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Andrew Carnegie is remembered for his philanthropy.  The industrialist wound up giving away an estimated 90 percent of his fortune to causes like libraries and education. 

But less known was how he helped many churches and community centers obtain pipe organs. It exemplified his love of music and belief that musical expression uplifted the soul. 

Illinois — and the rest of the country — could soon start seeing more days of extreme heat. That’s according to a report released Tuesday, “Killer Heat in the United States: Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days”— authored by the Union of Concerned Scientists. 

One local organization is working to break down barriers around testing for and even talking about sexually transmitted diseases with teenagers.

Deric Kimler is the executive director of Central Illinois Friends. The group was started in 1990 by a group of local citizens concerned about the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Since then, the group has expanded into sex education and STD testing, prevention and treatment referrals throughout the 16 Central Illinois counties they serve. 

It’s been half a century since Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon.

The Apollo 11 program was the only time the U.S. put astronauts on the surface of another planet.

Armstrong is one of just 12 people in all of human history to do so. But NASA is using the 50th anniversary to promote it’s new project, called Artemis. 

A new Workforce Development Center at Illinois Central College's East Peoria campus will receive a total of $9 million in government funding.

Peoria Public Schools is adopting a new policy aimed at distracting cellphone usage in the classroom.

Dr. Robert Davison-Aviles is stepping down from the Peoria Public Schools District 150 school board as he takes on a new role at Bradley University.

Davison-Aviles was first elected to the board in 2016. 

The Peoria Federation of Teachers Local 780 union called him an "asset to the board." 

A replacement hasn't yet been named. 

In Illinois, election maps are drawn by the political party in power. Thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, that will continue to be the case — even after the 2020 census.

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Local congressional representatives are speaking out about a string of President Trump’s tweets aimed at four Democratic congresswomen of color.

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If you've got kids, you may have gotten the call to come to the school immediately because your child forgot to wear a belt, or lost his asthma inhaler, or argued with his teacher. For some hourly employees, making a quick trip to their kid's school could cost them their job.

But a bill awaiting Gov. J.B. Pritzker's signature would provide protection for workers who need to attend a parent-teacher conference or any other important meeting at their child’s school.

Illinois groups against cash bond and pretrial detention rallied in Springfield last weekend to call for reform of pretrial practices.  

A Bradley University sophomore and his brother both were killed Friday in what police believe was a murder-suicide committed by their mother.

The area’s major health providers are working to assess and address the community’s biggest health needs.

The 70th Annual Heart of Illinois Fair starts tomorrow  at Expo Gardens. 

Roxy Baker is an organizer for the fair. 

“You know, events from years past, including the truck and tractor pulls, all the livestock shows and events, we have a celebrity swine showmanship competition," she said. 

Some new attractions include a Heart of Illinois Fair Pageant and a new wine tasting event. 

The fair runs tomorrow through Sunday. 

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker canceled an upcoming performance by the band Confederate Railroad at the DuQuoin State Fair. 

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A popular coffee spot in Peoria's Warehouse District is set to open another location in Peoria Heights. 

Zion Coffee Co. announced the planned opening of Zion Social at 4616 N. Prospect early next year. The location will include a mix of coffee and craft cocktails. 

"When we considered locations for our new concept, the Heights was a perfect choice based on its long-standing reputation for unique food and dining experiences," said Zion Coffee Co. owners Mike and Banu Hatfield in a statement. 

Zion Coffee Co. first opened in February 2017. 

Springfield will host an unusual basketball tournament later this month, designed to have a lasting effect on the players long after the games are over.

It’s an idea cooked up by former basketball coach Al Klunick. He came up with the notion about 10 years ago, when he was scrolling through YouTube, looking for videos about his hometown, and stumbled upon a documentary that shocked him: a four-part series about a race riot in Springfield.

“I can’t believe that I grew up on the North End, born and raised, lived here all my life, and didn’t know the true history,” Klunick says.

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A lack of math skills can often scare people away from pursuing careers in the trades. Illinois Central College has a program for that.

The Springfield Art Association Thursday opened Women's Art Alliance: The First 10 Years, an exhibit commemorating the founding of the Women’s Art Alliance 40 years ago.  The WAA grew to become the Prairie Art Alliance in 1995, which then merged with the Springfield Art Association in 2016 and renamed SAA Collective. 

Reporter Daisy Contreras spoke to Corrin McWhirter, SAA Collective gallery director, about looking back at the group of women who started it all and their impact on the community. 

Can the racial divide be overcome through a basketball tournament?  Al Klunick tells us he wants to try with a unique event where kids of different races play together on the same team.  It's one of the rules for the Community Unity tourney.  

This week marks 40 years since a baseball promotion in Chicago turned into chaos.  While some look back on Disco Demolition Night fondly (the team even celebrated the anniversary this season), others see darker motives.  We talk with the man who came up with the idea.    

And Gov. J.B. Pritzker stands by a decision to cancel a Du Quoin State Fair appearance by the band Confederate Railroad over concerns about the band's name and use of the Confederate flag in its logo.  What it could mean for the fair itself.  

That and more on this week's Statewide.

Governor JB Pritzker joined Department of Transportation employees in Edwards today to talk about infrastructure projects planned for the Peoria region.

Peoria International Airport shattered another of its own records in May.

The airport saw nearly 62,000 passengers. That’s more than any previous May in the airport’s history, and also marks its third-busiest month ever.

Director of Airports Gene Olson explained what he believes is behind the recent high volume of flyers choosing Peoria. 

Four hundred and forty. That’s the number of potential years of life lost in Peoria County last year to homicides. 

U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) isn’t optimistic her former rival for Illinois’ 17th Congressional District will fare any better across the Mississippi River. 

Former Republican Congressman Bobby Schilling announced earlier this week that he will run for Iowa’s Second Congressional District. 

“Well, I defeated him twice, and I think he’s got a third loss coming his way," she said. 

Schilling lost his seat to Bustos in 2012, and failed to win it back in the 2014 race. 

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