Peoria Public Radio News

Peoria Public Radio News
1:07 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Peoria is a finalist for All-America City Award

The city of Peoria is in the running to receive an All-America City Award. The Young Professionals Organization of Greater Peoria announced the city is one of 20 finalists for the designation. It would be the fourth time the city has received the award. The last time Peoria won was in 1989.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:30 am
Wed April 24, 2013

A possible ballpark bailout

The City of Peoria is considering its options when it comes to a financial bailout for the Peoria Chiefs Stadium. The council is holding a special meeting next week to discuss options when it comes to public and private funding for the ballpark. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says the meeting is to figure out how to make the Peoria Chiefs financially viable long term:  

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Government
11:23 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

County Board member calls for more museum communication

One Peoria County Board member is calling for the Peoria Riverfront Museum to give updates during committee meetings.  

  

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Floods
9:06 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Western IL communities respond to floods

Credit Rachel Otwell, Illinois Public Radio

As the Illinois River continues to rise, communities in the western part of the state are trying to keep their towns dry and their levees high enough. Volunteers, emergency responders, and prisoners have been working side by side since this weekend. IPR’s Rachel Otwell recently visited a few of those towns - she brings us this report:

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Government
4:33 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

High river levels could be extended

Record flood levels may still increase or at least not fall as quickly as hoped. Illinois Emergency Management Director John Monken says a rapid snow melt in the Dakota’s, Wisconsin, and Minnesota may still impact Illinois River flooding.

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:55 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

PHA to revise 2013 budget

The Peoria Housing Authority is going back to the drawing table to revise its 2013 budget. That’s a result of sequestration cuts that began last month. PHA staff recently learned agencies across the country will likely be shorted 27 percent of the federal funding they’re budgeted to receive. It equates to a 370-thousand dollar reduction in federal money for the PHA.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:52 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Peoria area home sales on the decline

 

Peoria-area home sales are on the decline in the first quarter of the year. But Peoria Public Radio’s Sean Flavin reports area realtors are expecting numbers to improve. 

The Peoria Area Association of Realtors says first quarter home sales are down two percent this year compared to last. Low inventory numbers are considered the culprit. The number of homes for sale dipped twenty-five percent between the first quarter of 20-12 and this year. John Purple is the president of the Peoria Area Association of Realtors. He says he expects those numbers to rise soon.

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Peoria Public Radio News
10:48 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Illinois River: Closed until further notice

Credit Illinois Department of Transportation District 4

  The Illinois River is closed. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports the Army Corps of Engineers halted boat and barge traffic Sunday from Dresden to Peoria and extend the closure south to La Grange yesterday. 

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Floods
10:36 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Floods mean cargo delays in region

Credit Illinois Department of Transportation, District Four

The floods are also having an economic impact on the trucks that move through the state.  Don Schaefer is executive vice-president of the Mid-West Truckers Association. He says the flooding closes roads, and that makes it more difficult for trucks to reach their destinations: 

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Floods
8:51 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Fishing on a golf course

Fishermen try their luck at Detweiller Park Golf Course

The massive flooding along the Illinois River is surging into homes, businesses and public spaces. While some residents leave their properties as the waters rise, others in Central Illinois are making the best of the flooding, if not taking advantage of the situation.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

  

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