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Three firefighters injured while fighting house fire; house next door 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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Women Empowering Women holds first annual 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 surp... More>>

Heart of Illinois Fair attendance remains stable despite extreme temperatures

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This week, the area has suffered with these extreme temperatures, especially those who attended the Heart of Illinois Festival.

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Science teacher recognized for academic excellence Video included

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"Really, there's no words. So, I don't know. It's just...overwhelming." A man who uses his words to educate children at Parkview Junior High School is left speechless.The Creve Coeur community came together to celebrate the accomplishments of Science Teacher Jeff Kluesner. As a retired air traffic controller, he decided to take upon the responsibility of teaching. "He's what I aspire to be when I become a teacher. He's the reason I changed my major from psychology t... 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>>

The sun is fun, until you get burnt

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

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Home a total loss after Peoria fire Video included

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

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Governor threatens veto and another special session

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

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

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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... More>>

Happy readers at Lincoln Branch 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 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... More>>

City employees obligated to work outside, despite 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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New farm technology could help local water supply Video included

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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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Rauner makes call for education funding Video included

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Governor Bruce Rauner made a stop in Peoria this afternoon and while here, he repeated his call for the education funding bill to be on his desk. The governor says he'll call the legislature back into special session if he does not receive the funding bill by noon, Monday. "In Illinois, we have had inadequate public education for a long time. Too many of our children were not properly trained and educated for college or their career. And as a result, their earnings lon...

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Severe Weather Possible

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The dangerous heat and humidity aren't the only weather problems we're facing.  

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A real Midsummer Night's Dream for one Bloomington couple Video included

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

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U.S. to ban Americans from traveling 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>>

New private high school coming to the area Video included

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 It's called Chesterton Academy of of the Sacred Heart. 

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Fire Departments lose money for education program 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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Beating the heat; road crews, emergency aid suffers through triple-digits

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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 are rewarding kids for good deeds Video included

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Police from several departments across Central Illinois want to catch youngsters in 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. Ii think baseball is something that kind of brings the community together as far as building the bridge between the police ... More>>

Pekin man wins $250k 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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Dog, cat saved 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>>

Cool jobs make it easy to go to work on a hot day Video included

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The hot, sticky, weather is enough to chase most of us indoors.  You might even be envious of some people working pretty cool jobs this time of year.   Even though it's a steamy hot day 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," he said. King is among the 30 employees at Raber... More>>

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>>

Director of local movie talks significance Video included

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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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Jury finds man guilty of attempted murder

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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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Streator teen killed in workplace accident

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

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Canton superintendent urging Rauner to sign school funding formula bill

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

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Health Dept. issues life saving tips 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>>

How's Peoria's housing market looking since Cat's big announcement?

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A look at the latest numbers on our local housing market showing ups.. and downs.

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Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino lays off 18 people

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

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23 year old on probation for sexual assault arrested for allegedly assaulting the same teenage boy

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Marshall County man on probation for sexual assault of a minor arrested for allegedly assaulting the same teenage boy....

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Heart of Illinois fair gets 'warm' welcome

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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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Peoria Police say the city is seeing a rash of vehicle burglaries

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A Warning for Peoria residents as police say they've seen a rash of car break-ins across the city recently...

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Grant will bring splash pad to Harrison Park

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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 S... More>>

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>>

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