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Schnucks helps fight hunger

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Schnucks teamed up with local food banks earlier today to Shop Out Hunger.

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Relay for Life in McLean County Video included

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Right now, thousands of people are gathering in Normal to join in the fight to cure cancer-- step by step. 

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Dozens spend Saturday building wheel chair ramps across Heart of Illinois

In all, 13 ramps were build around the tri-county area, all free of charge. In all, 13 ramps were build around the tri-county area, all free of charge.
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Saturday was a beautiful summer day in the River City - and many spent their day helping the Ready to Roll Ramps for Independence program. "We saw the need for ramps, and just doing one per week wasn't getting enough done," explained Jeffrey Heft, CEO of His Helping Hands ministries. "We decided lets do a big push to do them all in one day- or as many as we can in one day." This is the fifth year the Ready to Roll program has helped people across three counties i... More>>

Tazewell Co. steps in to help new mothers, families

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The Tazewell County Health Department went the extra mile today for new and expecting mothers on Saturday. The first Bumps to Babies event aimed to provide prenatal and early-childhood care education to new families, as well as soften the financial impact of a new baby. Moms were given diapers, wipes and even toys for free.  "I have children of my own," explained Tierra Neal of the Tazewell County Health Department, "so I know how challenging it can be when you'... More>>

Future video game designers put through Bradley boot camp

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Bradley University hosted the first-ever IRL (In Real Life) Game Design summer camp, aimed at helping future video game designers, programmers and artists get a taste of their careers.  High school students from across Central Illinois spent five days building their own 2D and 3D video games from scratch. "This (camp) is really giving them an opportunity before they go and pick this as their major," explained instructor Zach Abbott. "It gets them associated with ... More>>

Depp's 'assassin' comments the latest in celebrity anger Video included

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Johnny Depp wants to know the last time an actor assassinated a president. More>>

Some residents cite personal reasons for remaining in Illinois Video included

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Federal census data shows that for the third year in a row Illinois population continues to go down.   

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Street Planting project brings green to Peoria Main street Video included

Nearly two dozen people showed up to add a touch of green to Peoria's West Main and Sheridan intersection. Nearly two dozen people showed up to add a touch of green to Peoria's West Main and Sheridan intersection.
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The city of Peoria partnered with the Renaissance Park Community Association to improve the intersection of West Main and Sheridan Road by filling the large cement barriers with ferns and flowers.  The President of the RPCA, Per Ellingson, says...

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Pop-up gardens to help beautify city's south side

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You may notice more pop-up gardens on the south side of Peoria. 

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Normal house likely a total loss after Thursday fire

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The cause of a house fire in west Normal late Thursday night is still undetermined. 

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Changes coming to Illinois child support calculations

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Starting July 1, the method to calculate child support payments in Illinois will change.  

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New parking restrictions implemented in Peoria Warehouse District

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Two hour parking is now in effect in certain sections of Peoria's Warehouse District.  The parking is implemented on SW Adams and segments of cross streets running from Walnut to Spencer. 

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Pekin police warn of spread of purple heroin

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The Pekin Police Department is seeking to make area residents aware of a dangerous type of heroin spreading through central Illinois. 

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Local man catches record-setting bass in Lake Bloomington

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A Bloomington man has set a new state record for largest hybrid striped bass caught. 

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Local upcoming Independence Day events

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Where can celebrate America's birthday this 4th of July? Check our list!

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Suspicious infant death under investigation

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A LaSalle County 12-day-old has died of injuries after a traumatic event. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Ean Mariotto of Marseilles was pronounced dead at 11:12 a.m. Thursday. 

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Heart of Illinois basketball star drafted to the NBA

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Alec Peters dream is now a reality.

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Senate GOP unveils 'Obamacare' overhaul, but not all aboard Video included

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Congressional aides and lobbyists say Senate Republicans would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase a raft of tax increases as part of their long-awaited health care bill. More>>

Peoria tireless project to hold another tire pickup

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You have a chance to get rid of some old tires this weekend.

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Convicted murderer has part of his conviction overturned

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Despite part of his murder conviction being overturned, a Peoria man will still remain in prison for decades.

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Illinois May unemployment numbers released

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It continues to be a mixed bag when it comes to the state of Illinois's unemployment rate.

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LaSalle County man sentenced for January murder

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A LaSalle County man is sentenced to more than 100 years in prison for the murder of a Streator woman, and the sexual assault of her 11-year-old son.

