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UPDATE: Father killed two children, set fire, killed self in Bloomington

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Three people are dead after a fire early Tuesday on Brittany Court in Bloomington. 

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Swim Coach Remembered in the Twin Cities Video included

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The funeral for popular swim coach Rachel Dean was held in Bloomington Wednesday 

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Maria destroys homes, triggers flooding in Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico faces what officials say could be the strongest hurricane to ever hit the U.S. territory as they warned it would decimate the power company's crumbling infrastructure and force the government to rebuild dozens of communities. More>>

Congratulations to the new Americans!

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Central Illinois is now home to nearly 700 new Americans. 

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Four escape North Valley house fire without injury

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A North Valley family said they have lost everything after a house fire Wednesday. 

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Second Democrat formally enters the race for Illinois AG

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State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) will run to replace Lisa Madigan as Illinois Attorney General. Raoul, an attorney by profession, has served in the state Senate since was appointed to the seat Barack Obama vacated to join the U.S. Senate in 2004.  

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Suspect arrested after shooting at eastern Illinois school shooting: report

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A suspect is in custody after at least one person was shot at a high school in eastern Illinois Wednesday morning. WAND-TV reports several shots were fired at Mattoon High School. Police were called to the scene around 11:45 a.m. on a report of shots fired in the area. Few additional details are available.  Mattoon is about 2 and a half hours southeast of Peoria. 

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Bloomington to begin search for new city manager

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    The city of Bloomington will soon be looking for a new city manager.     

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Woman re-sentenced for death of her foster daughter

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    A Livingston County woman, currently serving life in prison for the death of her foster child, has her sentence reduced.     

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More Salvation Army volunteers from Central Illinois to help in Hurricane relief

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    The Salvation Army is sending more help to areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.    

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Toddler and infant among victims of deadly house fire in Bloomington

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Police confirmed an infant, a toddler and a middle aged man are the victims of the deadly house fire in Bloomington. 

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ISU police warn students about dating apps

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Illinois State University police are warning students about the dangers of dating through apps. 

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Connect Transit to purchase 4 electric buses with federal grant money3

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Connect Transit is about to go electric. 

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Peoria issues combined sewage overflow warning after overnight rainfall

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The City of Peoria has issued a sewage overflow warning for the Illinois River after a half inch of rain poured down on Peoria overnight. 

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Fallen SEAL's dog tags returned to Chillicothe monument

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The Chillicothe Veterans of Foreign Wars post said the dog tags of fallen Navy SEAL Ryan Owens have been returned to the local veteran's memorial after going missing over the weekend.  

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Search is on for missing fallen SEAL's dog tags

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The Chillicothe Veterans of Foreign Wars post is seeking the dog tags of a fallen Navy SEAL they say were stolen from the local Veterans Memorial. 

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Peoria Police surveying residents about crime Video included

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There's a possibility you could see a higher police presence in your neighborhood over the next couple of weeks.   Peoria Police are doing a survey about crime in the River city. The Peoria Police chief says even though homicides are down increased incidents of violence and more illegal weapons are big factors in crime.  "In  a city of this size you're always gonna have issues.  but to make sure that we have those engagements in place to make sure that ... More>>

Oldest Malayan sun bear in North America dies at 33

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A long-time resident of Bloomington's Miller Park Zoo has passed away at age 33. 

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Police: Campus sex crime incidents linked to Tinder, Snapchat

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Illinois State University police are investigating a pair of sexual crimes linked to two separate social media apps. 

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Police: Pekin death poses no public danger

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The cause of death for a man found dead near a former grocery store in Pekin died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said Monday. 

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Most parents make mistakes installing car seats: survey

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Most parents are not practicing proper car seat safety in their vehicles, a new survey from State Farm found.  

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List of Emmy Award winners

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Peoria man sentenced to 63 years in prison for 2015 homicide

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    A Peoria man will spend the next 63 years in prison for a 2015 murder in Peoria.     

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Experts predict big price drop this week for gasoline in the Heart of Illinois

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Good news for those looking to fill up the gas tank across the Heart of Illinois.

