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Past articles by JJ:

Big or small, all items are the same price at this unusual downtown Chillicothe store

Sweet Finds in downtown Chillicothe is booming in popularity while selling overstocked and returned items from big box stores. → Read More

Two decades later, how Chillicothe's TIF district has revitalized the city's downtown

A TIF revitalized a once dead area of Chillicothe, Illinois. After 23 years, the funding is coming to an end. → Read More

Rare guitars, more than 250,000 toy cars to go on display at rural Peoria County museum

Years of collecting guitars and amplifiers left Peoria's Danny Gruder with a collection worth more than $1 million. → Read More

'Let's have transparency': Why residents are worried over sale of Peoria apartment complex

Prairie Vista apartments in Far North Peoria have been sold to a California company. Nearby residents are worried about potential changes. → Read More

Coroner releases identity of 3-year-old boy killed by semi on Illinois Route 29 in Pekin

A 3-year-old Pekin child was hit and killed by a semi while walking along Illinois Route 29 on Thursday. → Read More

To advertise or not, that is the question for Peoria businesses. Here are a few approaches

For small businesses, the pandemic and digital age have created shifts in advertising. Experts say this shift could be here to stay … or maybe not. → Read More

How much does it cost to advertise in Peoria? The upcoming election gives us hints

Advertising rates are changing as the digital age continues to sweep across the market. Prices of TV ads might surprise you. → Read More

So long, Spirit of Peoria. Tears shed as council votes to let boat leave Peoria

In an 8-3 vote Tuesday night the Peoria City Council agreed to let the sale of the Spirit of Peoria go through to Yacht Starship Cruises of Tampa. → Read More

Greta Van Fleet postpones some Midwest tour dates, including Peoria show

A member of the rock band Greta Van Fleet in suffering from pneumonia, leading to the band to postpone some shows, including in Peoria. → Read More

An appraisal of the Spirit of Peoria has run aground, likely signaling the end of debate

Another hurdle has entered the path of the Spirit of Peoria remaining here. → Read More

Another national brand to replace old Payless shoe store on University Street in Peoria

A Valvoline Instant Oil Change is opening on University Street in Peoria at the site of an old Payless. → Read More

Why a legal expert says Peoria's reason for keeping police camera sites private is 'flawed'

A Journal Star Freedom of Information Act request for the locations of 16 safety cameras placed in high-crime area of the city was denied by police. → Read More

24-year-old East Peoria man dies in early morning ATV crash

Ryan Pitts, 24, was pronounced dead Tuesday after an early morning ATV crash in Bay View Gardens. → Read More

Return to the classics: This Peoria pub brings back old favorites to its menu

Longtime cook Kevin Roeschley is taking over the kitchen at Castle's Patio Inn once more. Here are the favorites you don't want to miss out on. → Read More

Peoria will pay $415,000 to family of man killed by police in 2017. Why they settled

On Tuesday night, the Peoria City Council approved an agreement with the family of Eddie Russell Jr., who was shot and killed by police in 2017. → Read More

'Pulled at my Peoria heart strings': Impassioned plea delays vote on Spirit of Peoria sale

The Peoria City Council will take two more weeks to decide whether or not to make an offer on the Spirit of Peoria riverboat for $1 million. → Read More

Why Peoria's city council may let the Spirit of Peoria go — and what might replace it

Agreeing to match the $1M sale price on the popular Spirit of Peoria riverboat without an appraisal "would be irresponsible," one council member says. → Read More

From Russia with (no) love: How Peoria stores have hit back at Moscow's Ukraine invasion

In response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Peoria liquor stores are pulling Russian vodka from their shelves. → Read More

Funeral, celebration of life set for 15-year-old Bartonville girl killed in crash

A private funeral will be held Saturday in Peoria for 15-year-old Mia Dusek. A celebration of life will take place at Limestone high school March 13. → Read More

Here's why the Murray Baker Bridge in Peoria was lit in colors matching Ukraine's flag

Social media posts indicated the Murray Baker Bridge in Peoria was lit in blue and yellow in solidarity with the Ukraine. Was this true? → Read More