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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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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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Peoria Public Radio News
5:53 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Schock will not run for governor

U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock will not be among the Republican candidates running for governor next year.  The 18th District Representative says he can do more for his constituents by seeking re-election.  Schock’s name was floated as a possible contender in recent months for the state’s top post.  He’s been a Congressman since 2009 and is a member of the influential Ways and Means Committee.   

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:15 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

East Peoria Caterpillar campus reopens

  Employees of Caterpillar’s East Peoria Campus return to work starting with the third shift Sunday. The facility has been close since last Sunday when the Illinois River was rising toward the an all time record flood level.The company is planning to notify employees who need to return to work before the third shift Sunday.

The Employee hotline  (1-877-336-5569)  is also available for East Peoria Caterpillar Campus workers needing more information.

  

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:35 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Financial restructuring could save stadium

Owners of Peoria Chief’s Stadium are working on a financial restructuring for the struggling ball park. It consists of three parts: new owner investments, revenue from local corporations including Caterpillar and Bradley University, and debt forgiveness. That means a bank loan reduction and the city of Peoria forgiving one point two million in bond debt. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says it’s important for the city to support the park because not many communities Peoria’s size  have a farm team for a major league team. He says seeing the stadium shutdown would not be good for the city.

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:29 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Jump Trading Simulation Center now open

OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria have opened a new center that will allow medical students, doctors and nurses to train side by side.

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:22 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Peoria's March unemployment rate rises

The Peoria area has the third largest not seasonally adjusted March unemployment rates in the state. Eight point nine percent of the regional population reported being unemployed. Not seasonally adjusted data is a comparison of the same month the previous year. The rate increased nearly one percent compared to last March. 

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