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Body Found in Pekin

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Pekin Police have not yet announced the cause of death of a man whose body was found by a cyclist on Saturday. The body was in the woods behind the old Aldi grocery store off Broadway. Police believe the man was in his 40s, and there is no foul play suspected, but they're continuing to investigate.  If you have any information, you're asked to call Pekin Police at 346-3132. More>>

Body found in Pekin

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Pekin Police have not yet announced the cause of death of a man whose body was found by a cyclist on Saturday. The body was in the woods behind the old Aldi grocery store off Broadway. Police believe the man was in his 40s, and there is no foul play suspected, but they're continuing to investigate.  If you have any information, you're asked to call Pekin Police at 346-3132. More>>

Vacant structure fire in Peoria marks second in as many weeks

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Overnight in Peoria's West Side, another vacant house fire - the second in as many weeks. The fire happened at 1614 South Westmoreland Avenue in Peoria around 3:30 this morning. When first responders arrived they found a heavy fire in the kitchen. The majority of the fire was put out in minutes, although there is an estimated $50,000 in damages.   One neighboring structure sustained heat damage to it's siding, that house was also vacant.   The cause is under investigatio... More>>

Heart of Illinois kids learn, celebrate Jewish New Year

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The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum gave kids of all faiths an opportunity to celebrate Jewish New Years Sunday.  Known as Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish Federation of Peoria and the Peoria Park District taught kids traditional songs and dances, and let them chow down on apples dipped in honey, signifying hope and sweetness for the next year. 

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62k raised during 2017 Peoria Walk MS

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A sea of excited walkers could be seen getting pumped for the annual Walk MS event in Junction City. 

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Teen Challenge Peoria offers faith, support to help addicts recover

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The opioid crisis has created national debate, marches, and demonstrations, with experts and politicians trying to determine the best course of action. One central Illinois aid center, though, says the best way to tackle the problem is one person at a time. Teen Challenge Peoria has been working out of an old brewery on Olive Street for over 40 years, taking in young men involved with addiction and boasting a 72%success rate.  Their program brings 18-and-up men into an months-... More>>

Morton Pumpkin Festival means FAMILY

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Festival goers call it a family tradition. Hundreds swarmed through Morton for the first taste of fall as part of the Morton Pumpkin Festival.

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Illinois governor candidate visits Morton Pumpkin Festival

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Illinois Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Chris Kennedy made an appearance at the Morton Pumpkin Festival.

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UK threat level raised to "critical" after subway bombing

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London's Metropolitan Police and ambulance services are confirming they are at the scene of "an incident" at the Parsons Green subway station in the southwest of the capital. More>>

The Latest: Chief says 10 officers hurt in St. Louis protest Video included

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A judge has acquitted a white former St. Louis police officer of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of a black man. More>>

Program helps parents with school supplies

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 In Central Illinois many school districts have students who are from low income families or households living below the poverty level.  But one  partnership is giving some of those parents a break when it comes to buying supplies.  OSF St. Francis Medical Center's Care-A-Van delivered school supplies to Harrison Learning Center in Peoria on Friday.  It teamed up with the hospital's mission services department to make the deliveries. &qu... More>>

Man arrested after barricading self, woman in Pontiac apartment

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A 33-year-old man faces several charges after barricading himself in an apartment with a woman, reportedly against her will.  

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Report: One charged, one released in fatal Bloomington crash

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A 22-year-old man now faces charges in connection with Wednesday's deadly hit and run on Morrissey Drive in Bloomington. 

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Normal woman killed in accident on I-74 was teacher, swim coach

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A 25-year-old Normal woman killed in a crash on Interstate 74 Thursday afternoon is being remembered for her work as a teacher and swim coach. 

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Attorney General Lisa Madigan opts not to run again

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will not run for another term. 

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UPDATE: Woman killed in I-74 crash identified

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An evening of crashes ended in tragedy along Interstate 74 Thursday. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood reports a 25-year-old woman was killed in one of several accidents that held up interstate traffic. She was going eastbound near Mitsubishi Motorway when her car left the road. Other accidents include a semi-trailer flipping onto its side near Carlock and covering lanes in both directions. Police investigations are ongoing. 

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Demolition to begin on homes damaged by April 2013 landslide

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    After more than four long years, homes damaged by the 2013 landslide in East Peoria will be demolished.   

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Andersen trial delayed in Putnam County

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    New developments in the Deborah Dewey death investigation up in Putnam County.  

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Safe Haven resolution passed for Peoria Public Schools Video included

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Peoria Public Schools approved a draft of their 'Safe Haven' resolution. It aims to protect their students and families who may be undocumented.  Doug Shaw, the Chair of the Policy Committee for Peoria Public Schools says there's no way of knowing how many there are, but it won't stop them from offering protection. Under the resolution, the school district will not assist any immigration officials with requests to pursue families who may not be legally in the United ... More>>

More Salvation Army volunteers headed to Texas Video included

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More local volunteers headed to the Southwest for hurricane relief duty.  Nearly a dozen Salvation Army volunteers from Illinois, Iowa and Indiana boarded a flight at the Peoria airport for Houston, Texas Thursday morning.   After they arrive they'll go to Beaumont to help provide assistance to hurricane victims and support staff.  "Just naturally when something like this happens you just have the inkling to want to help and wanna be part of helping those tha... More>>

Replicas of Christopher Columbus vessels to anchor on Peoria riverfront

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Look for two of Christopher Columbus' vintage sailing vessels to anchor on Peoria's riverfront Thursday afternoon. 

