Politics and Government

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There's a new state senator serving Illinois' 37th District.

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State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth is the new Speaker Pro Tempore of the Illinois House.

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U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos says she's confident President Joe Biden will fulfill his promise of unifying the country in the days and weeks ahead.

The write-in option was left off some copies of the February Peoria mayoral primary ballot.

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Early voting for next month’s consolidated primary elections began Thursday, and Peoria County Election Commission Executive Director Tom Bride believes turnout may be higher than usual this year.

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Bars and restaurants in the City of Peoria are getting some relief for overhead expenses this year with a 50% reduction in liquor license renewal fees.

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Commerce Bank says its employee-funded political action committee (PAC) will no longer give money to members of Congress who have "impeded the peaceful transfer of power."

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U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood on Friday said President Donald Trump does bear responsibility for Wednesday's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, while Rep. Cheri Bustos said she supports efforts to remove Trump from office before Inauguration Day. 

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said Congress should immediately impeach and remove President Donald Trump from office.

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Illinois lawmakers of both parties are condemning insurrection after pro-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

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Despite Peoria City Council positions being non-partisan, historical context coupled with nuanced rhetoric can sometimes be a clear giveaway to a candidate's party allegiance.

Tazewell County Board Chairman David Zimmerman said Tuesday he is seeking appointment to the state Senate from the 44th  District. Earlier in the day, state Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, said he was no longer interested in the seat.

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As the deadline looms to redraw state legislative districts for the next decade, Illinois House Republicans are making a last-ditch effort to take the process out of the hands of lawmakers and place the onus on a new independent commission.

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First District Peoria City Council candidate Denise Jackson says the conversation around the city's potential plans for the former Save-A-Lot grocery store on Western Avenue are flawed.

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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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The Pekin City Council approved the creation of a new Business Development District along the Court Street Corridor.

Council members didn't mince words Monday night, saying the city's previous reluctance to offer such incentives led to major retail developments heading instead to Peoria and East Peoria.

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For Illinois restaurateurs, when they say help is needed to stay in business, they don't mean sometime next month. They mean immediately.

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood is among the 106 House Republicans who signed an amicus brief in support of the Texas attorney general's lawsuit seeking to overturn the election results in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

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Republican Congressman Darin LaHood and Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin seem to agree on at least one issue: another coronavirus relief package needs to be passed before the holidays.

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood said he's not yet ready to acknowledge Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 presidential election.

The Peoria City Council is implementing a fee cap on third-party food delivery services like GrubHub and DoorDash during the ongoing COVID-19 mitigations that are shuttering indoor dining.

The list of names on the ballot for Peoria mayor is down to five after challenges to the nominating petitions for Couri Thomas and Rev. Chuck Brown were upheld in a Tuesday hearing.

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Peoria Housing Authority residents will have a chance to work on the upcoming Taft Homes redevelopment project, and gain new job skills at the same time.

The two candidates for Peoria mayor facing challenges to their nominating petitions say they are optimistic about remaining on the primary ballot.

Two Peoria mayoral candidates face petition challenges in their attempt to appear on the February 2021 primary ballot.

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After 14 years of negotiations, it appears the City of Peoria and the U.S. EPA have struck a deal on a consent decree outlining a course for the city to correct the combined sewer overflow issues that have long plagued it.

The city council is slated to vote Tuesday on approval of an agreement with the federal regulator over the longstanding problem, wherein raw sewage flows into the Illinois River following heavy rainfall events.

Pekin Mayor Mark Luft will join the Illinois House in January, filling the seat held by retiring 91st District state Rep. Mike Unes, R-East Peoria, and following in the footsteps of his father, Dick Luft, who served in both General Assembly chambers from 1975-93 as a Democrat.

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The City of Peoria will have an eyepopping seven candidates for mayor to choose from on the February 2021 primary ballot.

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Fulton County has long been a reliable Democratic vote. In every election since 1988, the rural county just west of Peoria has turned out in force for the Democratic presidential nominee, including voting for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.

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The East Peoria City Council is standing by its non-enforcement of Gov. JB Pritzker's COVID-19 restrictions on businesses.