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Cooking up some food for students this summer Video included

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School is coming to an end!  For many kids they can't wait to enjoy all the summer fun, but there are some kids in our area who worry this time of year. That's because many are afraid they won't know where their next meal will come from.  "We have a high risk, what's called an at-risk population, here in Peoria. Some of our families, some of our kids, struggle to have a meal," stated Mark Streamer, general manager of food services at Peoria Public Schools. We wa...

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Women's rights a key talking point in Springfield ahead of ERA vote Video included

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The Illinois state legislature took a step Wednesday that backers say supports women’s rights: The Equal Rights Amendment is just one vote away from Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk, marking the latest step in a process nearly 100 years in the making. “I find it absolutely ridiculous that we’re still talking about this almost 100 years later!” exclaimed Farrell Davies, president of the Peoria branch of the League of Women Voters. That sentiment is shared am...

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Peoria budget cuts put TIF program in limbo Video included

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Peoria budget cuts have put East bluff and South Side tax increment financing housing programs in limbo even though the money's available.  The staffing position which administered that program was among two jobs cut last year.  Now they're looking at  some options.   East Bluff resident Jessie McGown Jr. said already he's had neighbors wanting to sign up for the housing improvements under the tax increment financing.program.   But they haven't been able to do... More>>

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Governor Rauner proposes bringing back death penalty in Illinois Video included

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Gov. Bruce Rauner said the death penalty should return in Illinois for "mass murderers and those who kill law enforcement officers." 

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Overnight shooting leaves one man injured Video included

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Gunfire overnight in the city of Peoria's West Bluff neighborhood leaves at least one person injured. 

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Peoria All-Stars: It's more than a game Video included

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The guys of the Men's Sunday Basketball League realize it's more than a game. One of their close friends, Kory Donaldson, was critical injured in a motorcycle accident and is still on life support.

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Mentoring program gives people a second chance, job readiness

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A boot camp in Peoria is helping people change their lives. The New Millennium Institute offers a Life Skills and Job Readiness Bootcamp, looking to help people overcome the mistakes of their past or who need an extra boost of hope. Kiar Young is one individual who went through the program. He said the program and his mentor, and founder of New Millennium Institute, Agbara Bryson, changed his life. "He gave me the inspiration to be better because of the simple fact that I didn...

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Coroner says drivers and pedestrians need to be more alert

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There have been three driver versus pedestrian accidents in one week.  25 News wanted to know why this keep happening.  We talked to Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood on the phone Sunday asking what drivers and pedestrian can do to be safer and prevent this from happening again. The coroner said first, drivers need to be cognizant of pedestrian crosswalks and speed limit signs. He also encouraged walkers to pay attention to the traffic patterns and carry a flas... More>>

MOTHER'S DAY: Luthy Botanical Garden offers class for moms and kids

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It's Mother's Day! Some of you may have spent it cooking out, playing at the park with your kiddos, or dining at your favorite resturant.  Others spent it at Luthy Bontanical Garden in Peoria, taking a container-garden class. Folks learned the ropes of gardening from an instructor and were able to pick their favorite plants, vegetables and herbs for their container garden.  "Mother's Day some times it's hard to figure out what to do with moms, dads, or whatever and th...

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UPDATE: Victim, second driver identified in Rt. 116 multi-car accident

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One person is dead after a crash on westbound Illinois Route 116 near Germantown Hills. 

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Race for the Cure draws thousands, survivors speak out

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Saturday morning, a sea of pink flooded Peoria as thousands participated in the annual Race for the Cure. Despite the rain and thunder, hundreds and hundreds of survivors and supporters weathered the storm.

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UPDATE: Pedestrian struck by car marks Peoria's third fatal accident in a week

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A man is dead after he was struck by a vehicle on Friday night just north of Peoria's downtown.

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UPDATE: Eureka man arrested in connection with decades-old cold case murder

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The Illinois State Police have arrested a suspect in Eureka in connection with a decades-old cold case murder in Washington state.

