Peoria Public Radio News

Peoria Public Radio News
6:16 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Quinn rallies for more collegiate MAP money in his budget

BU President Joanne Glasser speaks during Govern Pat Quinn's campus visit.
Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is traveling the state touting his budget proposal to double collegiate MAP Grant funding over five years. Quinn’s stops Wednesday included Bradley University in Peoria and Western Illinois University in Macomb.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:05 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Grandmother of busted grandson speaks to the Peoria City Council

The Grandmother of the 26 year-old man busted for marijuana possession when the Peoria Police raided his home for a mayoral parody twitter account spoke Tuesday night at the City Council Meeting.

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Education
5:55 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

District 150 board approves measure to expand Peoria High athletics

The District 150 School Board approved a measure to expand the athletic facilities at Peoria High School. The resolution allows the Public Building Commission to acquire the land needed to start the $3 million building project for baseball, soccer and track fields.

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Government
4:08 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Area law enforcement: boost early childhood education

Area law enforcement officials are calling on the state to boost its funding for early childhood education.  Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy, State’s Attorney Jerry Brady and other police chiefs worked with the ‘Fight Crime, Invest In Kids’ group to release a report detailing the need for more funding.  McCoy says more child care assistance money could help keep people out of jail in the future:

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Government
3:56 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

No charges against creator of Peoria mayor twitter account

It appears the author of the parody twitter account about Peoria’s Mayor won’t be charged with anything. Last week the Peoria Police executed a search warrant on the residence of the person or persons thought to responsible for the account.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:49 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Thousands expected to attend this year's Red White and Boom celebration

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Up to 200-thousand people are expected to attend the 28th annual Red White and BOOM fireworks display in Peoria and East Peoria. The two cities, UnityPoint Health Methodist-Proctor, and JMP Integrated Media host the 100-thousand dollar firework production.

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Peoria Public Radio News
9:23 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Water main break shuts down a portion of North University

A water main break has shut down southbound North University Street from West Shenandoah Drive to West Glen Avenue until further notice. Illinois American Water says crews are making repairs now. Street restoration will immediately follow. 

Peoria Public Radio News
6:30 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Peoria faces court of public opinion on First Amendment

Credit wordpress.com

The City of Peoria continues to feel the effects of a First Amendment backlash. That’s a week after the raid of a Peoria home where a parody twitter account about the mayor originated.  But is it a matter of free speech? Or is it a matter of false representation of the Peoria Mayor with intent to injure?

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Government
12:32 am
Wed April 23, 2014

East Peoria considers status quo budget

The East Peoria City Council is considering a status quo budget for next fiscal year. The proposed spending plan makes no changes to staffing levels and city services. 

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Education
12:31 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Former Charter Oak principal resigns from District 150

A former District 150 school principal resigned Tuesday.  John Wetterauer’s resignation was immediately effective. He was removed from Charter Oak Primary school earlier this year following a state testing investigation for special education students. Wetterauer was transferred to another district role after leaving Charter Oak, but had been on leave. The reason for his resignation is not apparent. The District 150 School Board must still approve the resignation at its next regular meeting. 

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