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Shoppers wear face masks as they leave a Walmart store in Vernon Hills, Ill., Thursday, July 30, 2020. Many retail stores are requiring customers to wear face masks inside all of their stores where local governments do not require it amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, limited enforcement, at Walmart avoids physical confrontations with customers who refuse to wear mask. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

12 Bradley students test positive for COVID-19 after event

Jul. 30, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A dozen Bradley University students a, including some who attended a social gathering after leading freshmen orientation programs this month, have tested positive for COVID-19, the school said. After the Peoria school learned of the new cases on July 23, it determined after testing and...

Police say suspect in Des Moines triple killing arrested

Jul. 29, 2020 9:24 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A suspect in the January shooting deaths of three teens in Des Moines has been arrested in Illinois, police said. Leontreal Jones, 17, was arrested Tuesday in Peoria, Illinois, on robbery warrants out of Iowa, Des Moines police said in a news release. Des Moines detectives have...

1,532 new known Illinois COVID-19 cases and 19 more deaths

Jul. 24, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Public Health on Friday reported an additional 1,532 confirmed cases of coronavirus, down slightly from the 1,624 new infections reported the day before, the highest number since May. The total number cases in Illinois has reached 168,457. The latest...

The casket containing the remains Rev. C.T. Vivian are carried from Providence Missionary Baptist Church after a funeral service Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Vivian remembered as courageous, humble Civil Rights warrior

Jul. 23, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The nation paid its final respects Thursday to the Rev. C.T. Vivian, a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement who helped end segregation across the South and left an abiding imprint on U.S. history. Vivian, a close ally of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was mourned by civil rights icons...

Peoria police vow crackdown on roving street parties

Jul. 20, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Peoria’s police chief said Monday there will be a crackdown on ``roving street parties” in the wake of a weekend shooting that left 13 wounded. Pre-dawn parties like Sunday’s that attracted about 200 people have been happening in Peoria for about a year, Chief...

13 shot and wounded at outdoor gathering in Peoria, Illinois

Jul. 19, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Police said that 13 people were shot and wounded early Sunday after a fight broke out along the riverfront in the central Illinois city of Peoria. None of the wounds are considered life-threatening, police spokeswoman Amy Dotson told the Peoria Journal Star. Officers responding to a...

Former U.S. marshal in Springfield works for police reform

Jul. 19, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Former U.S. Marshal Robert Moore of Springfield has long worked to make police departments more representative of the population, and to carry out their duty fairly and respectfully. He serves as chair of the criminal justice committee for Illinois branches of the National...

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2007, file photo, C.T. Vivian uses an intercom with Rev. James Lawson on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., to discuss the experiences they encountered in 1961 as Freedom Riders, a group of college students who defied segregation on interstate buses across the American South. The Rev. Vivian, a civil rights veteran who worked alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and served as head of the organization co-founded by the civil rights icon, has died at home in Atlanta of natural causes Friday morning, July 17, 2020 his friend and business partner Don Rivers confirmed to The Associated Press. Vivian was 95. (Lavondia Majors/The Tennessean via AP)

Rev. C.T. Vivian, key civil rights leader, has died at 95

Jul. 17, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Rev. C.T. Vivian, an early and key adviser to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. who organized pivotal civil rights campaigns and spent decades advocating for justice and equality, died Friday at the age of 95. Vivian began staging sit-ins against segregation in Peoria, Illinois, in the...

13 Illinois 'Bomb Squad' gang members sentenced to prison

Jul. 5, 2020 9:24 AM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Thirteen members of a Peoria street gang known as the “Bomb Squad” have been sentenced to prison terms for a racketeering conspiracy that included murder, attempted murder, arson and drug trafficking. Federal prosecutors said one defendant was sentenced to life in prison,...

Illinois man educates white neighbors about Black History

Jun. 25, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

ELMWOOD, Ill. (AP) — A Black man in rural Illinois has started an online video series to educate his white neighbors about Black history following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Brandon Butler, an Elmwood resident, figured that many white people don’t understand Black people’s...