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PPD searching for suspect in a rash of armed robberies in Peoria's second district

PEORIA, Ill - Peoria Police are on the hunt for a suspect in the city’s second district. This after they’ve received four reports of armed robberies within the past 2 weeks.


Top 50 Peoria Heights home sales for 2018

A home buyer who paid $915,000 to purchase a home on Oct. 3 paid the top home sale price for Peoria Heights in 2018, according to BlockShopper.com, which calculated the top 50 home sale prices by city for the 12 months ending Dec. 31.


Principal of Peoria Notre Dame High School found dead at his home

PEORIA — The principal of Peoria Notre Dame High School was found dead at his home Tuesday, according to the Peoria County Coroner’s office. Coroner Jamie Harwood said his office and members of the Peoria Police Department were called to 3303 N. Avalon Place for an adult male who was found deceased.


Police speak out about crime spree in Central Peoria

PEORIA — “We are going to get through this.” That was the mantra that was often repeated by 2nd District Councilman Chuck Grayeb to a packed gymnasium at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Wednesday night. More than 130 people filled the room to hear Grayeb and several members of the Peoria Police Depar


Tax on store plastic bags proposed in Illinois

ILLINOIS (WAND) – Illinois leaders are considering creating a tax on plastic bags in store check-out lanes. Gov. JB Pritzker’s budget transition committee has suggested an excise tax of five cents per bag. The idea is to generate money for the state and reduce the risk to wildlife caused by plastic,


Peoria Notre Dame Community Mourns The Loss Of Its Principal

The school day began at the regular time Wednesday at Peoria Notre Dame High School. But it was a somber and tearful start to the day. Students and staff gathered to remember Principal Randy Simmons, 61, who was found dead in his Peoria home Tuesday. A cause of death has not been released, but foul

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Peoria Notre Dame principal, Randy Simmons, has died

The Peoria County Coroner confirms Peoria Notre Dame High School principal, Randy Simmons, was found dead this afternoon. Authorities say he was found in his home on Avalon Place and was pronounced dead.


Ward Burton Stops In Peoria

Former NASCAR driver, Ward Burton made a stop at the Peoria Caterpillar Visitors Center. Burton met with fans for pictures and autographs Wednesday, and brought along his Daytona 500 trophy from 2002.

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Authorities Investigate Death of Peoria Notre Dame Principal

Peoria Notre Dame High School’s principal died Tuesday. Peoria police and the county coroner’s office were called to Randy Simmons’ home on North Avalon Place after receiving a report of a deceased man.


CITY OF EAST PEORIA: Steven Roegge Named New EP Police Chief

City of East Peoria issued the following announcement on Feb. 8. Steven M. Roegge has been selected to lead the East Peoria Police Department as its next chief, succeeding Chief Dick Ganschow who will be retiring on February 28.


Blake Shelton brings his 'Friends and Heroes' tour to Peoria on Feb. 28

PEORIA — Blake Shelton will bring his country music hits to the Peoria Civic Center on Feb. 28, and he's also bringing along some friends. Shelton's "Friends and Heroes 2019" tour kicked off Feb. 14 in his home state of Oklahoma and includes country icons the Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson, Trace A


Dream Center of Peoria opens new facility to help foster employability

A ribbon cutting ceremony at the Dream Center of Peoria marks the opening of the facility's new job skills program. The program encourages middle school aged children to learn skills that could be useful in future careers. The center says their goal is to provide a long-term solution for kids living


Lawmaker puts brakes on mileage tax proposal, but it's not at dead end

SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would test a mileage tax for vehicles driving on state roads has been tabled, but that doesn’t mean it’s at a dead end. Chicago Democrat Marcus Evans last week filed House Bill 2864, establishing a pilot program for a 2.1-cent tax on every mile a vehicle is driven on state


Peoria Public Works issues update on winter storm

PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) — Peoria Public Works continue to treat roads across the city from the overnight winter weather. Public Works Director Sie Maroon says the primary streets are in very good condition for the morning commute.


Scratch off winners won’t get paid in Illinois, for now

Due to equipment upgrades, winners of scratch off Illinois lottery tickets will have to wait a bit. Because they won’t get paid immediately, as is typical for that style of ticket.


Students, teachers remember Randy Simmons

A local award-winning educator, 61-year-old Randy Simmons, was remembered Wednesday at an all-school mass. The Notre Dame High School principal was found dead in his Peoria home Tuesday.


Purple balloons released in honor of Kayla Fannon

PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) — Friends and family of Kayla Fannon, the woman killed in a murder-suicide last week, gathered to release balloons in her memory Tuesday. The purple balloons are for domestic violence awareness. Her friends said she called police about the man that killed her just hours before sh


CDC warns of "Zombie deer disease." La Salle and Livingston two areas highlighted in CDC's map

PEORIA - The Center for Disease Control has issued a warning that is striking fear in many Americans. Chronic Wasting Disease, also known as "Zombie deer disease." CWD is said to infect the brain of the deer, and is transmittable through body fluids and tissue. Currently there are no cases in people


Process for seizing guns in Peoria County

Illinois State Police (ISP) said the Aurora shooter, Gary martin, should have never had a FOID card, and they revoked it in 2014 after discovering a felony conviction out of state.


Bill could lift a decade-old rent control ban in Illinois

ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) - A bill moving through the Illinois legislature could get rid of a decade-old rent control ban. 23 News looks into the impact this legislation could have on the Stateline.