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Eighth Cigar Summit convenes at West Peoria pub

Mike Waight, who has been coming to the Midwest Cigar Summit for five years, exhales smoke from his cigar Friday while taking part in the annual event sponsored by the Gentleman's Cigar Society of Peoria.

High hopes for merchandising at new Caterpillar Visitors Center

The Caterpillar Visitors Center, set to open in Downtown Peoria this week, will do more than showcase the company's machines and people. Also on display will be the Caterpillar brand.

Senate hopefuls face off in 46th District debate

46th District state Senate candidates, Republican Pat Sullivan, at right podium, and incumbent Democrat Dave Koehler participate in a live televised political debate Wednesday night at the Apollo Theatre in Downtown Peoria.

Fans turn out to welcome Cardinals back to Peoria

Peoria Chiefs president Rocky Vonachen laughs after officially signing a new player development contract with St. Louis Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak, far right, during a public event at O'Brien Field Tuesday. Super fan Michael McNelis of Peoria Heights hops in to get an autograph. The Peoria Chiefs will open their 2013 regular season on April 4 against Wisconsin.

Rubber ducks race down the street for annual fundraiser

EAST PEORIA — It wasn’t the world’s biggest bubblebath that brought 26,855 rubber ducks racing down a hill into the parking lot of the EastSide Centre, but the 27th annual Duck Race to benefit the Center for the Prevention of Abuse in Peoria.

Peoria library features veteran storyteller

Linda Lowery batted green eye-shadowed eyes, and pursed pink lips. She presented "Boo! Scared You Story Time" to a group of about 30 schoolchildren at the Lincoln Branch of the Peoria Public Library on Tuesday.

Donors had role in Congressman Aaron Schock's 2014 property deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A shell company linked to Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock paid a political donor $300,000 last year for a commercial property in

Gov. Bruce Rauner pitches reform agenda to black business owners

Gov. Bruce Rauner pitched the key elements of his "Turnaround Agenda" to the state's African-American business owners Thursday.

Peoria area experiences driest conditions since 1988 drought

The comparisons to the 1988 farming season in central Illinois began as murmurs. That year saw severe drought and heat envelop the Corn Belt, shriveling up corn stalks and soybean plants while decimating the yields of farmers across the Midwest.

Princeville gives Dean Troutman a big send-off for his 700-mile fundraising walk

PRINCEVILLE — They gathered in Troutman Park Tuesday morning to provide a hero’s send-off for Dean Troutman, the 84-year-old Princeville man embarking on a 3-month, 700-mile walk around Illinois to raise money for the park he’s completing to honor his late wife, Peggy.