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Cities want cut in Illinois' sales tax collection feeDoug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois SPRINGFIELD — Just weeks after lawmakers a
Peoria Journal Star / Posted an hour ago
Doug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois SPRINGFIELD — Just weeks after lawmakers approved the spending and tax package that ended the state’s budget impasse, an effort got underway to undo part of the agreement. Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights,... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
WIU notes: Leathernecks looking at elevation in temperature for Saturday's playoff gameBy Scott Holland of GateHouse Media Illinois When looking at the geography of
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 6 hours ago
By Scott Holland of GateHouse Media Illinois When looking at the geography of where Weber State is, one would think elevation is Western Illinois football coach Charlie Fisher’s major concern. But Fisher is looking outside of how high up in the... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Western Illinois, Weber State mirror images in FCS playoffs openerBy Scott Holland of GateHouse Media Illinois If you look at the Western Illino
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 6 hours ago
By Scott Holland of GateHouse Media Illinois If you look at the Western Illinois and Weber State football teams, you might think you are looking at a mirror, uniform included. The purple-clad teams meet Saturday afternoon in Ogden, Utah, in an FCS... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Outlook for Illinois vs. N.C. Central, set for Friday at State Farm CenterMatt Gertsmeier of GateHouse Media Illinois Illinois vs. North Carolina Centra
Peoria Journal Star / Posted yesterday
Matt Gertsmeier of GateHouse Media Illinois Illinois vs. North Carolina Central 6:30 p.m., State Farm Center, Champaign TV: None. Radio: WZPN FM-96.5 ILLINOIS (5-0) PPG RPG F Leron Black Jr. 6-7 15.4 5.0 F Michael Finke Jr. 6-10 13.2 6.0 G... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Blackburn College's 'bee tree' leads to sweet lesson for studentsSteven Spearie of GateHouse Media Illinois CARLINVILLE — Benjamin Nichols is f
Peoria Journal Star / Posted yesterday
Steven Spearie of GateHouse Media Illinois CARLINVILLE — Benjamin Nichols is finding out that working with European honey bees is a sweet endeavor. In August, Nichols, a Blackburn College senior from Girard majoring in environmental biology, helped... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Peoria man sets up as a part-time barber in WyomingTammy Wilkinson of GateHouse Media Illinois WYOMING — A family outing, a good
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 2 days ago
Tammy Wilkinson of GateHouse Media Illinois WYOMING — A family outing, a good cup of coffee and a conversation with a trio of local businesswomen, has prompted a barber to open a new, part-time operation in downtown Wyoming. In the past couple of... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Three men charged with EP home invasionsMichael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois PEKIN — Three young men allegedly ca
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 3 days ago
Michael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois PEKIN — Three young men allegedly came together early Sunday to invade two East Peoria homes at gunpoint and rob their occupants. No shots were fired, but charges filed Tuesday in Tazewell County could... Read more
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Former Pekin police officer faces second trialMichael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois PEKIN — Tazewell County prosecutors
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 4 days ago
Michael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois PEKIN — Tazewell County prosecutors plan to try a former Pekin police officer again on charges he slapped a handcuffed teenager several times after the youth insulted him. A mistrial was declared when a... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
House task force to review sexual harassmentDoug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois SPRINGFIELD — Three Springfield area lawma
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 5 days ago
Doug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois SPRINGFIELD — Three Springfield area lawmakers are part of the House task force assigned to examine further ways to combat instances of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. That includes Rep.... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Western Illinois football beats Southern, eyes first-round playoff byeBy Scott Holland of GateHouse Media Illinois MACOMB — A year ago, the Western
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 6 days ago
By Scott Holland of GateHouse Media Illinois MACOMB — A year ago, the Western Illinois football team walked off the field after its game with Southern Illinois feeling the lowest of lows. The Leathernecks blew a big halftime lead and saw their... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Home medical-equipment vendors worried about Medicaid managed-care rebootBy Dean Olsen of GateHouse Media Illinois A company hired to reboot Illinois'
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 6 days ago
By Dean Olsen of GateHouse Media Illinois A company hired to reboot Illinois' Medicaid managed-care program plans significant cuts in payments for medical equipment, a move that providers say will hurt low-income patients and make it harder for them... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Statehouse Insider: Republican primary for governor underwayDoug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois The Republican primary campaign for govern
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 6 days ago
Doug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois The Republican primary campaign for governor officially got underway last week, although it’s hard to tell anymore when a campaign starts or if it ever stops for people in either party. Gov. Bruce Rauner formally... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Illinois football faces a tall test at Ohio StateBy Matt Gertsmeier of GateHouse Media Illinois CHAMPAIGN — With two games rema
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 7 days ago