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UPDATE: Roanoke man cited in U.S. 24 accident in Washington Video included

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Illinois State Police say 18 year old turned into path of oncoming truck, leading to crash that tied up traffic for an hour...

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Governor Rauner says he regrets the delay in addressing Legionnaires' Disease Video included

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Governor Rauner talks about regrets as the Quincy veterans home outbreak remains unresolved. 

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Video evidence to be allowed in Clifford Andersen murder case

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A Putnam County judge will allow video, allegedly showing Clifford Andersen ditching his sister-in-law's car in Morris, following her August 2016 disappearance. 

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Normal Police are asking for your help in finding a missing 21-year-old Video included

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The Normal Police Department is asking for the public's help finding a missing 21-year-old woman, Shelby Todd. Police said Todd disappeared April 29th in Normal and her last known whereabouts is believed to be Dallas, TX. Authorities are still unsure if she is in Texas or returned to central Illinois. Police said she could be driving a red Toyota Solara with Illinois plates. They ask that if you have seen her or her vehicle to contact Normal Police. More>>

Honor Flight returns to Peoria's Wayne A. Downing International Airport Video included

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70 Veterans returned from Honor Flight to Washington D.C....

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State penalizes local licensed professionals, businesses for violations

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The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has issued its report of businesses and licensed professionals penalized for various violations and infractions. 

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FOLLOW UP: Saturday night fatal accident, close friend speaks out Video included

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Tuesday we followed up to the fatal accident Saturday evening.  Kendrick Young, Senior was crossing Knoxville Avenue near the Nebraska intersection when he was struck by a car.  There are still a lot of unanswered questions in this investigation, but we wanted to reach out to family and friends to see how they are coping with the loss.  John Marizetts was friends with Young for 30 years.  "I was dumbstruck by why he was crossing the street in the first pla...

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Woman hit in Central Peoria crash dies of her injuries Video included

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A woman hit by a vehicle late Sunday night has died from her injuries.  

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Local firefighters honored for bravery during 2017 house fire

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A trio of firefighters from Peru were honored in a Springfield ceremony Tuesday for their heroism in saving a woman from her burning home.

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Panera now delivers in Central Illinois

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You can now feast on Panera's bread, soups and other food without even leaving home. 

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Peoria man under investigation for homicide in connection with father's death

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The Peoria Police Department is investigating a Peoria man for elder abuse after a 74-year-old man in the same house died. 

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UPDATE: Peoria man's death investigated as a homicide

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A Peoria man's death is being investigated as a homicide. 

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Body found in Illinois River near Mossville

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The Peoria County Coroner has confirmed a body was found in the Illinois River Monday near Mossville.  The coroner did not indicate if any foul play is suspected. Peoria County Sheriff's Office deputies are also on scene.  This is a developing story. 

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UPDATE: Peoria Police lieutenant will not be prosecuted for DUI

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A Peoria police lieutenant allegedly made an Illinois State Police trooper fear for their safety during his recent DUI arrest and was reportedly riding in a vehicle with a fellow Peoria police department employee.

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Peoria police lieutenant will not be prosecuted for DUI: state's attorney

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A Peoria Police lieutenant pulled over earlier this month will not be prosecuted for driving under the influence.  

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BREAKING: Suspect in charter bus shooting in Rockford now in police custody

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The suspected charter bus shooter in Rockford is now in police custody, according to Winnebago County court records.  Our sister station WREX reports Rockford Police believe, Raheem King, shot and killed three people in a charter bus early in the morning on April 7. Rockford Police Chief, Dan O'Shea, said that police responded to a call around 3:30 a.m. Saturday in the west side of Rockford and when officers arrived they found three people dead from apparent gunsh... More>>

House Speaker Paul Ryan to retire after this year: report

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) will not run for re-election. 

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Bradley student killed by single gunshot wound to head

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A Bradley University pre-med student died of a single gunshot wound to the head in an early Sunday shooting on Peoria's West Bluff, autopsy results show.  

