Peoria Public Radio News

Flooding
3:27 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Evacuation Notice Issued for NW Pekin Neighborhoods

A map of the affected flood-prone areas. These neighborhoods in Pekin are currently under an evacuation notice.
Credit City of Pekin

Pekin city officials have issued an evacuation notice for some residents in the northwestern side of town. In a press release Monday afternoon, Pekin City Manager Joe Wuellner said the impending flood conditions were the reason for the evacuation order, which will remain for the area until the waters recede. Residents in need of assistance can contact the American Red Cross shelter at the I.C.C. Cougar Plex in East Peoria, or call (309) 677-7171.

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:56 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Caterpillar reports drop in sales and profit for first quarter

Caterpillar is reporting declines in sales and profit for the first quarter of this year. The company says it earned 880-million dollars. That’s a 45-percent decrease from the first quarter of last year. Cat also saw a 17-percent drop in sales and revenues. The declines don’t come as a surprise to the company as Caterpillar officials predicted challenges in its year-end 2012 financial release. That’s as demand for mining equipment has slowed.

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:46 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Peoria and East Peoria protect riverfronts ahead of flooding

Water Street flood wall on Peoria's Riverfront
Tanya Koonce WCBU

More than 30-thousand bags of sand make up the flood wall that runs down the middle of Water Street on Peoria’s River Front. It’s part of efforts to keep the Illinois River at bay as it’s expected to reach record highs tomorrow. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:25 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Eastern Bypass to get state funding

Funding for the regional Eastern Bypass project is included in the state’s six-year infrastructure program.  $2.5 million is programmed to pay for continued engineering work and corridor studies. Denny Kief is a vice president on the Eastern Bypass Board of Directors.  He says the funding is needed to continue efforts to build the Bypass:

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:21 am
Mon April 22, 2013

East Peoria Council supports property sale

The East Peoria City Council approved an agreement with a local developer for six acres of vacant property.  The city-owned property is located in the downtown Levee District across from the new Target store.  The agreement gives developer, WCT properties, four months to attract tenants to the area.  City Commissioner Gary Densberger says the agreement gives the city approval over the final building design and tenants:

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Peoria Public Radio News
10:09 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Forget NCAA Titles, This School Dominates Spoken Word

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 12:57 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

While many universities try to win national attention with their sports programs, one school is dominating a lesser-known competitive arena: speech teams. Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., will defend its U.S. title again this weekend at the National Forensic Association tournament in Huntington, W.Va. Jonathan Ahl reports.

JONATHAN AHL, BYLINE: Cecil Blutcher is on stage, practicing his poetry recitation in front of his fellow speech team members.

CECIL BLUTCHER: Now my face is stuck to lamppost, glued to plate-glass windows.

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Floods
9:50 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Flooding precaution urged for Peoria, Tazewell County residents

The rising levels on the Illinois River could pose a significant risk to residents living around Chillicothe and Rome.  Peoria County says the Illinois River is expected to crest at nearly 30-feet by Monday night.  The County says residents in those areas should be prepared to leave their homes if needed. Peoria County says it will send representatives into flooded areas in the coming weeks to conduct damage assessments.  

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Floods
8:25 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Quinn surveys area flooding

Governor Pat Quinn met with area officials in Bartonville yesterday as part of a state-wide tour to survey flood damage.  Quinn declared 40 counties state disaster areas.  That helps expand the deployment of state emergency resources.  Quinn says the recent flooding is unique to the state:

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Medical
3:33 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

OSF joins Mayo Clinic Network

  OSF HealthCare is joining the Mayo Clinic Care Network.  The system allows O-S-F physicians to access medical resources from the Mayo Clinic.  Doctor Kathleen Forbes is the Chief Clinical Officer of the O-S-F Healthcare System.  She says the partnership will allow doctors to use an online tool called Ask-Mayo-Expert:

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:48 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Flood levels to reach record highs

Water levels on the Illinois River in front of River Station on Friday afternoon.

Flood levels in the City of Peoria are expected to reach record highs by Tuesday morning. The predicted level is thirty feet, almost a foot-and-a-half higher than the record set 70 years ago. Governor Pat Quinn has declared 38 counties disaster areas, including Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford Counties. 

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