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4 years later: One family rebuilt from the ground up

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From Pekin to Peoria, East Peoria, and especially Washington, the damage was nothing short of devastating. One Washington woman says rebuilding after the tornado wasn't just an option...but a necessity...

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Washington woman who lost her home to a tornado reflects back, 4 years later Video included

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On this 4th anniversary of the tornadoes that touched down in Pekin, East Peoria, and Washington, one local woman rebuilding was no option, but instead a family necessity. "It's a challenge you know, how do we get through this, you really have to dig down deep," she explains, looking back on that day. Mary and Steve Trueblood's Washington home was destroyed by the tornado four years ago.  Mary says she and four of her sons rushed to the basement after hearing the stor... More>>

Winter weather alerts are now simpler Video included

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As cooler Weather moves our way, the start of Winter gets closer. This is Winter Weather Preparedness week in Illinois, and one of the ways we can be ready for wintery weather this year has to do with some changes you need to be aware of.

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Alleged animal torturer makes local sheriff's most wanted list

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The Livingston County Sheriff's Office is seeking a 21-year-old Dwight man on animal torture charges.

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Veterans share concerns about healthcare Video included

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Veterans got another chance today to voice their concerns about veterans care.  The town hall took place at the VFW Post 1232 in Pekin and was all about improving quality of life for veterans. Some of their concerns included traveling long distances to receive care and their frustrations with the kind of care they get. One veteran, for example, said he drives more than two hours one way when he needs help.  Veterans also said they want greater choice i... More>>

Passport woes force South Sudanese Bradley basketball player to skip Bahamas tournament

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A star Bradley University basketball player will sit out the upcoming Islands of the Bahamas Showcase due to problems with his passport. 

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Local car dealer, philanthropist John Bearce honored by Peoria Chamber of Commerce Video included

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A local icon of the business community and philanthropist is this year's Tom Connor Award winner. 

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Bergner's parent company plans to close 40 stores next year

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There could be some bad news on the horizon for Bergner's shoppers next year. 

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Two ejected from horse-drawn buggy in rural Fulton County accident

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Two people in rural Fulton County suffered minor injuries when they were ejected from a horse-drawn buggy after a car rear-ended it early Friday morning.  

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Where Were You Four Years Ago? Video included

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November 17, 2013.  A dark day in central Illinois weather history as tornadoes hit Pekin, East Peoria and Washington.  

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All gender restrooms added to Bradley University residence halls Video included

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Bradley University has added more "all gender" bathrooms to campus. 

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Richwoods steps up for student after his mom has heart transplant Video included

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The spirit of the holidays can be felt at Richwoods High School. Parents, students, and staff "adopted" the family of student Anthony Weldy. 

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Toys for Tots drop off locations

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Here is a list of local locations where you can drop off toys for the annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. 

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Jesse Jackson announces Parkinson's diagnosis

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In an emotional letter civil rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson publicly announced Friday he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.  

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Local police seize loaded AK-47, other weapons in traffic stop

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An area police department recently seized several loaded weapons and magazines during a traffic stop. 

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Say it ain't snow

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Wintry mix possible by the mid-afternoon hours Saturday. Temperatures will be too warm for sizable snow, but a wintry mix is still in play.

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Peoria's Festival of Trees begins Friday morning

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The annual Festival of Trees takes place this weekend in Peoria. 

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Owens bill passes House; heads to Senate

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The U.S. House passes a bill to rename a Chillicothe post office in honor of a fallen Navy Seal. 

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Investigation into death of Robert Bee continues

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    It has been one year since Pekin teenager Robert Bee disappeared.    

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Citations issued in connection with deadly Tazewell County crash

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Charges are filed after a deadly crash earlier this month in Tazewell County. 

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Two injured in early morning shooting

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Two people are hospitalized after an early morning shooting in Peoria.  

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Teen suspect released from juvenile detention center until pre-trial Video included

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The teen arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Trayvon Harris will be released to home confinement, but only until his pre-trial date -- which is set for December 21, 2017 at 1:30pm.  

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Remembering Canton's deadly explosion one year later Video included

Canton's historic opera house was severely damaged and eventually demolished - but new construction may soon take its place. Canton's historic opera house was severely damaged and eventually demolished - but new construction may soon take its place.
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"Over the last year, a lot has changed here in Canton," said Amanda Atchley, Executive Director of the Canton Area Chamber of Commerce. "Mostly for the good. A lot of things and people have come together to rebuild." One year later, and the city of Canton, though still baring the scars, is returning to a sense of normalcy. "Canton really has survived many, many blows," she continued. "We hope to never have to help our community again with a devasta... More>>

The Latest: Senate panel approves tax overhaul bill

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Trump presses fellow Republicans at Capitol as House nears vote on tax overhaul. More>>

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  • Some safety tips for the winter months

    Some safety tips for the winter months

    Thursday, November 16 2017 8:23 PM EST2017-11-17 01:23:58 GMT
    As part of  "Winter Awareness Weather Week," the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, Peoria County and the City of Peoria hosted a "Winter Weather Get It Together" gathering on Thursday.  They offered important safety advice for travelers this winter season.  Here is what you need to know: Keep extra distance between vehicles, let someone know your itinerary, keep water in your car, stay clear of trucks and leave earl...
    As part of  "Winter Awareness Weather Week," the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, Peoria County and the City of Peoria hosted a "Winter Weather Get It Together" gathering on Thursday.  They offered important safety advice for travelers this winter season.  Here is what you need to know: Keep extra distance between vehicles, let someone know your itinerary, keep water in your car, stay clear of trucks and leave earl...
  • New barbie doll encourages diversity

    New barbie doll encourages diversity

    Thursday, November 16 2017 8:02 PM EST2017-11-17 01:02:57 GMT
    Who didn't play with barbie dolls when we were younger? The typical blonde-haired doll and her boyfriend Ken.  Over the years barbie has become more diverse and recently a new doll was modeled after an Olympian.  Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad competed last year in the Olympics as a fencer and became the first american to wear a hijab while doing so. On Monday, Mattel unveiled a barbie based on Muhammad. She's part of a new collection of dolls representing women of a...
    Who didn't play with barbie dolls when we were younger? The typical blonde-haired doll and her boyfriend Ken.  Over the years barbie has become more diverse and recently a new doll was modeled after an Olympian.  Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad competed last year in the Olympics as a fencer and became the first american to wear a hijab while doing so. On Monday, Mattel unveiled a barbie based on Muhammad. She's part of a new collection of dolls representing women of a...
  • More tax breaks votes for Brandt Industries

    More tax breaks votes for Brandt Industries

    Thursday, November 16 2017 7:42 PM EST2017-11-17 00:42:54 GMT
    The tax break approved by the Unit 5 School district and the McLean County board is only a short term one.    But more incentives could be on the way.  If all goes as planned Brandt Industries could bring up to 500 jobs to a plant outside Hudson in McLean County.    The McLean County board chairman says the Canada company also  hopes to partner with schools on educational programs.  "Heartland Community College and the school district Unit 5 h...
    The tax break approved by the Unit 5 School district and the McLean County board is only a short term one.    But more incentives could be on the way.  If all goes as planned Brandt Industries could bring up to 500 jobs to a plant outside Hudson in McLean County.    The McLean County board chairman says the Canada company also  hopes to partner with schools on educational programs.  "Heartland Community College and the school district Unit 5 h...
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