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UPDATE: Victim of Saturday night homicide identified

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Peoria Police responded to a ShotSpotter alert Saturday evening, approx. 9:17PM, around the 2700 block of West Wyoming. Further calls and reports of a male suffering a gunshot wound lead them to the intersection of Wyoming and Oregon, where they found that male victim. Police say that victim had an apparent life-threatening gunshot wound to the chest and died at the scene.  This shooting would be the city's 4th homicide. The investigation is ongoing.

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PCAV Chairman announces departure from organization

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Long time community activist and director of Peoria Community Against Violence Director Terry Burnside has announced his departure 

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UPDATE: Fire contained after gas discharged from smokestack ignites at Mapleton Caterpillar foundry

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A buildup of gas ignited and discharged through a smokestack at the Mapleton Caterpillar foundry Wednesday afternoon.

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Police respond to reports of shooting at California YouTube headquarters

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) -- Police in Northern California are responding to reports of a shooting at YouTube headquarters in the city of San Bruno.  

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Arrest warrant issued for Galesburg murder suspect

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The Galesburg Police Department is looking for a suspect in the murder of 26-year-old Jenni McGruder.  

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UPDATE: McGruder was out celebrating birthday when she was killed, says friend

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A 26-year-old Galesburg woman is dead after an early Easter Sunday bar shooting.

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Man dead after Peoria stabbing incident

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A man is dead and a woman injured after an Easter Sunday stabbing incident in South Peoria.

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Toys R Us to close all U.S. stores: report

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Toys R Us has told all employees it plans to liquidate all U.S. operations after weak holiday sales.

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Northwestern University reports person with gun on campus

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Northwestern University is asking people to take shelter saying there is a report of a person with a gun on the school's suburban Chicago campus. 

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President Trump fires Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

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President Donald Trump has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and will replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. 

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UPDATE: Employees return to work after explosive device, found detonated at Pekin City Hall

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Pekin City Hall was evacuated Thursday morning after a pipe bomb was found in a safe stored as police evidence. 

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State Farm to cut nearly 900 Bloomington IT jobs

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State Farm said it plans to reduce information technology jobs in Bloomington by nearly 900 positions. 

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Civil rights lawsuit filed against Metamora Township High School

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The Metamora Township High School board of education is being sued in federal court for allegedly violating a students' civil rights.  The lawsuit was filed by attorney, Nina Gougis, on behalf of a plaintiff, who is unnamed in the lawsuit, but described as a 14-year-old freshman football player at the high school. The lawsuit claims the school district is in violation of title VI of the Civil R...

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Speaker Madigan releases internal review showing nine sexual harassment incidents

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Illinois House Speaker, Rep. Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, has released an internal review showing nine incidents of sexual harassment or discrimination in his state office within the past five years. The review also shows how those incidents were resolved. Madigan, who's also the state's Democratic Party Chairman has been under scrutiny for his handling of two sexual harassment cases involving longtime political campaign staffers. Critics including some ...

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Shooting reported on Louisiana college campus; 2 injured

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HAMMOND, La. (AP) — Southeastern Louisiana University says two people have suffered non-life threatening injuries after gunshots were fired on campus. In a Friday morning tweet, the school says there’s no current threat to campus and university police are investigating the incident. No other details were immediately available. More>>

Home and History: Lincoln-Douglas debates paved Lincoln's road to the White House

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This week these United States celebrate Abe Lincoln’s 209th birthday. And because it's also Black History Month, we're heading back to where Lincoln caught America’s attention through a series of debates, including one at Knox College. 

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UPDATE: Peoria Police Chief Jerry Mitchell steps down amid investigation; Marion named Acting Chief

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Peoria Police Chief Jerry Mitchell is leaving his job amid an investigation into his alleged misconduct involving a female subordinate, the Peoria Journal Star reports.  