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UPDATE: Victim in fatal Bloomington hit-and-run was elderly Indiana woman

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A 54-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident on Morrissey Drive. 

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ISU Bone Student Center set for major renovation project

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Illinois State University is getting a brand-new front door. The 44-year-old Bone Student Center's major renovation project kicks off Friday with a groundbreaking ceremony. 

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East Peoria police officer injured during motorcycle escort

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An East Peoria police officer and two others suffered minor injuries in a crash this morning, reportedly while escorting the St. Jude Motorcycle Ride through Pekin.  

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Kennedy chooses redistricting reform advocate for running mate

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Businessman Chris Kennedy will run with a legislative redistricting advocate in the race to secure the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor. 

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Court hearing scheduled for man accused of concealing homicidal death

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    A Putnam County man, accused of concealing the homicidal death of his sister-in-law, is scheduled goes to court Thursday.  

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Illinois Poet Laureate leaving the post in December

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Updated: Elderly woman killed after accident in Pekin identified

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A 75-year-old woman has died after she was struck by a vehicle backing out of a driveway in Pekin Tuesday.  

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Local relief agencies rev up the call for volunteers

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The damage from back to back hurricanes in Florida and Texas could stretch resources among relief agencies.  Some  local Salvation Army staff are doing double duty to help round up more volunteers.   Lana Barnhill has only been working at the Salvation Army as volunteer liaison for six months.  But with the onslaught of two hurricanes back to back her work load has doubled.  "There are people that have been serving in Texas for some time and they are cy... More>>

One dead, one injured after fatal Bloomington accident

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A person is dead and another injured after an accident on U.S. Route 150 in Bloomington Wednesday morning.  

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Section of Northmoor Road closing next week

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Get ready to take a wide berth around Northmoor Road at Rosemead beginning next week. 

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Decatur man indicted in connection with Peoria's eighth 2017 homicide

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A Decatur man faces charges of first degree murder in connection with a murder in Peoria's North Valley last week. 

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Towering Lincoln sculpture headed to Peoria Riverfront Museum

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A larger than life Abraham Lincoln sculpture is headed to Peoria just in time for Illinois' bicentennial celebration. 

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MUST SEE: Pekin man's driveway turned into a garbage dump by a Pekin fireman Video included

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A Pekin man's driveway was turned into a landfill by a local Pekin fireman.

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State's Attorney to review Pekin dumping incident for potential charges

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The Pekin Police Department said it will be up to the Tazewell County State's Attorney to potentially press charges against a Pekin man who dumped two tons of garbage in a driveway in retaliation for late payment. 

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West Nile positive mosquitoes found in Peoria County

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Peoria County is the latest area county to find mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile Virus. 

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The Latest: 3 dead from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning

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Florida residents have begun to dig out in hurricane-scarred Florida and officials are slowly piecing together the scope of Irma's vicious path of destruction across the peninsula. More>>

Biggest/smallest pumpkin contest

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In Central Illinois it's a sure sign fall is here -- the Morton Pumpkin festival. What better way to kick off the community's biggest event than a contest to find the biggest (and smallest) pumpkin!

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MUST SEE: Pekin man's driveway turned into a garbage dump by a local fireman

A Pekin man came home to a mound of garbage in his driveway; dumped there by a Pekin firefighter. 

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PCAV holds stand down for Peoria homicide victim

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Some Peoria residents, family and relatives are remembering the city's latest homicide victim Eric Brownlee, during a stand down held Tuesday evening.  The Peoria County  Coroner says the 26-year-old Brownlee died from a gunshot wound to the neck.    Peoria police were called to a home on Rock Island Avenue Friday night where Brownlee was apparently visiting friends.  One member of the Peoria Community Against Violence says they hope to provide some kind of s... More>>

Former McLean County chair Sorensen sentenced on fraud charges

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Former McLean County Board Chairman Matt Sorensen was sentenced to a year in federal prison on wire fraud charges Tuesday. 

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Elderly woman hospitalized after strike by reversing vehicle in Pekin

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A Pekin woman is severely injured after she was struck by a vehicle Tuesday afternoon. 

