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Headlines from around the state, curated by the GLT newsroom. If you want more state news, listen to Illinois Public Radio's The 21st on Mondays-Thursdays at 11 a.m., and Statewide at 11 a.m. Fridays.

The Peoria International Airport is continuing to set new passenger records this year. 

The truck-tractor driver involved in an accident with a charter bus Monday faces multiple citations. 

The Illinois State Police said a semi driven by 39-year-old Daniel Fitzgibbons of Dubuque, Iowa rear-ended a charter bus headed northbound on Interstate 155 near Delavan around 10 a.m. 

Ten of the 29 occupants of the charter bus went to area hospitals to get checked out. None suffered life-threatening injuries. 

Illinois brought in more tax money from gambling in the fiscal year that ended in June. That’s just one of several highlights from a new report released Monday.


A program aimed at helping farmers adapt more environmentally sustainable practices is expanding fast.

The S.T.A.R. program started in Champaign County two years ago. Forty-two other counties are now on board, including Peoria, Mason and Tazewell.

Here’s how it works. Farmers fill out a worksheet to grade their current soil and water conservation practices. Then they send it in.

Bruce Henrikson is the project coordinator. He said many central Illinois farmers don’t initially make the grade. 

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Peoria) is calling for federal regulators to scrutinize the closure of four coal-burning power plants in Central Illinois.

Rules adopted by the state earlier this year required Vistra Energy to cut 2,000 megawatts of power generation in Illinois to be in compliance.

The Texas energy company announced it close power plants in Havana, Canton, Hennepin and Coffeen by the end of this year, pending regulatory approval. 

A group of Illinois Democratic lawmakers want to cap insulin prices at $100 per month.

We travel back to 1937 and talk Walt's Folley, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Brett and Craig are joined by Brandon (Front Row Classics) and local author/illustrator Dominic Cellini.

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Three Republican candidates have filed to run for the 17th Congressional District. 

East Moline attorney Esther Joy King, U.S. Army veteran Eugene Farrell of Roseville, and Bill Fawell of Galena filed statements of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission. 

King has made appearances at events throughout the sprawling 17th Congressional District since declaring her candidacy last month. She recently appeared at the Pekin Marigold Festival with the Tazewell County Republicans. 

In Illinois, the quality of a child’s health, education, housing and economic situation often correlates with a child's race, ethnicity and geographic location, according to a new KIDS COUNT report from Voices For Illinois Children, an organization that advocates for state investments that benefit children across the state.

The E.D. Edwards coal power plant in Bartonville would close in 2022 as part of the settlement of a 2013 lawsuit filed by several environmental groups. 

The Clean Air Act lawsuit was filed by the Natural Resources Defenses Council, Sierra Club, and Respiratory Health Association. The suit alleged the Bartonville plant repeatedly violated opacity standards for smoke, particularite matter limits, and federal reporting requirements. 

Work is finally set to begin on the restoration of an iconic Illinois statue.

It's been about 40 years since the FBI first declassified its cache of documents on Catholic Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

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A 6-alarm fire at a Pontiac furniture warehouse kept 21 fire departments busy for most of Saturday.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos has hired the first Latina executive director to head the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. 

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul's office has reached an $850,000 settlement with a LaSalle County chemical company that dumped thousands of pounds of a likely carcinogen near the Illinois River. 

The Peoria Police Department has made an arrest in the shooting death of 42-year-old Eddie Wren.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is once again under scrutiny, the Pritzker administration issues a budget warning, and Cook County judges reelect their leader.

The Peoria Public Library will host an expert on Illinois-Missouri French Creole history over the weekend.

Dennis Stroughmatt, a native of southeastern Illinois, is one of only about 20 known people left to speak a specific dialect of French Creole once widely spoken in what is now Illinois. 

Stroughmatt's performance folktales and fiddle tunes are meant to inspire Illinoisans to take an interest in the region's history.

A pair of new exhibits make their big debut tomorrow at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

The Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art sent photography from famous 20th century artists like Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe and Sally Mann to Peoria. 

The works usually don’t leave New York City. Museum curator Bill Conger said the 80 works on display are precursors to contemporary artistic photography. 

Peoria native Shaun Livingston is retiring from the NBA.

David Commanday joins Jenn Gordon in the studio to talk about “Brahms and Bruch”, the concert opening the 11th Season of the Heartland Festival Orchestra. Featuring Brahms’ melodious Second Symphony and the Bruch Violin Concerto, tune in to find out why this particular symphony holds a special place in the heart of the maestro.

Three century-old weekly newspapers in Tazewell County are no more.

Or rather, they're now all one. 

The East Peoria Times-Courier, Morton Times-News, and Washington Times-Reporter merged with the relatively new Woodford Times to create the new "Times-News Reporter."

In an unsigned note to readers, the new GateHouse publication said readers will continue to receive their free paper on Wednesdays.

"Thank you for your continued support of our brand of journalism - reliable, accurate and community-focused news," read the note. 

A 42-year-old man is dead after he was shot in the neck Thursday evening in Peoria's East Bluff.

UIS Faculty Announce "No Confidence" Survey

Sep 12, 2019

The faculty union at the University of Illinois Springfield today released a survey that amounts to a no-confidence vote against top administrators.

Chancellor Susan Koch, Provost Dennis Papini, and the four college deans scored approval ratings below 40 percent. The survey also asked professors whether they felt a “strong sense of belonging” and would be “happy to spend the rest of (their) careers” at UIS. Most of those responses were similarly negative.

State agencies are getting a warning from Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s budget office: Be prepared to make significant cuts next year.

Fall enrollment numbers at the University of Illinois Springfield dipped more than six percent this year compared to last, despite a larger freshman class. Overall attendance has been declining for the last few years.


A registered sexual offender from Canton was arrested for soliciting sex from an underage girl.

The Canton Police Department said Jeremy Mentzer, 28, began talking to the girl on Sept. 2 via social media. Police said he was using a fake name.

Detectives posed as the juvenile girl and got Mentzer to agree to meet at a predetermined location. He was arrested by police when he arrived. 

He was arrested for indecent solicitation of a child, a class 2 felony. 

On this episode of Statewide, many communities have seen the value of keeping and restoring their older theatres.  We take a trip to one town where the theatre is making new memories.  

We chat with Charlie Wheeler, the longtime journalist and professor who recently retired, for his views on statehouse reporting. 

And we learn why some women are turning to truck driving as a career.   That and more this week. 

The Peoria Fire Department is moving forward on plans to construct a new fire station on the city's South Side.

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