Peoria Public Radio News

Government
6:49 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Peoria group looking at stormwater fee, ‘green’ sewer upgrades

The City of Peoria is forming a new group to explore ways to reduce storm-water runoff.  It's called the OneWater Committee:

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Crime
6:46 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Peoria police use new strategy for unsolved murders

The Peoria Police Department is using billboards across town to help solve the murders of two juveniles.  17-year-old Tyrone Jones and 12-year-old Demarcus Payne were both victims of gun violence this year.  Detective Keith McDaniel came up with the idea. He says he hopes the billboards will reach more people?

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:19 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Airport has record number of passengers in March

Spring break helped make March a record setting month for Peoria’s General Wayne Downing International Airport.  The airport saw 60,750 passengers pass through the gates, the largest monthly number on record. 

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Government
7:41 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

County Board to consider Sorrel as acting administrator

The Peoria County Board is set to vote next week on appointing a long-time county employee as acting Administrator.  The board is also looking to buyout the current Administrator’s contract:

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Community
4:10 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

600 people become new citizens in Peoria

Credit Tanya Koonce

Bradley University hosted the state’s largest naturalization ceremony of the year. About 2,000 people gathered at the Renaissance Coliseum for the ceremony. Paul Phillips is a Supervisory Immigration Services Officer out of Chicago. He says typically there are quarterly naturalization ceremonies.  

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Business
3:56 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Peoria area sees 2.1-percent decline in unemployment rate

The unemployment rate fell in every metro area in the state for the 13th month in a row. The Illinois Department of Employment Security is reporting an unemployment rate of 6.3-percent in March for the Peoria area. That’s a more than-two-percent decline from the same time last year. But the Peoria lost 600 jobs year-over-year.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:59 am
Thu April 23, 2015

First quarter earnings up for Caterpillar

Caterpillar's first-quarter earnings jumped more than 20 percent to top expectations, dispute a slight slip in revenue. 

Caterpillar Inc. earned $1.11 billion, and $1.81 per share, in the quarter. That compares with $922 million and $1.44 per share, the same time last year. The $1.81 per share earnings do not counting restructuring costs.

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Government
6:03 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Peoria Council discusses business incentive ideas

The City of Peoria is re-evaluating incentives used to entice business investment. 

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Government
6:00 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Gov. Rauner speaks to state drug officers in East Peoria

Governor Bruce Rauner wants state drug officers to weigh-in on issues being considered by a state criminal justice reform commission. Rauner created the group by executive order earlier this year.  He says the commission needs to consider multiple factors:

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:25 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Preparing for Red White and BOOM

Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

It’s more than 70 days away, but not too soon to start planning for the Unity Point Health Red White and BOOM. The Peoria and East Peoria Riverfronts will be the site of the largest Fourth of July Fireworks display in the state again this year.

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