Tazewell County

Governor J.B. Pritzker has appointed Tremont attorney Tom Brewer as Public Administrator and Public Guardian of Tazewell County. 

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The Tazewell County Board voted Wednesday to cut down on the number of election precincts after a lengthy debate over whether they had the authority to do so under Illinois statute. 

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One Central Illinois company wants to make it easier for schools to recycle food waste.

Better Earth Logistics is rolling out a new composting program for schools in Peoria and Tazewell counties. Co-founder Luke Rosenbohm said he wants to teach future generations how to cut down on wasted food. 

DELAVAN -- A local medicinal cannabis grower is expanding into a new market aimed at pets.

Revolution Enterprises runs a cannabis cultivation facility in Delavan, a Tazewell County city about half an hour south of Peoria.

The company recently acquired HempVet, which makes hemp-based cannabinoid oil products aimed at pets.

Revolution General Counsel Ali Jubelirer said CBD can be used for various pet conditions.

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Newcomers prevailed in several key races in Peoria and Tazewell Counties in the election Tuesday.

Tazewell County Focus of Special ISP Patrols

Mar 18, 2019
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Illinois State Police, District 08 is conducting Roadside Safety Check and Saturation Patrols in Tazewell County during the month of April.

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A blast of polar air enveloped much of the Midwest on Wednesday, closing schools and businesses and straining infrastructure with some of the lowest temperatures in a generation. Disruptions are now extending into Thursday.

Tazewell County is rolling out a property tax prepayment plan. Treasurer Mary Burress says her office will begin accepting the payments December 3.

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Tazewell County is the latest to report West Nile virus. The county health department says mosquitoes collected in East Peoria tested positive in August.

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A Morton man faces up to 30 years in prison for beating his 18-month-old niece while babysitting her last summer.

This week, we're talking with Leigh Ann Brown and Rachel Berchtold about the Fourth Friday Tazewell Art Loop. Like First Fridays, these monthly events are intended to showcase local artists and musicians; however, the Tazewell County effort also includes a partnership with local small businesses. Berchtold and Brown talk about the value of building partnerships between the business and arts sectors, and about some of the special events on tap for tonight. There's also a scavenger hunt that runs all summer.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor says portions of Central and Western Illinois remain abnormally dry. The agency’s update includes all of Peoria county and portions of Tazewell, Woodford and McLean counties for the second consecutive week.

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The Tazewell County Sheriff’s office issued a variety of citations during its distracted driver enforcement program last month. Chief Deputy Jeffrey Lower says 44 tickets were issued during the two-week “drop it and drive” campaign.

BREAKING: Waffle House Shooting Suspect in Custody

Apr 23, 2018
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The Metro Nashville Police Department has announced that the Antioch Waffle House shooting suspect, 29 year-old Travis Reinking of Morton, Illinois, has been apprehended.  Via Twitter, officials confirmed Reinking was nabbed in a wooded area several miles from the crime scene.

Tanya Koonce

Authorities say a central Illinois man has died in an officer-involved shooting.

Pekin Man Charged in K2 Death

Apr 13, 2018
Peoria Police Department

Lonnie Smith, 46, made his first court appearance in Pekin Friday on charges that include the drug-induced homicide of Anthony Phillips.

LaHood's Win Highlights Local Primary Results

Mar 21, 2018

In the 18th Congressional District race Republican incumbent Darin LaHood walked away with 79 percent of the vote over Don Reints. LaHood will look to retain his seat in the November election running against repeat Democratic contender Junius Rodriguez. Rodriguez won 42 percent of the vote in a three-way race yesterday against Brian Deters and Darrel Miller. 

Tazewell County Circuit Clerk Offers Amnesty

Feb 23, 2018
Tazewell County Circuit Clerk's Office

The Tazewell County Circuit Clerk’s Office is offering a sort of amnesty to people with outstanding court fines and fees.

 

If a person’s court fines and fees fall 60 days into arrears, the account is turned over the collection and a 30 percent fee is attached. Collection fees will be waived for one week in March.

