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Government
2:57 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Quinn vetoes gambling bill

Governor Pat Quinn

Legislation to expand gambling the General Assembly approved nearly two years ago is finally dead. As IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports, Governor Pat Quinn vetoed a measure that would have given Illinois five new casinos.

When Governor Quinn gives his annual budget address later this week, he's expected to highlight Illinois' plethora financial problems. Which is what frustrates supporters of gambling expansion, who say more casinos would be like hitting the jackpot.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:06 am
Mon March 4, 2013

IL agriculture department expecting budget cuts

With Governor Pat Quinn scheduled to give his budget address this Wednesday, the director of the state's agriculture department says he's expecting another round of budget cuts. IPR’s Chris Slaby has more:

Already, Bob Flider says his agency has seen its state funding cut in half, from 41 billion dollars five years ago to about 21 billion in the current budget year. Flider says the department is looking into alternative funding, like by soliciting foundation grants.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:02 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Pensions to be key point in Quinn's budget address

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is scheduled to present his budget address in Springfield later this week.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:23 am
Mon March 4, 2013

IL running out of college financial aid money

Illinois has once again run out of money to help needy students go to college. The cutoff to be considered for a MAP grant expired over the weekend. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more.

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Crime
5:13 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Pekin man faces federal charges for alleged heroin dealing

  A 22-year-old Pekin man faces federal charges of for a conspiracy to distribute heroin that led to the deaths of three people.  Anthony Mansini is charged with distributing more than 1,000 grams of heroin since 2008.  The federal indictment says he belonged to a heroin conspiracy that killed three people last year.  Pekin Police Chief Greg Nelson says the case is significant: “It’s big for Pekin because we were able to arrest somebody that we could show is responsible for deaths, and since that arrest we have not had any deaths.  Herin is back, it’s cheap, it's potent and dengerous.

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:24 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Quinn strikes tentative deal with largest-government union

Governor Pat Quinn reached a tentative contract deal with the state's largest government-employee union early this morning. It comes as the union had increasingly been talking about going on strike. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more.       

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:17 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Assault weapons the topic of debate for IL lawmakers

Illinois lawmakers Thursday heard arguments over whether to ban future sales of so-called "assault weapons." Chicago and Downstate legislators remain split on the issue. And as IPR’s Chris Slaby reports, police officials are split too.

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:11 am
Fri March 1, 2013

IL one step closer to medicaid expansion

An expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is one step closer in Illinois.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:14 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Officials find first cases of devastating bat disease in Illinois

Officials in Illinois have found the first cases of a devastating bat disease known as white-nose syndrome in that state. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says laboratory tests confirmed the fungal disease in two species of bat in four counties, including Monroe County in the Metro East. IDNR endangered species manager Joe Kath says bats play an important role in the environment — and in our economy.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:04 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Tuition and housing rates at Millikin to remain the same

For the 2nd year in a row, tuition and housing rates at Millikin University are NOT going up. The small private school in Decatur announced Thursday that full-time undergraduate tuition for the academic year starting in the fall would stay at 27-thousand-8-hundred-52 dollars a year --- the same as this year and the year before. Meanwhile, the average annual housing rate will stay at 5-thousand dollars.

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