Peoria Public Radio News

Peoria Public Radio News
4:30 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

AMT unveils new ambulances

One of AMT's four new concept ambulances, the agencies custom design in answer to the industries best practice standards.
Tanya Koonce Peoria Public Radio

Peoria-based Advanced Medical Transport has four new so-called ‘concept’ ambulances on the road in Peoria and Pekin. The trucks are outfitted with at least 76 different safety standards for patients, caregivers and the public near an emergency medical response site. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:06 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

HOI United Way announces mid-way campaign total

Bernie and Teresa Koch are the co-chairs of this year's Heart of Illinois United Way campaign.
Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

The Heart of Illinois United Way is making the final push for individuals to give to its annual campaign. The organization announced it’s about one-point eight million dollars away from matching last year’s final total. Campaign co-chair Teresa Koch says Thanksgiving is a good time to remind people of the need to support the United Way.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:12 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Increased traffic patrols over the Thanksgiving holiday

The Illinois Department of Transportation is hoping traffic fatalities remain on pace to be the lowest since 2009. As of Monday, IDOT reported more than 820 people had lost their lives on Illinois roads this year. That’s compared to the state’s last recorded low of 911.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:30 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Peoria's annual Christmas kick-off events

Credit Peoria Area Community Events Santa Claus Parade

The 127th Annual Santa Claus Parade kicks off at 10:30a.m. Friday from the corner of Monroe and Green Streets in downtown Peoria. It’s the longest continuously running holiday parade in the US.

The parade has 78 entries and longtime WMBD TV News Anchor Bob Larson is leading it off. Larson has been on the air at WMBD TV for 43 years and he’s announced the parade for 41 years. Larson is riding at the front of the parade allowing him the ability to finish the parade route and also announce it for the last time before he retires Friday.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:30 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Preventing the Ferguson situation in Peoria

About 100 people attend a Police-Community Relations Committee town hall meeting Tuesday night at the Peoria Civic Center. The Committee, The Peoria Black Chamber of Commerce and the NAACP hosted the conversation with the purpose of a dialogue. 

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Government
11:24 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Peoria getting new assisted living facility

 A $20 million assisted living facility is set to be built in the area that was previous the Southtown TIF District. The Peoria City Council approved a zoning change to the Romeo B Garrett property next to Kindred Hospital. Construction is planned to being on the complex next summer. Project manager Rick Banas says the facility will offer more than 100 apartments, and has payment help for tenants:

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Government
11:17 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Peoria Council approves $3M loan to sports complex

The Peoria City Council approved a three-million-dollar-loan to the developer of the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex.  Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports: 
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Community
4:34 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Midwest Food Bank gets $5,500 from Altria

An international company is giving $5,500 to the Peoria Midwest Food Bank.  Altria Group Incorporated is giving the funds to help pay for fuel and operating expenses for the facility. Midwest Food Bank Director Larry Herman says the local demand for food is consistent year-round:

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:54 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Millions to travel over Thanksgiving holiday

More than 46-million people are expected to take to the nation’s highways and airports over the Thanksgiving holiday. AAA Travel reports that’s the highest volume of travelers since 2007, and a more than four-percent increase over last year.

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Education
11:17 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

District 150 proposing property tax rate increase

Peoria School District 150 is proposing a slight increase in its portion of property tax bills. The proposal will amount to an additional eight-dollars for the owner of a roughly $120,000 home. The District 150 School Board has a public hearing on the proposed levy at its next meeting. 

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