The Pekin Police Department and state Department of Children and Family Services are investigating allegations of abuse and neglect at a local daycare.  The accusations surround the daycare service of Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ on North 8th Street in Pekin.  Pekin police began the investigation earlier this month, and both agencies are conducting interviews and investigating the allegations.

Sears to close Peoria Kmart

Sep 24, 2014

The city of Peoria will lose a nationwide retailer before Christmas. Sears Holdings Corporation announced Wednesday it’s closing its Kmart store at 901 West Lake Avenue in early December.

Volunteers still needed in tornado clean up efforts

Sep 15, 2014

Compassion fatigue appears to be setting in for the communities impacted by the November 17th tornadoes. That’s according to the Tri-County Long Term Recovery Center that helps coordinate resources for those seeking assistance following the disaster.

Those interested in siting a medical marijuana dispensary or cultivation center in Peoria can be considered for a letter of support.


Disaster recovery center opens in Washington

Jul 18, 2014

The Tri-County Long-Term Recovery Center opened in Washington today.  The goal of the facility in Sunnyland Plaza is to help residents affected by the November 17th tornado with financial and emotional support.  Jim Fassino chairs the non-profit recovery center. He says the center includes access to a central database for resident needs:

Changes are coming for Pekin residents who utilize CityLink’s bus service.

New Pekin ordinance helps landlords

Jul 15, 2014

Pekin's new Crime Free Housing Ordinance will help landlords and police deal with problematic tenants.

Citylink to change Pekin bus routes

Jun 25, 2014

More than 35 people attended a meeting at Pekin Public Library to give input on CityLink’s proposed bus route changes.

USDA announces expanded business funding in Pekin

Jun 13, 2014

Pekin now qualifies for new USDA rural development loans and grant funding. A change in the farm bill allows larger populations cities like Pekin to apply. Dwight Reynolds is with the USDA. He says the funding can help cities, business owners, and individuals get better loan terms and lower interest rates:

Senator Dick Durbin rallies campaign faithful

Mar 20, 2014
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, one of the most powerful Democrats in the Senate, is traveling the state as a candidate. That may be a reflection of the fact Durbin faces millionaire Illinois State Senator Jim Oberweis in the November general election. Oberweis won the Republican primary Tuesday, and spent significant personal money to do it. 

Robotics regional competition kicks-off in Pekin

Feb 28, 2014

The international FIRST Robotics competition kicked-off today in Pekin. Students in FIRST Robotics build and operate robots from identical boxes of parts with the goal of the robots competing in like tasks against other teams. The Central Illinois regional events includes forty teams from six midwestern states. Tessa Boots is on the high school robots team in O’Fallon, Illinois.  She says you don’t have to be fluent in engineering to compete:

FEMA officials are at the Pekin Walmart Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to answer questions about federal disaster assistance.  The federal disaster survivor assistance team will also offer registration services to those impacted by last month’s devastating tornadoes.  Residents can also get information on wind mitigation tips when rebuilding damaged structures.  

Two streets in Pekin are switching to two-way traffic this Thursday for the first time in decades. The 300 blocks of South Fourth and South Capitol Streets will return to two-way traffic starting at noon on Thursday. Officials say it may take drivers some time to get used to the change. The Street Department will remove some of the one-way signs starting Wednesday. New yellow lane dividers will be painted on both streets with orange construction barrels drawing attention to the change.

Police Extend Curfew Following Tornado

Nov 17, 2013


In the aftermath of Sunday's tornadoes, the City of Pekin will once again enforce a  9pm to 6am curfew for areas on Sheridan from 2nd  to 8th street, including areas north between those streets to Lakeside. Pekin Police will continue to heavily patrol all damaged areas. Residents are encouraged to call the following numbers if they need assistance, or are wanting to volunteer. This is a hotline that went live Thursday set up by the Emergency Operations Center.

Homeowners (needing assistance) 309-698-5001

Volunteers 309-698-5002

Tornadoes Level Homes Across Tri-County Area

Nov 17, 2013
Alex Rusciano

Heavy storms and at least one tornado ripped through Central Illinois Sunday morning. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports the storms devastated parts of Washington.


 Hundreds of people picked through the rubble of what remained of their homes in the town of about 15-thousand.  The tornado destroyed entire blocks of homes.  Resident Susan Newton lives next door to the Trails Edge neighborhood that was heavily damaged.  She says the tornado demolished most of her street while she was at church


Pekin officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the latest construction phase of Veterans Drive.  The more than three-mile stretch runs from Commercial Drive near the Wal-Mart to Route 29.  Pekin Mayor Laurie Barra says the finished project will make travel more efficient:

New Veterans Drive segment now open

Sep 13, 2013

The City of Pekin is celebrating the completion of the central part of Veterans Drive. Local, state and federal officials cut the ribbon Friday for the additional portion of the city’s ring road project.  The one-mile stretch of pavement connects Broadway to Sheridan Road. It costs nearly $5 million. Pekin Mayor Laurie Barra says finishing this part of Veteran’s Drive means additional economic investment and better traffic flow:

Pekin-area soldiers being honored at blood drive

Jul 12, 2013

Two fallen Pekin-area soldiers are being honored at a Red Cross blood drive Saturday in North Pekin.

Long-time employees of local businesses, like Pekin’s Excel Foundry, can be certified to teach on a part-time basis. The state certification is for part-time teaching and is limited to a specific skill as part of a school district’s curriculum. Governor Pat Quinn yesterday signed the bill that in-part creates the special teacher certification law. 

Excel Foundry holding open house

Jun 6, 2013

Excel Foundry and Machine in Pekin is holding a public open house from 4 to 7 Thursday. The company is celebrating a $24 million expansion it’s been working on for 17 months. 

Evacuation Notice Issued for NW Pekin Neighborhoods

Apr 22, 2013
City of Pekin

Pekin city officials have issued an evacuation notice for some residents in the northwestern side of town. In a press release Monday afternoon, Pekin City Manager Joe Wuellner said the impending flood conditions were the reason for the evacuation order, which will remain for the area until the waters recede. Residents in need of assistance can contact the American Red Cross shelter at the I.C.C. Cougar Plex in East Peoria, or call (309) 677-7171.

  A 22-year-old Pekin man faces federal charges of for a conspiracy to distribute heroin that led to the deaths of three people.  Anthony Mansini is charged with distributing more than 1,000 grams of heroin since 2008.  The federal indictment says he belonged to a heroin conspiracy that killed three people last year.  Pekin Police Chief Greg Nelson says the case is significant: “It’s big for Pekin because we were able to arrest somebody that we could show is responsible for deaths, and since that arrest we have not had any deaths.  Herin is back, it’s cheap, it's potent and dengerous.