By Matt Gertsmeier of GateHouse Media Illinois CHAMPAIGN — With two games remaining, it’s the beginning of the end for James Crawford and Illinois. The senior defensive lineman will be playing in his last road game as the Illini (2-8, 0-7) travel... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Citations issued in fatal Manito blacktop crashMichael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois PEKIN — Traffic citations have been
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 7 days ago
Michael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois PEKIN — Traffic citations have been issued to the woman who allegedly caused the fiery crash that killed two men on Manito Road last week. Lucy Kathleen Goldring, 70, of rural Manito was cited Monday in... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
For Illinois basketball player Aaron Jordan, change has been goodBy Matt Gertsmeier of GateHouse Media Illinois CHAMPAIGN — It was hard to tell
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 8 days ago
By Matt Gertsmeier of GateHouse Media Illinois CHAMPAIGN — It was hard to tell where Aaron Jordan fit during John Groce's time as Illinois men's basketball coach. Groce was fired last March before Jordan had a chance to become a focal point of his... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
One year later, Robert Bee case still 'one step at a time'Michael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois PEKIN — It was an unusually warm day
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 8 days ago
Michael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois PEKIN — It was an unusually warm day last Nov. 17 when a Pekin boy did two things sadly typical of him. He skipped school, then ran from home. This time, 13-year-old Robert Bee Jr. did not return. The city... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Illinois man pleads not guilty to U.S. representative threatKristen Zambo of GateHouse Media Illinois ROCKFORD — A Rockford man pleaded no
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 9 days ago
Kristen Zambo of GateHouse Media Illinois ROCKFORD — A Rockford man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in federal court to threatening an unnamed U.S. representative at that congressperson’s Rockford office. Both U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline, and U.S.... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Illini receivers Davis, Reams respond to new rolesBy Matt Gertsmeier of GateHouse Media Illinois CHAMPAIGN — Injuries have plagu
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 9 days ago
By Matt Gertsmeier of GateHouse Media Illinois CHAMPAIGN — Injuries have plagued the Illinois football at almost every position this season. The injuries started back in fall camp when linebacker Jake Hansen tore his ACL and have continued to... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Pekin Council to weigh in on street projectsMichael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois PEKIN — A consulting firm and the ci
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 10 days ago
Michael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois PEKIN — A consulting firm and the city’s engineer have produced a wish list of street repair projects for next year. The public weighed in on the subject through a survey last week. Now it’s the City... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Pekin police dog grabs top spot in national contestMichael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois PEKIN — The voters have spoken, and
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 11 days ago
Michael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois PEKIN — The voters have spoken, and the winner has barked in victory. Ahen, the Pekin Police Department’s police dog, or K-9 unit, placed first in voting that ended Friday in an online contest entered by... Read more
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The Pekin Daily Times
Teacher shortage hitting Illinois school districts hardJason Nevel of GateHouse Media Illinois When it came time to hire a physical e
The Pekin Daily Times / Posted 11 days ago
Jason Nevel of GateHouse Media Illinois When it came time to hire a physical education teacher before the start of this school year, the A-C Central School District only received a few applications. Out of all subjects, P.E. used to be the easiest... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Teacher shortage hitting Illinois school districts hardJason Nevel of GateHouse Media Illinois When it came time to hire a physical e
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 11 days ago
Jason Nevel of GateHouse Media Illinois When it came time to hire a physical education teacher before the start of this school year, the A-C Central School District only received a few applications. Out of all subjects, P.E. used to be the easiest... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Illinois educators report shortage of teachers, applicantsJason Nevel of GateHouse Media Illinois When it came time to hire a physical e
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 11 days ago
Jason Nevel of GateHouse Media Illinois When it came time to hire a physical education teacher before the start of this school year, the A-C Central School District only received a few applications. Out of all subjects, P.E. used to be the easiest... Read more
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The Pekin Daily Times
Illinois educators report shortage of teachers, applicantsJason Nevel of GateHouse Media Illinois When it came time to hire a physical e
The Pekin Daily Times / Posted 11 days ago
Jason Nevel of GateHouse Media Illinois When it came time to hire a physical education teacher before the start of this school year, the A-C Central School District only received a few applications. Out of all subjects, P.E. used to be the easiest... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Finding the way: AWARE app aids the visually impairedTim Landis of GateHouse Media Illinois The smartphone voice walks users throug
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 12 days ago
Tim Landis of GateHouse Media Illinois The smartphone voice walks users through a typical mall. “Keep Macy’s behind you and continue forward heading west, passing Zales Jewelers on your right, then make a quarter-turn right at the hallway... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Pekin children to 'Shop with a Hero' for ChristmasMichael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois PEKIN — The city’s children, particu
