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The Latest: Trump jokes about firing Price over Senate vote

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President Donald Trump has a message for Republican lawmakers deliberating the latest proposed health care bill: this is your last chance. More>>

First Student is looking to fill positions Video included

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Illinois is not exempt from the nation wide bus driver shortage and with schools set to open in just a few weeks, companies like First Student are scrambling to fill positions.  

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Paid parking metes might be coming to downtown Bloomington

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Shoppers may no longer be able to park for free in downtown Bloomington.

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Another special session in Springfield Video included

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Some state legislators say they're not very optimistic about getting much accomplished during another special session in  Springfield.  They say with school opening in less than a month, time is running out.  State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth says she agrees with Senate President John Cullerton that Governor Rauner needs to meet with legislative leaders before calling everyone back to Springfield for a special session. "If this is a special session whe... More>>

The Latest: Democrats offer 'Better Deal' in populist pitch

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Democrats are trying to bounce back from their November election losses and rebrand themselves, rolling out a populist new message under the headline "A Better Deal.". More>>

WIU receives state funding, but still faces challenges

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Western Illinois University has received its first payment of the year from the state, but the university's president said the work is just beginning. 

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Police: Sweatshirt doesn't match missing teen's last known shirt

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The Pekin Police Department said the sweatshirt found along the Illinois River Sunday doesn't match the last known clothing of Robert Bee. 

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East Peoria woman killed in crash on Murray Baker Bridge

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An East Peoria woman is dead after her stalled car was rear-ended on the Murray Baker Bridge early Sunday morning. 

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Former assistant AG challenges Davis for 13th congressional seat

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Another Democrat will seek to run against Rep. Rodney Davis next year.  

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Heart of Illinois gas prices go up slightly

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Gas prices are ever so slightly going up across the Heart of Illinois. 

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Wheels O'Time Museum hosts fundraiser for Peoria Honor Flight Video included

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One local museum held a fundraiser today to support veterans in the community.

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Peoria Public School teachers learn new ways to teach their students several life skills Video included

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Just like their students, Peoria Public school teachers are constantly learning. 

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Clothing found in woods could prove link to missing teen, Robert Bee Video included

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Bartonville police say Trucks 4 Kidz, a private organization out of Missouri has found clothing that may be connected to missing Pekin teenager Robert Bee. Around one thirty Sunday afternoon police were searching the area near eastbound 474 right next to the East Peoria / Pekin exit sign.  Bartonville Police Chief Brian Fengel says he could not confirm if any of the evidence is related to Bee. However, there was crime tape set up in the entrance of the woods leading down to th... More>>

One couple in Peoria went to new heights to represent St. Jude this summer Video included

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One couple in Peoria has spent the majority of their lives supporting St. Jude. Just this month they've gone to new heights to represent the organization. 

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Firefighters injured; house destroyed and adjacent one damaged

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Three firefighters were injured after responding to reports of an explosion and house fire Friday night. 

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Extreme temperatures fail to deter Heart of Illinois Fair attendance

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This week, the area has suffered with these extreme temperatures, especially those who attended the Heart of Illinois Festival. Event coordinators were concerned about the combination of the heat and the impact the fair being shorter would have...

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First annual Women Empowering Women luncheon

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A local organization is striving to encourage women to support and empower each other. The first annual Women Empowering Women seminar and luncheon took place this afternoon, hosting hundreds of guests, keynote speakers and vendors.  The organization says it wants to bring more unity and encouragement to the Peoria area. Guests were educated by speakers who inspired those to reach their full potential, while also helping their peers. Event coordinators say they were su... More>>

Linkin Park cancels tour after Chester Bennington's death Video included

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Chester Bennington died by hanging, Los Angeles County coroner confirms. More>>

Spicer exits as Trump shakes up his beleaguered press team Video included

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New York financier Anthony Scaramucci is under consideration to join the Trump administration as communications director. More>>

Morton pool offers free sunscreen

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With the sun beating down the UV index is on the rise. 

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Peoria home a loss after explosion Video included

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The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

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Jerry Rashid Named Eureka College Baseball Coach Video included

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Jerry Rashid is changing his colors. This season he will wear burgundy and gold as the new head baseball coach of the Eureka Red Devils.  

