Get push alerts for breaking news in central Illinois and read the latest in sports, entertainment and obituaries. Share our stories with your friends and flip through our photo galleries. The Journal Star app is the best way to stay informed on what's happening in Peoria, the Tri-County Area and beyond.

The app is free to download, and all users can access a sampling of articles per month.

For unlimited digital access, users can choose either a monthly or annual auto-renewing subscription.
Subscribers get full access to all content in-app, plus unlimited Journal Star web and e-edition access.

New monthly subscribers receive unlimited digital access for just 99¢ for the first month,* charged to the subscriber’s iTunes account at confirmation of purchase. The subscription will renew automatically each month after for $4.99, charged within 24 hours prior to the end of the current monthly period.

Annual subscribers receive unlimited digital access for $34.99 per year, charged to the subscriber’s iTunes account at confirmation of purchase. The subscription will automatically renew each year after for $34.99, charged within the 24 hours prior to the end of the current annual period.

All subscriptions can be managed through the subscriber’s iTunes account settings anytime after purchase. Subscriptions must be cancelled at least 24-hours prior to the end of the current period to avoid the automatic renewal charge.

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What’s New

Version 15.6

Adds podcast support, performance enhancements and bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

2.3 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Isusigtau ,

Limited number of reads

This FREE app only allows you to read a few articles each month before you are required to purchase a subscription to its costly e-edition paper.


Too buggy

Poor quality. Screen jumps around when scrolling. Why would I subscribe to an app that’s so buggy? Furthermore, why make users subscribe when you are already getting revenue from paid advertisements? Seems like greedy PJ Star wants to have its cake and eat it too. News should be free to all especially during these times with the pandemic and racial injustice protests, rioting, etc. give us all a break and stop capping the number of articles we can read.

Developer Response ,

We've fixed those bugs that caused the app to crash.

Keith80 ,

Updated Review

Got an email from the developer today saying the ad bug has been fixed and to update my review. Well, it hasn’t. Ads keep popping up making you lose your place in the feed.

And it’s especially frustrating since the old app worked so well and the devs broke it probably because someone wanted the ad structure more prominent.

Come on, this is a simple news app, how much effort does it take to get it right?

Developer Response ,

This bug with ads has been fixed – let us know if you still experience issues:


GateHouse Media, Inc.
53.1 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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  1. Journal Star - Monthly $4.99
  2. Journal Star - Annual $34.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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