Labor Union Defends Non Union Workers

Dec 22, 2016

A labor union has come to the defense of non-union workers in Peoria.


When Laborers Local 165 learned a contractor doing renovation work at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel was shorting its employees’ paychecks, they sought legal recourse.

Local Secretary Treasurer Matt Bartolo says the union wanted to help the seven workers even though they weren't members.

Walters Brothers Gives More Toys ... For Tots

Dec 13, 2016
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

 U.S. Marines Corp Reservists from Peoria loaded toys on their truck Tuesday at Walters Brothers Harley-Davidson. Santa helped. The Marines coordinate the Toys for Tots campaign.

Peoria Residents Turn Out for Better Racial Equity

Dec 7, 2016

The community discussion on racial inequity in Peoria last night was arguably one of the largest community turnouts for a public meeting in recent history. Nearly 320 people showed up to participate in the interactive meeting on racial disparity at the Gateway Building.

Federal prosecutors say they don't want former Illinois congressman Aaron Schock's corruption case moved from Springfield to Peoria.  Schock last month requested the move, arguing that the court in Peoria was more convenient and appropriate for his case. 

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria Public School Building Committee is asking those who submitted a proposal for the future of Peoria Stadium to move forward with developing a business plan. The Building Committee yesterday talked through the three page proposal Adam White and others submitted. The proposal calls for replacing Peoria Stadium with modern facilities and operating it as a nonprofit with a board of directors and full-time person to run the operation.

Peoria Sees a Robust Field of Candidates

Nov 29, 2016

The final field of candidates is set for Peoria City municipal and township offices in the spring elections. Mayor Jim Ardis is facing two challengers. Marie Kennell and Couri Thomas both filed candidate petitions Monday.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Lawyers for former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock want his corruption case moved from Springfield to Peoria.

Business Group Urges City to Buy Water Company

Oct 26, 2016

The City of Peoria has the option to buy the water company every five years, with the next opportunity coming in 2019. Illinois-American Water Company currently provides the service.

Cornerstone Building Brews New Business

Sep 26, 2016
Tanya Koonce

Obed & Isaac’s Restaurant and Microbrewery is open for business in the Cornerstone Building in Downtown Peoria. Governor Bruce Rauner as well as other state and local elected officials and business people attended the ribbon cutting celebrating the new life of the 127-year-old structure.

Kimberly Thomas is the reigning Illinois Teacher of the Year. The title doesn’t come with a satin sash and a tiara, but you might think it does once you get a taste of Thomas’s extreme effervescence. This Peoria math teacher has a lot more going for her than just bubbles and fizz, but you have to get you a sip of that first.


Members of Peoria’s Downtown Advisory Commission yesterday heard the proposed demolition of the Riverfront Village could eventually comprise more than just the 2.6 acre site. The city council will vote August 23rd on an agreement to contribute $1.5 million dollars for purchasing development rights and for the demolition of what is often referred to as the “pad.” But Peoria Assistant City Manager Chris Setti says this could be a first step toward overall improvement to the downtown riverfront.  

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

At-Large Peoria City Council Woman Beth Akeson publicly addressed her recent controversial tweets. Akeson tweeted she would not support the Black Lives Matter movement because of its divisiveness and also that those “ill-equipped” should not have children to reduce crime. But Akeson's apology and the rest of her statement wasn't enough for some. Peoria Public Radio's Tanya Koonce reports:

The Peoria City Hall meeting room where Akeson addressed the matter was standing-room-only.

Wanted: Green Space for Downtown Peoria

Jul 27, 2016
City of Peoria /

The City of Peoria has proposed a time frame for the design of what could become green space along its downtown riverfront. The city will seek input for uses of what is now Riverfront Village from citizens and visitors through the website Further input will come from two to three public hearings between mid-August and mid-October. At that time, the city will conduct a survey asking for the public’s preferences in order to prioritize the suggested ideas.

C-SPAN Features Peoria's History

Jul 20, 2016
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

C-SPAN’s ‘2016 Cities Tour’ celebrated its Peoria-feature work  at City Hall Tuesday. The team of three C-SPAN producers are gathering interviews.