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Local employees take precaution while working in hot temperatures Video included

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If you had to go out in the sweltering heat today-- you likely made it as quick a trip as possible.

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Local water supply could be improved by new farm technology

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There's new technology being implemented to help a commonly occurring problem for local farmers, and it could help clean up local rivers and streams.

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Summer reading pay off Video included

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While many folks dodged the heat again Friday several went to a summer reading camp party.    Hundreds of kids  were hoping their work paid off. It was standing room only at Lincoln Branch Library for the summer reading camp finale.  But that didn't stop the adults and the kids who were dancing and waiting to see it they'd win a bike.  "It's just an awesome feeling that the community has embraced the summer reading program and the reward is ... More>>

Local actors get engaged on stage at ISU Shakespeare Festival

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A real midsummer night's dream for one local Bloomington couple. 

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Illinois Unemployment slightly rises in June

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    Illinois' unemployment rate slightly rose in June.    

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Americans to not be allowed to travel to North Korea

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The Associated Press is reporting that the United States will ban Americans from traveling to North Korea.  

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Unemployment, number of jobs increase in Illinois in June

The Illinois unemployment rate increased slightly in June while nonfarm payrolls increased by nearly 9,000 jobs. More>>

'Juice' will be loose: OJ Simpson granted parole in robbery Video included

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O.J. Simpson will command the world's attention once more as he pleads for his freedom before parole board. More>>

A special night for one local couple Video included

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A real midsummer nights dream for one local Bloomington couple.

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ONLY ON HOI: New private high school coming to town Video included

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A new private high school is set to open in Peoria in just a month. 

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Fire Departments look to continue program despite lack of funding Video included

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Fire departments all across the state including right here in the heart of Illinois are losing out big from the state budget. 

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IDOT, emergency workers deal with triple-digit temps Video included

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Central Illinois is an oven, with plenty of humidity and triple-digit heat indices making things unbearable.  That's hot enough for the Department of Transportation to watch for melting roads. "When the temperature does get to a certain level, an extreme high level, on occasion the pavement can burst...

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Police rounding up kids for a game ticket Video included

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Police from several departments across Central Illinois want to catch youngsters in the act... the act of doing good. They're handing out a special reward for good behavior.   Peoria Heights police officer Brad Vaughn is on a mission.  He's armed with gold baseballs giving them out to kids doing good deeds. "They're good kids, we're human beings.  i think baseball is something that kind of brings the community together as far as building the bridget between the p... More>>

Pekin man wins big money in Illinois Lottery

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A Pekin man has a huge windfall to help him with his retirement. Daniel Sutter won $250,000 after buying a winning "Full of $500s" ticket at the Circle K gas station in Morton. 

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Pets rescued from Peoria house fire

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Peoria firefighters saved a family's pets from a house fire Wednesday evening.  

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The Latest: McCain tells Senate colleague, 'I'll be back' Video included

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President Donald Trump says he and first lady Melania Trump are sending their thoughts and prayers to Arizona Sen. John McCain after his cancer diagnosis. More>>

President Trump nominates Caterpillar Board Member to be Russian Ambassador

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A Caterpillar Board Member may be the next U.S. Ambassador to Russia. Jon Huntsman has been on Cat's Board of Directors since 2012. 

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Protect yourself this fall and learn self defense Video included

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Women between the ages of 18 and 24 are at a higher risk for sexual violence on college campuses. 

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16-year-old from Minnesota ID'd as victim of John Wayne Gacy

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A Chicago-area sheriff has identified another victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy as a 16-year-old boy from Minnesota. More>>

Some workers bundling up for work Video included

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Given this heat can you imagine wearing a coat and even gloves to work right now?   Believe it or not that's the reality for some cooler-condition jobs. Even though it's a steamy hot in July....Rickey King is wearing several layers of clothes, a hat and gloves at work.  "i just feel blessed to be here anyway regardless of if its 100 degrees or it's zero degrees.  it's always 38 degrees in here," King said. King is among the 30 employees at Raber Pa... More>>

Streator in mourning: remembering Hunter Wolfe Video included

Hunter Wolfe was an offensive lineman on his high school's football team, as well as an honor student. His mom says he wanted to learn a trade in heavy machining. Hunter Wolfe was an offensive lineman on his high school's football team, as well as an honor student. His mom says he wanted to learn a trade in heavy machining.
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One of the lockers at Streator Township High School will be empty this fall  after a workplace accident took the life of 17-year-old Senior Hunter Wolfe. "He was always a go-to student," recalled Matt Seaton, Superintendent of Streator Township High School. "A go-to kid for teachers who needed extra help, or who wanted that reliable and trustworthy student....