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Demolition begins on former steel plant

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The longtime steel plant in Putnam County is no more.

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Man learns federal sentence on child porn charges

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A Normal, Illinois man is sentenced to five years in federal prison for receiving child pornography.

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Man found dead in Illinois River by Havana Video included

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Allen's son said his father was a family man, who loved to fish. 

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It was once known as U.S. Cellular coliseum, today it was renamed Video included

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It hosts multiple events, from sports to the arts, many of you have been there.  What was once known as U.S. Cellular coliseum has been renamed. A naming rights agreement will be presented to the city council at its regular meeting to make the new name change and make over, official.  After around 4 months of searching. One of the few arena's in our area has a new name.  It was announced Thursday as Grossinger Motors Arena.  "They are local and she'... More>>

Havana man found dead in river Video included

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A family is in mourning after they said their father went fishing and never came home.

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School districts in limbo about fall semester Video included

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Illinois schools won't have the safety net used in the past since lawmakers say there will be no stop gap budget this year, and no separate funding bill for education.  So, if a budget isn't adopted by next Friday, many school leaders could find themselves in crisis mode.       Given their track record there is a big possibility that state legislators may not have a budget in time for schools to reopen in August.  Many districts around the state including... More>>

Health Services say Senate Healthcare bill would be bad for Central IL, 'especially minorities.' Video included

CEO Charles Bandoian says Heartland would have to make tough decisions on how to fund an influx of uninsured patients if the bill is passed. CEO Charles Bandoian says Heartland would have to make tough decisions on how to fund an influx of uninsured patients if the bill is passed.
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On Capitol Hill, outcry from lawmakers - many of them democrats - including both of Illinois' Senators.  "The version of 'Trumpcare' that passed the House could cost 23 million Americans - including 385,000 Illinoisans, to lose healthcare coverage...

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Unemployment rate drops in Central Illinois

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Unemployment rates are down across most of Illinois, but the Illinois Department of Employment Security said job growth is still lagging behind most of the country.  

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Sandage running again for McLean County Sheriff

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McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage wants to continue serving for another few years.

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Kinzinger renews calls for civility in wake of Virginia shooting

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U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger is calling for civility after receiving "vitriolic" messages following the Alexandra, Va. shooting of a congressman during baseball practice.  Kinzinger did a Facebook Live asking the country to rise above "angry rhetoric" after a Belleville, Ill. man shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and others at a GOP practice match for a congressional charity baseball game last week. Kinzinger posted some of the responses he rece... More>>

President Trump's full visit to Eastern Iowa Video included

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President Donald Trump's first visit to Eastern Iowa as commander in chief is in the books. 

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Brain Fengel running for Peoria County Sheriff Video included

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One local lawman aims to go from chief to sheriff. 

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Canadian charged in US airport attack investigated as terror

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Officials say the airport in Flint, Michigan, has been evacuated after a police officer was injured. More>>

Old Settler's Day in Metamora

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It's Metamora's Old Settler's Days on the town square.

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Lawmakers spend exactly 19 mins. on first budget session Video included

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Lawmakers met for the first day of a 10-day special session, in order to try to reign in the impending budget crisis. Despite the urgency and importance of the occasion, things, didn't exactly get off to a stellar start. Day one of the special legislative session started at 12:02 Wednesday afternoon. It ended at 12:21; just 19 minutes later. "We're here to work, I'm ready to work.It involves some very tough choices. I hope that the legislative leaders take this situation ... More>>

Residents say "stop the bickering" in Springfield Video included

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Before Wednesday's special budget session started in Springfield some local residents got a chance to talk with two state representatives during a breakfast at Bradley University.  

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East Peoria fire dept. training for railroad collisions Video included

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We've had two fatal accidents at railway crossings in the past couple months here in Central Illinois. Illinois is actually among the top ten states for these types of crashes,  prompting the East Peoria Fire Department to take action. The fire department is hosting a series of training classes along with BNSF Railway. Local firemen from Peoria, Washington, and Pekin will be educated on how to effectively handle such emergencies. "It's not something that we respo... More>>

Mulch, electronics recycling available to Peoria residents this Saturday

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A free mulch giveaway and electronics recycling event will be open for Peoria residents this Saturday at the Peoria Public Works facility.  

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Durbin, Duckworth warn of transportation consequences if state budget not passed

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Illinois' U.S. Senators are warning that a shutdown of Illinois Department of Transportation projects due to a lack of state funding could also put billions of federal dollars set to flow to the state on hold.  

