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Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara responds to abortion clinic opening in Forest City

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - During his latest media availability, Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara touched on a number of subjects including abortion rights. McNamara was asked about the planned abortion clinic coming to Rockford. 23 News first reported that Dr. Dennis Christensen is taking his business out of Wisconsin and bringing it to the Forest City.
ROCKFORD, IL
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Robbery spree lands Sangamon County man 12-year prison term

PEORIA — A Sangamon County man who pleaded guilty in January to federal charges in connection with a string of robberies at banks and convenience stores in Central Illinois in spring 2021, including the robbery of the Village Pantry in Paxton, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in federal prison.
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Man gets federal prison sentence for series of robberies, jail escape

PEORIA, Ill. – A Mechanicsburg man who robbed several businesses, ending with one in Elmwood, will go to federal prison for the better part of 12 years for his crimes. The U.S. Attorney’s office says a federal judge this week sentenced John Beck, 55, to 120 months in prison on each of four counts of Interference with Commerce by Robbery, with each sentence being served concurrently.
MECHANICSBURG, IL
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Macomb Lions Club to host screenings in Bushnell

MACOMB – The Macomb Lions Club will host free hearing and retinal screenings from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, July 15 at Greenbriar Apartments, 770 W. Hurst St., Bushnell. The mobile screening unit is sponsored by the Macomb Lions and the Lions of Illinois Foundation. The hearing screenings are open...
MACOMB, IL
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Peoria area prepares to celebrate 4th of July with a boom

It's Independence Day weekend, and that means there's fireworks shows and celebrations to catch around the Peoria area. Many of the events are back for the first time this year since the offset of the COVID-19 pandemic. That includes the annual UnityPoint Health Red, White, and Boom fireworks display on the Peoria and East Peoria riverfronts. It's one of the biggest fireworks displays in the country, drawing more than 200,000 people each year. The show kicks off at 9:30 p.m. Monday. The city of East Peoria is reminding attendees to leave sparklers at home.
PEORIA, IL
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Fines Follow Deadly Fall at Caterpillar Foundry

Two central Illinois contractors face nearly $100,000 in combined penalties for violating federal rules related to fall protection. The investigation stemmed from a fatal accident at construction and mining equipment giant Caterpillar’s foundry in Mapleton, Illinois, late last year. Lead contractor Illinois Crane and fellow Peoria company Schaefer Electric...
MAPLETON, IL
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Celebrating the Fourth of July: 5 things to do near Peoria this holiday weekend

Independence Day weekend is full of activities. Here are five events you might want to check out in the Peoria area. Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service, along with First Baptist Church of Peoria and Connect Church of Washington, is hosting a Concert for the City on Saturday, July 2, at Dozer Park in Peoria. Gates open at 6 p.m. and performances by Jordan Feliz, a top-selling Christian pop artist, and Victor Solomon, Peoria's very own finalist on "The Voice," begin at 6:30 p.m. The night will be capped off with a fireworks show. Concessions will be open throughout the concert.
PEORIA, IL
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Supply chain affects fireworks too

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Local fireworks stands are gearing up for their busiest weekend of the year. Co-owner of CNC Fireworks in Mapleton James Slater said his business is ready to go. “First week and a half was pretty slow, but since then, it’s been pretty overwhelming. We’re expecting...
MAPLETON, IL
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Becoming one with nature can take a team effort

Prior to reading In The Spirit of Wetlands, I was not familiar with the term “eutierria,” which is defined as a secular meditative experience that can occur in nature when boundaries between self and the environment seem to evaporate — creating a sense of oneness with the natural world.
FULTON COUNTY, IL
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Central Illinois 4th of July events to look out for

CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WMBD) — Here is where you can go to celebrate the 4th of July Monday. The Peoria Jaycees Firecracker 5000: The Firecracker 5000 is a 3.1-mile run/walk through downtown Peoria. It starts at 311 SW Water Street at 7:30 a.m. Those interested in registering can do so here.
PEORIA, IL

Queen Contest will kick off Fulton County Fair

LEWISTOWN — This year’s Fulton County Fair will be held Monday, July 25 through Saturday, July 30. The Queen Contest will kick off Grandstand events beginning Monday at 6:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $5. For a complete schedule, check out Facebook, Fulton County Fair, Lewistown, Illinois...
FULTON COUNTY, IL
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Plans on hold for wind turbines in Tazewell County

PEKIN (Heart of Illinois ABC) - It may be months before Tazewell County’s government approves more wind energy projects. The Tazewell County Zoning Board of Appeals voted Thursday evening to approve a six-month moratorium on wind turbines. About 60 people attended the public hearing in Pekin. The board hopes...
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Macomb Lions Club to host hearing and retinal screenings

MACOMB, Ill. (KHQA) — The Macomb Lions Club will host free hearing and retinal screenings from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, July 15 at Greenbriar Apartments, 770 W. Hurst St., in Bushnell. The mobile screening unit is sponsored by the Macomb Lions and the Lions of Illinois Foundation. The...
MACOMB, IL
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Christina Marie Stull

Christina Marie Stull, 58, of Avon, IL, passed away at 6:40 a.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at home. She was born on November 15, 1963 in Wurzburg, Germany, the daughter of Libby Bent of Galesburg, IL and the late Paul Bent of Washington. Tina was preceded in death by her...
AVON, IL
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Illinois EPA set to review Edwards coal ash pond closure plan soon

Vistra is set to submit its plan to close the ash pond at the E.D. Edwards coal-burning power plant south of Bartonville by the end of this month. The proposal to cap the unlined coal ash pond in place instead of moving the ash to another location is raising concerns among some environmentalists.
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MidAmerica National Bank raises funds for Canton fireworks

CANTON — MidAmerica National Bank’s Annual Fireworks Fundraiser Cookout held June 17, raised a total of $4,108 for the City of Canton’s 2022 Fireworks Fund. For decades, MidAmerica has purchased the food and supplies to host the cookout with all proceeds from food sales donated to the Fireworks Fund.
CANTON, IL
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