Peoria Public Radio News

Business
6:58 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Caterpillar shows products in action at Edwards center

Caterpillar invited area journalists to learn more about the company and drive some of the construction and mining equipment.  It’s part of Cat’s Media Day event at the Edwards Demonstration and Learning Center.  The two-acre facility has a large testing arena where as many as 200 people can see drivers perform coordinated movements.  Center Supervisor Chad Cremeens says the demonstrations are partly intended to show off Cat’s products:

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:27 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Free motorcycle training in the area

Credit www.mrp.uiuc.edu

The Illinois Department of Transportation is encouraging people to sign up for free motorcycle training courses in the area. The University of Illinois Motorcycle Rider Program offers the education courses at 12 locations throughout central Illinois including East Peoria, Canton, and Galesburg.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:07 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

East Peoria yard waste burning

East Peoria residents may begin burning dry leaves and yard waste Wednesday October 15th.  

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1:28 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Quinn and Rauner camps debate tax policy

Governor Pat Quinn’s running mate is criticizing Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s support for what Vallas says would be taxes on food and drugs. Paul Vallas says Rauner’s support for a consumption tax is unfair to middle and working class residents:

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:50 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Peoria Civic Center Theater gets new sound system

The new sound board at the Peoria Civic Center Theater.
Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

A project to improve the sound quality within the Peoria Civic Center’s theater is nearly complete. The 600-thousand dollar project includes the overhaul of the facility’s entire sound system with new wiring, controls, speakers and sound board.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:18 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Interim Peoria Police Chief named to official post

Newly named Peoria Police Chief Jerry Mitchell celebrates with his command staff after the official announcement.
Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Interim Peoria Police Chief Jerry Mitchell is dropping the temporary title. The City Manager and Mayor made the announcement yesterday afternoon before a room full of past and present officers, police managers and city residents. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:41 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Human service agencies tout economic impact

Jim Runyon is the Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Governmental Affairs for Easter Seals in Peoria.
Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

45 Human service providers in the tri-county area are hoping to educate the public about the impact they have in the area.

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Health
11:23 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Medical cannabis central topic at Peoria County town hall

A Peoria lawyer seeking state approval to grow and sell medical marijuana answered questions at a town hall meeting yesterday. Fadi Rustom is applying for both dispensary and cultivation permits in the city of Peoria with for his business, ‘Illinois Therapeutic Health Center’. He says the meeting was a chance to smooth out concerns about the monitoring and security of the medical cannabis:

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:22 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Medical Cannibis not on East Peoria agenda

  The idea of placing a medical marijuana cultivation center or dispensary in the City of East Peoria may not go any further. The city council elected to pull the measure from its agenda that would update the city’s zoning code for placement of the facilities. The council also decided not to vote on the the two proposed Medical Marijuana dispensaries looking to make application with the state. 

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3:49 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

East Peoria hydrant flushing begins Monday

The City of East Peoria will begin hydrant flushing next Monday. 

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