Peoria Public Radio News

Peoria Public Radio News
4:57 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

ELM set for loan from Peoria County

Peoria County is poised to loan an environmental tech company $2.5 million to expand its footprint. ELM, LLC has more than 800 employees in 16 states.  It also makes air treatment systems for plants and builds large containers to ship natural gas.  Lee Graves is the CEO of ELM.  He says Peoria County’s loan will also help the company add to its workforce in addition to helping fund its product line:

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:44 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Seminar focuses on technology used to bully

The 10th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council offered a special seminar on the use of technology to Bully and Stalk particularly as it relates to young people. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:30 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

New playground open on south side of Peoria

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park located on the south side of Peoria has some new play equipment. Park District and city of Peoria officials celebrated the opening of the new park facility located next to Fire Station 8, along MacArthur Highway. The equipment is red and yellow and is fire-department themed.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:46 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Washington Fire Chief resigns

Washington’s Fire Chief is stepping down from the position. Mike Vaughn announced his resignation last night. This comes after months of negotiations for a new contract with the independent fire board that manages the fire department.

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Business
7:30 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Unemployment falls in Peoria area, despite yearly job loss

The unemployment rate fell in every metro area in the state for the sixth month in a row. The Illinois Department of Employment Security is reporting an unemployment rate of 6.6-percent in September for the Peoria area. That’s a nearly 2.7-percent decline from the same time last year. The rate is also a .5 percent from August. The Peoria area lost 1,100 jobs even though unemployment declined year-over-year. The largest loss occurred in Retail Trade jobs. There were job gains in Wholesale Trade, and Construction.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:41 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Caterpillar posts 3rd quarter results

Caterpillar is reporting improved third quarter results. The company’s profit per share of $1.63 was an increase of more than 15-cents year over year. Sales and revenues were also up to about $13.55 billion dollars.

In a statement, Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman says the company continues to focus on cost management and operational execution as world economic growth remains slow.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:35 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Peoria and AMT say Main and University project is not hurting safety

Erik Bush, V.P. of Strategy and Compliance at Advanced Medical Transport, gives a presentation on ambulance response times.
Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria city officials want to quell rumors that emergency response vehicles are having a tough time getting through the new Main and University intersection.

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Government
11:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

East Peoria approves soil study costs for proposed apartment complex site

The East Peoria City Council approved an engineering study that looks at building a residential complex in the Levee District. The city will spend up to $15,000 to Midwest Engineering for required soil sampling on the property. City Commissioner Gary Densberger says he has confidence the proposed development will move forward with a multi-unit apartment building on the Civic Triangle land:  

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Government
5:32 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Negotiations to sell Peoria’s historic Madison Theater fail

The potential for re-development of the Madison Theater looks to be on hold. The owners of the Madison Theatre and NXG Development have elected to drop negotiations. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:38 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Peoria Hospital Systems match CDC guidlines

  Both major health care providers in Peoria are redoubling their efforts in personal protective standards for health care staff.

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