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5:13 am
Mon July 27, 2015

State budget uncertainty affects Regional Planning Commission

The state budget stalemate is also affecting finances at the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. 80-percent of the group’s funding comes from federal dollars used for transportation funds.  But Tri-County Acting Director Eric Miller says the commission can’t access that money without a state budget in place.  He says that some funding remains for Geographic Information Systems work:

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:00 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Environmentalists oppose River Trail development

"There is no other place like this in Peoria," said Jo Lakota, a local artist and activist, at a press conference Friday.
Credit Cass Herrington / Pe

Environmental advocates are speaking out against the proposed River Trail Apartments. The 143-unit complex is slated to be built on what is currently the north end of Riverfront Park.

Area resident Jo Lakota visits the site on a regular basis. She says preserving the parklands is essential for the community’s health.

“And to the health of the river," Lakota said. "You’re going to put down cement and cut down all these trees and have more flooding, which we spent what a half a million three quarters of a million dollars downtown. I mean, come on we’re not all fools.”

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Government
4:34 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Medical marijuana cultivation center opens in Delavan

Revolution Enterprise CEO Tim McGraw and Delavan, Illiois Mayor Liz Skinner cut the ribbon at the new medical marijuana cultivation center in Delavan.
Credit Alex Rusciano / Peoria Public Radio

A medical marijuana cultivation center officially opened its doors for business in Delevan Friday.  Revolution Enterprises held a ribbon cutting in front of the 75,000 square foot facility.  Company CEO Tim McGraw says the facility will focus on innovation along with making medical cannabis products:

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Government
6:48 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Peoria Police ID suspect in recent homicide

Credit Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria Police are looking for a suspect in a murder of a 25-year-old South Side resident earlier this month.  They say 22-year-old Darren D. Brown is wanted for first degree murder in the shooting death of Nikko Smith.  He's 165 lbs, six-foot with black hair and brown eyes. Earlier in the week police said that the latest string of homicides did not appear to be gang-related. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:47 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Homicides total 10 so far this year

Credit Tony Webster / Flickr/Creative Commons

Peoria police say the city saw its tenth homicide so far this year after a death last night.

Peoria police say detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred Wednesday between 1617 and 1619 West Lincoln.

Police responded to a ShotSpotter alert of four rounds fired, a department news release said. Officers found the body of 30-year-old Kamron Causey near a shared-driveway with apparent multiple gunshot wounds to the head  Causey was pronounced dead on scene.

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Government
3:32 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Graduation Ceremony for Mayor’s Youth Group program

Credit (via George Bean - YouTube - CityOfPeoriaTV)

City officials held a graduation ceremony for Peoria youth in a paid internship program this summer.  The Mayor’s Youth Group lasted eight weeks with about 35 high school students participating in Public Works projects.  Vikki Hibberd is with Peoria Public Works.  She says the students also helped combating the flooding along the Illinois River:

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:38 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Caterpillar second quarter sales take a hit

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Peoria-based Caterpillar is reporting 2nd quarter adjusted profit per share of $1.27. It’s a 42 cent decrease from the second quarter of 2014. But it still topped analysts’ expectations by a penny.    

Sales and Revenues posted at 12.3 billion dollars. That’s down 13 percent, in the second quarter of 2014 and is last down when compared with expectations.

The company is still expecting a challenging second half of the year. But CEO Doug Oberhelman says Caterpillar continues its “track-record of solid operational performance in the face of difficult conditions.”

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:00 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Dream Center prepares for annual back-to-school 'block party'

Volunteers celebrated after they finished filling backpacks that will be given to students at the Backpack Peoria Expo.
Credit Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

About 20 middle-school aged kids celebrated as the last backpack made its way down their assembly line into the pile of stuffed backpacks. That backpack, along with a few thousand more, will be given away to a student in need.

Kelsey Volk, an eighth-grader, traveled from Kansas to volunteer for the Dream Center.

"Mostly we've been doing behind-the-scenes work, so I can't wait to see the kids faces," Volk said.

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Government
6:58 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Bradley University earns high ranks

Bradley University was ranked in the top 100 colleges that gives high value for the price of education.  MONEY Magazine ranked Bradley 88th nationwide among colleges that look at the cost of education and the career success of graduates.  The study says Bradley’s net price of a degree is $143,000. It says graduates have average early career earnings of nearly $50,000.

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Government
3:25 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

South Side Peoria home getting needed roof repair

Greater Peoria LISC and Hope Builders of the South Side Mission are helping low-income homeowners repair their old or damaged roofs. LISC put a $15,000 grant toward the program that helps residents in the 61605 zip code.  Harold Booze is a board member for the South Side Mission. He says recent heavy rainfall underscores the need for the repair:

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