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UPDATE: Missing child situation resolved without charges

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UPDATE: Bloomington police said the baby has been located. Police are following up on the case. 

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Home and History: Celebrating 200 Years New Exhibit Opens Saturday

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A new exhibit spotlights Illinois history at Peoria's Riverfront Museum.

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Buddy Check 25: Genetic testing can help to better understand breast cancer risk

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In today's Buddy Check 25 report, research shows the breast cancer risk linked to family history may be due to inherited gene mutations or shared lifestyle factors that increase risk. 

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BREAKING: Putnam body found in ditch identified as 16-year-old

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The Putnam County Sheriff's Department reported a body found Saturday afternoon in a ditch in rural Putnam County. The body was found around 12:57PM off County Highway 850 North, near Granville Township, reports the News Tribune. Police are currently investigating, with multiple departments involved including State Police.

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BREAKING: Jim Thome selected for Baseball Hall of Fame

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Peoria native, Jim Thome, gets the call to the baseball hall of fame on his first year of eligibility. Thome's career highlights is one to rival the likes Bonds, Ruth, and, McGwire. His 612 career home runs ranks 8th in MLB history and fans consider him one of the best hitters in baseball history. 

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Governor: 1 dead, many wounded in Kentucky school shooting

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BENTON, Ky. (AP) — Authorities are reporting one person was killed and many were wounded in a high school shooting in rural Kentucky. 

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Could Illinois legalize recreational marijuana? Proposal on the table.

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Lawmakers are looking at recreational marijuana as a possible source of revenue. House and Senate committees met in Chicago for their fourth meeting about the taxing and regulation of legalized recreational cannabis. 

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Water crews strike gas line in Pekin neighborhood

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Pekin emergency responders are on scene of a gas line leak. Illinois American Water said a crew hit a poorly marked line on Friday morning. 

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City of Peoria creates new position for race relations, disability rights

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The city of Peoria is taking a big step to focus on civil rights and equality. They've created a new position to focus on that and make the community better for everyone. Improving race relations, civil rights, disability rights and equal opportunities through outreach and education is the goal for this new role.

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Large fire burns for hours at Uftring Chevrolet in Washington

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Several fire departments are currently fighting a large fire at the Uftring car dealership in Washington. Not much is known about the fire at this time, including the cause or potential injuries.  This post will be updated. 

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Four-vehicle accident backed up I-74 traffic in East Peoria during morning commute

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UPDATE: The road is now cleared. There isn't any word on any injuries yet. 

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Kroger closing 2 Peoria stores at the end of January

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Kroger is shutting down two of its Peoria grocery stores at the end of the month.  

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Peoria County Sheriff's Office cuts services with 2018 budget

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Many agencies have scrambled to put together a budget as the new year inches closer. Among those, the Peoria County Sheriff's Office.  One of the big changes includes eliminating the custodial service the county jail has been using for over three decades.

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"Unfounded anthrax threat" responsible for Bloomington road closure

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The Bloomington Fire Department said an unfounded anthrax threat was responsible for Wednesday morning's road closure on Empire near Central Illinois Regional Airport. 

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Black Friday shopping changes bring mixed responses

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Peoria, Ill. (WEEK) - The biggest shopping day of the year is continuously changing. This year many stores opening on Thanksgiving morning, instead of waiting until the traditional Black Friday. Bergner's manager, Angela Baptiste, says the Grand Prairie location had a huge turnout on Turkey Day. "It was different than what we've ever done but again, we saw a lot of people that were able to come in and shop before their Thanksgiving and a lot of people came after, so we were able... More>>

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UPDATE: Police say "large scale fight" started at Round 1, spilled out to main mall area

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There are no reports of injuries or arrests at this time after a "large scale" fight broke out at the new Round 1 arcade in Peoria's Northwoods Mall Saturday.

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UPDATE: Missing 9-year-old girl found

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UPDATE: A missing 9-year-old girl was found and is now safe.

