News - WEEK.com: Peoria-area News, Weather, Sports

Top Stories

Splashdown used by few East Peorians Video included

Updated:

UPDATE: Splashdown Water Park was a fun place for people of all ages but in the last four years they've lost over $400,000 to keep the facility running. They've also had problems with their filtration system.  Director of Fon du Lac Michael Johnson says it took more work than people realized.  "They come to the park and they see the water is crystal clear and that everything seems fine above ground [...] they don't realize the amount of maintenance and work we a...

More>>

City leaders send unified message about safety Video included

Updated:

Peoria city leaders are trying to send a message about public safety after a weekend brawl at Northwoods Mall. A young man was beaten and bruised after a fight broke out inside Round One Entertainment. Peoria police say about 50 people were involved in that brawl inside Round One, it then spilled over outside the venue. Police Chief Jerry Mitchell says despite what happened last Saturday, people should know Peoria is a safe place. . "Statistically speaking you are safer today tha... More>>

Annual Pekin Township Thanksgiving dinner set for Wednesday

PEKIN%20TURKEY Caption PEKIN%20TURKEY Caption
Updated:

Thanksgiving will come a day early for diners at Pekin Township's annual Thanksgiving dinner.

More>>

News Alert

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

SHOOTING SHOOTING
Updated:

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.

More>>

News Alert

UPDATE: Missing 9-year-old girl found

Updated:

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

More>>

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

Updated:

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

More>>

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

Updated:

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

More>>

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

Updated:

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

More>>

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

Updated:

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.  

More>>

Where Were You Four Years Ago? Video included

Updated:

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

More>>

All gender restrooms added to Bradley University residence halls Video included

Updated:

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

More>>

Northmoor Road in Peoria reopens Friday

Updated:

Many Peorians will be able to shave a few minutes off their commutes when Northmoor Road reopens Friday.  

More>>

Thanksgiving travel expected to reach 12-year high

cars travel Caption cars travel Caption
Updated:

Expect a lot of people on the roadways this Thanksgiving.  

More>>

REMINDER: Festival of Lights Parade taking new route this year

festival of lights parade Caption festival of lights parade Caption
Updated:

If you're driving in East Peoria this Saturday, you'll need to be aware of the Festival of Lights Parade's new route through town. 

More>>

Bloomington man arrested for child porn

Updated:

A Bloomington man faces child porn charges after an investigation by the Normal Police Department.

More>>

Potential arson fire under investigation Video included

Updated:

Another fire in Peoria is being investigated as a potential arson.

More>>

The nationwide opioid epidemic hits home for one Peoria man Video included

Updated:

Federal officials say the opioid epidemic is not showing any signs of slowing, and without federal funds committed to fighting it, the problem is only expected to get worse. 

More>>

Post office to soon be renamed after Sgt. Doug Riney

Sgt. Doug Riney Sgt. Doug Riney
Updated:

A post office in a small Fulton County town is one step closer to getting a new name.

More>>

Pastor tips off police to potential church shooting

police lights 2 web Caption police lights 2 web Caption
Updated:

    A Woodford County man is arrested, after allegedly threatening to shoot up a Peoria church.  

More>>

Increased fees for some fire related services could assist in public safety Video included

Peoria Fire Dept Peoria Fire Dept
Updated:

In a tense city council meeting Tuesday evening, Councilman Chuck Grayeb did not hold back his reservations about a plan to trim the Peoria Fire Department's resources.  One of Grayeb's first comments on that matter was "You're being played. Don't let it happen."

More>>

Special Report: Are you driving under the influence? The dangers and different types of "impaired driving" Video included

Updated:

With the holidays approaching, you'll start hearing again about sobriety check points on the road.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports about 29 people across the United States die every year in accidents involving alcohol. Last year about 12 million people drove under the influence of illicit drugs.  The Washington Police Department arrests people of all walks of life-and ages-for driving under the influence. Officers say driving under the inf...

More>>

Man considered armed and dangerous arrested in Peoria

Updated:

Peoria Police say they've arrested a man they believe intentionally set a home on fire, while the residents were still inside.

More>>

Thursday marks one year since fatal downtown Canton explosion

11 15 2016 Explotion Canton 011 Caption 11 15 2016 Explotion Canton 011 Caption
Updated:

It was one year ago Thursday that a gas explosion rocked downtown Canton. 

More>>

Portillo's 1% tax increase approved, some Peoria City Council not happy about possible cuts for Peoria firefighters Video included

Peoria City Council member Chuck Grayeb was outspoken during a Tuesday city council meeting regarding cuts for Peoria firefighters Peoria City Council member Chuck Grayeb was outspoken during a Tuesday city council meeting regarding cuts for Peoria firefighters
Updated:

Peoria City Council members voted 8 to 2, Tuesday ; approving the proposal to make the new Portillo's location along Rockford and Sterling a special service area. The decision to allow the service area to levy a 1% sales increase was also approved. 

