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Peoria Bomb Squad member pleads guilty to multiple offenses

PEORIA - A 23-year-old Peoria man, and member of the Bomb Squad street gang, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring with other alleged gang members as an organized criminal enterprise to commit violent crimes.


Peoria residents dissatisfied with street plowing

Some residents have been frustrated this week with snow piling up in their neighborhoods. Some even questioning whether street crews have plowed at all. Since last weekend, several hundred complaint calls have been pouring into Peoria Public Works. In downtown Peoria, we caught up with some irritate


Dozens of students eager to apply for Peoria Public School's D2 program

PEORIA, Ill - A room full of eager students and supportive parents was all ears Thursday, as Peoria Public Schools rolls out its a new program. The D2 program will allow students to get a high school diploma and an associate’s degree by graduation, students say it will help them stand out.


Illinois Emergency Management Agency warns residents to brace for weekend storm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is urging residents to prepare for this weekend's blast of winter weather, which is forecasted to dump between 4"-8" of snow on northern Illinois, followed by cold arctic air that will bring single digit temperatures to the state.


Man convicted of second-degree murder for summer Peoria stabbing

PEORIA - The man accused of stabbing another man over the summer has been convicted of second-degree murder. James L. Watkins Jr. of Peoria was found guilty Wednesday for the July homicide of 29-year-old Kang Abel, also of Peoria. Watkins faces up to 20 years in prison.


Murder defendant challenges state charges, demands more information

PEORIA — Bond for the man arrested for the last homicide in 2018 was set at $2 million on Thursday. But the most unusual part of the hearing was how Lovell T. Eggleston, 29, tried to derail it by actively contesting the state's assertion of the facts regarding the Dec. 26 fatal shooting of Jeremic B


Jury issues results in reversal of armed robbery conviction

PEORIA — A trio of appellate court judges threw out a South Peoria man's armed robbery conviction from two years ago, saying the trial record here didn't indicate if jurors understood the law.


Bradley to allow students to move back to campus early

PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) — Due to the expected winter weather this weekend, Bradley University is moving up their move-in schedule. According to a statement, Bradley students are invited to move back beginning Thursday at 1 PM.


Man arrested in connection with December shooting death in Peoria’s North Valley

PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) — A Peoria man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a December shooting death in Peoria’s North Valley. Lovell Eggleston, 29, was arrested Tuesday at the Peoria County Courthouse in connection with the Dec. 26, 2018 murder of Jerrimic Booker, 43. Eggleston was in court on an u


Illinois governor signs sweeping gun reform bill into law

CHICAGO (WCIA) - Just days after being sworn in as Illinois governor, JB Pritzker signed a sweeping gun reform bill into law. The legislation requires firearms dealers in Illinois to obtain state licenses.


Texas Man Sentenced For Sextortion Case Involving Illinois Girls

PEORIA, IL — A Texas man was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison Jan. 9 for an online sextortion case involving dozens of underage victims in nine judicial districts across eight states, including Illinois , as the result of an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service -Springfield Electronic Cri


Two Popular Ice Cream Shops For Sale

Two popular ice cream shops in Peoria are for sale. The for-sale sign was placed in front of The Ice Cream Shack, 2313 NE Adams St., this week. Plus, owner Bob Smith says Emo’s Dairy Mart, 3618 N. Prospect Road at War Memorial Drive, is for sale, too.

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Illinois State Police conducting roadside safety checks in February

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — Illinois State Police announced scheduled roadside safety checks for the month of February. Troopers will be on the lookout for drivers to stop what they call the fatal four violations:


Haddad’s West Peoria Market celebrating 100th anniversary

WEST PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) — A Peoria-area institution is celebrating 100 years in business with a birthday bash on Feb. 2. Haddad’s West Peoria Market was started on Peoria’s South Side on Feb. 2, 1919. The business later moved to the East Bluff, and finally to West Peoria in 1964. The store suffered


Woman hit by City Link bus

According to Peoria Police, a woman was hit by a City Link bus just before 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. It happened at the intersection of Landon’s Way and Summershade Circle across the street from the Shoppes at Grande Prairie.


In Peoria, two $60 checks become $2,200 when cashed

PEORIA — Two checks each written for $60 were cashed for $600 and $1,600, according to a report filed at the Peoria Police Department. The victim told police she wrote two separate checks for $60 each on Jan. 11, and her husband mailed them from his place of business. When the woman checked her bank


Peoria woman celebrating her 100th birthday

On Sundays, the Journal Star publishes information on central Illinois residents celebrating their 100th birthday. Happy Birthday to Elizabeth M. Smith. Elizabeth Smith will celebrate her 100th birthday with a family dinner at 1 p.m. Jan. 26 at Liberty Village.


Illinois parents get 25 years in death of boy, 6, who weighed 17 pounds when he died

JERSEYVILLE, Ill. -- An Illinois father and stepmother will spend decades in prison in the starvation death of their 6-year-old son, who authorities say weighed just 17 pounds when he died.


Looking for something to do this weekend or next?

St. Louis Cardinals Caravan; 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19; Parke Regency Hotel, Bloomington. Russian National Ballet presents Swan Lake; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Bloomington; $20-$40.


Winter Storm - Snow & Wind Expected Friday Night and Saturday

Peoria, IL - Another powerful winter storm is expected to move through Central Illinois from Friday night through Saturday. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch which is in effect from 6 pm Friday through 6 pm Saturday.