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  • Skepticism follows Governor Rauner's call for another special session

    Skepticism follows Governor Rauner's call for another special session

    Monday, July 24 2017 7:36 PM EDT2017-07-24 23:36:08 GMT
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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 w...
    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 w...
  • Sweatshirt found doesn't match last known Robert Bee outfit

    Sweatshirt found doesn't match last known Robert Bee outfit

    Monday, July 24 2017 12:16 PM EDT2017-07-24 16:16:49 GMT
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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. 

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

  • East Peoria killed after stalled vehicle rear-ended on Murray Baker Bridge

    East Peoria killed after stalled vehicle rear-ended on Murray Baker Bridge

    Monday, July 24 2017 9:30 AM EDT2017-07-24 13:30:28 GMT

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

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

  • Local Peoria couple have gone to new heights to represent St. Jude

    Local Peoria couple have gone to new heights to represent St. Jude

    Sunday, July 23 2017 8:45 PM EDT2017-07-24 00:45:00 GMT

    One couple in Peoria has spent the majority of their lives supporting St. Jude.

    One couple in Peoria has spent the majority of their lives supporting St. Jude.

  • Home a total loss after Peoria fire

    Home a total loss after Peoria fire

    Friday, July 21 2017 11:41 PM EDT2017-07-22 03:41:11 GMT

    Fire fighters raced inside to douse the flames, but their time to attack the blaze was limited. 

    Fire fighters raced inside to douse the flames, but their time to attack the blaze was limited. 

  • Governor threatens veto and another special session

    Governor threatens veto and another special session

    Friday, July 21 2017 7:49 PM EDT2017-07-21 23:49:36 GMT

    Illinois faces the prospect of another special session if an education funding bill doesn't get to the Governor by Monday.

    Illinois faces the prospect of another special session if an education funding bill doesn't get to the Governor by Monday.

  • Woman attends Heart of Illinois Fair for 68th year in a row

    Woman attends Heart of Illinois Fair for 68th year in a row

    Friday, July 21 2017 7:48 PM EDT2017-07-21 23:48:29 GMT
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    The Heart of Illinois Fair has been going on for decades, and one woman can say she's been there from the very start. At the age of 96, nothing stops Hanna City resident Esther Stear from what she loves--spending time in her garden.  Every year, she dedicates months toward growing flowers and occasionally vegetables--just to show at the fair. Although her plants are award-winning, Esther says the ribbons aren't as meaningful as being able to attend every year. "I don't kno...
    The Heart of Illinois Fair has been going on for decades, and one woman can say she's been there from the very start. At the age of 96, nothing stops Hanna City resident Esther Stear from what she loves--spending time in her garden.  Every year, she dedicates months toward growing flowers and occasionally vegetables--just to show at the fair. Although her plants are award-winning, Esther says the ribbons aren't as meaningful as being able to attend every year. "I don't kno...
  • Happy readers at Lincoln Branch

    Happy readers at Lincoln Branch

    Friday, July 21 2017 7:39 PM EDT2017-07-21 23:39:46 GMT
    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 party.  But that didn't stop the adults and the kids who were dancing and waiting to see it they'd won a bike " It's just an awesome feeling that the community has embraced the summer reading program and the reward is kids are winning bike...
    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 party.  But that didn't stop the adults and the kids who were dancing and waiting to see it they'd won a bike " It's just an awesome feeling that the community has embraced the summer reading program and the reward is kids are winning bike...
  • City employees obligated to work outside, despite hot temperatures

    City employees obligated to work outside, despite hot temperatures

    Friday, July 21 2017 7:32 PM EDT2017-07-21 23:32:54 GMT
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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.

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

  • New farm technology could help local water supply

    New farm technology could help local water supply

    Friday, July 21 2017 7:31 PM EDT2017-07-21 23:31:50 GMT

    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.

    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.

  • Caterpillar Board Member nominated by President to be Russian Ambassador

    Caterpillar Board Member nominated by President to be Russian Ambassador

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 11:54 PM EDT2017-07-20 03:54:29 GMT

    President's pick to be Ambassador to Russia has ties to Caterpillar...

    President's pick to be Ambassador to Russia has ties to Caterpillar...

  • Learn how to protect yourself before heading to school this fall

    Learn how to protect yourself before heading to school this fall

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 11:33 PM EDT2017-07-20 03:33:13 GMT

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

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

  • The St. Jude Telethon Village is Under Construction Now

    The St. Jude Telethon Village is Under Construction Now

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 10:34 PM EDT2017-07-20 02:34:37 GMT

    The Telethon Village is a big part of the process to make Peoria's Civic Center into a stage and TV studio in time for the August 5th annual event, right here on WEEK-TV.