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LaHood bill aims to clean up old coal mines

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A new bill seeks to clean up and re-purpose old coal mines across Illinois and the rest of the country.  

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Peoria man, Galesburg pair face armed robbery charges in California

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A Peoria man, a Galesburg man and a teenager face charges in California for an armed robbery.  

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East Peoria road reopens after 2 months

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Shady Knolls Drive in East Peoria is fully reopen after nearly 2 months of closure. The road's Meadow Ave. entrance was closed May 1 for repairs after erosion and culvert damage was aggravated by rain. The Illinois Department of Transportation made the repairs.  More>>

Creve Coeur man killed in suspected DUI crash

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A Creve Coeur motorcycle rider is dead after a crash in rural Morton Tuesday morning. 

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Overnight shooting leave one person injured in Peoria

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One person is injured after an overnight shooting in Peoria.

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Climate Outlook This Summer - What To Expect Video included

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Summer has arrived, and if you're making your summer plans, you're surely curious what kind of general weather conditions we can expect.

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Farmers look to the future Video included

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As we start Summer, we can't help but wonder how are the crops in the Heart of Illinois. 

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Gov. Rauner makes budget address on eve of special session

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Governor Bruce Rauner has released his speech to Illinois State Congress, the night before a special legislative session is set to begin. It is included below in its entirety: Good evening...

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Peoria police investigating gas station thefts

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Police are working several recent incidents at gas stations, where people have been skipping out. Managers at the north Allen Rd. Hucks and the MacArthur Shell gas station both reported incidents last week.

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Electronic recycling and mulch give away to take place over the weekend

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Two great things that you normally wouldn't think of together; recycling your old electronics and landscaping.

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City of Washington power lines fall due to traffic accident

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Drivers in Washington had to to deal with detours and backups after a traffic accident left downed power lines strewn across the road.  Washington police say a semi truck pulled down the lines around several blocks in the area of east Holland and Catherine in Washington. Ameren and the city of Washington's public works are also working on the scene of the accident.  Washington police said power restoration is underway, and officers are assessing damage. No one was injured ... More>>

Roads closed in Washington due to downed power lines

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Downed power lines and utility poles have blocked off several streets in Washington following a traffic accident. Washington police said a semi pulled down the lines around several blocks in the area of E. Holland and Catherine. Ameren and the city of Washington's Public Works are also working on the scene of the accident. 

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Cat shareholders reject executive compensation clawback

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By a wide margin, Caterpillar shareholders have rejected a compensation clawback provision for executives who engage in misconduct or oversight failure.  

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Top court to hear case that could reshape US political map

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The Supreme Court could soon decide whether to consider the high-profile issue of drawing electoral districts. More>>

Tazewell County teen pleads guilty to burglary charges

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A Delavan man, who committed a string of burglaries and car thefts in Morton and Minier, is sentenced to five years in prison.

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East Peoria woman faces aggravated DUI charges after deadly car crash

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An East Peoria woman faces aggravated DUI charges in connection with a deadly crash that left her husband dead.

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Rauner to address Illinois residents ahead of lawmaker return to Springfield

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Governor Bruce Rauner is expected to address the state of Illinois Tuesday, 24 hours before lawmakers return to work.

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Local Fire Sirens vs. Tornado Sirens

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Sirens sounded in North Pekin Saturday; but it wasn't because of the severe weather.

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Changes are coming to Normal Video included

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Some changes are coming to Normal. From a new, fun option for families to a change to uptown's landscape.

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Lahood says federal money safe for vocational ed programs

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Peoria area Congressman Darin Lahood says he's confident vocational tech programs currently funded with federal dollars will continue.  The Carl Perkins Act is due to expire soon.   But the congressman says even with President Trump's proposed budget cuts, Central Illinois vo-tech students should be okay. With plans to add a law enforcement curriculum at Woodruff Career and Technical Center next year Peoria public schools is looking to increase vocational classes. "Th... More>>

Major road projects may end over state budget crisis

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Major road projects across Illinois may come to a halt next week if the state legislature can't resolve the ongoing budget crisis. 

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Central Illinois gets a new arson dog

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Arson investigators are getting some help from man's best friend.

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Lawmakers lobby Trump to keep Peoria Ag Lab open

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A bipartisan group of Illinois lawmakers is appealing to President Donald Trump to keep the Peoria Ag Lab open. 

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Bartonville PD Chief Fengel running for Peoria County Sheriff

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Bartonville Police Chief Brian Fengel is making a run for Peoria County Sheriff.  