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Charley Steiner, Larry King return to Bradley for annual symposium

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Peoria, Ill. (WEEK) - Sports broadcasting legend, Charley Steiner, is back on the Bradley University campus. The Emmy Award winner, National Radio Hall of Fame inductee and LA Dodgers announcer is a 1971 Bradley Alum. He's in town for the Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication symposium. The 3rd annual event brought in big names and packed the auditorium.  "To have a school in my name and students actually majoring in what we're doing... It's a thrill. I can't ... More>>

Social media specialist urges parents to talk about appropriate media usage

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Recent incidents on social media are bringing the app 'Snapchat' into the spotlight. Social media specialists say it's time to have conversations with our teens.

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Affordable Care Act enrollment begins, shortened to six weeks

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If you rely on Obamacare for your health coverage, you need to act fast. November 2nd starts the enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, but the season is now shortened to six weeks.

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Wraparound initiative project on the way to support Peoria Public Schools

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Peoria, Ill. (WEEK) -- Students and teachers inside Peoria Public Schools are struggling this week with the news that one of their community was claimed by gunfire. Trayvon Harris was just 16-years-old when he was fatally shot Sunday afternoon. For two days administrators, city officials and local organizations have been working on a plan to improve the lives of their students. This is all being done with the help of the Centergy Project - a student initiative. This program off...

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Police on the lookout for impaired, distracted drivers this Halloween weekend

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Peoria County Sheriff, Brian Asbell, says Halloween weekend has actually surpassed new year's eve as a drinking holiday. 

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Lakeview Aquatic Center, Detweiller Golf Course may close with budget proposal

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Detweiller Golf Course, Lakeview Aquatic Center and Glenn Oak tennis courts could potentially shut down to save money. 

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Amusement park approval in Peoria raises concern from neighbors

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Go-karts, batting cages and bumper boats are now in the works for Peoria. A proposed amusement park off of Orange Prairie road was approved Tuesday night at the city council meeting.

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  • Love and fire: Text of Michael Curry's royal wedding address

    Love and fire: Text of Michael Curry's royal wedding address

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    (UK Pool/Sky News via AP). In this frame from video, the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry speaks during the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England, Saturday, M...(UK Pool/Sky News via AP). In this frame from video, the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry speaks during the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England, Saturday, M...
    Text of the Most Rev. Michael Curry's sermon at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
    Text of the Most Rev. Michael Curry's sermon at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
  • Markle's bridal gown work of Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller

    Markle's bridal gown work of Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller

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    (Andrew Matthews/pool photo via AP). Meghan Markle arrives for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England, Saturday, May 19, 2018.(Andrew Matthews/pool photo via AP). Meghan Markle arrives for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England, Saturday, May 19, 2018.
    British designer Clare Waight Keller is behind the silk boat-necked gown worn by Meghan Markle as she walked down the flower-bedecked nave of St. George's Chapel for her wedding to Prince Harry.
    British designer Clare Waight Keller is behind the silk boat-necked gown worn by Meghan Markle as she walked down the flower-bedecked nave of St. George's Chapel for her wedding to Prince Harry.
  • Episcopal bishop Curry gives royal wedding an American flair

    Episcopal bishop Curry gives royal wedding an American flair

    Sunday, May 20 2018 6:02 AM EDT2018-05-20 10:02:51 GMT
    (Steve Parsons/Pool Photo via AP). In this picture taken on Monday, May 14, 2018, James Vivian, Director of Music at St George's Chapel, directs the St. George's Chapel Choir during a rehearsal before evensong and ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry a...(Steve Parsons/Pool Photo via AP). In this picture taken on Monday, May 14, 2018, James Vivian, Director of Music at St George's Chapel, directs the St. George's Chapel Choir during a rehearsal before evensong and ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry a...
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry in an Anglican service with an American flavor that mixes prayers, classical music, a gospel choir and sweet soul sounds.
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry in an Anglican service with an American flavor that mixes prayers, classical music, a gospel choir and sweet soul sounds.
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