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A recent report illustrates just how much harder it is for people who aren’t white to get small-business loans.

A recent report illustrates just how much harder it is for people who aren’t white to get small-business loans.

The local Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Illinois Capital Region has merged with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois. The Capital Region affiliate served Sangamon, Christian, Macoupin and Montgomery Counties.

Board president Brad Zara said the merger comes after years of financial struggles.  Zara spoke to reporter Daisy Contreras about the decision. 

Illinois’ recent innovation bump could be a sign of bigger trends to come. 

The city council last night got a first look at a revitalization plan for the MacArthur Highway corridor on the city’s South Side. 

You may have seen Monte de Gallo’s art while driving around Peoria recently. 

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You may be able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage while at a movie theater in the near future. 

OSF HealthCare employees will have available parking when its new mission headquarters opens in downtown. 

State university officials were grilled by lawmakers Tuesday. At issue is a record of lucrative severance packages for outgoing administrators.


Governor J.B. Pritzker has appointed Tremont attorney Tom Brewer as Public Administrator and Public Guardian of Tazewell County. 

It’s been a long journey back to the stage for the Barn III Dinner Theatre Conklin Players in Goodfield. 

Every East Peoria grade school students will now get the chance to visit the Peoria Riverfront Museum this year - at no cost to them. 

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will be celebrating Medal of Honor Day next year. 

Police in California are investigating the murder of a Mackinaw man.

The Lake County, Calif. Sheriff's Office received information on Saturday regarding a stolen vehicle related to Grant David Whitaker, 25, of Mackinaw. The vehicle was found at a Dollar General in Clearlake Oaks, Calif., about two hours northwest of Sacramento. 

Whitaker's family said they believe he got into a fight with his traveling companion, 21-year-old Mavrick Fisher of Elko, Nevada. They hadn't heard from him since. 

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We’d like to hear about your experience with misconduct on campus, or if you were subjected to it but did not or could not file a report. We need help understanding flaws in the systems intended to hold perpetrators accountable.

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An administrator resigned amid sexual harassment accusations. Another college hired him. A professor was found to have stalked a coworker. She agreed to retire, then won a Fulbright grant. Campus leaders vow reforms, but many say it’s a long road.

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NPR Illinois and ProPublica found several sexual harassment allegations against University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty that haven’t been publicly reported. Here's a rundown of the accusations, the consequences each faced and their responses.

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A Woodford County library system is tackling fake news.

A recreational cannabis dispensary is heading to Galesburg. 

A Peoria man drowned Saturday at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Missouri.

A package of bills signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker is aimed at helping newly-released Illinois prisoners find their way back into the democratic process.

Heart of Illinois ABC morning anchor Donnie Tillman was arrested Saturday for driving under the influence of alcohol.

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Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion III said cannabis legalization is concerning to law enforcement, but may also offer some positives.

He says it takes an officer two to three hours to process an average cannabis arrest. Legalization will free up a lot of that time and expenditure, and also unclog backups in the court system. He said there may also be perception improvements for police.

There is considerable pressure on Peoria city council members to decide where the city will stand on recreational cannabis sales and cultivation sooner rather than later.

Like other local governments throughout the state, Peoria is deliberating whether to allow the sale and cultivation of recreational marijuana within the city's borders. Possession of up to 30 grams and usage in most private spaces becomes legal in Illinois on January 1.

Remains found near Edelstein in far north Peoria County on Tuesday may be those of missing Peoria County woman Tiffini Murphy.

As Peoria grapples with gun violence among youth, criminal justice advocates argue the county is resorting to controversial measures.

At least one person has died in Illinois, after they used an e-cigarette product that appears to have caused fatal breathing problems. The death may be the first vaping fatality in the nation.


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