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Luciano: Frightening tales of what happens after car crashes

It's hard to tell what you might encounter on the side of the road. Last week, I wrote about my good fortune in being able to help out (what little I could) after a two-car crash. It made me wonder what others have encountered in such situations, either as providers or recipients of help -- good or

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR - 2017-09-21 15:57:40

Elmwood native, Bradley University grad tapped for governor's policy team

PEORIA - An Elmwood native and Bradley University graduate has been named to a criminal justice reform policy team by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Derek Cantu will serve as a policy adviser to the group, which was named along with members of a similar team focusing on health and social services, according to

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR - 2017-09-21 22:10:41

Lead found in local elementary schools

NORMAL - More lead is being found in Central Illinois schools. A new state law now requires schools to test for lead, and six Unit 5 schools are testing positive.Fairview ElementaryColene Hoose ElementaryHudson ElementaryParkside ElementarySugar Creek ElementaryTowanda Elementary Officials checked s

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD - 2017-09-20 21:45:43

Toys R Us files bankruptcy; stores remaining open so far

Toys R Us is declaring bankruptcy in order to better invest in its long-term growth, the company says. Short-term, that means stores will continue to operate as usual. The retailer has made no announcement about closing stores or inventory reduction. Toys R Us and Babies R Us have stores in Fairvie

NEWS-DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-20 17:43:00

High levels of lead were reported in Unit 5 Schools

NORMAL - 6 Unit 5 schools have tested positive for high levels of lead. According to our news partner WJBC, Superintendent Mark Daniel said Fairview, Colene Hoose, Hudson, Parkside, Sugar Creek and Towanda were the schools affected. Parents of students attending those schools have been notified, and

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD - 2017-09-20 13:20:37

Driver bumps into construction workers, keeps on going after passing 'road closed' signs

Construction workers tried to wave off a driver on Monday to a safer area, but he wasn't having it, according to a news release from Fairview Heights Police. Instead, he repeatedly bumped into the road construction workers so he could drive on a closed road. The driver drove past the "road closed" s

NEWS-DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-19 20:04:00

Peoria County Democrats to host picnic Saturday

PEORIA - The Peoria County Democrats will host the annual Bob Slover Memorial Democratic Family Picnic on Saturday. The event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Itoo Society pavilion, 4909 W. Farmington Road, will include refreshments, live music and a candidate meet-and-greet. PEORIA - The Peoria County


Trump threatens Venezuela and puts Cuba on notice

President Donald Trump threatened "further action" against Venezuela on Tuesday and promised not to lift sanctions against Cuba until the government in Havana makes fundamental reforms. "We cannot stand by and watch," Trump told world leaders gathered at the United Nations. In a speech that moved

NEWS-DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-19 17:47:00

A dog-filled afternoon at Woofstock for pets and owners alike

EDWARDS - If you and your dog are seeking a bonding experience together, is there any better way than competing in a pie eating contest with them? That's right - at Woofstock 2017 on Sunday, the annual fundraising event for Stray Animal Midway Shelter (SAMS) in Hanna City, dogs and their owners will

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR - 2017-09-20 16:33:09

William served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

1931 - 2017 William A. Sutton, 86, of Pekin passed away Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at his residence. He was born June 13, 1931, in Mapleton to Horace W. and Doris Irene McCants Sutton. He married Patricia J. Elliott on Feb. 2, 1957, in Pekin; she preceded him in death on February 9, 2015. His parents


Attorney: Final San Francisco plane crash lawsuit settled

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California dentist who was aboard an Asiana Airlines plane that crashed in San Francisco four years ago - killing three girls and injuring roughly 200 others - reached a settlement Thursday with the airline, ending what her attorney said was the last pending lawsuit in the U.S

WEEK.COM - 2017-09-22 03:38:00

School official: "Schools are typically a reflection of the greater society."

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of stories regarding declining enrollments in local schools and the possible causes of declines. The school districts that send students to Pekin Community High School seem, for the most part, to be holding their own on student enrollment with fluctuat


RIGHT NOW: Localized evacuations after gas line ruptures

Parts of Pekin are being evacuated after an unmarked gas line was ruptured Thursday afternoon. According to the City of Pekin's Facebook page, it happened during sewer repair near the intersection of 4th and Broadway. Ameren Illinois was called to the scene to help repair it. The City says a locali

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD - 2017-09-21 19:56:52

Attracting families to Pekin - what's the secret?

Editor's note: This is the third in a series of stories examining school enrollment in the Pekin area. This segment examines what attracts families to a community. Home Instead Manager Nathan Domenighini's life was changing in 2012 - he was newly married to his wife, Suzanne, 33, and had a child on

MORTONTIMESNEWS.COM - 2017-09-22 00:00:00

Pekin gas leak leads to evacuation, closed intersection

A localized evacuation is in place in Pekin after an unmarked gas line was ruptured at South 4th Street and Broadway Street Thursday afternoon, according to the City of Pekin's Facebook page. A construction crew at 1:14 p.m. Thursday hit a 2-inch gas line while working on the road replacement at the


Localized evacuation ordered after gas line rupture in Pekin

A localized evacuation in in effect after a repair crew ruptured an unmarked gas line at Fourth and Broadway during a sewer repair. The city of Pekin said Ameren Illinois has been called to the scene. The city warns people nearby may smell a strong gas smell. People are asked to avoid the area of Fo

WEEK.COM - 2017-09-21 22:43:00

Pekin District 303 concerned with enrollment decline

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of stories examining student enrollments in the area and possible causes for high loses in some school districts. It will be another three years before the U.S. Census is out and the full effect of Illinois' poor economy and financial woes on population f

MORTONTIMESNEWS.COM - 2017-09-20 14:00:00

CROSS COUNTRY: Pekin runners spring into action at Detweiller Park

Pekin cross country runners made some noise Saturday in the Richard Spring Invitational at Detweiller Park in Peoria. Paige Arseneau and Brody Brockwell had the best finishes among area runners in the girls and boys races. Each 64-team field had a mostly Class 3A lineup. Arseneau was 25th in 18:35.

MORTONTIMESNEWS.COM - 2017-09-19 19:28:29

Pekin Co-op relay swimmers moving in right direction

The 200 freestyle relay team for the Pekin Co-op swimming & diving team is already ahead of last year's group in the same race. The team of Jaidlyn Sellers, Sami Curtis, Lauren Spanos and Kelen McDaniels swam a winning time of 1:46.99 in a meet against Moline last week. Last season, the Dragons had


Ex-CIA operative apologizes for tweet of anti-Semitic article

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson is apologizing after tweeting an anti-Semitic article titled "America's Jews Are Driving America's Wars" on Thursday. Wilson has been critical of President Donald Trump and his use of Twitter -- including a recent effort on GoFundMe to buy

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD - 2017-09-22 05:37:56