Peoria Public Radio News

Education
5:53 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Robotics regional competition kicks-off in Pekin

The international FIRST Robotics competition kicked-off today in Pekin. Students in FIRST Robotics build and operate robots from identical boxes of parts with the goal of the robots competing in like tasks against other teams. The Central Illinois regional events includes forty teams from six midwestern states. Tessa Boots is on the high school robots team in O’Fallon, Illinois.  She says you don’t have to be fluent in engineering to compete:

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:46 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center launching new partnership

A 25-million dollar gift will help the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center move forward. Specifically on creating programs, projects, and products that could improve access to health care.

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Government
11:02 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

State funding for Peoria, Fulton bike trail project

Peoria County is getting $77,000 in state funding to develop a bike path to Fulton County.  The money will be used to acquire a more than 24-mile abandoned railroad corridor that runs from Fulton County to Bellevue.  The funding is part of a $1 million effort to develop or improve 42-miles of bicycle trails in the state.

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Government
11:00 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Peoria County board members talk cemetery board, sales tax

Some Peoria County Board members say they oppose reducing its number of appointees on the Springdale Cemetery Authority.  The County pays $60,000 a year towards the cemetery operating deficit. The Park District pays $40,000 and the City pays the rest of any remaining deficit.  The City wants to have more representation on the Springdale Board.  That would mean a reduction in a County slot.  County Board member Allen Mayer says the County Board needs to maintain its current presence on the Springdale Authority:

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Government
10:56 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Dale Risinger to lead Regional Planning Commission

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission approved a former state senator as the group's interim director.  The commission approved Dale Risinger to head the group as it searches for a permanent replacement.  Risinger has spent years working for the Illinois Department of Transportation.  Tri County chair Larry Whitaker says Risinger’s experience as a state senator can also help the commission renew its focus:  

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Government
10:54 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Woodford County chair criticizes Tazewell County oversight measure

The Woodford County Board chairman had some tough words for Tazewell County during Thursday’s commission meeting.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:09 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Peoria Notre Dame principal leaving

The principal of Peoria Notre Dame High School is leaving to take on a new position at another educational institution.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:48 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Building trades groups to hold job fair for young minorities

Area building trade groups, the NAACP and the City of Peoria are hosting a job fair this weekend for young minorities. It’s part of a long range plan the trio put together after the NAACP pointed to the lack of minorities on area job sites, specifically the Pere Marriott Hotel project.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:13 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Peoria city council approves limiting certain events at Expo

Credit expogardensinc.com

The City of Peoria's new agreement with Exposition Gardens took a different turn than most who initially viewed the matter might have expected. Peoria Public Radio's Tanya Koonce reports.

Expo Garden's had to get a variance to its special use permit when a paved parking lot on its property was expanded for Northmoor School busses. Enter the neighbors who were not happy with the increasing number of loud events held on the property. But after much negotiation, the parties agreed. Neighbors requested an opportunity to speak before the council voted last night. Neighbor Susan Naschert:

"I want to thank you for the two public hearings. This allowed our neighborhood, Expo, and city council members to share our very different points of view. I want to say thank you for the meetings with Jim Montelongo discussing the technical issues. I want to say thank to Expo's willingness to be a good neighbor."

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Museum
7:32 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Riverfront museum considering offering free visitor parking

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is considering free deck parking for patrons. That’s the message from museum President Sam Gappmayer. He says he’s also asking the Peoria County museum committee to approve installing an automated parking system at the deck entrance. Gappmayer says the museum is paying five-thousand-dollars more to pay a staff member to collect parking fees versus what it brings in:

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