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Peoria Civic Center to host Comic Con in November

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A Comic Con will soon play in Peoria. The Wizard World Comic Con is set to hit the Peoria Civic Center November 3-5. 

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New law allows crossbow hunting for all during deer, turkey archery seasons

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All Illinois hunters will be able to hunt with crossbows during archery seasons this fall.  

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ISU, Bradley, other local universities rank in national list

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Several area higher learning institutions are touting their rankings in the annual U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges list.  

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UPDATE: Missing Manito child found

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Police need your help to find a child last seen at the Pekin Marigold Festival on Sunday. 

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The Latest: Irma weakens into a tropical depression Video included

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Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm as the massive hurricane zeroed in on the Tampa Bay region early Monday after hammering much of Florida with roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages. More>>

Red Cross will offer new expedited training for volunteers

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The American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region is recruiting new volunteers to assist with the recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey.

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Patriot Day on Bradley Campus

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Students set up a flag memorial on the campus of Bradley University   Monday in honor of the victims and first responders who lost their lives in the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil.  Bradley Senior Angie Osborne was serving the the navy when the attacks happened. "It was very eye opening, a little scary.  I was actually on the U.S.S., J.F.K. a navy carrier.  So I was not really expecting it.  Actually when I first saw i... More>>

Murder Stand Down set for Peoria's 8th homicide victim of 2017

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Peoria Community Against Violence is scheduling its eighth Murder Stand Down for Peace event of 2017 as the city remembers another homicide victim.  

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Sheriff warns Florida residents not to shoot at hurricane

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A Florida sheriff's tweet in response to a social media telling people to shoot at Hurricane Irma is going viral. 

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How happy is Illinois? Somewhat, a new study says

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A new study puts Illinois near the middle of the road when it comes to a ranking of the happiest states in America. The WalletHub survey measures multiple factors to determine a person's overall well-being and satisfaction with life. 

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Peoria Portillo's developer seeks special tax rate for location

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A developer who wants to bring Portillo's to Peoria is going before the City Council Tuesday to make his case for a special tax zone. 

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AP Exclusive: Toxic sites in likely path of Irma

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EPA works to secure toxic waste sites in Irma's likely path. More>>

Chillicothe VFW post to not air sports of teams that 'don't respect,' flag, anthem

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VFW Post 4999 is making one thing clear. "It's a stand against the teams that will not honor the American flag," said veteran Gareth Greene.  Post 4999 has put a sign up for anyone who walks in: "The NFL and some of their players have chosen to disrespect the flag and National Anthem by sitting or kneeling." The  sign goes on to say members of  the Chillicothe  VFW post cherish the flag as a symbol that keeps them going, which is why  it...

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The Latest: Irma inland near Tampa, still Category 2 storm

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With Hurricane Irma closing in on Florida, the storm's bands are already lashing parts of the state. More>>

Weakened Irma lashes much of Florida; full impact unknown

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Hurricane Irma regained Category 4 strength as its eye closed in on the Florida Keys early Sunday. More>>

McLean Co. museum to observe 100 years since WWI

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2017 marks the centennial of the United States entry into World War one.   As such, the Evergreen Cemetery in Bloomington is holding a walk with an appropriate World War one theme. The focus will be on those from McLean County who played a vital role in the war efforts.   Costumed actors will perform at different stops along the walk. "All the characters have a World War One connection, and will tell their part of the story whether they fought in the war on the ... More>>

41st Annual American Gothic Cat Show

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Some of the heartland's finest furry friends made an appearance today at the 41st Annual American Gothic Cat Show in Peoria. The event brought pedigrees of every size, breed and color from all across the U.S. to the Expo Gardens.  The competition is serious business, drawing in life-long breeders, show cats, and even some kittens. In total, more than 200 com-PET-itors...Turned out for the show. More>>

Lines form at shelter as Irma nears; 75K total taking refuge

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About 50,000 Floridians are seeking shelter in schools, community centers and churches as Hurricane Irma nears the state. More>>

8th homicide of the year after 4 shot in East Bluff overnight

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A string of shootings overnight in Peoria leave three injured and a fourth dead, raising the total number of homicides in the River City to eight this year.  All three shootings happened in the East Bluff neighborhood. The death was the last shooting to occur, at around 10:23 Friday night. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood identified the victim as Eric Brownlee of Peoria.  The police report says there was a party happening at the home where the shooting took place, at ...