 

It’s the first time the Tazewell County Circuit Clerk’s office is offering amnesty since the introduction of the Compliance Office in 2014.

 

Tazewell County Board Studies Property Tax Increase

Oct 11, 2017

Tazewell County’s planning to operate on about $63-Million in its next fiscal year starting December first. The county is also expecting a one-point-two-million dollar deficit.

Tazewell County Consolidated Dispatch Takes Shape

Sep 29, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

As of Thursday, Tazewell County and its municipalities have all approved the intergovernmental agreement for the consolidation of its emergency call dispatch centers.

Former Pekin Police Officer Involved in Standoff

Jul 31, 2017

A former Pekin Police officer is hospitalized from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound. Police were called to Williamsburg Apartments at about 2 a.m., on a report of three shots fired. 

Hranka to Run for Tazewell County Clerk

Jul 28, 2017
Tanya Koonce

The Tazewell County Auditor is planning a run for the office next door, so to speak. Republican Shelly Hranka says she’ll run for the County Clerk’s office.

Leigh Ann Brown and Kelly Scarfe are in the studio this week to talk about the Tazewell Art Loop, held the fourth Friday of every month. Similar to First Fridays, the event offers opportunities to meet local artists, tour their studios and see works in progress. The Tazewell event also highlights locally-owned businesses. The organizers have developed walking tours for four participating communities: Morton, Tremont, Delavan, and Pekin.

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The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department and Pekin Police are working to determine what happened to 13-year-old Robert Bee. 

UPDATE: Human Remains 'Consistent' With Missing Pekin Boy

Jul 24, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Update (12:30pm): Information gathered this morning from human remains is “consistent” with that of Robert Bee, the missing boy from Pekin.

But the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office is quick to point out that no positive identification can be made until DNA testing confirms a match.

The Sheriff’s office says a forensic pathologist's examination this morning determined that based on the skeletal and dental remains, it could be Robert Bee.

The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Pekin Police Department, Tazewell County Coroner’s Office and Illinois State Police, are continuing the investigation.

This story is developing. Continue to check back for updates.

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The Tazewell County Sheriff's Department and the Coroner's Office are working to identify skeletal remains found Monday afternoon in South Pekin. 


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Democratic gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker made several stops around the state Thurs. One of them was at the Tazewell Community Area Project or TCAP. 

Tazewell County Teens Learn to Drive for Life

May 19, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  More than 100 Tazewell County teens went through the Ford Driving Skills for Life training Thursday at the Army National Guard Base in Peoria.

Peoria Public Radio's Tanya Koonce reports, it was the 10th anniversary of the initiative in Tazewell County after 15 teens were killed in car accidents in 15 months.

 

Jim Graham is the Global Manager of Ford Driving Skills for Life. He was in Tazewell County when the program was introduced and returned Thursday.

PEKIN, Ill. (AP) - Tazewell County is now home to a special court that will handle cases involving people with mental health issues.  The County opened its new Mental Health Court last week. 

Chief Public Defender Luke Taylor says the court will work with offenders to address problems with counseling and medication, with a goal of keeping them out of jail. 

 Officials say the Tazewell County jail houses about 500 people each year with mental health issues that range from minor to severe, and many are repeat offenders. They say it costs much more to hold and feed them in the jail than the $40,000 the county board earmarked for the new court.

A central Illinois man has pleaded guilty to charges related to an incident in which he tried to kill another man in anger over child pornography charges he faced.  20-year-old Dustin Brown entered two guilty but mentally ill plea agreements that produced a sentence range of 16 to 94 years in prison.

Tanya Koonce

The Tremont and Tazewell County community turned out today for the highway dedication ceremony that now honors Deputy Craig Whisenand. Whisenand died en route to a call last August 11th. The road dedication ceremony included Whisenand’s family, state and local representatives as well as other police agencies from around the state and riders with Concerns of Police Survivors - Cycle Across Illinois.

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