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Tugboat sinks near Peoria’s McClugage Bridge

PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Police say a commercial tugboat experienced mechanical problems and sank to the bottom of the Illinois River Saturday. Fondulac Park District Police chief Michael Johnson said it happened in the channel just north of the McClugage Bridge, near the narrows at mile marker 166.
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Suspect arrested for Peoria’s fifth homicide of the year

PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - A man accused of murder is in the Peoria County jail awaiting bond as of Saturday afternoon. Around 11:30 PM March 8, Peoria Police responded to W. Beverly for a ShotSpotter alert. That’s where they found Timothy Foreman, Jr., 40, laying in the roadway with a gunshot wound, pronounced dead at the scene. It marked the city’s fifth homicide of the year. During the investigation, detectives identified Chazier Johnson, 22, as a suspect.
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WATCH: Trump gives speech in Illinois

MENDON, Ill. (WMBD) — Former U.S. President Donald Trump spoke at a rally in Mendon Il. at 7 p.m. Saturday. Trump is expected to endorse Mary Miller for the Republican primary for Illinois’ 15th Congressional District seat. She is running against U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL). During the Rally, Trump endorsed Darren Bailey for Governor […]
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Peoria Police respond to crash at Mcdonald’s

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Peoria Police responded to an incident at McDonald’s on University Street Friday. According to Peoria Police Lt. Michael Bolan, officers were initially responding to a hit-and-run near Walgreens on University Street. Officers observed a red pickup truck that refused to stop and crashed near Mcdonald’s.
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Abortion-rights protestors rally in Peoria

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Hundreds of people gathered outside the Peoria County Courthouse with signs and heavy hearts. This is due to the Supreme Court overturning Roe V. Wade, which eliminates constitutional rights to abortion in several states. Members of the Peoria democratic socialist of America (DSA) said they...
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TAPS seeing increase in pet returns

PEKIN, Ill. — For years, TAPS (Tazewell Animal Protective Society) in Pekin has been finding new homes for pets that are brought to their shelter. But, recently, they’ve seen a significant increase in the number of pets being returned. “Unfortunately, a lot of them, the people are reporting...
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Memory of fallen sheriff’s deputy lives on through fundraiser

CANTON (Heart of Illinois ABC) - On June 25th 2019, Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy Troy Chisum was killed in the line of duty. Saturday, the community came together to prove his memory remains alive. Residents united with the Chisum family for ‘Light the Night Blue’ at Lakeland Park in...
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Two rounds of showers and storms on the way

PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Chances for needed rainfall return to the forecast tonight and tomorrow before we get a break from the heat and humidity early next week. Additional rain chances will be possible by the end of next week. Tonight:. Showers and storms will be possible late...
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Peoria Police arrest man for March Homicide

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Peoria Police have arrested a man for the death of 40-year-old Timothy D. Foreman Jr. Friday. According to a Peoria Police press release, officers arrested 22-year-old Chazier Johnson for first-degree murder. The shooting occurred on March 8, near W. Beverly Court and Knoxville Avenue, at...
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Catholic Diocese of Peoria releases statement following Dobbs Decision, overturning of Roe

PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case. This ruling has a significant impact on the issue of abortion, which was legalized in the Roe v. Wade decision some fifty years ago. Today’s decision overturns what was previously a federal legalization of abortion and has returned the issue to individual states to decide the matter for themselves. Clearly, there is much more work to be done.
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PPD makes arrest in connection with March homicide

PEORIA, Ill. — Peoria Police, along with U.S. Marshals, arrested a man Friday for the shooting death of 40-year-old Timothy Foreman Jr. According to a release from the PPD, officers located 22-year-old Chazier Johnson on N. Gale Avenue. He was taken in for questioning and subsequently arrested for first-degree murder.
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Protesters filled Peoria Courthouse over Roe v. Wade decision

PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - The courtyard of the Peoria courthouse was flooded with protestors - their signs and chants demanding women’s rights. “If you don’t have autonomy over your body then you’re not a full citizen you’re not free,” Member of the Peoria Democratic Socialist of America Christina Norton said.
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Luft, Stoller, Godron-Booth react to Roe v. Wade ruling

PEORIA, Ill. – Some of the area’s local representatives in Springfield are, so far, praising the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe versus Wade, effectively turning the matter back to states. State Representative and Pekin Mayor Mark Luft, in a statement, says he would like to see Illinois...
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Peoria Catholic Diocese reacts to Roe v. Wade decision

PEORIA, Ill. – There’s more work to be done. That’s what Catholic Diocese of Peoria Bishop Louis Tylka says on Friday’s Roe versus Wade-related decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Tylka describes life as “a gift from God” and that the Catholic Church has “proclaimed the...
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Peoria grocery store lowers gas prices during ‘Fuel Frenzy’

PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Pain at the pump took a brief pause Friday as a local grocery store brought its fuel prices down nearly 70 cents. For a couple of hours, HyVee of Peoria welcomed drivers to fill up for $4.61 a gallon. The store manager said they went as low as they could go on the price.
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Local veterans organization raises awareness of Agent Orange

NORTH PEKIN (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Veterans and their families gathered Saturday to raise awareness of Agent Orange and help the veterans who are affected. North Pekin AMVETS hosted a breakfast and silent auction Saturday morning to raise funds for treatment. Agent Orange was a mixture of herbicides used...
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In Peoria area, Roe v. Wade's downfall evokes strong reactions

The Supreme Court announced Friday the national decision to overrule the long-recognized Roe v. Wade, tightening laws around women's health care and reproductive rights. This means abortions will become illegal in many U.S. states. Central Illinoisans are expressing mixed feelings about the decision. Some are saying this is a step...
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