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London police plead for calm after attack at mosque

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Police say a vehicle struck pedestrians on a road in north London, leaving several casualties and one person has been arrested. More>>

Father's Day in the sky Video included

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Father's Day took flight Sunday morning at the Marshall County Airport, celebrating it's 50th Father's Day fly-in.

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Floods in Normal stall cars

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When the roads flood it can be a very dangerous situation for drivers. 

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Storms rip through Central Illinois, causing damage to homes Video included

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The storm Saturday night that ripped through Central Illinois left people without power, streets flooded and some homes were damaged. 

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A traditional Cherokee ceremony is a first in Illinois Video included

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A first for the state of Illinois - for a happy reason.

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Steamboat Days end

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The 44th Annual Steamboat Days Festival was held today in Peoria.

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Possible severe weather causes closure of riverfront events

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Peoria Police have announced that the Steamboat Days festival and several riverfront events will be canceled or closed early due to severe weather. 

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Trump thrusts US, Cuba back toward hostile relations Video included

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White House says President Donald Trump plans to announce a revised Cuba policy that's aimed at stopping the flow of U.S. cash to the country's military and security services. More>>

Community House for Police Opens in Bloomington Video included

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Earlier today Bloomington police held the opening for their Community House, which is a way for officers to be in neighborhoods that need them most. The house is located on Jefferson Street, which is on the west side of Bloomington and known for it's higher crime rate compared to the rest of the Bloomington-Normal area...

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Sen. Dick Durbin Speaks on Healthcare Cuts Video included

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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin paid a visit to Bloomington High School to talk about President Trump's proposed budget. Durbin claims cuts within those budget along with efforts to repeal and replace the affordable care act would slash roughly 60 billion dollars from Illinois' medicaid program...

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Farmers say crop insurance vital to national economy Video included

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Some local farmers are say President Trump's proposed federal budget cuts could mean disaster for their crops and livelihood.  Friday morning they got a chance to share their concerns with Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth. Carlock Farmer Fred Grieder plants corn and soybean on about 14 hundred acres each year.  He says the federal governments crop insurance program is an important safety net that's now at risk. "With crop insurance you have a stable system, that y...

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UPDATE: Early morning I-55 crash kills West Peoria man

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One person is dead after an early morning crash on Interstate 55 northbound. 

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Area lawmakers show bipartisan spirit at baseball game in shooting's wake

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Lawmakers from Central Illinois on both sides of the aisle were among those in attendance at last night's bipartisan congressional baseball game in the wake of Wednesday's shooting.  

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The Latest: Putin hears briefing on report of IS chief death

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The spokesman for the U.S.-led anti-IS coalition says he cannot confirm reports that the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed. More>>

Pekin man sentenced to 20 years for child pornography

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A 43-year-old Pekin man was sentenced Thursday in federal court to 20 years behind bars for receiving and possessing child pornography just six months after his last release from prison. David C. Turner was released from prison in 2016 after serving 21 years for child pornography, aggravated kidnapping and solicitation for murder. Upon his release, he was placed on 20 years' supervised release and ordered to register as a sex offender.  Law enforcement officials said they found... More>>

Five people are dead after a freight train hit their van in christian county Wednesday night

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Five people are dead after a freight train hit their van in christian county Wednesday night. 

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Moonlight basketball: Helping keep Peoria's youth safe

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Basketball. To some it's a child's game, but to many it's a sport that brings young men and women together in the spirit of competition.

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Chillicothe continues cleanup Video included

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Storm damage cleanup continues in Chillicothe. 

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Crittenton Centers opens new location downtown Video included

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The Crittenton Centers plans to reach out to more families with a brand, new location downtown.

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CityLink celebrates its 12th annual "Dump the Pump" day Video included

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CityLink believes you can save more by utilizing their services rather than spending hundreds, and may be thousands of dollars on gas.

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Facebook, forums may have fueled VA shooter's anger issues

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James Hodgkinson of Belleville went to Alexandria with one goal in mind: gun down members of the Republican Party. While investigation is still ongoing, one Central Illinois Counselor speculates that the reason behind the shooting may be that Hodgkinson felt...

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Rauner calls lawmakers back to Springfield to discuss budget

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Governor Bruce Rauner will call the General Assembly back to Springfield for the last 10 days of the month to pass a budget. 