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Director talks reason behind local movie

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A movie in the making is set to show off the heart of Illinois and feature local talent.

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A movie in the making displays local man's childhood

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It's called "Real Prayers are said in German." 

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Man faces up to 50 years on attempted murder charges

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A Bloomington man faces up to 50 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of attempted murder and other charges.

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OSHA investigating workplace death of Streator teen

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A 17-year-old from Streator is dead after an apparent workplace accident. 

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Area nursing homes cited for safety violations

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A number of area nursing homes were cited by the Illinois Department of Public Health for violations of the Nursing Home Care Act over the past 3 months. 

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Canton School hosts town hall about school funding bill

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A budget has been passed but the work is no where near done. 

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Heat tips to stay cool during heat wave

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As temperatures continue to rise over 90 degrees, with heat indicies reaching 105, the Peoria City/County Health Department has some tips to help keep you both cool and healthy during the heat wave. 

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The Latest: Trump to discuss health care with GOP senators Video included

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President Donald Trump is blasting Democrats and "a few Republicans" over the failure to pass a new health care bill in the Senate, declaring: "we will return.". More>>

Hot weather for the Heart of Illinois fair

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This year's Heart of Illinois fair is going to be a hot one so make sure you're staying safe if you're heading out there.

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The Par-A-Dice hotel and casino laid off 18 people Video included

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The Par-A-Dice hotel and casino laid off 18 people Tuesday. That adds up to roughly three percent of the work force there.

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Heart of Illinois Fair begins, celebrating 68 years Video included

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Tuesday marks the first day for the 68th annual Heart of Illinois Fair. 

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Splash Pad coming to Harrison Park Video included

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Some children and families in one South Peoria neighborhood are getting some pretty cool recreational equipment.  By this time next year, kids could be playing at  "Green Splash" in Harrison Park.  A green splash similar to one on Peoria's riverfront will be built in Harrison park, thanks to a $150,000. dollar grant from the American Water Charitable Foundation and the National Recreation and Park Association.  Peoria Public Works Director Scott Reeise s... More>>

Par-a-Dice lays off about a dozen employees

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About three percent of the workforce at Par-a-Dice Hotel and Casino were laid off Tuesday. 

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Bloomington woman gets 8 years in husband's stabbing death

A Bloomington woman has been sentenced to eight years in prison for her husband's stabbing death last fall. More>>

Illinois school dorm director teaches dog to bark in whisper Video included

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A resident director who lives in a dorm at a college in southern Illinois has taught his dog to bark in a whisper. More>>

Hastert faces sex-offender treatment with prison release

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Federal records show former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been released from prison in Minnesota and transferred to a Chicago re-entry facility. More>>

Free private school expanding in South Peoria Video included

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A free private school on the South Side of Peoria is expanding.   

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Hyatt Place owners in Uptown Normal pulls out of tax rebate Video included

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Local governments are continuing to struggle even though Illinois has a new budget -- which prompted owner of the Hyatt Place to pull out of its hotel-motel tax rebate. 

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Early morning power outage causes traffic issues in Peoria

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Power has mainly been restored to downtown Peoria, after an early morning power outage. 

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68th annual Heart of Illinois kicks off at Expo Gardens

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A Central Illinois summer tradition kicks off Tuesday at the Peoria Expo Gardens.

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Some testimony to be allowed in Kirk Zimmerman murder trial

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Kirk Zimmerman gets another small victory in connection with his ex-wife's murder.

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Central Illinois radar temporarily off for upgrades

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This week the National Weather Service's central Illinois radar site is getting some upgrades so that it can remain operational until at least the year 2030.

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Peoria Public Schools gets to work before fall Video included

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Among the issues the school board is looking to address this year, the ongoing teacher shortage which means larger class sizes for your child. 

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Michigan man arrested in connection with deli robbery; another suspect sought

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Bloomington police have arrested a Michigan man and are still seeking another suspect in connection with an armed robbery at a deli on Friday. 

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