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Historic Illinois home serves as counseling, events center

Nov. 28, 2021 01:17 AM EST

PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — Built in 1862, a historic home in Pekin currently serves as both the Crossroads Programs Inc. counseling center and as The Mansion on Walnut events center. Life coach Bonnie Harken bought the property in 2012 and rented it for a year to the previous...

East Peoria couple wants help re-creating mini golf course

Nov. 20, 2021 01:11 AM EST

EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Jack and Leslie Baugh of East Peoria are one hole short of their restoration of the now-closed Wee-Tee Golf Center’s miniature golf course. But Jack Baugh maintains that the missing hole may be the most important. “To me, the final clown...

Woman gets 75 years in prison for killing boyfriend's son

Sep. 18, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois woman accused of resenting a boyfriend's 4-year-old son was sentenced to 75 years in prison for killing the boy. Lesli Jett was portrayed as a selfish drug abuser who didn't like being at the East Peoria home with Tate Thurman. The boy had...

1st girl to play varsity football for Pekin ‘humble, tough'

Sep. 12, 2021 01:09 AM EDT

PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — Now that she’s made history, Mylee Hansen wants to make some kicks. Hansen is the first girl on the Pekin varsity football team. The sophomore soccer standout will be handling kickoffs and extra points for the Dragons to start the season, the Pekin...