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The past president of the Illinois Association of Addiction Professionals spoke Wednesday in Pekin for a National Recovery Month networking luncheon. 

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A recently closed Central Illinois confectionary institution is coming back under new ownership. 

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Tazewell County will be home to one of 40 new dementia care sites in Illinois.

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A 55-year-old Pekin woman is dead after her motorized scooter was struck by a vehicle on Saturday night. 

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The city of Pekin is tackling human trafficking with new regulations on Asian bodywork parlors. 

Golden Eagle Coin Dropped in Pekin Red Kettle

Dec 12, 2018

A Salvation Army Red Kettle in Pekin received a rather special deposit Tuesday. It was a Golden Eagle coin worth more than $140.

Office of Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Pekin’s post office will be renamed in honor of a Marine who died in Afghanistan. The Broadway Street facility will be known as the “Lance Corporal Jordan S. Bastean Post Office.”

This week, we're talking with Leigh Ann Brown and Rachel Berchtold about the Fourth Friday Tazewell Art Loop. Like First Fridays, these monthly events are intended to showcase local artists and musicians; however, the Tazewell County effort also includes a partnership with local small businesses. Berchtold and Brown talk about the value of building partnerships between the business and arts sectors, and about some of the special events on tap for tonight. There's also a scavenger hunt that runs all summer.

Convicted $54 million municipal embezzler Rita Crundwell has been transferred to a federal prison in her home state of Illinois.

Pekin Man Charged in K2 Death

Apr 13, 2018
Peoria Police Department

Lonnie Smith, 46, made his first court appearance in Pekin Friday on charges that include the drug-induced homicide of Anthony Phillips.

Thousands of students at schools across Illinois participated in a national walkout to demand action on gun violence.

Pekin City Hall Evacuated To Remove Pipe Bomb

Mar 8, 2018
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  A pipe bomb at Pekin City Hall Thursday made a momentary scare and a real-time test of emergency response practices.  

Pekin Man Sentenced in Elder Fraud Case

Mar 1, 2018
Peoria County Sheriff's Office

A Pekin man has been sentenced to a two-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to charges of defrauding an elderly man out of nearly $100,000. 42-year-old Deryl Wright will spend most of that time in prison. His sentence includes another three years of supervised release and repayment of the money he swindled, with interest. That amounts to nearly $100,600 in addition to court fines and fee.

 

An Illinois man is set to be sentenced next week after pleading guilty to charges that he defrauded an elderly person out of nearly $100,000.

A central Illinois library is screening a series of documentaries to mark the state's bicentennial.

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.

Pekin K9 Officer to Compete for Grant Money

Oct 12, 2017
Pekin Police Department / Facebook

The Pekin Police Department and its K9 Officer are participating in the Aftermath contest again this year.

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.

Former Pekin Police Officer Involved in Standoff

Jul 31, 2017

A former Pekin Police officer is hospitalized from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound. Police were called to Williamsburg Apartments at about 2 a.m., on a report of three shots fired. 

Leigh Ann Brown and Kelly Scarfe are in the studio this week to talk about the Tazewell Art Loop, held the fourth Friday of every month. Similar to First Fridays, the event offers opportunities to meet local artists, tour their studios and see works in progress. The Tazewell event also highlights locally-owned businesses. The organizers have developed walking tours for four participating communities: Morton, Tremont, Delavan, and Pekin.

UPDATE: Human Remains 'Consistent' With Missing Pekin Boy

Jul 24, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Update (12:30pm): Information gathered this morning from human remains is “consistent” with that of Robert Bee, the missing boy from Pekin.

But the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office is quick to point out that no positive identification can be made until DNA testing confirms a match.

The Sheriff’s office says a forensic pathologist's examination this morning determined that based on the skeletal and dental remains, it could be Robert Bee.

The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Pekin Police Department, Tazewell County Coroner’s Office and Illinois State Police, are continuing the investigation.

This story is developing. Continue to check back for updates.

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The Tazewell County Sheriff's Department and the Coroner's Office are working to identify skeletal remains found Monday afternoon in South Pekin. 


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Court Street in Downtown Pekin is getting some pedestrian friendly refurbishments. City workers are installing installation of decorative crosswalks  at each intersection between 2nd and 6th streets. Crews are completing the work in the overnight hours as not disrupt business or inconveniencing traffic.

Pekin City Manager Tony Carson says it’s about making everyone feel welcome and safe when walking downtown.

Facebook Integral to Pekin Police Strategy

Jun 15, 2017
Pekin Police Department / Facebook

The Pekin Police Department wants its beat officers to get to know people in the area they patrol. A program called Community and Police Problem Solving or CAPPS is using Facebook and quarterly meetings to get people talking with the officers assigned to their neighborhood. Each of the five Pekin police districts has its own Facebook page with information about the area and the beat officers will manage their page. Each page also has the date of its district meeting. All the meetings will happen at 5:30.

The City of Pekin is adding more outdoor furnishings to its downtown streetscape.

Two juveniles and an adult are facing felony charges for allegedly dumping hundreds of tires in rural areas of central Illinois.  They were arrested Friday on charges of criminal disposal of waste. The offense carries punishments ranging from probation to three years in prison. 

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A new group called the Greater Peoria Environmental Sciences Society is offering monthly, family-friendly events at the Mansion in Pekin.

Pekin Police Continue Search for Missing 13-year-old

Dec 14, 2016

Pekin Police continue to search for 13-year old Robert Bee, who was reported as a runaway more than three-weeks ago.

State and Federal agencies are also participating in the search. Pekin Police Detective Mike Eeten says the combined agency effort has placed a tremendous amount of manpower to search, interviews and lead follow-ups. 

There have been no confirmed sightings of Bee since his disappearance Nov. 18, and there are no new leads.

Heartland Health Expands Services

Oct 26, 2016
Tanya Koonce

What has been known as Heartland Clinic is now Heartland Health Services and has a new heart shaped logo. They are also expanding the services offered.

Pekin is close to selecting a new city manager.  

Mayor John McCabe says the city is negotiating terms with the candidate the council approved. Council members interviewed five of the 11 people selected by the city’s search firm, GovHR.

All of the candidates the council interviewed hold master’s degrees and have worked in municipal government.

City officials are not yet releasing the name of the person they are talking with. But they say negotiations are ongoing, and they hope to have the new city manager on board starting December first.

Veterans Drive Reopens to Traffic

Oct 4, 2016
City of Pekin GIS Office / Twitter

All segments of Veterans Drive in Pekin are now open. Some construction remains, causing lane closures, but through traffic will still be allowed. The reopening of VFW Drive also brings some changes to the traffic pattern. The VFW and 14th Street intersection as well as the 5th Street intersection are no longer 4-way stops. Veterans Drive traffic does not stop at 14th Street or 5th Street.

 

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