Peoria Public Radio News

Education
10:51 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

District 150 approves fives new principals, including Charter Oak

The District 150 School Board approved a new principal for Charter Oak Primary School.   Betty Zilkowski is replacing John Wetterauer, who was removed from the post following a state testing investigation. She is currently the assistant principal at Sterling Middle School. The Board also approved new principals for Lindbergh, Northmoore Primary, Sterling and Woodrow Wilson schools.  The current principals at those schools are retiring in the coming months. 

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Government
10:48 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

East Peoria approves business loan

The East Peoria City Council approved a $50,000 loan to help a local accounting firm expand. The loan is for CLA Services to move into a building in the city’s Four Corners District. City Planning Director Ty Livingston says the loan can help pay for physical improvements that match the district:

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:15 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Home sales decline in first quarter of 2014

Record snowfall and frigid temperatures took a toll on the Peoria area housing market.

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Government
12:23 am
Tue April 15, 2014

CityLink to offer Sunday service routes in Peoria

CityLink is offering bus service on Sundays for the first time starting June 8th. The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District Board approved the move at its meeting Monday.

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Education
11:59 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

District 150 OKs 200 pink-slips, Peoria Police costing district unbudgeted $180,000

200 full and part-time District 150 employees are receiving pink slips for next year. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that includes 40 more teachers compared to the same time last year:

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Government
4:34 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Quinn touts housing program during Peoria stop

Governor Pat Quinn toured the state Monday to trumpet his program aimed at helping first-time homebuyers.  That included a stop in Peoria, where he urged people to take advantage of "Welcome Home Illinois." The program offers homebuyers $7,500 for a down payment and interest rates as low as 3.75 percent.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:27 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Peoria area residents must decide whether to remain part of electricity co-op

Peoria area residents again must decide whether they want to continue to be part of an electricity buying cooperative.

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Community
5:09 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Civil Rights leader urges courage at Bradley University event

The only living member of the “Big Six” leaders of the Civil Rights Movement spoke at Bradley University today. Congressman John Lewis was also a close friend of Martin Luther King Junior.  He urged the hundreds in attendance to have courage in standing up against injustice.  But Lewis also praised Central Illinois for a strong history of leadership:

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:35 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

ICC hosts cyber-security summit

Community college officials are discussing the importance of creating a cyber-security software curriculum for students. Illinois Central College Friday held the Software Security Community College Summit.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Emergency Preparedness Exercise scheduled near PIA

Anyone driving near the General Wayne Downing Peoria International Airport Saturday morning may notice a number of emergency responders flooding the area.

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