    The Telethon Village is a big part of the process to make Peoria's Civic Center into a stage and TV studio in time for the August 5th annual event, right here on WEEK-TV.

  • Remembering Hunter Wolfe; Streator in mourning for high school senior

    Remembering Hunter Wolfe; Streator in mourning for high school senior

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 7:27 PM EDT2017-07-19 23:27:31 GMT
    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.

    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....

    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....

  • Local man's childhood to be featured in movie

    Local man's childhood to be featured in movie

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 6:55 PM EDT2017-07-19 22:55:11 GMT

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

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

  • Local nursing homes cited for violations by state

    Local nursing homes cited for violations by state

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 9:14 AM EDT2017-07-19 13:14:33 GMT

    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. 

    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. 

  • Heart of Illinois Fair returns, celebrates 68th year

    Heart of Illinois Fair returns, celebrates 68th year

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 7:37 PM EDT2017-07-18 23:37:28 GMT
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    Tuesday marks the first day for the 68th annual Heart of Illinois Fair. 

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

  • Private south side Christian school expanding

    Private south side Christian school expanding

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 1:40 PM EDT2017-07-18 17:40:54 GMT

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

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

  • Changes are coming to Peoria Public Schools

    Changes are coming to Peoria Public Schools

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 9:19 AM EDT2017-07-18 13:19:42 GMT
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    The district will now offer a $1,500 signing bonus to incoming teachers.

    The district will now offer a $1,500 signing bonus to incoming teachers.

  • Owners of Hyatt Place in Uptown Normal pulls out of tax rebate

    Owners of Hyatt Place in Uptown Normal pulls out of tax rebate

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 8:41 AM EDT2017-07-18 12:41:36 GMT
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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 rebate. 

    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 rebate. 

  • Treasurer's office returns record $159m in forgotten cash, assets

    Treasurer's office returns record $159m in forgotten cash, assets

    Monday, July 17 2017 3:24 PM EDT2017-07-17 19:24:40 GMT
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    More than $159 million in forgotten cash, stock and other assets were returned to their rightful owners this past fiscal year. 

    More than $159 million in forgotten cash, stock and other assets were returned to their rightful owners this past fiscal year. 

  • Rauner says he'll veto Chicago pension "bailout" in school funding formula bill

    Rauner says he'll veto Chicago pension "bailout" in school funding formula bill

    Monday, July 17 2017 2:30 PM EDT2017-07-17 18:30:08 GMT

    Gov. Bruce Rauner is calling on the Illinois Senate to send him a school funding formula reform bill so he can veto out a section that would give Chicago Public Schools more money for its pension system.  

    Gov. Bruce Rauner is calling on the Illinois Senate to send him a school funding formula reform bill so he can veto out a section that would give Chicago Public Schools more money for its pension system.  

  • Arson suspected in historic Chillicothe mansion fire

    Arson suspected in historic Chillicothe mansion fire

    Monday, July 17 2017 9:56 AM EDT2017-07-17 13:56:23 GMT

    Police are investigating a fire at a historic Civil War-era Chillicothe mansion believed to be arson.

    Police are investigating a fire at a historic Civil War-era Chillicothe mansion believed to be arson.

  • Police help disabled resident escape house fire

    Police help disabled resident escape house fire

    Monday, July 17 2017 9:29 AM EDT2017-07-17 13:29:03 GMT

    Peoria police officers were able to help a disabled resident quickly escape a small house fire in Peoria on Sunday. 

    Peoria police officers were able to help a disabled resident quickly escape a small house fire in Peoria on Sunday. 

  • Bikers for Tatas fundraiser

    Bikers for Tatas fundraiser

    Saturday, July 15 2017 7:36 PM EDT2017-07-15 23:36:32 GMT

    Bikers lined up in Bartonville Saturday morning ready to ride with a purpose; raising money for breast cancer. 

    Bikers lined up in Bartonville Saturday morning ready to ride with a purpose; raising money for breast cancer. 

  • Peoria Heights fire department celebrates 100 years, recognizes 60-year veteran

    Peoria Heights fire department celebrates 100 years, recognizes 60-year veteran

    Saturday, July 15 2017 6:33 PM EDT2017-07-15 22:33:50 GMT
    Trucks from every era of fire protection traveled down Prospect road to the cheers of village residents.Trucks from every era of fire protection traveled down Prospect road to the cheers of village residents.

