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UPDATE: Canton High School lockdown lifted

UPDATE (8:44 p.m.) — Canton police have released more information regarding the lockdown Friday. According to a release, the Canton Police Department received a phone call that they received a phone call indicating an active shooter situation at Canton High School. Officers responded immediately to Canton High School and...
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Amazon to open fulfillment center in North Pekin, bringing 200 jobs to the Peoria area

Amazon, the world’s largest retailer, will open its fulfillment center next week at 1961 Edgewater Drive in North Pekin, a village just outside Peoria. The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Feb. 9 to celebrate the facility’s opening. Work on the 90,785-square-foot facility began last year and was completed last month.

Meanwhile, Back In Peoria’s Past - This Week: Sam Kinison

Technically this should be called, “Meanwhile, Back In East Peoria’s Past,” because the subject of this week’s backward glancing post, Sam Kinison grew up in East Peoria. But Kinison usually just said he was from Peoria. Kinison’s father was a preacher and they moved to East...
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Cross-country drug dealer sentenced to 27 years for for meth trafficking

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — A drug dealer who supplied methamphetamine to the Peoria area from across the county has been sentenced to federal prison time. 51-year-old Gabriel Antonio Montano-Rodriguez was sentenced in January to 324 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute at least 50 grams of ice methamphetamine, the United States Attorney’s Office for Central District of Illinois announced Friday.
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First responders help rescue man, save from drowning

ST. DAVID, Ill. – Officials from three area agencies are being hailed as heroes as they successfully rescued a man before he could drown. The Fulton County Sheriffs Department says their deputies and ambulance personnel, along with firefighters from Buckheart, were called to an area outside St. David Thursday for a possible drowning victim.

Summer schedule announced for Lincoln’s New Salem outdoor theatre

The outdoor theater at Lincoln’s New Salem state historic site has announced its shows for the upcoming summer season. This year’s lineup at Theatre in the Park is a bit of a departure, with no musicals scheduled, although there will be a one-night musical cabaret fundraiser on June 30th.

February is recognized as Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, and Spoon River College joins other Illinois community colleges in celebrating the valuable role they play in preparing the workforce for in-demand jobs.

“For more than 60 years, Spoon River College has been providing career and technical education programs that lead to employment in high-demand and high-wage careers such as nursing, agriculture, and computer technology,” said Brad O’Brien, dean of career and technical education at Spoon River College. “This benefits our students, our communities, and our regional employers.”
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Small movement made in Rossi case

PEKIN, Ill. (WMBD) — On Thursday, there was some movement in the case of Aaron Rossi, the former CEO of Reditus Labs in Pekin, and Dr. James Davies, his ex-business partner. A thumb drive reportedly containing evidence that would prove Davies’ case against Rossi is subject to crime fraud deception. The thumb drive is said to contain information about Dr. Gerard Paul’s partnership with Rossi at Pal Health.

Hoke and Privia Lead Bluejays To Another Win

Karlie Hoke finished the game with 16 points and Jayce Privia had 14 to help lead the PORTA/AC Central Bluejays over Illini Central on Thursday to a 58-27 win and help them stay unbeaten. PORTA hosts Athens on Monday.

UPDATE: Bloomington murder suspect arrested in East Peoria

MCLEAN COUNTY (25 News Now) - A year after a deadly shooting in Bloomington, police have arrested a suspect. A McLean County grand jury on Wednesday indicted Jaylin S. Bones, 22, for the shooting death on Jan. 24, 2022 of Timothy Q. Manns. The 29-year-old man was found shot to death in an apartment in the 600 block of West Jefferson Street, near North Oak Street, on the city’s west side.

Lincoln Picks Up Victory Over Effingham; Becomes Apollo Champs

The Lincoln Railers (10-0) are Apollo Conference champs after a win over Effingham and a little help from Mahomet Seymour. The Railers handled their business with a 78-27 victory tonight against Effingham while Mahomet defeated Taylorville (8-3) in overtime which secured the conference title for the Railers. Lincoln host Collinsville Saturday and Taylorville on Tuesday.
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Man arraigned for alleged beating of infant

PEORIA, Ill. – A Hanna City man is pleading not guilty to charges accusing him of causing a severe injury to a young baby. Court records indicate Alexander King, 21, was arraigned Thursday morning on charges of Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Domestic Battery. Peoria County Sheriffs investigators were called...

4 Amazing Burger Places in Illinois

If you live in Illinois and you love going out with your loved ones from time to time, here is a list of four amazing burger spots in Illinois that are well-known for preparing absolutely delicious burgers using only fresh and high-quality ingredients.
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Bond set for man accused of making downtown bomb threats

PEORIA, Ill. – Bond has been set at $100,000 in the case of a Creve Coeur man who allegedly made three bomb threats to the Pere Marquette Hotel in downtown Peoria. Court records indicate Val Burks was in court Friday afternoon, where a preliminary hearing date of March second also was scheduled.

Sangamon Co. Crime Stoppers looking for assault suspects

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — Sangamon/Menard County Crime Stoppers is asking for help in solving an instance of aggravated battery and mob action that happened earlier this month outside Sacred Heart-Griffin High School. Crime Stoppers officials said that just after 6 p.m. on Jan. 7, someone was assaulted in a parking lot outside the school gym. […]