A Video Series for IL Newsroom about gun violence and the people who are affected in Peoria, IL


For 25 years, Steve Winters has invested in his business and the community on the South Side of Peoria. He's a strong advocate for a neighborhood that he says is often ignored -- until something bad happens.

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In Peoria, at least 251 people were hurt and 26 killed by gun violence between 2015 and 2017. 

Abigail Irby moved her family to the South Side of Peoria because she felt called to make a difference. Twenty years later, she's a survivor of the chronic violence felt across the state and says, “I’m not going anywhere until God says it’s time for me to go.”

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One night. Three murders. Two disconnected neighborhoods.

How one violent night in Peoria captures the many disparities of gun violence across Illinois and the country.

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