More>>

2017-18 winter weather outlook Video included

Updated:

The official start of winter isn't for a few more weeks; but, many have been wondering what we can expect. The 25 First-Alert Weather team has been taking a weather phenomenon into consideration when looking ahead to this winter's weather pattern.

More>>

Social service agencies want to make sure families can enjoy the holidays Video included

Updated:

Many families are expected to spend nearly three and a half percent more money this year during the holidays.  But for others, finding that extra cash is nearly impossible.  Local non-profits are trying to make sure that families don't fall between the cracks. Christmas is more than a month away but already the Friendship House in Peoria is having Christmas in November.   People are buying for low cost brand new items donated to the agency.   One Friends... More>>

Eczema cases increase around winter time Video included

Updated:

The fast-approaching colder and dryer winter weather often means drier and itchier skin. The National Eczema Association says almost 32 million people in the United States have some form of the irritating and itchy skin condition known as eczema. It affects all walks of life. Physician Assistant John Soderstorm is with the Soderstorm Skin Institute and he says eczema is most common in the winter months.  "We turn on our furnaces and the heat pulls the mois...

More>>

First hijab-wearing Barbie doll inspired by Olympian

Updated:

Barbie is releasing its first doll wearing a Muslim head garb.  

More>>

Portillo's now offering delivery at most locations

Updated:

Portillo's can now be delivered right to your doorstep at most locations. But diners at the Normal location will need to wait just a bit longer. 

More>>

Firefighters' union cautions budget cuts could hurt their ability to keep Peoria residents safe Video included

Updated:

As Peoria City Council gets ready to make final decision on the budget, local firefighters made a plea to protect some of their jobs and resources.  The firefighters' union say cuts will compromise public safety.

More>>

Bloomington city council declines offer by VenuWorks to manage BCPA

Updated:

    Venuworks will not manage the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.     

More>>

Lancaster bridge reopens

LANCASTER BRIDGE Caption LANCASTER BRIDGE Caption
Updated:

There is good news for Central Illinois drivers.      

More>>

Unit 5 School Board votes to approve tax break for new company Video included

Unit 5 School Board hosts a special meeting to vote on a new company's tax abatement requests Unit 5 School Board hosts a special meeting to vote on a new company's tax abatement requests
Updated:

Interest from an international manufacturer, Brandt Industries, is eyeing Central Illinois for its new U.S. home.  Brandt is a Canadian company and they want to bring their first U.S manufacturing site to McLean County. The company's plan is to buy property between Normal and Hudson that would otherwise become idle and lower the property value in the area. Brandt is promising 500 jobs over the course of the next decade, but in order to do that, .

More>>

Peoria's plans for treating ice/snow this winter Video included

Snow Snow
Updated:

As temperatures go down, dangers go up. With that in mind it's Winter Weather Preparedness week in Illinois, and the City of Peoria will be treating roads a little differently again this winter.

More>>

You can help a family this Christmas Video included

Updated:

There's a way you can help make Christmas merrier for some families living in McLean County.   For about 30 years, Children's Home + Aid has adopted families, providing holiday gifts for them.    Volunteers say the need is much greater this year compared to 2016.  For the past few weeks they've been wrapping presents for the 180 families. Donors have purchased items, but so far they are short gifts for 40 families.   "Each person list everyth... More>>

CityLift employees vote to authorize strike

A strike has been authorized in a near-unanimous vote by CityLift employees, though will only be implemented as a last resort. A strike has been authorized in a near-unanimous vote by CityLift employees, though will only be implemented as a last resort.
Updated:

An important vote was held Sunday afternoon for Peoria public transit drivers. In a 37-1 decision, CityLift employees voted "Yes" to authorize a strike with their union if a contract agreement is not met within the next few months. CityLift is part of CityLink's para-transit service.  It's important to note: the vote does not mean the union is striking now, only that the option has been approved. Union president Ron Cox said their main goal is a pay increase - up fr... More>>

Locals give back to Veteran by replacing his roof Video included

For Peoria Veteran Charlie Davis, a new roof was all his house needed to feel like home again. For Peoria Veteran Charlie Davis, a new roof was all his house needed to feel like home again.
Updated:

Two local organizations teamed up to give a Peoria veteran a surprise of a lifetime on Veterans Day. Charlie Davis was in need of a new roof, since his was badly leaking. That's when River City Roofing and the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs worked together to make that dream a reality.   On Veterans Day morning, employees from River City Roofing got to work, with owner Tim Garrison saying it was the least he could do.  "Honestly, it's a simple way we can giv... More>>

Honoring their service with Peoria's Veterans Parade Video included

Dozens of cars and floats wound their way through the River City Saturday, all with the same message: A big 'Thank You' to Veterans Dozens of cars and floats wound their way through the River City Saturday, all with the same message: A big 'Thank You' to Veterans
Updated:

With Veterans Day comes all of the excitement in downtown Peoria for the city's annual Veterans Day parade. There was plenty to see, from floats and marching bands to, of course, our honored veterans.  Heart of Illinois kids joined in on the fun (and free candy), like Ernie Ochoa who fondly recalled the past three years of parades. "I love all the excitement," he explained, "All the bands, the music...it's so exciting it's like unbelievable."  The par... More>>

First drone conference held at Heartland community college Video included

DRONES10 Caption DRONES10 Caption
Updated:

The expanding uses for drones and drone pilots highlighted the first drone conference held in Central Illinois on Friday.

