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One person is dead and another critically injured after a wrong-way driver struck another vehicle head on Friday evening.

A driver was headed north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 155 at the Broadway exit south of Morton around 6:40 p.m. when they struck the other vehicle.

Tazewell County Coroner Charles Hanley pronounced the driver of the wrong-way vehicle dead on the scene. The driver in the second vehicle was transported to a Peoria hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Release of the deceased driver's name is pending family notification.

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Two teenagers face charges after police said they stole a car at gunpoint in South Peoria Monday night. 

Police said the victim agreed to give three males a ride from the 200 block of N. MacArthur. When they arrived, one of the men pulled a gun and forced the victim and his passenger out. 

While police were responding to the initial call, they received a report of the stolen vehicle speeding down Union Hill. The vehicle eventually stopped in the area of Millman and Webster. Three occupants then ran from police on foot. 

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A Washington man has died from his injuries after an accident Wednesday morning.

The Illinois State Police said Jerry Bedwell, 76, and his wife, Linda, 74, both of Washington, collided with a semi tractor-trailer on McClugage Road, just north of the intersection with Spring Creek Road, around 9:30 a.m.

Jerry Bedwell reportedly failed to yield to the semi. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Bedwell died at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center around 10:30 p.m. Friday. He suffered multiple blunt force injuries in the crash.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has "failed horribly" on public safety after gunfire in the city last weekend injured more than 70 people and killed at least 11.

The Chicago Crime Commission has officially unveiled its first new street-gang guide in six years, detailing changes in where and how 59 Chicago gangs operate.

Police in Chicago say they've discovered the dismembered body of an 81-year-old woman in her home.

An autopsy has determined that a man fatally shot on Chicago's South Side by police was shot in the back.

A school official says police have taken a student into custody after a threat prompted the closing of two southwestern Illinois high schools.

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Mayors across Illinois are joining forces to urge lawmakers not to cut local funding to balance the next state budget. The coalition of mayors and municipal groups launched a website and social media platform called ProtectMyTown.

They're urging Illinois residents to visit the site, send a message to legislators and the governor and share the site through Facebook and Twitter.


Some of the more than 100 motions filed in the case of a Chicago police officer charged in the 2014 shooting death  of black teenager Laquan McDonald that have been kept secret may soon become public.

Peoria police have a 29-year-old man in custody for the 2nd homicide of the year.

A Chicago City Council committee is recommending that the city's police department study devices that will tell officers immediately if motorists were texting when they got into a traffic accident. 

A Chicago police officer fighting for his job after he fatally shot a teenager and a woman bystander in 2015 is under investigation for his role in a restaurant fight last month.

Carol Stream Police to Begin Roadside Drug Tests

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Police in northwestern Illinois will soon try out new tests meant to quickly detect if drivers have drugs in their systems. Carol Stream police will begin testing drivers in February for marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines and opiates like heroin. The test is designed to be quick and portable. Officers will use mouth swabs. A mobile device will then test the swab and give officers measurements for amounts of drugs present.


A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 69 years in prison for fatally shooting a man at a party near the University of Illinois.

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CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Police Department says all patrol officers are now equipped with body cameras.

Some 200 people protesting President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem took to the streets of Chicago.

University of Illinois police are looking for two men suspected of removing a branch of a menorah outside the Chabad Center for Jewish Life.

Pekin K9 Officer to Compete for Grant Money

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The Pekin Police Department and its K9 Officer are participating in the Aftermath contest again this year.

Officials at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville are offering a semester's free tuition and fees for information in a case involving a racial slur.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation making it harder for authorities to confiscate property from crime suspects. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner says a plan that would limit cooperation between authorities in Illinois and federal immigration authorities "seems very reasonable."

July was another dangerous month in Chicago, with 74 homicides reported.

The FBI says it has located the car that a missing Chinese scholar studying at the University of Illinois was last seen getting into earlier this month. 

Police southwest of Chicago say they are searching for what could be a team of gun thieves who sometimes use cars to smash their way into businesses.

Police in the northwest Chicago suburbs say an 11-year-old boy has been charged with sexually assaulting another minor.

Police say the FBI is investigating the disappearance of a Chinese woman from a central Illinois university town as a kidnapping.

Enterprise CarShare has announced it will stop doing business in Chicago indefinitely due to the theft or vandalism of its vehicles.

The Springfield Municipal Band is kicking off its season a few days late after someone stole the group's audio and other equipment. 

Paris police say an unidentified assailant has attacked a police officer near the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the officer then shot and wounded the attacker, who is now hospitalized. A police union official, Cedric Michel, said a man armed with a hammer went after the police officer who was patrolling on the esplanade in front of Notre Dame Cathedral. Michel said the attacker was "neutralized" by police. It is unclear whether the attacker was acting alone. The Following breaking news coverage is courtesy of the BBC. We'll continue to follow this developing story from Paris throughout the day, and later tonight on the BBC at 10pm.