Politics and Government

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Peoria activist and community organizer Chama St. Louis says she's running for Peoria mayor next year.

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The city of Pekin is closing off access to the riverfront after people continued to gather there in violation of the governor's stay-at-home order.

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The federal government is gearing up to send the first round of direct payments to help individuals through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The city of Peoria is preparing for what happens if it doesn't receive state revenues for its firefighters' pension fund on time due to the COVID-19 money flow crunch.

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In the midst of a global pandemic that has shut down much of society, concerns remain about getting enough people tested.

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) is applauding the passage of the CARES Act - the single largest relief package in American history.

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The Tazewell County Board approved a $35 pay increase for election judges who worked the recent primary election.

Peoria Council Grants Mayor Ardis Emergency Powers

Mar 25, 2020

With half of the council attending via phone, the Peoria City Council updated the emergency powers of the mayor last night.


Just a few weeks ago, Gov. JB Pritzker offered up a spending blueprint for Illinois. But that was before the COVID-19 pandemic was on the radar.


The Pekin City Council voted unanimously Monday to extend the emergency powers of the mayor and city manager for another two weeks.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered Illinois residents to "shelter in place" starting 5 p.m. Saturday through April 7 in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19.

Knox County is launching its emergency operation center to better respond to COVID-19.

It appears Tazewell County has a new auditor.

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It appears most Peoria County voters prefer to keep the incumbents currently holding the state's attorney and county clerk's offices.

With all precincts reporting, Peoria County State's Attorney Jodi Hoos beat challenger Chris McCall 60 to 40 percent. Incumbent County Clerk Rachael Parker defeated Gabe McLeod with 56 percent of the vote.

All four candidates are Democrats. No Republicans are running for either seat in the November general election.

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President Donald Trump has clinched the Republican nomination, surpassing the necessary delegate threshold in his re-election bid. 

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Joe Biden has won Illinois' Democratic presidential primary.

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Governor J.B. Pritzker says the federal and state governments are working to blunt the blow of a two-week bar and restaurant closure as much as possible. 

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Peoria County is moving three polling places as a precautionary measure to protect vulnerable people from the flu and COVID-19.

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East Peoria Mayor John Kahl said the state of the city is "one of confidence and promise."

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The Peoria City Council will decide whether or not to regulate Airbnb's and other short-term rentals. 

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Illinois police training centers are struggling to stay open after reforms to traffic fines and fees took a major bite out of their only revenue stream. 

Peoria County Property Tax Records

Vacant big box stores in Peoria may soon find new life as indoor self-service warehousing. 

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Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) says he is gay.

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Local election authorities are reminding people that voting by mail is an option as fears about the coronavirus, the flu, and other illnesses dominate the headlines in the lead-up to March 17's primary.

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Cook County Public Guardian Charles Golbert said DCFS isn't being transparent about its potential involvement with the family of a 4-year-old East Peoria boy who died last month. 

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The Tazewell County Board reconsidered its vote not to censure county clerk John Ackerman last month, and voted almost unanimously to reprimand him over employee pay raises.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

It’s been more than two years since two Kroger stores closed in Peoria—one on the South Side, the other on the East Bluff. 

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The Pekin City Council unanimously approved a new registration regime for motorized bicycles Tuesday.

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State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria) is sponsoring legislation that would ban discrimination based on someone's hairstyle.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Peggy Hubbard is calling media reports on her claim she brought a gun and ammunition into a suburban Chicago high school "fake news."