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9-year-old charged with murder in 5 Illinois fire deaths

Oct. 9, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A 9-year-old child accused of causing a mobile home fire that killed three children and two adults in central Illinois has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder. The juvenile also was charged with two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson, the (Peoria) Journal Star...

Peoria public schools getting $2.5 million federal grant

Sep. 30, 2019 7:15 AM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Peoria's public schools are getting a $2.5 million federal grant for programs aimed at helping the poorest families in the city. The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that the Full Service Community Schools grant from the U.S. Department of Education is being awarded to the Harrison...

More than 700 flights canceled in Chicago due to storms

Sep. 27, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — More than 700 flights have been canceled in Chicago while severe thunderstorms raked portions of Illinois. WMAQ-TV reported O'Hare International Airport reported 656 flight cancellations by late Friday afternoon and Midway Airport reported another 65. Delays of nearly an hour and a half also...

Ray LaHood named chairman of Abraham Lincoln Library board

Sep. 26, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Former Illinois congressman and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has been named chairman of the board of directors of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced LaHood's appointment Thursday. LaHood, a Peoria Republican,...

Peoria man pleads guilty in Lisle woman's killing in 1994

Sep. 24, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man who was charged with murder in the death of a 71-year-old suburban Chicago woman more than two decades ago has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Illa Venard's son found her body in her condominium in Lisle in August 1994. Police said at the time that...

Energy company agrees to close Illinois coal plant in 2022

Sep. 16, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Texas-based Vistra Energy has agreed to shutter a coal power facility in central Illinois by the end of 2022 under a preliminary settlement with environmental groups that sued the plant in 2013. The Sierra Club announced Monday that the agreement with Vistra Energy affiliate Illinois...

Fall hazardous waste collection sites announced in Illinois

Sep. 16, 2019 6:09 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is announcing its fall schedule for collecting household hazardous waste . Residents may take leftover household products containing potentially dangerous chemicals to sites in DuPage, Peoria, Adams, Champaign and Madison counties during...

Illinois man drowns while watching Missouri boat race

Aug. 26, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

SUNRISE BEACH, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say an Illinois man has drowned while watching a popular boat race at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the victim as 23-year-old Sean Burgess, of Peoria, Illinois. The patrol says he was last seen on a large floating mat...

Havana firefighter followed 'calling' for 60 years

Aug. 25, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

HAVANA, Ill. (AP) — Havana Fire Chief John Kachanuk says firefighting for Bill Watts was a "calling." The (Peoria) Journal-Star reports that Watts followed that call for 60 years before retiring recently. Watts joined the Havana Fire Department in 1959. He left in 1981 and volunteered for another 38 years...