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Peoria Looking At Business Incentive Guidelines

The City of Peoria is continuing to re-evaluate incentives used to entice business investment. It already has incentives on the books, including TIF rebates, revolving loan funds, and enterprise zones. Assistant City Manager Chris Setti says staff are looking at guidelines to qualify for incentives, like how many jobs are created and the size of the investment:
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Search Is On For Pre-Civil War Farmhouses in Sangamon County

How many are there? Chuck Pell says maybe 20 or more.He's the Chairman of the Sangamon County Historic Preservation Commission. The group has teamed up with the county's Farm Bureau to find out more about the long standing structures."I am confident many of these we will learn about are those type of families where they are fairly confident of their history of the last 150 to 200 years," Pell said. He points out the homes don't need to be a current residence.If you are unsure of the actual...
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In Montgomery, Rosa Parks' Story Offers A History Lesson For Police

Sixty years ago Tuesday, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Ala. A police officer made the arrest that set off the modern civil rights movement. Today police recruits in Alabama's capital city are being schooled in that history in a course designed to eliminate bias in policing.If you want to be a cop in Montgomery, first you have to take a bus tour of sorts. About two dozen police recruits, in cadet blues, are in the Rosa Parks...
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About seven months after Baltimore was rocked by a night of riots, the first police officer implicated in Freddie Gray's death is being put on trial.

As NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports, the case is being closely watched in the city and residents believe that a lot is at stake.

"The broad sentiment is that people want to see convictions out of this trial and they fear that there will be more unrest if that doesn't pan out," Jennifer told Morning Edition.

District 150 looks to parents for leadership, feedback

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Peoria Public School officials are hoping to strengthen ties with parents, as the district works toward finalizing a long-term strategic plan. 

District 150 board members  meet with the Parent-Teacher Organization at Glen Oak Community Learning Center at 5:30pm tonight. 

Leaders from around the world will converge on Paris beginning Nov. 30 for the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference. The two-week event is designed to allow countries the chance to come to an agreement on stifling climate change.

Below are 10 questions and answers that should better prepare you for the conference and what to expect during and after its completion.

1. What's at stake and why should I care?

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The city of Springfield's new micro-lending program has given out a total of $120,000 in loans to small business owners and entrepreneurs in its first two months.

The micro-lending program started in mid-September. According to the city, about 40 people have applied for loans, and 22 have been approved.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Marijuana-friendly doctors in states with similar medical cannabis laws face starkly different treatment by government regulators. When it comes to oversight of doctors, enforcement practices vary in the 23 states allowing medical cannabis. How governments oversee pot doctors has become an issue, even in more tolerant states such as California and Colorado.

A Chicago Democrat says he hopes a new state law will prevent the very situation that’s playing out over the death of a 17-year-old killed by a Chicago police officer.  The new law sets standards for police officers who wear body cameras.

Illinois’ human service providers are calling on lawmakers and the governor to go beyond passing this year’s fiscal budget – which is five months overdue. They also want a plan passed that covers the next fiscal year. 

Judith Gethner with Illinois Partners for Human Services, says they want both to happen in January so providers can prepare for cuts that are likely to come.

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A medical school professor in Peoria will continue his research into Alzheimer's Disease thanks to a $440,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health. 

Doctor Ken Fukuchi has spent 30 years researching the disease. Fukuchi is a professor in the department of cancer biology and pharmacology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. 

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has repeatedly pledged to save taxpayers money by eliminating some of Illinois' nearly 7,000 units of government.   Now a task force the Republican governor named to put that idea in motion is preparing its final recommendations. 

Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, the commission's chairwoman, says its suggestions could make government more efficient and effective if the Legislature and Rauner choose to implement them. They include letting voters decide whether a unit of government should be eliminated.

Saying his country will not apologize for downing a Russian war plane, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu struck a defiant note after meeting with his NATO allies.

The Associated Press reports that Davutoglu said his country was simply defending its airspace last week when two of its F-16s fired at a Russian Sukhoi SU-24.


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