Peoria County

Changes ahead for local emergency call centers

Aug 3, 2015

The Peoria County Emergency Telephone System Board is facing some changes to 911 dispatch centers before the end of this year. 

The monthly surcharge on phone bills will increase to 87 cents for both wireless and landline phones. The existing surcharge is 80 cents for wireless and 73 cents for land lines. County ETSB chairman David Tuttle says it also plans to add a 911 texting service. Tuttle says that would benefit those who cannot speak or hear.

Peoria County is getting more than $2 million to remove homes damaged in the floods two years ago.  FEMA awarded the county two grants to acquire 35 properties near Edwards and in flood plains along the Illinois River.  Officials say some of the homes are vacant.  Grant money will pay homeowners of occupied structures to vacate.  Peoria County has been buying-out property owners for the last three decades following floods under a special program.

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  The Peoria Police Department is implementing a new emergency communications system today. Peoria Police started using the new digital radio interface with sign-on this morning.  The Peoria County Sheriff's Office has been using the system since earlier this year. The Peoria Fire Department is set to transition June 23.  The the digital system upgrade replaces the decades-old analog infrastructure. The new technology adds capability for first responders to have direct interagency communication.

A three-year grant will pay for in-depth science and math training for more than 100 regional school teachers this summer. 

Lawyers from the Center on Wrongful Convictions who represent a Peoria man have filed a motion in Peoria County court requesting advanced DNA testing that they say they hope will prove he didn't kill two people in 1977. 

Peoria County helps bees and budget

Mar 30, 2015

Peoria County is reducing the amount of mowing usually done along its highways and right of ways this summer.  

Fix A Leak Week starts Monday

Mar 12, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

Area health departments are offering free kits to help residents fix leaky faucets and toilets. Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford and Mason County Health departments say its part of Fix A Leak Week beginning Monday.  Residents can receive free kits to test for plumbing leaks on a first come, first served basis.  

A former Baptist missionary serving 80 years in prison for killing his wife has had parental rights revoked.

Medical marijuana business applications awarded

Feb 2, 2015

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's office is out with the list of medical marijuana applicants that have been awarded permits. 

Fundraising is nearly finished for a new war memorial in Peoria that will feature statues of soldiers on patrol. It will honor those killed in conflicts from the Korean war to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

County plans to farm the Bel-wood property

Jan 19, 2015

Peoria County plans to demolish the former Bel-wood Nursing Home facility this year. 

Peoria government looks to IL legislative session

Jan 16, 2015
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The annual Peoria City County Legislative Breakfast included about 50 elected and appointed community leaders.

Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

Local, county and state transportation officials say they are ready to combat snow and ice this winter on Illinois roads. But they all agree salt conservation will be important. David Haste is with the city of Peoria’s Public Works Department. He says cities across the state are spending more for salt this year following last year’s snowy winter.

Expressing thanks to veterans

Nov 11, 2014
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Communities in the region honored the service of veterans Tuesday.

Will Peoria County voters choose less government?

Oct 30, 2014
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria County Voters have two referendums on the ballot that stand to make some changes in local government. One asks voters whether the Recorder of Deeds Office should be eliminated as of December 2016. It would effectively mean the County has one less elected official.


ELM set for loan from Peoria County

Oct 24, 2014

Peoria County is poised to loan an environmental tech company $2.5 million to expand its footprint. ELM, LLC has more than 800 employees in 16 states.  It also makes air treatment systems for plants and builds large containers to ship natural gas.  Lee Graves is the CEO of ELM.  He says Peoria County’s loan will also help the company add to its workforce in addition to helping fund its product line:

The Peoria Housing Authority is hoping to grow its base of landlords willing to rent to Section 8 clients. The authority is kicking off monthly Section 8 Landlord Roundtable discussions Thursday. 

The Peoria County Board overwhelmingly approved a voluntary retirement plan and reduced work week for next year.  The plan aims to help tackle a $3.5 million deficit next year.  

Lawyers interested in taking on a judgeship within the 10th Judicial Circuit can apply now.

Peoria County offers minority business assistance

Jul 17, 2014
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Minority business owners in Peoria County are being offered assistance in refining and growing their operations. 

The city of Peoria and Peoria County officials are working together to ensure the public’s safety at a large music festival this weekend.

Peoria County Civic Leadership Program

May 5, 2014

High school students residing in Peoria County have the chance to join in the summer civic leadership program.  It’s a free one day program on Wednesday June eleventh, with the potential for learning more about county government.

Flying Fish Festival kicks off in July

Jan 17, 2014

Some area businesses and organizations are working to bring more awareness to the Asian carp population in the Illinois River through the launch of a new festival.

Representing vulnerable populations should remain a top priority for Peoria-area attorneys and community groups.  That’s the message from Cook County Public Defender Monica Torres-Linares.  She gave the keynote address at the Peoria County Bar Association’s Annual Diversity Luncheon.  Torres-Linares says there’s a misconception some might have about attorneys helping people struggling to find legal help:

Springdale working on two-year budget

Oct 16, 2013

Springdale Cemetery is putting together a two-year budget. Bob Manning is the chairman of the cemetery management authority. He says it's a way to better plan for large, expensive projects that cannot be completed in a year.

Peoria County proposes 2014 budget

Oct 10, 2013

Peoria County is proposing a budget for 2014 with no layoffs or major service changes.  Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports officials have concerns over dwindling state money:

The Peoria County Juvenile Detention Center has received national accreditation for its health services.  The National Commission on Correctional Health Care recognized the facility at its meeting last month.  Brian Brown is the Center’s Superintendent.  He says the accreditation measures the detention center’s entire operations:

The Peoria City/County Health department is considering code changes that regulate on-site wastewater systems.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the move follows months of tweaks to the code:

West Peoria will soon experience what some county officials are calling a college move-in day for senior citizens. More than 170 residents from Bel-Wood Nursing Home will be transferred to the newly-built Heddington Oaks facility September 25th.

Move-in date set for Heddington Oaks

Sep 4, 2013

Residents can move into Peoria County’s new nursing home facility late this month.  Heddington Oaks is set to start accepting residents September 25th, months after construction was complete on the facility.  Peoria County and the state differed on where residents should go if the nursing home needs to evacuate during an emergency.  County officials say the state approved the County’s emergency evacuation plan.  The County plans to install more lightning outside the building to comply.