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For the first time, an Illinois governor joined in West Peoria's annual Independence Day parade. 

Independence Day got off to a bloody start in Peoria this year, with one person killed in a shooting and several others injured in multiple acts of violence.

One man is dead and another seriously injured after a shooting in South Peoria early Thursday morning.

When lawmakers made performance-based budgeting the law in Illinois, they promised it would transform the way the state spends money. But after years of failing to invest in the program, backers say Illinois is finally getting serious about Budgeting for Results.

Peoria Police Ask Residents To Register Cameras

Jul 3, 2019

Peoria residents are being asked to register their personal security cameras with the police department.

Illinois’ new infrastructure plan has money set aside to help residents secure affordable housing across the state. This is the first capital plan in 10 years.

Illinois job seekers might soon avoid disclosing how much money they made in a previous job. 

Central Illinois isn’t exactly seeing knee-high corn by the 4th of July this year.

Peoria County Farm Bureau Manager Patrick Kirchhoffer said the corn crop is “all over the place” this year due to delays caused by wet weather.

“We’ve got corn that’s chest-high in the Peoria area, and we’ve got corn that’s ankle-high. So it’s going to be a very long harvest season come this fall," he said. 

DNA testing in criminal cases goes to the Illinois State Police crime lab.  And in recent years, more evidence is being submitted.  That is helping add to a huge backlog that results in delays for victims, the accused and the justice system. 

Also, we find out what an Illinois survey on sexual harassment discosvered in the wake of the #MeToo movement.   

That and more on this week's Statewide.

If you’re driving this holiday weekend, you’ll be paying more to fill up your tank in Illinois.  A 19 cent per gallon gas tax increase went into effect this week. But Governor J.B. Pritzker claims the money is an investment.


U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos says she is pressing for a federal disaster declaration for farmers in her district. 

U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos says she hopes funding legislation she recently helped push through the House makes it through the Republican-controlled Senate. 

Bustos is a Democrat who serves on the House Appropriations Committee. She said she hopes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn’t play partisan politics with the bills. 

A Pekin man is dead after a two-vehicle accident in rural South Pekin.

The Tazewell County Sheriff's Office responded to Illinois Route 29 and Main around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. 42-year-old Chad Williams of Pekin was found trapped in a vehicle.

He was transported to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead by Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood. 

Harwood said a witness saw Williams pull out in front of another vehicle. 

The occupants of the second vehicle suffered minor injuries.

Get ready to celebrate the nation’s birthday with some fireworks.

The fireworks show at Glen Oak Park starts tonight around 9:15 p.m. As a result, Prospect will close from Nebraska to McClure around 7:30 p.m.

Tomorrow night, you can watch the UnityPoint Red, White and Boom fireworks show along the riverfront in Peoria or East Peoria. The show kicks off around 9:30 p.m. and wraps up around 10.

The Peoria Police Department is asking people to avoid sitting on Main between Washington and Water to keep the area clear for emergency vehicles. 

A former U.S. Secretary of Transportation from Peoria is applauding the Illinois General Assembly for passing its first capital bill in 10 years.

What could a UnityPoint merger with Sanford Health mean for patients and prices?

To cut down on unnecessary waste, food safety experts say people need to know what expiration dates on packaged foods really mean.

The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to the food industry back in May suggesting they clarify the meaning of dates printed on packaged foods.

That’s because many people are confused by what they mean, according to Bob Brackett, a food scientist with the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is rejecting a push to take on Chicago’s pension debt. But local pension costs are a growing problem across the state.

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A nationwide increase in falling deaths is raising concern over the quality of care for seniors.

Fatal falls in the U.S. have tripled, according to recent medical journal reports. More than 800 Illinoisans died after a fall from 2008 to 2014.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said while falls might not cause immediate death, they can lead to other fatal health problems.

CityLink riders want more service after dark and on weekends. That’s the biggest takeaway from the recently-released “CityLink on the Move” study.

The Knoxville, Garden, Western, Sheridan and Parkview routes currently don’t operate after 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, or 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The routes don’t run at all on Sundays. 

Morton’s Village Board voted unanimously last night to ban cannabis businesses from starting up within village limits. 

The recreational cannabis law recently signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives local municipalities a wide amount of leeway on regulation of cannabis businesses. The Morton ordinance bans cannabis cultivation centers, dispensaries, processors, transportation companies or craft growing within the village. 

The Peoria Housing Authority is taking a big step towards redeveloping the Taft Homes. 

Gas prices in Illinois are creeping up as a 19-cent increase in the fuel tax took effect Monday.

The average price around Illinois for a gallon of gas rose slightly – from $2.79 to $2.84 between Sunday and Monday, according to gasbuddy.com - a crowdsourcing app. The consumer group AAA puts the average price around the state at nearly $3, up from $2.89 Monday.

A Peoria man has died after he was struck by a falling tree limb at his Central Peoria home on Sunday.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Nathaniel Peck, 39, was found lying in his yard unresponsive in the 4200 block of N. Dayton around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. A 40-foot long tree limb was found lying near Peck.

Harwood said a strong storm and winds likely caused the limb to fall. 

Peck was pronounced dead around 5:30 p.m. Harwood said he suffered severe head trauma. 

There will be no autopsy. 

The village of Morton is one of the first communities in the state to opt out of allowing cannabis businesses within village limits.

Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell is reminding drivers there are now stricter penalties for distracted driving. A new law which went into effect today makes the first instance of distracted driving a moving violation. 

“Prior to this it wasn’t on the first offense. Why this is significant is because anyone that receives three moving violations in a 12-month span is highly likely to have their license suspended by the Secretary of State’s Office," he said. 

Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said he has worked over the past year to get the jail into compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act for LGBTQ detainees. 

Asbell said he’s worked with Reverend Marcus Fogliano to help better accomodate transgender inmates.

“What we wanted to do, especially for this population, the transgender population, was create a strong policy," he said. 

Illinois’ weed legalization law won’t take effect until next year, but the Illinois State Police is wasting no time. That agency is preparing to enforce new regulations surrounding legal cannabis.


This week, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed off on marijuana, infrastructure, and gambling.

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