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'This is your last chance': Irma puts a bull's-eye on Tampa

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The forecast for Hurricane Irma's path has shifted to the southwest of the heavily populated Miami metro area as time runs out to evacuate. More>>

Perfect weather for Marigold Festival in Pekin

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Over in Pekin, gorgeous weather conditions for the city's annual Marigold Festival.

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Bloomington Race for the Cure had residents thinking pink

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The twin cities were electric Saturday morning as hundreds raced for a cure.

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NAACP looks to increase local election participation

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The Peoria NAACP kicked off its voter registration efforts with a community engagement rally. 

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SAMS animal rescue takes in several dogs from Louisiana

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With Hurricane Irma coming so close behind Hurricane Harvey many southern animal shelters are bursting at the seams.  

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Evergreen Memorial Cemetery sees vandals

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Cemeteries are supposed to be a peaceful place for loved ones after they're laid to rest. 

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Peoria police seek public input with survey

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The Peoria Police Department want public input on how safe they feel in the River City. They released a survey with the goals of improving police-community relations, gauging how safe residents feel in certain areas of the city, and what problems they think are most important to people living and working in Peoria. Peoria Police ask not to participate in the survey if you are under 18, or if you do not live, work or attend school in Peoria.  All information collected is confid... More>>

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Hurricane warnings have been issued for South Florida as thousands of people evacuate. More>>

The Latest: Pemex: Fuel supplies stable despite quake, storm

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The governor of the Mexican state of Chiapas says that at least three people have been killed in his region in a massive earthquake that hit off the country's coast. More>>

PPS high schools lock down details

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Peoria Public Schools went under lock-down Friday after students reported seeing a gun.

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Peoria City Council pondering vehicle sticker fee

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It could cost you more money to simply have  a vehicle in the city of Peoria.   Peoria City council members are considering the option of an additional vehicle sticker fee.   Peoria city drivers could be required to get a vehicle sticker under a proposal city council is reviewing.   City Council Member Sid Ruckriegel says he's against the idea, calling it similar to a regressive tax.  "As we know those fees usually never go down in year tw... More>>

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Peoria high school lockdowns lifted after investigation fails to turn up rumored weapon

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Peoria's four public high schools were on lockdown for about 45 minutes Friday after a weapon was rumored to be seen at the Woodruff campus. 

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Illinois Route 98 named after fallen local soldier killed in Afghanistan

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The next time you drive down Illinois Route 98, remember the sacrifice Sgt. Dean Russell Shaffer made for his country. 

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Madigan investigating Equifax breach, calling for free credit freezes

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is launching an investigation to the massive data breach at credit reporting firm Equifax, and calling on the company to free the credit ratings of all Illinoisans for free.  

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Breast Cancer survivor has extended family

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Cancer is a difficult diagnoses for anyone whether your family is big or small.   But one Bloomington woman says she's learned that family can extend well beyond blood ties. In December of 2014 when Denise Cesario was diagnosed with breast cancer her co-workers formed "Team Denise" a support group. "With Team Denise it was about support.  I  relayed what was going on in my like to Kathy who then took it to facebook and social media, so i didn't hav... More>>

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Here's how to check if your personal information was compromised by the Equifax hack

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A cybersecurity breach at credit reporting firm Equifax could potentially compromise the personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers. 

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Pekin man wins $700k in Illinois lottery contest

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A Pekin man is $700,000 richer after a $1 lottery ticket matched all five winning numbers in the Lucky Day Lotto contest. 

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182nd Airlift Wing deploys more personnel for hurricane relief efforts

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The Illinois National Guard is sending additional backup out from Peoria as Hurricane Irma approaches the mainland United States.  

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Decatur businessman running for retiring Republican Rep. Bill Mitchell's seat

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A former Decatur city councilman is making a run for retiring state Rep. Bill Mitchell's seat. 

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Morton man pleads not guilty to child abuse charges

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A 20-year-old Morton man has pleaded not guilty to abusing an 18-month-old girl, including banging her head against a wall multiple times and breaking her femur. 

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Rauner: State to borrow $6B to begin paying down bill backlog

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is issuing $6 billion in bonds to pay down a portion of the state's more than $15 billion stack of unpaid bills. 

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Bloomington police: 213 violent, sexually-violent parolees registered in city

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The Bloomington Police Department held their bi-monthly community talk Wednesday evening, revealing a startling statistic: the city has 213 violent and sexually-violent parolees registered within the city. These are individuals that have been deemed violent or sexually-violent by the courts, and who have served their sentences.  And while that number is by no means comforting, what's worse is considering the type of sexual offenders Bloomington police see most often: "The... More>>

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