More>>

Bradley host event to draw students into political process Video included

Updated:

Midterm elections are a year off, but already local and state leaders are talking about plans to get more people voting.   College students are one of the largest groups targeted.   Bradley hosted an event Friday to draw more students into the political process. This fall Bradley University saw its largest freshman class since the 1960s.   More than 1200 freshman students enrolled, a 16-percent increase over last year.   One Bradley government ... More>>

Local Veterans get the royal treatment Video included

Updated:

A powerful sight at Georgetown Elementary in Marquette Heights when the Vets came marching in.

More>>

Pekin places 1st in national police K9 contest

Updated:

When it comes to police K9s, Pekin tops the heap. Pekin K9 Ahen won the Aftermath K9 Grant. 

More>>

UPDATE: Classes to resume Friday at Carl Sandburg College after threat

sandburg Caption sandburg Caption
Updated:

Carl Sandburg College will reopen on Friday after officials deemed a threat not credible. 

More>>

Northern Lights could be visible in northern IL

Updated:

A weak geomagnetic storm will be going on through Saturday night and this means the Aurora Borealis can be visible farther south than usual.

More>>

Charley Steiner, Larry King return to Bradley for annual symposium Video included

Larry King supporting Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication Larry King supporting Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication
Updated:

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 Video included

Snapchat Snapchat
Updated:

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.

More>>

Affordable Care Act enrollment begins, shortened to six weeks Video included

Affordable Care Act enrollment begins Affordable Care Act enrollment begins
Updated:

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.

More>>

Wraparound initiative project on the way to support Peoria Public Schools

Centergy Project coming to Peoria Public Schools Centergy Project coming to Peoria Public Schools
Updated:

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...

More>>

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

HALLOWEEN DUIs HALLOWEEN DUIs
Updated:

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

More>>

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

Lakeview Aquatic Center Lakeview Aquatic Center
Updated:

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

More>>

Amusement park approval in Peoria raises concern from neighbors Video included

Updated:

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.

More>>

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Quake kills 430 in Iranian border region rebuilt after war

    Quake kills 430 in Iranian border region rebuilt after war

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 12:30 AM EST2017-11-14 05:30:22 GMT
    Powerful earthquake, magnitude 7.3 shakes Iran-Iraq border region, killing more than 140 people in Iran alone.
    Powerful earthquake, magnitude 7.3 shakes Iran-Iraq border region, killing more than 140 people in Iran alone.
  • Area citizens recognized for continuous philanthropic work

    Area citizens recognized for continuous philanthropic work

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 7:29 PM EST2017-11-09 00:29:34 GMT

    Some of the most generous people in the heart of Illinois were recognized publicly today. It happened at the 34th National Philanthropy Day luncheon. 

    Some of the most generous people in the heart of Illinois were recognized publicly today. It happened at the 34th National Philanthropy Day luncheon. 

  • Single-vehicle accident kills 19-year-old man in Bloomington

    Single-vehicle accident kills 19-year-old man in Bloomington

    Sunday, November 5 2017 12:18 AM EDT2017-11-05 04:18:54 GMT
    Bloomington, Ill. (WEEK) - One man is dead and another was taken to the hospital after a single-vehicle accident in Bloomington.  The 19-year-old man that died was identified as David Stiles V. of Bloomington. The accident happened Saturday morning near 8285 North 1900 East Road when Stiles' truck drove into a tree and he was ejected from the car. The incident remains under investigation and toxicology result are pending.
    Bloomington, Ill. (WEEK) - One man is dead and another was taken to the hospital after a single-vehicle accident in Bloomington.  The 19-year-old man that died was identified as David Stiles V. of Bloomington. The accident happened Saturday morning near 8285 North 1900 East Road when Stiles' truck drove into a tree and he was ejected from the car. The incident remains under investigation and toxicology result are pending.
  • Tricoci Beauty honoring military with free haircut day

    Tricoci Beauty honoring military with free haircut day

    Saturday, November 4 2017 11:48 PM EDT2017-11-05 03:48:35 GMT
    Tricoci UniversityTricoci University

    Tricoci University of Beauty Culture is honoring veterans and active military members with a special day just for them. Free haircuts will be available on Friday, November 10th.

    Tricoci University of Beauty Culture is honoring veterans and active military members with a special day just for them. Free haircuts will be available on Friday, November 10th.

Powered by Frankly