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Posted on: February 14, 2024

Peoria County Facilities Closed for Upcoming Holiday

The Peoria County Courthouse, Veterans Assistance Commission, Animal Protection Services (PCAPS), and Highway Department offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2024.

The Peoria City/County Health Department offices will not be affected by the holid...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: February 7, 2024

Learn with Peoria County Programs for February and March 2024

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Peoria County invites the public to join us for our upcoming Learn with Peoria County classes and tours, made possible in part through Illinois Central College’s Adult Community Programs curriculum.

Peoria County employs experts in fields such as...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: January 22, 2024

County Facilities Closed 1/22

The Peoria County Courthouse, Veterans Assistance Commission, Peoria County Election Commission, Peoria County Animal Protection Services lobby, Peoria City/County Health Department offices, and the Highway Department office buildings are closed today, Ja...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: January 15, 2024

County Facilities and Courts Open January 16

Peoria County facilities will be open on Tuesday, January 16. This includes courts scheduled for session in the 10th Judicial Circuit in Peoria County Courthouse.

Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: January 11, 2024

Peoria County Facilities Closed Monday, January 15 for MLK Holiday

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The Peoria County Courthouse, Veterans Assistance Commission, Election Commission, City/County Health Department, and Highway Department offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2024, in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: December 20, 2023

Peoria County Holiday Closures

Offices across Peoria County will have varying closures throughout the remainder of 2023, plus all offices will be closed on January 1, 2024. Please see below for dates and other notes.

Peoria County Courthouse, Veterans Assistance Commission, Election Com...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: November 21, 2023

After Record-Setting Year, Peoria County Starts Holiday Season with Annual String Light Recycling

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It happens every season: people everywhere take their holiday decorations out of the attic and some of the strings of lights refuse to shine. That’s why Peoria County has kicked off their annual Holiday Lights Recycling Program where residents i...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: November 17, 2023

Peoria County Closures for Thanksgiving Holiday

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The Peoria County Courthouse, Veterans Assistance Commission, Election Commission, Highway Department offices, and all Peoria City/County Health Department offices are closed this upcoming Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24, 2023. As regularly ...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: November 1, 2023

Community Structures Lit Green Next Week in Support of Veterans

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In the week leading up to Veterans Day, multiple entities are joining Peoria County in participating in Operation Green Light, an international initiative to honor military veterans. The Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Dome Planetarium, the Murray Ba...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: October 19, 2023

Elmore Road Closed at Rail Crossing October 19, 2023

Elmore Road in Millbrook Township will be closed today at the BNSF Railway crossing between Nightingale and Laura Roads. The company has informed the Peoria County Highway Department that the closure is for asphalt work and should be reopened by the end o...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: September 15, 2023

Daily Road Closure at Railroad Crossing Begins Monday

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BNSF Railway will be closing a section of N. Daily Road for grade crossing work starting Monday, September 18, 2023 near Monica; please see the attached map. The road is expected to reopen September 19, conditions permitting.

The Peoria County Highway Depa...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: September 15, 2023

Streitmatter Road Closure Begins Monday, September 18

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The Peoria County Highway Department will be closing a section of Streitmatter Road for a crossroad culvert replacement on Monday, September 18, 2023. The closure will be between Holmes Road and Rice Road northeast of Princeville; please see the attached ...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: September 11, 2023

Hakes Road Closed at Railroad Crossing

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BNSF has reported repairs are being performed to the railroad grade crossing at Hakes Road in Edelstein. The road will be closed as a result from September 11 through September 12, 2023, conditions permitting.

Peoria County Highway Department encourages mo...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: August 31, 2023

Old Galena Road Paving Continues September 1

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The Peoria County Highway Department has announced that paving on Old Galena Road will continue tomorrow, September 1, 2023. This work will be performed from Boy Scout Road/Neal Lane to the State Street roundabout. Please see the attached map.

