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9-year-old arraigned on murder, arson charges in deaths of 5

EUREKA, Ill. (AP) — A 9-year-old central Illinois boy believed to have set a fire that led to the deaths of five family members has been arraigned on first-degree murder charges. The Journal Star in Peoria reports Woodford County Circuit Court Judge Charles Feeney on Monday read a juvenile

Teachers union rebuffs Chicago mayor’s request to end strike

CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants the Chicago Teachers Union to call off its strike before there’s agreement on a new contract, but the union isn’t having any of it. In a letter to CTU President Jesse Sharkey, Lightfoot says the two sides have made progress but that since it

Dixon Waterfowl Refuge receives IDNR grant for restoration

SPRINGFIELD — A wetlands refuge will receive over $18,000 from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for restoration. The Putnam County project will restore high quality lands across 42 acres of Violet Meadow area at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge.The project includes removing invasive

Streator PD investigates string of criminal damage

  STREATOR – An investigation into a rash of criminal damage with an alleged BB gun has begun in Streator. According to authorities, 12 criminal damage reports in various locations in Streator that took place throughout the month, are connected to suspects who are allegedly shooting a

Peoria man dies in crash near Sparland

  SPARLAND – A vehicle crash north of Sparland took the life of a Peoria man, and injured others on Sunday. According to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, on Sunday just before 3 p.m. a vehicle driven by 68-year-old Donald Burhans of Peoria, was traveling South of Route 29

Capital plan cash infusion bolsters $23B road plan

  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration says it will put more than $3.7 billion into highway construction next year alone. The Democrat on Monday released the annual update to the state’s transportation improvement program. Pritzker says that the state