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The Latest: Witness: Fireballs erupted following blimp crash

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An official with the company operating an advertising blimp at the U.S. Open golf tournament in Wisconsin says the pilot is "OK" after the craft crashed but that he is being taken to a hospital. More>>

Report: Powerball, Mega Millions ticket sales could be dropped in Illinois

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You may not be able to purchase a Mega Millions or Powerball ticket in Illinois as of July 1, thanks to the state budget crisis. 

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Livingston County to undergo gypsy moth treatment

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The Illinois Department of Agriculture will be spraying areas in Livingston County to kill an invasive insect species.

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IDOT: Road construction stopping at end of June due to lack of budget

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All state-funded road work will come to a halt if a state budget is not passed by the end of this month. 

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Mapleton man sentenced to 20 years for child porn possession, downloading

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A Mapleton man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for receiving and possessing child pornography. 

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Five victims ID'ed in car-train crash

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Five elderly travelers ranging in age from 77 to 89 have died in a train versus vehicle crash in Christian County.

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Storm cleanup to continue in Peoria

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Peoria city crews will be out again Thursday removing storm debris.

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Schneider endorses Biss in 2018 Governor's race

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Another Democratic gubernatorial candidate picks up an endorsement.

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REPORT: Rauner to call special session before June 30th deadline

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Reports indicate that Governor Bruce Rauner is expected to call a special session of the General Assembly next Wednesday.

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Citylink to celebrate "Dump the Pump" day

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Citylink will surprise some of its riders with prizes Thursday. .

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Heidelberg speedy re-trial request hits snag

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The Peoria County State's Attorney is fighting Cleve Heidelberg's request for a speedy re-trial.

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CAT quarterly cash dividend increased

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Caterpillar's board of directors voted Wednesday to increase the quarterly cash dividend by one cent to 78 cents per share of common stock.

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Rifle-wielding attacker wounds GOP leader, killed by police Video included

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice, congressional officials say. More>>

Storm blows through Chillicothe, takes several trees Video included

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The storm definitely left it's mark on Chillicothe early Wednesday evening. 

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ICC students work the field

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Sometimes the best way to learn in a classroom is to get out of it.  

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Leaving your pet in a car can cause serious health related issues Video included

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If you're planning to run errands in this hot weather, think twice about bringing your pet with you.  Keeping animals inside a hot vehicle could cause them heat related illnesses. In 2015, the "Humane Care for Animals" Act passed in Illinois stating that pet owners can be punished for leaving their pets unattended in a hot car.    Even when it's overcast, it can reach up to 109 degrees in a car in just 20 minutes. "We're looking at day outsid... More>>

Salvation Army of Bloomington running out of fans for giveaway program

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After already giving out about 150 fans, the Salvation Army of Bloomington is asking for your help to assist those who are trying to stay cool.

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Fairbury police seek man who escaped squad car

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The Fairbury Police Department is looking for a man who broke out a squad car to avoid going to jail. 

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Local delegation uninjured in congressional baseball game shooting

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Illinois' local representatives were not injured in a shooting Wednesday morning at a congressional baseball game in Alexandria, Va. 

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The Latest: Londoners help fire survivors with food, clothes

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Metropolitan Police in London say they're continuing to evacuate people from a massive apartment fire in west London. More>>

Indiana man arrested in connection with Bloomington bank robbery

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A Fort Wayne, Ind. man is behind bars after he allegedly robbed a Bloomington bank this morning.

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Phone scam hits Tazewell County

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The Tazewell County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a phone scam going around. 

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UPDATE: Skull discovered in Kingston Mines

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Officials are investigating after a human skull was found at a campground near Kingston Mines. 

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Budget battle continues in Springfield

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Day 713 of the state of Illinois budget crisis, and lawmakers are due back in Springfield Wednesday to continue negotiations.

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Sessions vigorously denies improper Russia contacts Video included

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony to the Senate Intelligence committee Tuesday will be open to the public. More>>

Breaking News: Massive fire consumes 27-story apartment building in West London.

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Authorities say they're continuing to evacuate people from a massive apartment fire burning in west London. 

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Stand Up for Social Justice protest federal budget

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The federal budget proposal is turning some heads in the twin cities.  

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Levee District gets new retail space

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East Peoria's Levee District is getting space for a few new stores.  

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Pekin making downtown more bike-friendly

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Pekin's downtown just became a little more friendly for bike riders and pedestrians.  

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Bloomberg: Illinois voter hack went deeper than previously thought

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Russian hackers attempted to delete or alter Illinois voter records last year, Bloomberg News reports. 

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