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The first week of Bradley University's fall 2020 semester is done, but there's still a long way to go yet.

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Bradley University President Stephen Standifird is apologizing and announcing changes after a statement he issued earlier this week regarding recent tensions and unrest drew backlash from the university's black community.

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Early childhood educators from across the state met in East Peoria Thursday to learn more about implicit biases - and how they can address them. 

A state senator has officially thrown his hat into Illinois' high-profile and expensive governor's race.

The Illinois Senate has approved requiring public schools to teach LGBT history.

The Republican floor leader in the Illinois House says a GOP candidate seeking a seat in the General Assembly is unworthy of the post because of his use of sexist and racist language.

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After fumbling the answer to a question about whether a former Ku Klux Klan leader is a racist, the campaign of Republican Bruce Rauner clarified the governor's opinion of David Duke.

Fair Housing Act Violations Asserted Against Peoria

Aug 11, 2017
Patrick Semansky / AP Photo


The City of Peoria is being sued for the way it enforces its chronic nuisance ordinance. The lawsuit, filed in US District Court, alleges the city violates the Fair Housing Act.

The City of Peoria is continuing its Community Conversation on Race and Economic Opportunity.


The next phase of the effort is smaller subject based group discussions, including asset development, justice, education and health. The workgroup meetings are an outgrowth of two large community conversations.


The small group meetings are scheduled between Monday and Wednesday next week in the evening at Valeska Hinton School and the Lincoln Branch Public Library.


Photos courtesy Wikimedia Commons/Graphic by Cass Herrington

Attendees gathered at the Civic Center Mon. for a sold out luncheon honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Peoria Public Radio was there to hear what people are saying about race and Dr. King’s legacy in 2017.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria County Board has three new members. The body remains a democratic majority with a 10-8 make up of Democrats and Republicans. But this board is less gender diverse than its predecessor.

McDuffie: "Volatile Time" for U of I Minority Students, Faculty

Jul 20, 2016
U of I Department of African-American Studies / Illinois Public Media

Robert J. Jones will be formally introduced to the University of Illinois Urbana campus this morning as its new chancellor, and as the first African-American to lead the U of I’s flagship campus. One U of I professor of African-American studies says he hopes Jones can help make the school more racially inclusive and democratic. 

 Professor Erik McDuffie says it’s been a 

A Chat With Peoria’s Race For The Cure Coordinator

May 8, 2015

Saturday is the annual Komen Race for the Cure in Peoria.  It marks 30 years the event has raised money for research and other ways of support used in the fight against breast cancer.  

Zalcman out in 18th Congressional race

Apr 13, 2015

Bloomington attorney Marc Zalcman is withdrawing his bid to fill the 18th Congressional District seat. Zalcman, a Republican, says the timeline to get 1,000 petition signatures in about three weeks is too tight to successfully achieve.  Zalcman called the timeline unfair, and says he plans to run in the 2016 Republican primary. Zalcman was the only other declared Republican in the race, running against state Senator Darin LaHood in the July primary

Quinn concedes Governor’s race to Rauner

Nov 5, 2014

Governor Pat Quinn has conceded his campaign for re-election to Republican Bruce Rauner.  Rauner defeated the Democratic incumbent by five percentage points, declaring victory Tuesday night. Quinn said he wanted to make sure all the votes were counted.  He says that happened Wednesday:

Oberweis: I was outspent in US Senate race

Nov 5, 2014

State Senator Jim Oberweis says he was simply outspent in his latest campaign run.  The dairy magnate lost to incumbent Dick Durbin for the Illinois U.S. Senate seat.  Oberweis sought the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in 2002 and 2004. He also ran for Illinois governor in 2006.  Oberweis doesn’t rule out running for another office in the future.

Quinn, Rauner fight over taxes

Sep 29, 2014

The candidates for Illinois governor are sparring over taxes.

Outside The Horseshoe - March 25, 2014

Mar 25, 2014

A group of parents and interested citizens has launched a public movement called Change 150. The campaign is against the Peoria District 150 Superintendent and Board of Education. It resulted in ouster of the only school board member up for re-election last week. Yesterday one of the city’s most prominent African American Pastors stood in front of the reporters from all media outlets in the city to say the group was misguided and function largely on a racial bias.

Rauner trying to court labor groups?

Mar 19, 2014

Now that he's Republicans nominee, it seems like Bruce Rauner is backing away from a campaign mantra. 

With the outcome of the primary election settled, Illinois politicians are turning their attention to November. The campaign for governor could become the most expensive race in the state's history.

Healthy lead for Rauner in governor’s race

Mar 11, 2014

The Illinois primary is a week away--and businessman Bruce Rauner has a healthy lead in the Republican race for governor.  The billionaire venture capitalist has made job creation a capstone of his campaign, and says he understands how hard it is for families to get ahead in Illinois.

District 150 approves labor deal, buying properties

Mar 10, 2014

The District 150 School Board approved an agreement with the West Central Building & Construction Trades Council. 

Webster challenges White for IL Sec. of State

Nov 18, 2013

Illinois' longtime secretary of state finally has at least one challenger in next year's election. Republican Mike Webster says he'll take on Democrat Jesse White.

White is seeking his fifth term as secretary of state. He's a formidable opponent -- winning each of his four elections by double-digit margins, and once carrying all of Illinois' 102 counties.

Same-sex marriage and the governor’s race

Nov 13, 2013

Although same-sex marriage will soon be law in Illinois, the issue could remain a factor in the 2014 elections.

Kwame Raoul not entering governor’s race

Aug 29, 2013
(Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio)

A potential Democratic challenger for Illinois governor has taken himself out of contention.  State Senator Kwame Raoul had been flirting with a run for nearly a month. But he ended that Thursday. IPR’ Brian Mackey has more: 

IL Republicans at crossroads

Aug 16, 2013
Brian Mackey/ Illinois Public Radio

Illinois Republicans are at a crossroads. The party has a historically small number of people in the Illinois Senate, and a small minority in the House, too. But Republicans are also hopeful about 20-14, when they have the chance to win back the Illinois governor's office, ending 12 years of Democratic rule. Party leaders and candidates rallied in Springfield Thursday at the Illinois State Fair. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, the men competing for the top of the ticket each say they're uniquely qualified to revive the Illinois Republican Party

Hemmings Great Race to stop in Peoria

Jun 21, 2013

The Peoria Riverfront is a lunch stop for the 2013 Hemmings Great Race Monday. The annual road rally starts Saturday in St. Paul Minnesota, and features 100 participants with vintage cars and trucks. Drivers, including Peoria native Richard McKone, are converging on the Gateway Building around Noon Monday for a lunch break before heading to Hannibal, Missouri. The public is invited to greet the drivers as they arrive, and look at the antique cars on display.