A three-day weekend is a great excuse to get out of town for a little bit and Martin Luther King Day is one of the favorites. Here are a few places you can go that aren’t too far outside of the city, but will still give you that feeling of getting away from it all.
With less than four weeks before the Nov. 4 election, the two major-party candidates for Illinois governor met in Peoria.
The new contract runs through 2018.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen died in 1979 and is entombed in New York, where he spent much of his career and gained national fame for his radio and television commentaries. He was born in 1895 in El Paso, a small Illinois town about 30 miles east of Peoria and grew up in a farm family.
GoJet Airlines flight 3642, operating as United Express, landed safely after experiencing a cabin pressure problem, and an indication of smoke in the cockpit.
Peoria officials hope nets and bows and arrows will help deal with Asian carp, which are flourishing in the Illinois River.
Jon Daniel was behind the fake Twitter account @Peoriamayor, posting comments about sex and drugs, among other things. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis called the posts “absolute filth.”
The 22-year-old stepson of a state representative died in a shooting early Saturday morning.
After Mayor Jim Ardis filed a criminal complaint over the matter, police raided a home last week, seizing computers and hauling residents in for questioning. The action sparked criticism that the mayor had abused his powers and violated free speech rights.
The four contenders spoke at a Thursday evening forum in Peoria.
Three Peoria men are in custody after investigators say they were looting a tornado-damaged home in the central Illinois community of Washington.
The latest victim is 82-year-old Rosamund Allison, who sustained injuries in the Nov. 17 tornado.
A 2-year-old girl who was implanted with a windpipe grown from her own stem cells has died. Hannah Warren, who was born without a windpipe, was the youngest patient in the world to benefit from the experimental treatment.
A toddler has a new chance at life, thanks to groundbreaking surgery, performed a few weeks ago at an Illinois hospital.
Republican U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has decided to forgo a run for Illinois governor and instead seek re-election to Congress, the three-term congressman’s campaign manager said Thursday.
Each of the Chicago Wolves’ last three visits to Peoria have ended in a shutout. This time, it was Chicago’s turn to suffer the whitewash with a 3-0 loss Saturday night in an Illinois Lottery Cup contest at Carver Arena.
Although a sunny vacation in the dead of a Chicago winter seems like the incarnation of bliss, sometimes it’s nice to get away but still be near home during the holidays. You may not escape the temperatures, but you can enjoy an escape from the city with these nearby destinations.
The flagship Hostess product, the Twinkie, was invented by Schiller Park bakery manager James Dewar in 1930 under a precursor company, Continental Baking Co.
The Chicago Wolves surrendered four unanswered goals in the third period to drop a 4-1 Illinois Lottery Cup contest to the Peoria Rivermen at Carver Arena Friday night.
The Chicago Wolves and Peoria Rivermen traded goals through 40 minutes, but the Rivermen grabbed two third-period tallies to earn a 4-2 preseason victory Friday night.