    Fire trucks are usually a part of every parade, but it's not often that they're the stars. The Peoria Heights Fire Department was founded in July of 1917, and since then firefighters have worked tirelessly to keep the village safe.  "100 years for any fire department is a milestone," said Chief Greg Walters. "That means we've...

    Fire trucks are usually a part of every parade, but it's not often that they're the stars. The Peoria Heights Fire Department was founded in July of 1917, and since then firefighters have worked tirelessly to keep the village safe.  "100 years for any fire department is a milestone," said Chief Greg Walters. "That means we've...

  • Charity runners race through rainbow in annual color run

    Charity runners race through rainbow in annual color run

    Saturday, July 15 2017 6:21 PM EDT2017-07-15 22:21:02 GMT
    Runners didn't keep their shirts white for very long - color stations like this one blasted them with dye powder.Runners didn't keep their shirts white for very long - color stations like this one blasted them with dye powder.

    The River City hosts plenty of charity runs throughout the year, but none are quite as colorful as what happened Saturday morning. Peoria hosted the third annual Color Vibe 5K race along the riverfront.  Runners start decked out in white shirts that very quickly get...

    The River City hosts plenty of charity runs throughout the year, but none are quite as colorful as what happened Saturday morning. Peoria hosted the third annual Color Vibe 5K race along the riverfront.  Runners start decked out in white shirts that very quickly get...

  • Rock n' Rods car show rolls onto Route 66

    Rock n' Rods car show rolls onto Route 66

    Friday, July 14 2017 11:52 PM EDT2017-07-15 03:52:19 GMT
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    Also taking place along Route 66 this weekend: the Rock n' Rods car show in Normal. Rock n' Rods shows off iconic vehicles from across the country, catering to Route 66 history buffs and car lovers alike. The show incorporates the history of these model vehicles and the stories behind Route 66, along with its ties to the Bloomington-Normal community. Car fanatics say they hope the show will help will introduce more people to these model vehicles. "Our...
    Also taking place along Route 66 this weekend: the Rock n' Rods car show in Normal. Rock n' Rods shows off iconic vehicles from across the country, catering to Route 66 history buffs and car lovers alike. The show incorporates the history of these model vehicles and the stories behind Route 66, along with its ties to the Bloomington-Normal community. Car fanatics say they hope the show will help will introduce more people to these model vehicles. "Our...
  • UPDATE: Bloomington police say "communication errors" made in suspicious man case

    UPDATE: Bloomington police say "communication errors" made in suspicious man case

    Friday, July 14 2017 5:15 PM EDT2017-07-14 21:15:35 GMT
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    The Bloomington Police Department is looking for a "suspicious" man who tried to pick up a child at a swimming pool.  

    The Bloomington Police Department is looking for a "suspicious" man who tried to pick up a child at a swimming pool.  

  • Kingston Mines skull linked to torso found in Schuyler County

    Kingston Mines skull linked to torso found in Schuyler County

    Friday, July 14 2017 4:29 PM EDT2017-07-14 20:29:55 GMT
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    A skull found at a riverside campground in Kingston Mines is linked to a limbless torso found in the Illinois River Schuyler County last fall. 

    A skull found at a riverside campground in Kingston Mines is linked to a limbless torso found in the Illinois River Schuyler County last fall. 

  • The touching stories on the other end of the line: A look at the behind-the-scenes heroes of the St. Jude Telethon.

    The touching stories on the other end of the line: A look at the behind-the-scenes heroes of the St. Jude Telethon.

    Thursday, July 13 2017 12:26 AM EDT2017-07-13 04:26:54 GMT

    A fundraiser who raises $100,000 a year for St. Jude, the doctor who helped found the St. Jude clinic in Peoria, a former patient's mother... a look at their incredibly moving stories and what motivates them to support local children and families fighting cancer year after year.

    A fundraiser who raises $100,000 a year for St. Jude, the doctor who helped found the St. Jude clinic in Peoria, a former patient's mother... a look at their incredibly moving stories and what motivates them to support local children and families fighting cancer year after year.

  • Mapleton residents calling village board member's resignation after controversial remarks

    Mapleton residents calling village board member's resignation after controversial remarks

    Thursday, July 13 2017 12:13 AM EDT2017-07-13 04:13:44 GMT

    A Mapleton Village board member is facing some backlash over comments some are calling racist. The comments were made at a public meeting regarding road projects, back in May.  In audio recording of the meeting, board member, Alice Dailey is heard saying this about teens at the Hollis Park Recreation Center, "I'm sorry, we have too many colored people coming into town on Tuesdays and Thursday nights to play ball down there." Dailey went on to say, "...