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 12 days ago
Michael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois PEKIN — The city’s children, particularly those who’ve seen tough times, have a hero looking out for them — dozens, actually. They’re the police officers, firefighters and AMT paramedics who will join again... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Illini beat Tennessee-Martin in last-second finishBy Matt Gertsmeierof GateHouse Media Illinois CHAMPAIGN — While the Illini sec
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 12 days ago
By Matt Gertsmeierof GateHouse Media Illinois CHAMPAIGN — While the Illini secured their second basketball win of the season against Tennessee-Martin on Sunday, it might have been a little too close for comfort as the game came down to the final... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Illini beat Tennessee-Martin in final second finishBy Matt Gertsmeierof GateHouse Media Illinois CHAMPAIGN — While the Illinois m
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 12 days ago
By Matt Gertsmeierof GateHouse Media Illinois CHAMPAIGN — While the Illinois men's basketball team secured its second win of the season against Tennessee-Martin, it might have been a little too close for comfort as the game came down to the final... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Statehouse Insider: Rauner, Mendoza war of words continuesDoug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois It looks like Gov. Bruce Rauner’s feud wit
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 13 days ago
Doug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois It looks like Gov. Bruce Rauner’s feud with Comptroller Susana Mendoza is going to continue for a while. Rauner took some shots at Mendoza and her Debt Transparency Act after state lawmakers, in lopsided fashion,... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Smashing success in Underwood's Illini debutBy Matt Gertsmeier of GateHouse Media Illinois CHAMPAIGN — In the highly antic
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 13 days ago
By Matt Gertsmeier of GateHouse Media Illinois CHAMPAIGN — In the highly anticipated debut of Brad Underwood at Illinois, the first-year coach’s team delivered on Friday at State Farm Center. Almost everyone got a slice of the pie as five different... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
State to pay for holiday lights on Capitol buildingCrystal Thomas of Gatehouse Media Illinois SPRINGFIELD — With a budget passed,
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 14 days ago
Crystal Thomas of Gatehouse Media Illinois SPRINGFIELD — With a budget passed, the state now has something to celebrate: Christmas. The state will pay for holiday lights to go up on the Capitol building this year, according to Secretary of State's... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Pencils for everyone in PekinMike Kramer of Gatehouse Media Illinois PEKIN — As a retired law enforcement o
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 14 days ago
Mike Kramer of Gatehouse Media Illinois PEKIN — As a retired law enforcement officer who worked in the past for the Illinois Department of Corrections, Rich Root observed that the average inmate entering the state penal system had the equivalent of... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Illini football focusing on finishing against IndianaBy Matt Gertsmeier of GateHouse Media Illinois CHAMPAIGN — Kendrick Foster wil
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 14 days ago
By Matt Gertsmeier of GateHouse Media Illinois CHAMPAIGN — Kendrick Foster will finish his career without a bowl game. The loss to Purdue last week cemented the Illini football team's status as ineligible for the postseason. “It hurts,” the... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Loewy: Taking the search for Alexis Scott to social mediaTom Loewy of GateHouse Media Illinois Alexis Scott has vanished. The 20-year-
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 14 days ago
Tom Loewy of GateHouse Media Illinois Alexis Scott has vanished. The 20-year-old mother walked out of a West Richmond Avenue home in Peoria sometime between 5 and 5:30 a.m. Sept. 23. According to one witness, Scott simply walked down the street.... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Gov. Rauner downplays legislative veto defeatsDoug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday downplayed a
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 14 days ago
Doug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday downplayed any notions that the just-concluded veto session indicates he’s lost support among Republican lawmakers. Rauner made the comment as lawmakers concluded their two week... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
NewsMichael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois PEKIN — Citations likely will be fil
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 15 days ago
Michael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois PEKIN — Citations likely will be filed against the woman who survived a fiery two-vehicle crash Wednesday that killed two other people on Manito Road. “I would expect them to be,” Tazewell County Sheriff’s... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Illinois tips off season with SouthernBy Matt Gertsmeier of GateHouse Media Illinois CHAMPAIGN — After a month and a
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 15 days ago
By Matt Gertsmeier of GateHouse Media Illinois CHAMPAIGN — After a month and a half of practices, scrimmages and exhibitions, this time it counts. The first game of the season kicks off Friday as the Illini host Southern at State Farm Center. It’s... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
State to pay down employee health insurance, Medicaid billsDoug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois SPRINGFIELD — Billions of dollars in old s
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 16 days ago
