NY Times Wonders About Racism Playing in Peoria

Jul 27, 2020

When Peoria City Councilwoman Denise Moore was asked by a reporter for the New York Times why black-owned shops were spared here in the spate of vandalism that followed some of the protests after the death of George Floyd, she explained there just weren’t that many black-owned businesses in Peoria.

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Long-shot GOP presidential candidate Mark Sanford made a stop in Peoria today on the first leg of his campaign kickoff tour. 

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The city of Peoria is partnering with Amazon’s Ring to distribute doorbell cameras at a steep discount.

Residents of Peoria will be eligible for a $100 discount on a camera subsidized by the city and Ring at a November 2 event at Northwoods Mall. 

Assistant City Manager Deborah Roethler says the cameras help reduce property crimes. 

“We’ve got example after example of people walking up to a door, they clearly shouldn’t be there, they look at the video camera that’s staring at them, and then they walk away," she said.  

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Just two years after Ernie's Dairy Dream re-opened on Peoria's South Side, the business is looking to pick up and leave the city.

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With no discussion, the Peoria City Council recently approved spending more than $47,000 to buy the city's firefighters and police officers some heavy-duty protective gear.

PEORIA -- A group of young professionals want the Murray Baker Bridge to shine at night again.

Water covering train tracks
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The Illinois River is slowly falling in Peoria after cresting nearly 9 feet above flood stage Sunday. The National Weather Service predicts the Peoria measurement will drop below 26 feet early Wednesday. Flood stage is 18 feet.

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Moderate flooding continues along northern portions of the Illinois River but crests near where it intersects the Mississippi River could reach historic levels.

The Peoria RiverFront Market kicks off its 2019 season Saturday in a temporary location due to flooding. Organizers say the market will open at 8:00 a.m. in the Caterpillar parking lot at the corner of SW Water and Hamilton streets. It will remain in this temporary location on May 25.

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The Illinois River is holding steady in Peoria, nearly 10 feet above flood stage.

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The Illinois River is closed to recreational traffic between Lacon and the Mississippi River due to flooding.

Construction of a new fire and rescue house for the Peoria Air National Guard is moving forward.

Woman Stabbed in Peoria Park Dies

Apr 12, 2019
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A Peoria woman stabbed in the neck during a Thursday afternoon fight is dead. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says 19-year-old Charee A. Alexander died at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center at 2:05 p.m. Friday.

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Peoria police are asking the public to help identify two men who robbed a Verizon store Friday.

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A Peoria-based company is moving into the former Bergner's space at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie.

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A Peoria man is facing multiple gun charges following an early morning raid.

Illinois legislators are reviving bills that would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21.

A man indicted last year with 14 others for being members of Peoria's Bomb Squad street gang has pleaded guilty in federal court to racketeering charges.

Federal prosecutors in Peoria say a Texas man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison on child pornography charges involving more than 40 girls in eight states.

Illinoisans are beginning to brace themselves for a storm the National Weather Service says could bring a half-foot of snow to parts of the state.

A report by the American Civil Liberties Union says African-American motorists in Illinois are more likely than others to be stopped and searched for routine traffic violations.

Weekend Storm Sets Records

Jan 14, 2019
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SPRINGFIELD - Parts of central Illinois registered record snowfalls after a winter storm struck and then lingered for much of the weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for parts of central and southern Illinois with as many as seven inches of snow forecast.

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An autopsy is scheduled Monday for the woman found dead along Illinois Route 6 near Peoria Sunday morning.

A large water main break is causing traffic delays on Peoria’s Knoxville Avenue. The break happened Wednesday near Frye Avenue. City officials say motorists should expect delays in the area between Frye and Nebraska.

Peoria District 150 is asking the community to hold the sophomore Richwoods High School football player injured Monday in thoughts and prayers.

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A man shot on Peoria’s south side in January has died. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says 73-year-old David Babcock died early Thursday at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

Damages Exceed $1 Million in Two Peoria County Fires

Sep 11, 2018

Two fires Monday in Peoria County are responsible for more than a million dollars in damages. A fire was discovered at Walls Industrial Services in Glasford early Monday morning. It reportedly took multiple rural fire departments about 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze. The cause of that fire is still undetermined as is the extent of the loss and no one was injured.

PEORIA - The Peoria Riverfront Museum wants to make sure that a historic mural stays in Peoria as the auction of the Marriott Pere Marquette and neighboring Courtyard by Marriott approaches next month.

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CARBONDALE - The Carbondale City Council is considering allowing "natural" burials that involve biodegradable materials and no chemicals. The council is discussing altering its code to allow the process at Oakland Cemetery.