Peoria County Courthouse

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. 

Peoria Public Radio/Kristin McHugh

A new Lincoln portrait graces the second floor of the Peoria County Courthouse. The same portrait is going up in all 102 county courthouses in the state.

Doug Leunig

  PEORIA - Abraham Lincoln soon could be keeping an eye on the Civil War memorial statue next to the Peoria County Courthouse.

The Peoria County Board Executive Committee has approved putting a mural that bears the likeness of the 16th president on a courthouse wall for the Big Picture Street festival. The event is set for Oct. 13.

The county board will make a final decision at its July 12 meeting.  

For years, dusty, battered volumes of records from the 19th and early 20th century have been stored in boxes in a forgotten corner of the Peoria County Courthouse.

A Peoria fire department wants to teach CPR to 8,000 people over the next two years.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

A 74-year-old Peoria man returns to prison in Galesburg this evening, but he could be freed later this spring if a judge believes new evidence proves his innocence.

Driver Flees Scene of Crash in Downtown Peoria

Mar 30, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  The crash at Main and Adams streets about noon yesterday in downtown Peoria left one with life threatening injuries.


The crash happened when the driver of a Lexus ran a red light on Adams and crashed into a minivan carrying a mother and her three children. All four were taken to the hospital, the children sustained what were believed to be minor injuries. The mother left the scene with significant injuries.


Courtroom rehab continues amid delays

Oct 8, 2015
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria County is in the process of remodeling three courtrooms that were damaged when a pipe burst in February. One of those courtrooms is back in use -- while the other two are not.

Construction started on courtrooms 222 and 322 in July. Now, the drywall is exposed, the ceiling tiles are gone, and the carpet is pulled up.  

Chief Judge Stephen Kouri is growing impatient. He says having two courtrooms out of commission is slowing down the number of cases judges are able to hear. On top of that, judges are having to juggle courtrooms.

Water leak causes damage at Peoria County Courthouse

Feb 16, 2015

Three courtrooms and the circuit clerk’s office at the Peoria County Courthouse were damaged after a weekend water leak. The leak came from the HVAC system and was discovered on Saturday.

Spring Celebration features art from area schools

Apr 18, 2014

This week, we;re talking with Mary Rous, about the Arts in Education Spring Celebration. Now in its 29th year, the program spotlights the performing arts programs in local schools with performances and exhibits at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza. The Spring Celebration continues weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., through May 23rd.

Peoria gas station operator charged with tax fraud

Aug 2, 2013

A state effort cracking-down on gas station operators for tax fraud has netted charges for a Peoria man.