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Museum collecting eclipse glasses to ship overseas

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One day after the eclipse the excitement is still there for hundreds, and something many of us also have is some pairs of eclipse glasses lying around. So what can we do with them?

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Trump watches eclipse from White House

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President Donald Trump plans to watch the solar eclipse from a White House balcony. More>>

Local unit deploying to Afghanistan

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President Trump's Call for more troops in Afghanistan is reaching the heart of  Illinois.   These next couple of days will be precious for families of local soldiers getting ready for duty in Afghanistan.   For some members of the 238th Aviation unit it could be their second deployment to the region.  The aviation unit was last deployed there in 2013.  About 40 members will head out on Thursday for their year long mission.  a military spokesman says... More>>

Tazewell County Health Department 2016 teen survey released

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The 2016 study shows that 23 % of high school seniors said they have smoked Marijuana and then gotten behind the wheel.

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Alleged DUI driver to face elevated charges after teen bicyclist's death

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The McLean County State's Attorney's Office intends to pursue upgraded charges against an alleged DUI driver after the teen bicyclist he allegedly struck last week died. 

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Governor to sign automatic voter registration, immigration bills into law

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A spokesperson for Gov. Bruce Rauner said he intends to sign two major bills into law next Monday. 

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Authorities seek new info on woman last seen alive in LaSalle County, 25 years later

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Law enforcement officials are seeking help from the public to solve the 25-year-old cold case of a woman last seen alive in LaSalle County. 

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Kinzinger issues statement on Afghanistan, South Asia strategy

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U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger is weighing in with his thoughts on the continuing war in Afghanistan following President Donald Trump's announcement of a new strategy in a nationally televised address Monday night. 

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PNC Winterfest hosting New Year's Eve Countdown

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The PNC Winterfest outside the Peoria Civic Center is trying something new this year: a countdown to ring in 2018. 

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Powerball jackpot hits $700 million; 2nd highest in history

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The $700 million Powerball jackpot is now the second-largest in U.S. history.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidates forum scheduled for Saturday

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Several Democratic candidates for governor will participate in a "Downstate Forum" hosted by Rep. Cheri Bustos this Saturday in Peoria.  

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Pontiac woman killed in accident with police car ID'ed

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The Livingston County Coroner has identified a woman struck and killed by a Pontiac Police Department squad car early Monday. 

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Brimfield teacher among 10 finalists for Illinois teacher award

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A teacher from Brimfield is among 10 finalists for 2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

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Local eclipse party gets strong attendance

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While many in the line of totality saw a scientific phenomenon, viewers in central Illinois also got plenty of awe and wonder.

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Challenger Learning Center hosts pre-eclipse event

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The Challenger Learning Center in Normal offered a tremendous sharing and learning opportunity.  It hosted a pre-eclipse event Monday. For the folks who had been wondering about all the buzz associated with the solar eclipse The Challenger Learning Center in Normal briefed them about the historic event. "The moon's shadow is actually very small.  It doesn't cover a very wide path, it's about 60 to70 miles wide.  These eclipses don't normally cross across the Unit... More>>

Authorities: Smoke alarms non-functional in fatal Normal fire

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The smoke alarms didn't work in a Normal condominium where a 68-year-old woman died in a fatal fire earlier this month. 

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Eureka, Roanoke-Benson school districts to explore consolidation

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Eureka School District 140 and Roanoke-Benson School District 60 will hold a special board meeting Monday to discuss studying a consolidation of the two districts.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Central Illinoisans gaze at the eclipse

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Many of you opted for eclipse glasses. A few of you used welder's masks. But one thing is certain: much of Central Illinois took some time out of the day to gaze at the partial solar eclipse in the sky this afternoon. 

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Can't be there? How to watch solar eclipse on TV, online

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Can't be there to see total solar eclipse? How to watch on TV, online. More>>

The Latest: US coast-to-coast total eclipse comes to an end Video included

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Forecasters say it looks like a big chunk of the nation on the path of the total eclipse will get clear viewing for the sky show. More>>

Charges possible in missing Bureau teen case

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The Bureau County State's Attorney is reviewing the case of a recently discovered missing teen for potential charges. 

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The Latest: 14,000 gather at Illinois stadium for eclipse

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ISP investigating woman killed in accident with Pontiac PD squad car

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A woman is dead after she was struck by Pontiac Police Department squad car early Monday morning. 

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Peoria Chiefs cancel eclipse glasses giveaway due to shipping problem

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If you're going to the Peoria Chiefs game to watch the eclipse today, you'd better bring your own eclipse glasses. 

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How to watch the eclipse safely if you can't get glasses

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Retailers everywhere are sold out of the special, NASA-approved solar glasses, with prices online skyrocketing towards hundreds of dollars for a few pairs. Even right here at home, every spare was gone in less than a day. "We were overwhelmed by demand," explained Nick Rae, a Planetarium Educator with Dome Planetarium. "We were able to find another second shipment of ten thousand. Sold out of those within the day, and now we can't get any more before the actual event.... More>>

Beware of fake eclipse glasses, warns Illinois AG

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Purchasing a fake pair of eclipse glasses could endanger your eyesight this Monday.  Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning Illinois residents about scam artists selling fake eclipse glasses. 

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Trump commits US to fight on in Afghanistan; no speedy exit

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President Donald Trump will use a nationally televised address to outline for a war-weary nation the strategy he believes will best position the U.S. to eventually declare victory in Afghanistan. More>>

PHOTO GALLERY: Storms make for wet Monday commute

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It was a stormy Monday in Central Illinois, and Tuesday may be just as bad.  There is an 80 percent chance of precipitation in the forecast for Tuesday, with the best chance for showers and thunderstorms in the morning hours. There is also a slight chance of rain in the afternoon.  Here's a selection of viewer photos of ominous clouds and rainy weather they encountered during drive time Monday. 

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Special Olympics state tennis tournament held in Bloomington Video included

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More than 125 athletes were in the twin cities this weekend to compete in the Special Olympics state tennis tournament.  Inclusion, acceptance and support were at the heart of the event, with a focus also on capability rather than disability...

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One Heart of Illinois church celebrates a new beginning Video included

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Dozens turned out to celebrate a local church. 

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6th annual Sweet Kids Cruise-In and Car Show in Creve Coeur Video included

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An annual sweet event was held in Creve Coeur Sunday. 

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But Now I See: Young boy uses special glasses to be a pilot Video included

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For most twelve-year-olds, being a pilot is a life-long goal. But for Ryan Rusk, it's now a reality, and it's all thanks to a special pair of glasses and his unbridled enthusiasm.  "I'm going to get to fly the plane...and use my glasses," he said. Ryan has optic nerve hypoplasia, a condition that's left him nearly blind. That's where the eSight glasses come in. Ryan's new glasses don't completely fix his vision, but...

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Bradley U. moves in largest Freshman class in 50 years Video included

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Its that time of year again - back to school, and the Bradley Braves are bigger than ever. This year's student move-in involves the largest Freshman class since the 1960's, with an estimated 1,250 students. All of Bradley's residence halls were open and in full swing this morning. "I'm a little excited," said incoming Freshman Karlee Frewert. "I'm more nervous than anything, because I've never done anything like this before, and I'm a first-generation college student... More>>

Students get important back-to-school lesson at Hy-Vee Kids Carnival Video included

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The Grand Prairie Hy-Vee put on a fun and educational school carnival Saturday. Kids in attendance were able to get their faces painted, meet with superheroes and Minions, and even take shots at a dunk tank. But besides all the fun, kids learned about healthy eating, which Dietitian Brooke Bisping says...

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