Motorists ar...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: August 30, 2023

Peoria County Facilities Closed for Labor Day

The Peoria County Courthouse, Election Commission, Veterans Assistance Commission, Peoria City/County Health Department, Highway Department office, and Peoria County Animal Protection Services (PCAPS) will be closed on Monday, September 4, 2023. These off...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: August 25, 2023

Registration Now Open for Civic Leadership Academy 2023

Peoria County announced today that the Civic Leadership Academy (CLA), an annual program held each fall in conjunction with the City of Peoria, will be returning in September 2023. With an aim to help locals understand governmental functions, the free pro...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: August 16, 2023

Graham Chapel Road Reopened

Today, the Peoria County Highway Department reopened Graham Chapel Road near the city of Elmwood to all traffic. The road was previously closed for a concrete box culvert replacement. Construction and detour signage will be removed this week, conditions p...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: August 11, 2023

Learn with Peoria County Programs This September Through December

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Peoria County invites the public to join us for our upcoming Learn with Peoria County classes and tours, made possible in part through Illinois Central College’s Adult Community Programs curriculum.

Peoria County employs experts in fields such as...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: July 31, 2023

Old Galena Road Paving Begins August 1

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The Peoria County Highway Department has announced that paving on Old Galena Road will begin tomorrow, August 1, 2023. This work will be performed from Boy Scout Road/Neal Lane to the State Street roundabout. Please see the attached map.

Motorists are remi...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: July 6, 2023

Central Illinois Emergency Expo Returns July 20

The public is invited to the Central Illinois Emergency Expo on Thursday, July 20 at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie from 4-7 p.m. Numerous local emergency response agencies will display their emergency equipment in the parking lot between Dick’s S...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: June 28, 2023

Peoria County Facilities Closed for Independence Day

The Peoria County Courthouse, Election Commission, Veterans Assistance Commission, Peoria City/County Health Department, Highway Department office, and Peoria County Animal Protection Services (PCAPS) will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2023.

The Peoria Cou...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Lane Closure Tuesday, May 30 on Old Galena Road

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Old Galena Road between the State Street roundabout and Boy Scout Road (just north of Mossville) will be reduced to one lane on Tuesday, May 30 for paving operations. Traffic will be controlled with flaggers while paving operations are underway. Motorists...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: May 24, 2023

Peoria County Facilities Closed for Memorial Day

The Peoria County Courthouse, Election Commission, Veterans Assistance Commission, Peoria City/County Health Department, Highway Department office, and Peoria County Animal Protection Services (PCAPS) will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2023.

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: May 22, 2023

Lane Closure on Old Galena Road

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Old Galena Road, between the State Street roundabout and Boy Scout Road just north of Mossville, will be reduced to one lane on Tuesday, May 23 for paving operations at 6:00 AM. Traffic will be controlled with flaggers while paving operations are underway...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: May 12, 2023

Dog Groomer Charged with Animal Cruelty

A Princeville dog groomer was charged today with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, a Class 4 Felony. Stacey Mueller, 41, is being held on a $7,500 bond and ordered to not be in possession of or handle any animals.

Thursday the Peoria County Sheriff’...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: April 5, 2023

Peoria County Facilities Closed for Upcoming Holiday

The Peoria County Courthouse, Peoria City/County Health Department, Veterans Assistance Commission, Election Commission, and Highway Department offices will be closed this Friday, April 7. These departments will reopen on Monday, April 10.

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: April 3, 2023

Monthly Siren Test in Three Counties Canceled Due to Severe Weather Forecast

Peoria County Emergency Management announced today that the routine monthly outdoor warning siren test will be canceled for the month of April 2023. The test has also been canceled for Tazewell and Woodford Counties.

The test was originally scheduled for T...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: February 24, 2023

Learn w/ Peoria County Program Continues into Spring and Summer Semesters

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Illinois Central College and Peoria County have teamed up once again to present the Learn w/ Peoria County program, a series of courses free to the public on a variety of topics led by County government employees and officials. Topics include fin...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: July 8, 2022

Sheriff Chris Watkins

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Sheriff Watkins has devoted his entire life to serving others, whether serving in the United States Air Force or as a 18-year veteran of the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.

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