Authorities say remains found by kayakers in a river in northern Illinois have been identified as those of a man missing since 2015.

State versus state battle lines are being drawn across the Mississippi River, with a top Missouri official urging Illinois regulators to back away from a plan that would allow higher levees, potentially worsening flooding on the Missouri side of the river.

Peoria tallies expenses for flood prep, cleanup

Jul 14, 2015
Alex Rusciano / Peoria Public Radio

Expenses along the Illinois River to keep this year’s flood waters at bay cost the City of Peoria $720,000. That’s $100,000 more than the flood from two years ago:

Alex Rusciano

Water levels on the Illinois river are expected to increase another foot by the weekend.  The news comes as heavy rains continue to affect parts of northern Illinois.  Peoria Public Works Director Mike Rogers says some water is leaking from sandbag barriers along parts of a 1,500 foot riverside border.

Peoria getting new assisted living facility

Nov 25, 2014

 A $20 million assisted living facility is set to be built in the area that was previous the Southtown TIF District. The Peoria City Council approved a zoning change to the Romeo B Garrett property next to Kindred Hospital. Construction is planned to being on the complex next summer. Project manager Rick Banas says the facility will offer more than 100 apartments, and has payment help for tenants:

Shipping their harvest on barges through the vast river way system is vital for Midwest farmers.  But many say the system of locks and dams on major rivers is decaying and out of date. House and Senate negotiators in Washington recently reached agreement on a bill to authorize improvements to the river system …and President Obama is expected to sign the measure.  But the changes won’t happen overnight. IPR’s Rich Egger has the story

Port Authority could mothball its operations

Mar 31, 2014

The Heart of Illinois Regional Port District either needs to find a new home or consider shelving its operations. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports on the possible next steps for the decade-old group:

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is hosting a forum in Peoria this week promoting conservation and recreation on the Illinois River. She says one-third of the speakers at the Illinois River Coordinating Council cancelled their trip to Peoria because of the government shutdown:

Some relief on Mississippi River water levels

Feb 27, 2013

  Recent heavy rains and snow falls have the region’s shippers breathing a sigh of relief.   It was feared that low water levels on the Mississippi River would shut down shipping last month, but shippers say they're now back to handling full loads.  Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Mike Peterson says despite the good news, extended drought conditions mean river levels could drop again.  “We’re still in a drought, we’re going to expect possibly low river levels if we don’t snowpack and precipitation over the spring and summer.