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Sixteen Central Illinois organizations will benefit from an $8.6 million settlement paid out by the owners of the closing E.D. Edwards coal power plant near Bartonville.

The Partnership for a Healthy Community wants to lower the Tri-County suicide rate by 10 percent over the next three years. 

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is giving Peoria County $5.6 million to remove dangerous lead paint from homes.

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The 2018 Peoria County Sexually Transmitted Infection Report found chlamydia and gonorrhea rates are 1.5 to 3 times above the Illinois average. Syphilis rates have spiked by 80 percent. 

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The area’s major health providers are working to assess and address the community’s biggest health needs.

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Four hundred and forty. That’s the number of potential years of life lost in Peoria County last year to homicides. 

Proactive measures by community health organizations helped make a dent in Peoria County’s overdose death numbers last year. 

That’s according to Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson. 

The 2018 Mortality Report shows that Peoria County saw a 22 percent drop in overdose deaths from 2017. Hendrickson says there are a few factors at work.

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One Central Illinois company wants to make it easier for schools to recycle food waste.

Better Earth Logistics is rolling out a new composting program for schools in Peoria and Tazewell counties. Co-founder Luke Rosenbohm said he wants to teach future generations how to cut down on wasted food. 

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Illinois health officials are encouraging residents to test their home’s radon level.

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The Peoria City/County Health Department is urging residents to take extra precautions after a rabid bat was found in Chillicothe last month.

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A record number of sexually transmitted disease cases are being reported in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 2.3 million chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis cases were diagnosed in 2017.

Area Hospitals Lift Visiting Restrictions

Apr 17, 2017
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Peoria area hospitals have lifted their request for people with flu symptoms to voluntarily limit hospital visits because of a decrease in flu cases. The request was in place to help limit flu exposure for the hospitals' patients and staff.

 According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are 14-million new Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infections annually. Half are in 15 to 24 year olds. The Peoria City/County Health Department is reminding parents to make sure that their child’s vaccinations are up to date. The HPV vaccine is recommended for boys and girls 11 and older. It is a three shot series, best administered before exposure to the virus. The series of shots given over six months, costs in the neighborhood of $700. Some major insurers and Medicaid cover at least a portion of the expense.

Peoria goverments look for more collaboration

Mar 2, 2016

  Five local governments participated in an informational meeting with the Peoria District 150 School Board last night. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports the goals was to explore ways to cooperate.     

Health Department selects public health administrator

Jan 21, 2016
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The Peoria City/County Health Department has selected a new public health administrator. 

The County Board of Health announced Gene Huber will take the post effective immediately. 

Huber has been serving in the interim post since July, department spokesperson Diana Scott said.

The position was vacated when the former public health administrator Greg Chance took a job at Advanced Medical Transport.

Previously, Huber served as the department’s finance director for 12 years.

West Nile Virus identified in Peoria County

Aug 21, 2015

The Peoria City/County Health Department reports that this summer has been active for West Nile Virus.  

West Nile Virus infected bird appears in Peoria

Jul 29, 2015

 Peoria County is reporting it’s first evidence of West Nile Virus for the year with a dead bird testing positive for the disease. Wil Hayes is the Director of Environmental Health for the Peoria City/County Health Department. He says four out of five people with West Nile will not show symptoms.  But he says in rare cases, severe illness or even death can occur. Some precautions against West Nile Virus include reducing standing water where mosquitoes breed, making sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens, and using a bug repellent with DEET, lemon eucalyptus oil or IR 3535.  

Deadline to register for health insurance coming

Feb 3, 2015

The Peoria City/County Health Department is encouraging those without health insurance to sign up. February 15th is the final day to get coverage for 2015.

A new three-year health initiative is launching in Peoria. The goal is to reduce obesity rates in targeted areas with after-school nutrition classes. Health Board member Sharon Williams says the initiative also offers tips on budgeting for healthy food:

At least one government entity is listening to environmental groups’ calls for leaders to demand more information from Dynegy. The Peoria City/County Health Department is sending a letter to the company asking about its future plans for the E.D Edwards plant that’s located outside Peoria.

WNV-infected bird found in Peoria County

Jul 18, 2014

Peoria County reported finding its first West Nile Virus positive bird of 2014.  

A human West Nile Virus case in Peoria

Oct 1, 2013

  The Peoria City/County Health Department reports its first human case of West Nile Virus this year. Health Department Administrator Greg Chance says people need to take precautions against mosquito bites until the first hard frost. Mosquitos can pick up West Nile Virus from infected birds.Symptoms include fever, nausea, muscle and headaches. But some people don’t get any symptoms and in rare cases a severe illness can result from West Nile Virus.

The Peoria City/County Health Department is beginning the process of educating the community on Illinois’ Health Insurance Marketplace. The state program created under the Affordable Care Act will allow residents to shop for health coverage online beginning October 1st.

Rabid bat identified in Peoria County

Sep 20, 2013

The Peoria City/County Health Department says it’s identified a rabid bat in the county. This comes as the department and Peoria County Animal Protection Services is about to observe World Rabies Day on September 28th. 

Peoria County Board of Health seeks applicants

Jun 24, 2013

The Peoria County Board of Health is looking for a new member.

The Board of Health creates policies to reinforce the goals of the Health Department.

Board members typically serve three years.

The Board of Health will review applicants and send recommendations to the Peoria County Board Chairman.

Applications are available at

Quest for community health

Mar 27, 2013

Quality Quest for Health is overhauling its mission. The not- for-profit group is partnering with The Heart of Illinois United Way and the Peoria City/County Health Department to focus on community health matters. That’s a shift away from a medical institution outcomes based focus. The move comes as the recent County Health Rankings Report showed Peoria 66th out of Illinois’ 102 counties. Peoria Health Department Administrator Greg Chance says the report is an ideal platform to start a broader health discussion: Peoria’s neighbor Woodford County was ranked third best in Illinois.