Police and Courts

Knox County Jail

A Knox County man faces charges of holding a woman against her will and torturing her for four days at his house.

A Galesburg woman faces first-degree murder charges after allegedly killing her 7-year-old daughter with a knife.

UPDATED 3:15 p.m. | Authorities investigating a fatal shooting in Peoria are asking for the public's help in finding anyone who recently did business with the victim.

Peoria Police

UPDATED 4:50 p.m. | Peoria Police say a man has been arrested in connection with the death of a Peoria woman whose body was found Thursday in East Peoria.

Authorities say Christopher J. Sanders, 42, was arrested in connection with the death of Mona Ellison on Thursday evening in the village of New Baden, Ill., 30 miles east of St. Louis.

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Peoria and East Peoria police are investigating the death of a 50-year-old woman as a homicide.

A Canton woman was found dead in a South Peoria garage following a fire Friday morning.

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Nearly half a million cannabis arrest records were expunged in the first year of recreational cannabis legalization in Illinois. Ten counties, including Peoria and Knox, are years ahead of schedule in automatically expunging all eligible records.

The Peoria County coroner has identified the man found stabbed to death in a North Peoria home.


After a year that saw nationwide protests condemning police brutality, the Peoria Advisory Committee on Police-Community Relations is hoping to use 2021 to continue building trust in local law enforcement.

A Peoria woman is dead after she fell into the Illinois River while kayaking Thursday.

The Peoria Police Department is releasing more information about a Saturday night brawl that forced officers to briefly shut down Northwoods Mall.

A Peoria man faces aggravated arson charges after a fire at the Sterling Towers high-rise last week.

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Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion III announced earlier this week that he will retire on Jan. 22, capping a 26-year career with the Peoria Police Department and nearly three years as its leader. Marion recently reflected on his tenure with WCBU reporter Joe Deacon.

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Former Hotel Pere Marquette developers Gary Matthews and Monte Brannan were indicted Tuesday on 21 federal felony counts of money laundering, consipracy to commit money laundering, mail fraud, and concealment of bankruptcy assets.

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Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion III is retiring next month.

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The Tazewell County State’s Attorney said Gov. JB Pritzker’s threat to take action against businesses violating his COVID-19 executive orders raises “serious concerns.”

A 23-year-old Peoria man faces several felony charges after an armed robbery at a West Peoria gas station on Wednesday morning.

UPDATE 3 p.m. Monday | 19-year-old Tyrhon Erving, 19, of Peoria was the victim in Saturday night's fatal shooting at the Hollow Creek Apartments.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says Erving suffered a gunshot wound to his upper body, and likely died instantly.

Peoria police arrested three men in connection for first degree murder and armed robbery in connection with the shooting.

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Officers responded to a call of a man down at Monroe and Lavaille just after 8 p.m.

The man was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police said a group was gathered inside a house when an argument broke out, ultimately leading to the shooting. The suspect ran away before police arrived.

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The wallaroo that roamed the streets of Peru on Wednesday afternoon likely will need a new home.

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A north-central Illinois community spent Wednesday afternoon chasing after a wallaroo.

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The 10th Judicial Circuit is pausing jury trials until January as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in central Illinois.


A 29-year-old Peoria man faces first-degree murder charges in connection with a fatal weekend shooting.


Peoria police are investigating after a suspect reportedly fired shots at a plainclothes officer in South Peoria.

The former Tazewell County public guardian's law license is suspended after a state regulatory authority determined he misused funds in that role for his own personal benefit.

UPDATE 3:30 PM: The Amber Alert was canceled after authorities found Noah DelHotal safe.

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The Tazewell County Jail is locked down after more than 40 people associated with the Pekin facility have tested positive for COVID-19.


The Illinois State Police say a Fulton County man shot and killed by officers apparently aimed a black BB gun, modeled to look like a real semi-automatic handgun, at them before they opened fire.

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Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell is asking for compliance with Gov. JB Pritzker's new COVID-19 mitigations on restaurants, bars, and gatherings.


The Peoria Police Department is investigating a homicide in Central Peoria.