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The leaders of a newly combined real estate company are bullish on the housing markets in Bloomington-Normal and Peoria, despite slowing sales and a dip in prices in 2019.

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In honor of the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, an exhibition at the Peoria Riverfront Museum provides fresh insight into the mind of the unique genius, revealing the progressive artistic and scientific principals he established while giving visitors a chance to get hands-on with full size recreations of his inventions.

Seth Cocquit says he was at a gospel festival when music hit him like a thunderbolt.

He tells WGLT he was 7 when his grandparents brought him to that festival. That "thunderbolt" moment happened after they let him walk to the bathroom by himself.

While the Peoria area is showing job growth, it still lags national averages.

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Bradley University in Peoria has announced President Gary Roberts will retire next year.

Peoria Area Sees Continued Job Growth

May 16, 2019

Unemployment in the Peoria metropolitan area is up 0.8% from last year, but so are the number of jobs.

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UPDATED 4:35 p.m. | Sen. Dick Durbin says he wants to know if an Air National Guard firehouse project in Peoria is among those put at risk by the president’s push for a border wall.

Peoria Area Economy Leads To Favorable Job Market

Feb 26, 2019

The Peoria metropolitan area is experiencing low layoff rates and more jobs being advertised, leading to a favorable job market.

That’s according to Bradley University’s fourth-quarter composite index.

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Federal prosecutors in Illinois say a Texas man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison on child pornography charges involving more than 40 girls in eight states, including 28 in central Illinois.

Prosecutors said Tuesday 36-year-old Mark P. Barnwell of Whitehouse, Texas, was sentenced on Jan. 9.

Authorities say he used false Facebook profiles to contact girls and advertise modeling opportunities. Prosecutors say Barnwell directed the girls to send him sexually explicit photos and threatened to post the nude photos online if they failed to send more.


Bradley University’s third quarter checkup on the Peoria area economy shows continued positive performance with unemployment rates remaining low at 4.8 percent. That’s down nearly half a percent from this time last year.


The City of Peoria could be making personnel cuts to its police and fire departments for the first time in years. Other areas will take cuts too and the city is considering new fees as it faces a $6 to $7-million deficit next year.

Peoria Area Home Sales See Increase Over 2017

Oct 26, 2018
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Peoria Area Association of Realtors President Suzanne Miller says it’s a good time to get into the housing market.

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Central Illinois travelers looking for a nonstop flight to Detroit will have to spend some time in the car first.

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A bankruptcy auction of two Peoria hotels was called off after the effort attracted no bidders.

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A former Peoria police officer who was fired for inappropriate social media use says the posts were protected under the First Amendment.

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A museum wants to make sure that a historic mural stays in Peoria as the auction of the Marriott Pere Marquette and neighboring Courtyard by Marriott approaches next month.

The Journal Star reports that the Peoria Riverfront Museum filed a claim in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in July indicating ownership of the mural in the hotel lobby depicting the landing of the Marquette and Louis Joliet expedition in 1673 in what would later be Peoria.

Museum CEO John Morris says the museum wants to continue keeping the mural public, calling it a "cultural asset to the community."


The Peoria area's economy saw improved labor market conditions during the second quarter of 2018.

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Authorities say a Peoria police officer fatally shot a 19-year-old man who fled from a vehicle after a traffic stop.

Peoria Gang Charged In Murder Of Bradley Student

Jun 26, 2018

Federal prosecutors announced sweeping indictments Tuesday against 15 alleged members of a Peoria street gang, including charges in the death of a Bradley University student.

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A mother whose son was fatally shot by police is suing the city of Peoria and several officers in the shooting last September.

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Authorities say an 18-year-old Bradley University student from Chicago and a Peoria man were killed in a shooting at an off-campus party.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood pronounced pre-med student Nasjay R. Murry and 22-year-old Anthony Polnitz dead early Sunday. Officials say another Bradley student who was wounded in the incident was treated and released from a hospital. Police say no one has been arrested in connection with the shootings and they are investigating.


A central Illinois man has been sentenced to two years in prison for defrauding an elderly man of his life savings.

A federal judge handed down the sentence Wednesday for 42-year-old Deryl Wright of Pekin. The judge also ordered Wright to pay more than $100,000 in restitution.

Wright pleaded guilty last year to three felony counts of wire fraud.

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A prosecutor in central Illinois has determined that six police officers acted in self-defense when they fatally shot a suspected bank robber last fall.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that 25-year-old Eddie Russell Jr. was shot as many as 18 times as part of a two-hour standoff at his mother's Peoria home as he approached officers with a weapon.

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Following a modest decline for three consecutive quarters, a Bradley University study suggests the Peoria area economy has returned to where it was a year ago.

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Apr 21, 2017
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Family and attorneys representing Cleve Heidelberg call yesterday’s court ruling “historic,” for a man who’s spent the last 47 years in prison.

A Peoria County Judge granted Heidelberg a new trial in the 1970 murder of Peoria County Sheriff’s Sergeant Raymond Espinoza.

Caterpillar Hires Big Name Legal Help

Mar 17, 2017

Caterpillar Inc. is hiring a former U.S. attorney general to help it sort out matters that sparked a federal raid on its headquarters in central Illinois.

William P. Barr will serve as outside counsel to the large equipment manufacturer.

He'll help Caterpillar review and address issues relating to Caterpillar SARL, a Swiss parts subsidiary, and tax-saving practices.    

Issues with Caterpillar SARL have dogged the company for eight years, sparking a Senate investigation, shareholder lawsuits, and proposed taxes and penalties totaling $2 billion.

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The Peoria Riverfront Museum has a new President and CEO.

John Morris has spent the last decade as Director of the Ronald Reagan Society at Eureka College, a fundraising network for the college.

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An Illinois State University Business Professor said it's important to keep some perspective about Caterpillar's announcement it is moving it's headquarters to the Chicago area.

Victor Devinatz studies labor and management relations. He said it's 100 executive jobs and 300 jobs overall.

Caterpillar To Move HQ To Chicago

Jan 31, 2017
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Caterpillar is moving its global headquarters to Chicago. The Peoria-based heavy equipment company has announced it will locate a limited group of senior executives and support functions to the Chicago area later this year.

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There was some stability in the Peoria area economy during the third quarter.

At least that's what figures compiled by Bradley University's Center for Business and Economic Research seem to indicate. Director Bernard Goitein says there were some slight gains made in the over jobs market, including apparent emerging entrepreneurs.