Leslie Renken, Journal Star

Leslie Renken

Journal Star

Peoria City Township, IL, United States

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Recent articles by Leslie:

The first stage in the demolition of abandoned Peoria schools will begin soon

The two Peoria buildings are in bad condition and have been a blight to their neighborhoods for a long time. → Read More

Beloved by many, the annual Christmas tour of historic Peoria homes is back

This Peoria tradition returns for in-person tours after a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic. → Read More

Peoria Public Schools superintendent gets contract extension and a raise

Renewal of Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat’s contract was passed without discussion, though two board members voted against it. → Read More

Sophisticated culture: Ancient village in Tazewell County could shed light on life in the 1400s

Inhabited around 1400, archeological study of a Native American village in Tazewell County will likely reveal a rich, sophisticated culture → Read More

The Journal Star Christmas Fund is accepting donations to make the holidays merry for all

Donate to the Journal Star Christmas Fund to help thousands of people in the Peoria area who struggle to make Christmas festive for their families. → Read More

Miss the Saturday morning cartoons? Watch them on Eureka College's new TV station

Both the television station and the radio station air 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be accessed online at → Read More

St. Francis Medical Center is ranked 14th in Illinois by US News & World Report

St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria was rated as “high performing” in urology and 10 procedures or conditions. → Read More

Election day in Peoria: Voting in Illinois today, polling place hours and sample ballots

Visit this blog throughout the day for updates on the election. → Read More

With car shortages easing slightly, Peoria businessman opens a new Hyundai dealership in Peoria

Though he’s sold Hyundai vehicles for many years, this is the first time Mike Miller has had a dealership dedicated solely to the brand. → Read More

More electric school buses are coming, but are we ready?

Critics of electric school buses worry that the technology isn't ready for mass adoption, while proponents tout the benefits to the environment. → Read More

UnityPoint Health is poised to become Carle Health

UnityPoint Health in central Illinois includes multiple hospitals, clinics, UnityPlace and Methodist College. They employ almost 5,000 people. → Read More

Comedian and actor Katt Williams is coming to Peoria

Williams began performing stand-up comedy as a teenager. Through his 20-year career, Williams has appeared in various television shows and films. → Read More

Peoria Public Schools received improved scores in annual Illinois report card

56% of schools in the Peoria school district were rated 'commendable' or higher compared to only 39.1% in the 2018-2019 school year. → Read More

Halloween at Grandview Drive castle: Ghostbusters, fire-breathing dragons and candy

Spend this Halloween at the castle on Grandview Drive. The Peoria Heights location is a central Illinois tradition. → Read More

Responding to shots fired, Peoria police find a man dead

After ShotSpotter alerts Peoria police of 16 rounds fired, they find a man critically injured. → Read More

'Buckets of tears': Former Peoria TV personality known for family, weather and song

He became the weathercaster for WEEK-TV in 1976 and signed off each night by saying "Good night, and God bless." He was well-known in the Peoria area. → Read More

The proton beam machine has arrived at the OSF Cancer Institute, and it's name is Marie

After much specialized planning, the particle accelerator which produces the proton beam has arrived at OSF HealthCare's Cancer Institute. → Read More

From 1966 to now, Peoria's gifted program a continuing success in education

Created in 1966, Peoria Public School's gifted program was designed for students who quickly became bored in a regular classroom. → Read More

Here's what we know about the Peoria man killed by police

The Peoria man killed by police had retired from Kroger but worked at the Peoria International Airport. → Read More

A rare white bison dies unexpectedly at Wildlife Prairie Park

Only a week after staff noticed that the white bison was ill, the animal died at Wildlife Prairie Park. → Read More