Chris Kaergard, Journal Star

Chris Kaergard

Journal Star

Peoria, IL, United States

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Past articles by Chris:

'A great little business': Peoria Camera Shop plans to reopen with new owner

Peoria photographer Ava Kamm has purchased Peoria Camera Shop and plans to reopen the 84-year-old business this month. → Read More

After 17 years, I'm leaving the Journal Star. Here's what I've learned to love about Peoria

Longtime Journal Star reporter and editor Chris Kaergard bids farewell after a 17-year career at the Peoria newspaper. → Read More

From 'unfounded' abuse reports to his death: DCFS documents detail Navin Jones' final months

State child-welfare officials tried for months to meet family of 8-year-old Navin Jones. Five weeks after they saw him, he was dead. → Read More

Who's on the ballot? When can I register? Your questions about Illinois' election answered

Here's what you need to know to make sure your vote gets counted in Illinois' upcoming primary elections. → Read More

Here's why UnityPoint plans to convert Heddington Oaks into behavorial health center for youth

UnityPoint Health will purchase the former Heddington Oaks nursing home from Peoria County for a child and adolescent behavioral health center. → Read More

'This is a bitter pill': Taxpayers still owe millions despite planned Heddington Oaks sale

Peoria taxpayers still would owe at least $20 million on the decade-old Heddington Oaks if UnityPoint takes it over as a behavioral health site. → Read More

How much did it snow in Peoria? Here are the totals from around the area

Peoria fell in the middle of area snowfall totals, according to the National Weather Service. It's expected to warm to near or above freezing Friday. → Read More

Peoria's winter storm warning: On-street parking prohibited in city as snow approaches

With much of central Illinois set to receive another round of significant snow, here's the latest news on the Winter Storm Miles. → Read More

Journal Star Christmas Fund falls short of donation goal, but still gives thousands help

More than $130,000 was raised this year to help distribute 4,250 food baskets and 1,500 stockings of toys. → Read More

18-year-old man's death on Thanksgiving investigated as latest Peoria homicide

Police were called shortly after 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving to the 300 block of East Thrush Avenue on reports of a shooting there. → Read More

Person found dead at Peoria house fire on Thanksgiving night

The fatal fire was reported shortly after 10:30 p.m. Thursday at 1632 S. Livingston St. in Peoria. → Read More

3 in custody as Tazewell County deputies investigate rural Mackinaw homicide

One victim from the shooting remains in critical condition, while three people were arrested on first-degree murder charges. → Read More

A major face-lift is coming to Heartland Health Services on Peoria's East Bluff

The health care provider is also looking for new tenants to help fill the vacant Kroger space on Wisconsin Avenue. → Read More

$4.5 million in COVID funds is going to Heartland Health Services. What they'll use it for

A job-training program, services for high-demand conditions like diabetes and hypertension, and South Peoria clinic improvements are on the docket. → Read More

Motorcyclist killed in single-vehicle accident atop Peoria's Main Street hill

The accident remains under investigation, and an autopsy is pending. → Read More

Facebook and fingerprints connect Peoria teen to deadly shooting, prosecutor says

A Peoria teen remains in custody on a $1 million bond for a first-degree murder charge in the killing of Treek Booker-Lawson. → Read More

Peoria restarts effort to land passenger rail service with state-funded study

A state-funded study to see if there's demand for Amtrak in Peoria is expected to take at least six months → Read More

Police arrest woman and teen in connection with Peoria juvenile's death

Karon M. Schuch and a 15-year-old both face charges in the incident in which a juvenile died after injuries "consistent with gunfire." → Read More

Behind the $81M plan to fix and extend Peoria's Pioneer Parkway with state, federal cash

Repairs to crumbling infrastructure would be combined with an extension to open up new area for growth already within Peoria's borders. → Read More

A $4.5 million bipartisan plan could bring a new research greenhouse to Peoria's ag lab

Both U.S. Reps. Cheri Bustos and Darin LaHood are requesting that $4.5 million be set aside to build the lab. → Read More