.

East Peoria Embarks on Strategic Planning Venture

May 17, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The City of East Peoria is working with a strategic planning consultant that has a track record in the state.

Union local 974 in East Peoria ratified its supplemental agreement that goes along with its six-year main contract with Caterpillar Inc. The UAW announced the agreement had been "overwhelmingly ratified" by Local 974 workers of the heavy equipment maker.

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The public is getting a look inside a medical marijuana dispensary opening next week in East Peoria.

“By normalizing this and opening it up to the community, it allows for physicians to be more comfortable with learning about it,” Ben Rediger, a spokesman for the dispensary NuMed, said.

State regulations specify that medical cannabis dispensaries be open only to registered patients, caregivers and state-credentialed employees. After the facility is licensed by state regulators, the dispensary area is closed to everyone else. 

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