Peoria County

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Issues including housing disparity, the digital divide and training for high-wage jobs are among the topics a new Peoria city-county initiative hopes to address, according to City Council member Rita Ali.

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U.S. Census Bureau workers have started going door-to-door in the Peoria area to boost participation in the nationwide population count.

As Woodford County and East Peoria go their own way against Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order, Peoria County's chief prosecutor said she'll continue upholding it.

Peoria County Treasurer Nicole Bjerke proposal of a "compromise" option on property tax payments to allow people to defer 50 percent of the installment due in June for two months was unanimoulsly approved by the county board Thursday.

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Peoria County administrator Scott Sorrel says privately-tracked cellphone data released by major providers shows people are taking the governor's stay-at-home executive order seriously.

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Peoria County is backing a bill to allow all counties to implement their own motor fuel taxes. 

Peoria County's proposed $133 million 2020 budget makes a full payment to employee pensions without raising property taxes.

That's according to county administrator Scott Sorrel. He said new revenue from cannabis, online sales taxes and increased motor fuel taxes may help the county's bottom line, but they're also planning for pension costs, upcoming collective bargaining with 10 employee unions, and increasing health insurance costs.

"I think for us, it's a status quo budget. It's not expansive growth," said Sorrel. 

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The Illinois Supreme Court will fully fund the salaries of county probation officers for the first time in over a decade.

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Peoria attorney Chris McCall is officially throwing his hat in the ring for the Peoria County State's Attorney's office. 

Peoria County Board member Rachael Parker is the nominee to fill the vacant Peoria County Clerk's position.

Parker was first elected to the county board in 2010. She will replace R. Steve Sonnemaker, a Democrat who died on June 14. Sonnemaker was re-elected without opposition in 2018. 

Parker said she will serve until a special election is held in 2020 to fill the last two years of Sonnemaker's term. She does not plan to run for the seat. 

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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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Newcomers prevailed in several key races in Peoria and Tazewell Counties in the election Tuesday.

The entire Peoria Public Radio listening area is under a wind chill advisory until noon Friday.

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A Pekin woman was injured in a Tuesday crash on Illinois Route 6.

Disease is Killing Illinois Deer

Nov 6, 2018

White-tailed deer in Illinois are experiencing a disease that’s killed more 430 animals this year as of Oct 29.

Peoria County to Dedicate New Memorial

Oct 17, 2018
Peoria Public Radio/Kristin McHugh

Peoria County is unveiling a new memorial to honor local veterans who've died in conflicts since World War II.

Kickapoo Creek Road Re-Opened Following Rock Slide

Jun 19, 2018

Kickapoo Creek Road is open again in Peoria County.

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Drought conditions are not improving across portions of Central and Western Illinois despite recent rainfall. The U.S. Drought Monitor continues to list all of Peoria county and portions of Tazewell, Woodford, Marshall, Fulton and McLean counties as “abnormally dry” in its weekly update released Thursday.

Peoria Man Charged in Death of his Father

May 22, 2018

38-year-old Mark Runyon is facing a first-degree murder charge for the death of his father Frank Runyon.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor says portions of Central and Western Illinois remain abnormally dry. The agency’s update includes all of Peoria county and portions of Tazewell, Woodford and McLean counties for the second consecutive week.

Kristin McHugh

Reconstruction of Peoria’s Allen Road-Willow Knolls Drive intersection is expected to begin next month. City officials unveiled the preferred plan at a public meeting Wednesday night. It involves new signals, reconfiguration of medians, new sidewalks and a bike path. City engineer Bill Lewis says a roundabout was considered for the aging intersection, but a public survey overwhelmingly favored traffic signals.

Jurors in Peoria have convicted a 21-year-old woman of participating in a robbery that left a 63-year-old man dead.

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.

Appeals Court Sends Heidelberg's Case Back to Peoria

Dec 1, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The half a century old murder case that convicted a black man of killing a sheriff’s deputy has been sent back to Peoria County.

Peoria County 2018 Spending Plan is Balanced

Sep 29, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria County’s proposed budget for 2018 creates a surplus in revenue by the end of the year. But County Board Chairman Andrew Rand says while that may look good on paper, it’s no cause for celebration. 

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More than 2,100 Peoria residents were without power Wed. night, as a result of the afternoon and evening storms.

Peoria County Board Selects New Treasurer

Mar 29, 2017

The Peoria County Board has selected the long-time chief deputy treasurer to be the next treasurer. Nicole Demetreas has worked in Peoria County government finance for nearly two decades and has served as the chief deputy treasurer since 2000. Demetreas was appointed to fill the role yesterday/Tuesday during a special Peoria County Board Meeting. She is filling the position vacated by the retirement of Tripp O’Connor January 31st. The term expires November 30th, 2018. Demetreas will be sworn in after the completion of bonding paperwork.   

Peoria County Offers Buy-Out to Balance Budget

Jan 13, 2017

Peoria County hopes to reduce the number of employees it must layoff to balance its budget. The county board Thursday night approved a voluntary employee-buyout plan.

Four Illinois community health centers are receiving a combined $4.9 million in federal grants to provide services in areas where there are barriers to affordable, quality health care.  U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth say the Department of Health and Human Services grants will go to centers in Cook, Lake and Peoria counties.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria County Auditor is resigning her position, effective Dec. 31, citing the recent county budget cuts.