    A Mapleton Village board member is facing some backlash over comments some are calling racist. The comments were made at a public meeting regarding road projects, back in May.  In audio recording of the meeting, board member, Alice Dailey is heard saying this about teens at the Hollis Park Recreation Center, "I'm sorry, we have too many colored people coming into town on Tuesdays and Thursday nights to play ball down there." Dailey went on to say, "...

  • Peoria Ag Lab funding moves to House for a vote

    Peoria Ag Lab funding moves to House for a vote

    Wednesday, July 12 2017 6:48 PM EDT2017-07-12 22:48:04 GMT
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    Efforts to secure funding for the federal Ag Lab in Peoria have cleared one hurdle.  In a press release Peoria Congressman Darin LaHood says full funding to keep the Peoria Ag Lab open has been included in a house appropriations Committee bill.   Lahood, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth have all visited the Ag Lab recently to bring attention to the research conducted on behalf of farmers and the U.S. economy.   There are 250 employees at ...
    Efforts to secure funding for the federal Ag Lab in Peoria have cleared one hurdle.  In a press release Peoria Congressman Darin LaHood says full funding to keep the Peoria Ag Lab open has been included in a house appropriations Committee bill.   Lahood, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth have all visited the Ag Lab recently to bring attention to the research conducted on behalf of farmers and the U.S. economy.   There are 250 employees at ...
  • Cooling centers open as heat index soars past 100 degrees

    Cooling centers open as heat index soars past 100 degrees

    Wednesday, July 12 2017 12:54 PM EDT2017-07-12 16:54:07 GMT
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    If you need a place to beat the heat today, we've got the list for you. 

    If you need a place to beat the heat today, we've got the list for you. 

  • New President named at Eureka College

    New President named at Eureka College

    Wednesday, July 12 2017 7:47 AM EDT2017-07-12 11:47:49 GMT

    There is a new person in charge at Eureka College, and she is quite familiar with the campus. 

    There is a new person in charge at Eureka College, and she is quite familiar with the campus. 

  • Outdoor activities and summer heat can be a threat to your smart phones

    Outdoor activities and summer heat can be a threat to your smart phones

    Tuesday, July 11 2017 11:54 PM EDT2017-07-12 03:54:10 GMT
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    Summer is a time when school is out and people are heading outdoors to lakes and pools.  Those areas pose a danger to your cell phone. Our phones are to an extent part of us.  We use them every single day, and most of you might have them in your hand right now.  What happens to our phones when they over heat on days like today?  Summer is a great time of year to take your kids to the pool. What better way to document those memories, then by taking pictur...

    Summer is a time when school is out and people are heading outdoors to lakes and pools.  Those areas pose a danger to your cell phone. Our phones are to an extent part of us.  We use them every single day, and most of you might have them in your hand right now.  What happens to our phones when they over heat on days like today?  Summer is a great time of year to take your kids to the pool. What better way to document those memories, then by taking pictur...

  • Subdivision may soon be a part of East Peoria

    Subdivision may soon be a part of East Peoria

    Tuesday, July 11 2017 11:43 PM EDT2017-07-12 03:43:56 GMT
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    The City of East Peoria is looking to annex a small section of Tazewell County.

    The City of East Peoria is looking to annex a small section of Tazewell County.

  • Trewyn School getting exterior upgrades

    Trewyn School getting exterior upgrades

    Tuesday, July 11 2017 7:38 PM EDT2017-07-11 23:38:48 GMT
    Despite the state's past budget woes and backlog of unpaid bills, one local school will be looking better when it reopens next month. Ever since Trewyn School closed in late May crews have been busy making more than a million dollars worth of infrastructure improvements on Folkers Avenue in Peoria. "It's an old part of town, it's been neglected for a long time, so all the improvements that we're doing there to address situations will be very helpful," said Peoria Public ...
    Despite the state's past budget woes and backlog of unpaid bills, one local school will be looking better when it reopens next month. Ever since Trewyn School closed in late May crews have been busy making more than a million dollars worth of infrastructure improvements on Folkers Avenue in Peoria. "It's an old part of town, it's been neglected for a long time, so all the improvements that we're doing there to address situations will be very helpful," said Peoria Public ...
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