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Government
5:06 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Obama nominates successor to Ray LaHood

President Barack Obama is nominating a replacement for U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  Obama nominated Charlotte, North Carolina Mayor Anthony Foxx to head the department.  Foxx is the first black nominee among Obama's picks for open spots in his second-term Cabinet. If confirmed, Foxx will replace Secretary LaHood, who was one of the few Republicans serving in Obama's administration.  LaHood says he intends to spend time in Peoria after leaving.  He says curbing distracted driving and furthering high-speed rail projects are among the top achievements in his tenure

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Education
3:39 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Peoria teachers’ union president steps down

The newly-elected president of the Peoria Federation of Teachers says he's resigning the post.  Scott Donahue sent a letter to the district's 1,100 teachers saying he's stepping down as president because of health concerns. He says he has a family history of heart disease and he needs to take steps to prevent undue stress. Donahue says he will continue working at Von Steuben middle school.  He was set to take over next month as the union president.  Donahue ran unopposed and replaced outgoing president Bob Darling.

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:21 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Flood recovery meeting to be held for Peoria County residents

Residents looking for guidance as they clean up from flooding can attend an informational meeting this evening. Peoria County is hosting a flood recovery meeting at Illinois Valley High School in Chillicothe. The session will cover various topics related to flood safety. Representatives from the emergency management agency, planning and zoning, the health department and county administration will also be on hand to answer questions. The meeting will take place at six this evening. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:52 am
Mon April 29, 2013

PHA says the Taft Homes redevelopment project is still under its purview

Peoria Housing Authority administration and board members say efforts to redevelop Taft Homes are still under their purview. That’s despite the city of Peoria recently voting to approve Northside Riverfront TIF money to fund a study looking at various options for the property. 

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Government
6:12 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Sales tax revenue a topic for Peoria museum, county officials

Peoria County voters approved a one percent sales tax increase to build the Peoria Riverfront museum in 2009.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that both Peoria County Board members and the museum’s president have seemingly different views on dollars generated from the tax:

County Board member Steve Morris says museum president Jim Richerson brought up the quarter cent sales tax in March:
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Peoria Public Radio News
5:30 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Riverfront Museum to dedicate fountain

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will dedicate the latest addition to its sculpture garden collection this weekend. Harrison Gibbs’ sculpture Fountain Group will be honored Sunday afternoon at two in the garden off Water Street. The sculpture is the only fountain on display in the garden. Museum officials say The Fountain Group blends classical and modern styles. It is also the only sculpture with a direct connection to the Peoria area. The artist was from Pennsylvania and married Maurine Montgomery, a sculptor from Peoria, back in the 1930’s.  

Peoria Public Radio News
5:30 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Community celebrates Bob Michel's 90th birthday

Federal, state and community leaders gathered in Peoria Friday to celebrate Bob Michel’s 90th birthday.  The former Congressman served for nearly 40 years in the House until 1995.  Michel says he’s honored to be recognized for his service.

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:47 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Cat to layoff 60 employees

Caterpillar is laying off 60 employees at the Mapleton Foundry. The company says the indefinite layoffs are necessary to align manpower with production. It comes after Cat announced a 45-percent drop in earnings and a 17-percent decrease in sales and revenues. A statement from the company says the layoffs will be effective in early May. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:43 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Legislation transferring ownership of local park heads to governor

The state of Illinois will no longer own Wildlife Prairie State Park under a measure headed to the Governor. The Senate Thursday approved legislation transferring ownership to Friends of Wildlife Prairie State Park. The not-for-profit sought control of the park after the state continually stopped funding operations. The two-thousand acre facility’s major source of funding now comes from the public through membership fees, donations, and grants. The legislation still requires the Friends board to keep the park open to the public and maintain its current mission. 

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Breaking
7:24 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Closings, Cancelations, and Winter Weather Updates

Credit National Weather Service

Updated January 28, 5:55 A.M. 

Here are the latest weather updates from the Peoria Public Radio Newsroom.

Wind Chill Warning

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