City of Peoria Seeks Input on PDC Contract Rewnewal

Jul 11, 2016

The City of Peoria is looking for input from residents on its community-wide garbage hauling service.  The City is considering the renewal option on its contract with Peoria Disposal Company.

Two informational meetings to get public comment are scheduled for Wednesday. Both are from six to seven o’clock in City Hall council Chambers and at the North Branch Peoria Public Library.     

Rauner Visits Peoria, Talks Reforms and Business

Jun 24, 2016
Tanya Koonce

Governor Bruce Rauner made three stops in Peoria today, speaking with the Rotary Club 76, the Illinois Economic Development Association, and touring the Air National Guard Base.

Comptroller repeats call for budget compromise

Jun 21, 2016
Tanya Koonce

Illinois’ Comptroller is calling on lawmakers and the Governor to come to some kind of budget agreement in the next ten days. The July first start of the state’s new fiscal year without a budget means the four special spending plans sunset.

Tanya Koonce

The nurse-nun who accompanied the first life-flighted premature baby nearly 50 years ago, for what is now Children’s Hospital of Illinois, toured the facility today. 

Peoria gets long-distance call to space

Jun 7, 2016

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will have a direct line to the International Space Station this next month.  The museum was chosen as one of only 17 worldwide locations to participate in the U.S. Amateur Radio on the Space Station program. 

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Fire officials in Peoria now say they believe a blaze at the abandoned historic downtown Madison Theater was caused by arson.

Going Greene: NPR host to launch series from Peoria

Apr 6, 2016
David Gilkey / NPR / 2015

Wisconsin, Iowa and New Hampshire tend to garner headlines during presidential primary season. But the state of Illinois remains most representative of the national electorate when it comes to age, race, education, income and religion. 

Baseball Sports Complex Gets a Neighboring Pastime

Mar 9, 2016
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The Louisville Slugger Sports Complex is set open and already has a new supporting development planned for its neighborhood. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports.

Higher sewer fees coming for the city of Peoria

Mar 7, 2016

  The Peoria City Council is set to approve a two-part sewer fee increase at its regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting. The fee increases are already factored into this year’s budget.


Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich says the rate increases are necessary to stay current with the expenses of the sewer system managed by the Greater Peoria Sanitary District. “If you are in the southern portion of the city the rates would be $57.77 a quarter on average. And the typical residential bill north of War Memorial Drive are running about $62.54.”   

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.     

Ardis describes state of Peoria as in Balance

Feb 3, 2016

The state of the City of Peoria remains in balance, according to Mayor Jim Ardis. 

PNC Winterfest Success Breeds Optimism for Next Year

Jan 20, 2016
Peoria Civic Center / Facebook

The first ever outdoor ice skating venue at the Peoria Civic Center is being called an overwhelming success. PNC Winterfest organizers says they optimistically took the tagline: ‘Peoria’s Newest Holiday Tradition’ when they announced it last summer. But 11,700 people laced up ice skates and took to the outdoor rink between November 30th when it opened and Monday when it closing.

Peoria Assesses Ameren’s Storm Response

Jan 12, 2016

The City of Peoria is reviewing the widespread, lengthy power outagethat followed the December 28th storm.

The Peoria City Manager says his office met with Ameren officials to talk about the storm power outage response. Patrick Urich says it was a productive meeting. “I think we came away from it with a better understanding for the need to keep the lines of communication open, from not only from the upper levels of the organization but also from down as low as we could possibly get it.”  

Bradley University

The Peoria Police Department has a new Assistant Chief. PPD announced Captain Lisa Snow was promoted to Assistant Chief Monday. Snow has been with the Peoria Police Department for 25 years. She started in patrol in 1990 and has a Doctorate from the U of I. Assistant Chief Snow and her husband Police Lieutenant Kenneth Snow live in Peoria.     

Storm Debris Pickup Continues

Jan 6, 2016

The City of Peoria public works department is going through neighborhoods in an effort to complete the first pass of debris pick up from last week’s storm. The city is not using the regular trash pickup schedule because of the varied amount of damage throughout the community.

A hydrology expert says flood waters have crested or are near cresting on towns along the Illinois River southwest of Peoria.