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Mexican Consulate Visits Peoria, As Immigrant Residents Face Uncertainty

Residents of Peoria with ties to Mexico lined up outside First United Methodist Church Wed. to meet with the Mexican Consulate.

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Retired Generals Oppose Grand Bargain's Lower Phys Ed Standards

A group of retired military generals is the latest to come out against an element of the Illinois Senate's "grand bargain" legislation. Their focus is a measure that would cut the state’s mandate of daily physical education to just three times a week. The generals said the proposal would be a threat to national security, as many young Americans are too overweight to enter basic training. Retired Brigadier General Mark Rabin of the Air National Guard said nearly a quarter of Americans...

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Preserving The Flavor Of An Atlanta Neighborhood

This story is part of Kitchen Table Conversations , a series from NPR's National Desk that examines how Americans from all walks of life are moving forward from the presidential election. Keitra Bates is standing in front of an empty storefront on Atlanta's Westside. The walls are yellow-painted stucco over cinder blocks, with iron bars on the windows and doors, and a small side yard littered with abandoned tires. A corner store, the Fair Street Superette, is next door. "Here's my dream come...

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London's Metropolitan Police Service, better known as Scotland Yard, is Britain's oldest and biggest police force. More than 43,000 officers and staff work for the organization.

On Wednesday, Cressida Dick, 56, was named as the first female police commissioner in the organization's 188-year history.

In a statement, the former beat cop from London's West End, said she was "thrilled and humbled" by the appointment.

From 2011 to 2014 Dick was head of counterterrorism, and among other operations, she oversaw security for the 2012 London Olympics.

Bradley Demonstrates for Black History Month

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The Bradley University Student Center was the site of a Black Lives Matter Rally yesterday. About two dozen students held computer generated signs and chanted ‘No justice - No Peace,’ ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘hands up - don’t shoot.’  

Sherry Gunn is the Assistant Director in The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Bradley. She says the University has done demonstration every week in February to celebrate Black History Month and recognize different forms of protests.

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PRM's Next Chief is Peoria Native John Morris

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Peoria native and former city councilman John Morris will be the the new president and CEO of the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

 

Morris is currently the development director of major gifts at Eureka College, serving in that role for about a decade. He spent the previous decade heading up development for WTVP and started his career at Lakeview Museum.

 

Deere and Company makes money for investors even when farmers are suffering. That's one of the messages Chairman and CEO Sam Allen emphasized during today's annual meeting at world headquarters in Moline.

In the waning years of the Civil War, advertisements like this began appearing in newspapers around the country:

"INFORMATION WANTED By a mother concerning her children.

Local law enforcement officers have arrested some people who chose not to evacuate federal land near part of the Dakota Access Pipeline north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Most protesters had left earlier. At dusk, police moved back, and said they would not enter the camp at that time.

At the Oscars this weekend, one spotlight will shine on African-American women in the space race, thanks to the movie Hidden Figures, which is nominated for three Academy Awards, including best picture.

Mae Jemison made history in this field as the first African-American woman in space, as part of the crew on Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992.

Ever since Donald Trump entered the presidential race, his comments on illegal immigration have been pored over in the press — from vows to deport millions of people to promises that any enforcement plan would have "a lot of heart." Observers asked, again and again, how rhetoric would translate into actual policy.

Now activists and experts have the policies themselves to examine.

Budget Impasse Could Hit Student Workers

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About 260 Northeastern Illinois University students may be forced out of their campus jobs.

That’s because of a new rule put in place as a result of the ongoing Illinois state budget impasse - and it has implications for every public university in the state.

 

Since January First - Illinois universities haven’t been getting any state money.

To save cash - NEIU is asking its staff to take furlough days. But a new state rule put in place in December makes that process more complicated.

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