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Peoria Public Radio News
4:31 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Kirk pushes passing Trade Promotion Authority

Illinois Senator Mark Kirk tours ADM Plant
Credit Tanya Koonce

Illinois Senator Mark Kirk toured the ADM Plant on the Riverfront in Peoria Wednesday. Senator Kirk says getting a new trade agreement is necessary for companies like Peoria-based Caterpillar and ADM:

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:19 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Math and science teachers getting in-depth summer courses

A three-year grant will pay for in-depth science and math training for more than 100 regional school teachers this summer. 

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Education
12:21 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Amid growing deficit, District 150 talks travel expense

The Peoria Public School Board approved a significant amount of money to send 160 staff members to Florida for training on a college-prep program.  School Board President Debbie Wolfmeyer says she understands the money comes out of special Title I funds that can NOT be used to offset the district’s deficit:

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Government
11:12 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Despite limits, Peoria OKs food trucks outside downtown

The City of Peoria approved a measure to allow food trucks outside of the downtown. But the ordinance leaves few options for food trucks to set up shop.  The measure approved last night has restrictions on available parking spaces, and proximity to existing businesses and neighborhoods.  Few spaces outside of the downtown meet those guidelines.

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Government
10:15 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Report: Peoria lacking in minority employee hires

The City of Peoria’s hiring of minority and female employees is far behind in matching local census numbers.  That’s according to a presentation from the local NAACP:

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Government
3:59 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Peoria Health Dept. Director leaving post

The director of the Peoria City/County Health Department is leaving the post June 30th.  Greg Chance has led the department for six years.  He says one top goal for the department is to work more with non-profits and hospitals in the future:

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:16 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Bradley to play in NCAA Baseball Championship

The public is invited to attend Bradley's final practice at Dozer Park before the Braves head to Louisville for the weekend's NCAA Baseball Regional.

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Community
5:16 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Several area Memorial Day events set

The 2014 Memorial Day Wreath Ceremony at the Gateway Building in Peoria
Credit Tamie Yost / Peoria Public Radio

Area groups are holding several events to honor past and present service members today.  Peoria Navy Club, Ship 34, will hold services at Veteran’s Plaza at Riverfront Park at 10.  The City of Peoria holds its annual Ceremony at the Gateway building at 10:30.  Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 26-02, will conduct Memorial Day Ceremonies at the Peoria Memorial Association Monument at Springdale Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. The American Legion Post 979 in Bartonville will conduct Memorial Day Ceremonies at the Monument on McKinley Street at 11. 

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Community
5:15 am
Mon May 25, 2015

For Washington neighborhood, a literal sign of recovery

A heavily-damaged neighborhood in Washington restored a familiar marker last week. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:43 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Peoria's Quest Charter School moves ahead

Nicole Wood is the new executive director of Peoria's only charter school. She's speaking at the press conference where she was introduced with the new title.
Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria’s Quest Charter academy is celebrating its transition away from a private management company to being a stand alone operation.

Doctor Nicole Wood is the school’s new executive director and will oversee day to day operations of the Middle and High Schools. Wood says she is attracted to the mission of Quest. “I love the idea of students having that innovation, of those problem solving skills, helping students become those bold thinkers and providing that STEM education.”

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