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The Trump administration is caught in the middle of growing tension between farmers and the oil industry.

Peoria's Harrison Homes residents have a new place to seek assistance.

Located within a former apartment, the Harrison Homes Resource Center will evaluate resident needs and provide appropriate solutions. 

Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion III said a civilian city employee assigned to his department will staff the office a few times a week. The goal is to connect residents with a wide range of needed resources, such as transportation.

Two federal lawsuits were filed Wednesday in Peoria after two teenagers with special needs were reportedly dropped off at the wrong location by the CityLift transit service in separate incidents last month.

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The Greater Peoria Transit Authority will add more electric vehicles to its fleet soon. The Federal Transit Administration has awarded CityLink a $2.3-million Low or No Emission Bus Program grant. Doug Roelfs, general manager of the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District, says the new buses advance the transit’s environmentally conscious mission.   


A hot and unusually wet summer has stretches of Illinois roads at the breaking point. Drivers are being warned to watch out for road buckling.

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Governor JB Pritzker joined Department of Transportation employees in Edwards today to talk about infrastructure projects planned for the Peoria region.

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One person is dead after a semi tractor-trailer struck another semi broke down on the side of Interstate 74 on Wednesday afternoon.

An Illinois advocacy group is looking to determine the impact of the state transportation lockbox amendment more than a year after voters approved the measure.

A congressman representing a large portion of downstate Illinois will be listening closely to President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight.

Cong. Bustos: Why Tie Immigration To The Budget

Jan 29, 2018

Congress passed yet another short-term spending bill a week ago but only after a three-day government shutdown. The bill funds the federal government through February 8th.


That leaves lawmakers just 11 days to develop a spending plan for the fiscal year that began last October. Immigration issues, including the status of DACA children, are at the core of the impasse.

Historic Alton Depot Razed

Dec 12, 2017
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An 89-year-old train depot in Alton is being razed.  Union Pacific had been leasing the building to Amtrak . The passenger rail service started serving passengers at the new Alton Regional Multi-Modal Transportation Center in September. A demolition team began earlier this week by punching a hole in the wall of the building. That allowed benches to be moved out of the interior before machinery proceeded.

Dozens of mayors from around the world have signed a "Chicago Climate Charter.” The summit was designed to address concerns following President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord.

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Officials say construction on a national railroad museum in Galesburg won't begin until 2019.

Organizers for the National Railroad Hall of Fame are still raising money through a capital campaign.


The goal is to raise $30 million to build the facility, which includes exhibits and an exterior plaza. Construction is expected to take up to two years after the groundbreaking. Federal officials designated Galesburg as the site for the national museum in 2003. A community campaign raised about $1.5 million in 2006.

The city of Chicago has officially submitted its bid to be home to Amazon's second headquarters.

The state of Illinois is looking for residents' help to create a plan to determine how to best use the state's roadway rest areas.

Illinois transportation officials are warning motorists to beware of more active deer as mating season begins.

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A federal agency has rejected an application by Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc. to build a railroad through northern Illinois from Wisconsin to Indiana. 

State transportation officials are warning motorists that the expected hot weather over the next few days might cause pavement to buckle around Illinois.

A union representing hundreds of Chicago taxi drivers wants the city to ease vehicle restrictions, waive a tax and eliminate a fee to help what they call a struggling industry.

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Illinois school chiefs are pressing lawmakers to pass a budget that fully funds schools before the legislative session draws to a close this week.  School district superintendents from across the state will convene at the state Capitol on the General Assembly's Wednesday deadline to urge lawmakers to produce the state's first complete budget in two years. 

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A row of pristine, white bicycles is stationed outside Peoria City Hall, ahead of Friday’s official launch of a bike share service.

Decatur Park District


A proposal in the Trump administration’s budget plan would eliminate funding for passenger service at rural and small-town airports --- including the one in Decatur.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is asking the Illinois Legislature to allow work to start on Interstate 55 in the Chicago area via a public-private partnership.  Rauner, the state transportation secretary and Republican House Leader Jim Durkin, made the push at a news conference. They say the Illinois Legislature needs to pass a resolution supporting the project by the end of the month. 

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A Chicago-area Democratic congressman says Illinois could miss out on federal infrastructure money under President-elect Donald Trump if the state doesn't sort out its budget problems.  U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley says that if Illinois can't come up with matching funds from a capital plan then it will miss out on new federal money from a big federal infrastructure program. 

Illinois voters have approved a constitutional amendment aimed at making sure transportation-related funds aren't used for other purposes.  The measure was the only lawmaker-generated ballot measure this year and had bipartisan support. 

PIA Adds Flights to Charlotte

Nov 4, 2016
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The first Allegiant Flight from Charlotte North Carolina landed at Peoria International Airport today. That was closely followed by the first flight departing for the new destination.

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DWIGHT, Ill. (AP) - A new high-speed passenger rail station has been completed in the northeast Illinois community of Dwight. 

Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn announced the completion last week. The new station is among upgrades aimed at improving high-speed service between Chicago and St. Louis. 

The 1,500-square foot building features a glass facade and modern amenities for passengers on Amtrak's Lincoln Service. That includes connections to bicycle and pedestrian paths and free Wi-Fi.  Construction began last year at the site of a former grain elevator. It's near a historic train depot in Dwight. 

Bike advocates and transportation planners are shifting gears to hear public feedback on enhancing the region's bike network. 

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission’s year-old Bike Connect HOI initiative plans to hold an open house Wed. that aims to gather responses on proposed action items for improving bike transportation.

Nick Hayward is a senior planner with the regional planning commission. Hayward says however, those interested in joining the conversation should consider the long view...

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NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - A pedal-power program is coming to Bloomington-Normal because of the Normal City Council's approval of a contract with a bicycle-sharing company. 

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Zagster will install nine stations in Bloomington as well as Normal, although Bloomington isn't paying for the program - nor is Illinois Wesleyan University in that city or Illinois State University in Normal. 

Regional Bike Plan Pedals Forward

Jun 1, 2016
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The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is pedaling forward on the bike plan that aims to connect routes in Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford Counties. 

TCRPC Executive Director Eric Miller says part of the Heart of Illinois Regional Bicycle Plan includes extending the Rock Island Trail in Peoria southward to Park Ave.

“We look at the Rock Island Trail as kind of the backbone of the trail network, and it extends to the Riverfront, and across the river to East Peoria and up through Morton,” Miller said.