Doug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois SPRINGFIELD — Billions of dollars in old state employee health insurance bills and Medicaid bills will be paid off in the next few days with money from bonds issued to cut into the state’s nearly $17 billion bill... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Pekin seeks public input on road projectsMichael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois PEKIN — The city has a list of 40 st
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 16 days ago
Michael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois PEKIN — The city has a list of 40 street improvement projects for next year that would cost about $13 million, but less than $1 million to pay for them. What projects should it choose? Seven more long-term... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Two people killed, one hurt in traffic collision north of ManitoMichael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois MANITO — Two people were killed and
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 16 days ago
Michael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois MANITO — Two people were killed and a third was injured Wednesday in a fiery head-on collision of two pickup trucks on Manito Road about five miles north of Manito. The crash at a curve of the road near... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Freshman wide receiver Ricky Smalling playing big for Illinois this seasonBy Matt Gertsmeier of GateHouse Media Illinois CHAMPAIGN — With three football
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 16 days ago
By Matt Gertsmeier of GateHouse Media Illinois CHAMPAIGN — With three football games left for Illinois, Ricky Smalling would need to play out of his mind to etch his name in the record book for freshman wide receiver achievements. Most of the... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
House 1 vote shy of override on Rauner's right-to-work vetoDoug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois SPRTINGFIELD — For the second time, the Ho
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 17 days ago
Doug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois SPRTINGFIELD — For the second time, the House failed by one vote to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill that prohibits local right-to-work areas in Illinois. The override effort on Senate Bill 1905 got a... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Gov. Rauner sees promise in Israeli trade missionTim Landis of GateHouse Media Illinois SPRINGFIELD — Illinois has what it take
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 17 days ago
Tim Landis of GateHouse Media Illinois SPRINGFIELD — Illinois has what it takes to attract overseas investors, Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday, while repeating his contention an anti-business climate continues to hold the state back. Rauner said he... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Lawmakers unanimous in passing sex harassment legislationDoug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois Illinois lawmakers moved quickly Tuesday t
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 17 days ago
Doug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois Illinois lawmakers moved quickly Tuesday to address the issue of sexual harassment in the halls of government that has dominated political conversation in the state for weeks. In short order, the House and Senate... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Court rules state wrong to suspend AFSCME step increasesDoug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois SPRINGFIELD — A state appeals court ruled
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 17 days ago
Doug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois SPRINGFIELD — A state appeals court ruled Monday that the Rauner administration violated state law when it stopped awarding step increases to eligible employees in 2015 when a contract with the largest state... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Christmas trespassers in East Peoria plead guiltyMichael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois PEKIN — Casey Rice got shot in the s
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 17 days ago
Michael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois PEKIN — Casey Rice got shot in the shoulder when he trespassed in an East Peoria man’s home last Christmas morning, a more painful result of the crime than the fine imposed for it this week. The Morton man,... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Death of Rockford police officer ruled a homicideJeff Kolkey of GateHouse Media Illinois ROCKFORD — What happened to turn a rou
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 18 days ago
Jeff Kolkey of GateHouse Media Illinois ROCKFORD — What happened to turn a routine traffic stop early Sunday morning into a lethal confrontation may never be entirely clear. When it was over, Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox, 30, and Eddie L.... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Pekin dumpster dumper fined after guilty pleaMichael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois PEKIN — A local small-business owner
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 18 days ago
Michael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois PEKIN — A local small-business owner acknowledged Monday that dumping tons of trash on a private driveway is not a “civil matter,” but a crime. Drew Vice, 35, pleaded guilty to illegal dumping on private... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Rockford police officer, other man die after traffic stopBy Kevin Haas and Kayli Plotner of GateHouse Media Illinois ROCKFORD — A Rockf
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 19 days ago
By Kevin Haas and Kayli Plotner of GateHouse Media Illinois ROCKFORD — A Rockford police officer and a 49-year-old man died early Sunday after authorities said the two were engaged in a scuffle and the officer then became entangled with the man’s... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Springfield has seen net loss of state jobs under RaunerDoug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner's administ
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 20 days ago
Doug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says that 116 state jobs have been moved into Springfield from other parts of the state since the governor took office in 2015. However, those numbers were dwarfed... Read more
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