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Gov: Level the Playing Field for Minority Businesses

Governor Bruce Rauner announced the creation two minority business advancement programs at the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce Conference in East Peoria. He says the state is creating a sheltered market, first to find a minority owned IT consulting firm, with food service, healthcare and construction as other target areas. Gov. Rauner says the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is also taking applications for a new program called ADME, launching it in Chicago, Rockford and...
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Rauner Reports "Progress" On Overhaul Of State Pensions

An overhaul of the retirement benefits Illinois gives state employees, public school teachers and university workers has been the subject of talks between state leaders in recent months. Gov. Bruce Rauner said so Wednesday, but he sounded uncertain as to what will come of it.
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FARC Rebels, Colombian Government Sign Historic Peace Treaty

Marxist rebels and the Colombian government met in Havana on Wednesday night to sign a historic peace accord, marking the end to a guerrilla war that has seethed for more than half a century.The brutal conflict has killed more than 220,000 people and displaced millions.Peace talks began in 2012 between the rebels (known as the FARC) and the government. A tentative outline for a deal was reached last year, and a cease-fire signed earlier this summer. After last-minute bargaining on the details...
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If the popularity of quinoa has taught us anything, it's that Americans are increasingly open about exploring grains besides the familiar wheat and rice. Now, researchers at Tennessee State University are hoping consumers are ready to give another ancient grain a try: amaranth.

Amaranth was revered by the Aztecs in Mexico. Today in the U.S., it's mostly grown in people's backyards or on research farms, like an experimental field at Tennessee State University.

Two Orlando-area hospitals are waiving the medical bills of victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, praising the community response and saying they want to contribute.

More than 50 people were wounded in the June 12 attack on the Florida gay nightclub, and 49 people died.

Orlando Regional Medical Center has treated 44 victims of the shooting — more than any other hospital. The center's parent company, Orlando Health, says it will not charge victims for their treatment, reports Abe Aboraya of member station WMFE.

Here at Goats and Soda, we are always on the prowl for breaking goat news. And this week was a good week for goats.

Goats to the rescue

Federal data suggest illegally manufactured fentanyl, a drug that is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, is behind an increase in overdose deaths.

If fashion is art, Sonia Rykiel is considered a master. Women's Wear Daily dubbed her the "queen of knitwear" — though she was the first to admit she didn't know how to knit — and her designs have been shown in museums. Rykiel, who had Parkinson's disease, died Thursday morning at her home in Paris. She was 86.

The Pain Of Police Killings Can Last Decades

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In recent months, the nation has witnessed how questionable police shootings of African Americans can spark anger and unrest across a community. But long after the demonstrations end, the streets go quiet and the cameras leave, families of those killed have to find ways to cope with their loss. And that's a private struggle that can last for decades and across generations.

Cordero Ducksworth has lived that struggle. He was 5 years old in 1962, when his father, Army Corporal Roman Ducksworth, Jr., was shot to death by William Kelly, a white Taylorsville, Miss. police officer.

When Save the Children Australia signed up to help migrants that Australia was detaining on the remote island of Nauru, workers for the aid group had to sign confidentiality agreements.

One of the group's former workers, Victoria Vibhakar, told NPR on Wednesday that as a result, abuse, including the abuse of children, was largely ignored.

City Names New Director of Public Works Department

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The City of Peoria is promoting from within to fill the office of public works director.

On Thurs., the Peoria City Administrator announced Scott Reeise will fill the vacant position.

Reeise, a Morton native, was named assistant director of public works in 2015 and is also the city engineer. The Bradley University alum started his career with the City of Peoria as a Civil Engineer in 2004.

Reeise’s public works director appointment is effective August 27th.


Peoria Police are looking into the cause of a crash that left one man dead and another critically injured.

The County Coroner says 26-year-old Jacoby Cotton died at approximately 1:15am after his motorcycle crashed in the 5900 block of Knoxville Ave.

Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says autopsy results out today could clarify the extent of the injuries. Toxicology results take 10 days to process.

Cotton was riding with Brandon Hardin, who was transported to OSF after police arrived on the scene of the single-vehicle crash.

After signaling that his position on immigration is "to be determined" and that it could "soften," Donald Trump did an amazing thing — what amounts to almost a full about-face on the principal issue that has driven his campaign.

Trump indicated in a town hall with Fox News' Sean Hannity, which aired Wednesday night, that he would be in favor of a path to legalization for immigrants in the U.S. illegally.