No Longer Playing in Peoria

A Peoria Anchor is signing off from TV news at the end of the Feb book.

WMBD Anchor Maria Chandler is leaving the anchor desk and TV news altogether for a job at , OSF Healthcare in Peoria.

It seems the healthcare provider has a thing for TV anchors.  Chandler is taking the same route that Libby Allison, the former TV anchor at WEEK, took last year when Allison accepted a public-relations position at OSF.

Chandler, who's worked at WMBD since 2010, has been an anchor at the station since 2012, initially partnering with Bob Larson before the longtime newsman retired. Larson has since returned to the station in a part-time capacity, doing weekly features.

Station Manager Kevin Harlan confirmed that Chandler was leaving. "I wish her well. It's a great opportunity," he said, adding that a special send-off is planned on her last day doing the evening news — on Friday, Feb. 26.

H/T Journal Star