Peoria Public Radio News

Education
2:02 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Eureka College freezes room, board costs for 2014-2015

Eureka College is freezing student room and board costs for the 2014-2015 academic year.  The Board of Trustees vote follows a similar move to freeze tuition at the current year’s rate. The freeze applies to present and incoming students. 

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Government
4:49 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

City of Peoria stretching its street salt

The City of Peoria has used more than 10,000 tons of salt so far this winter season. City Streets manager David Haste says there’s enough salt to last through the rest of the season. But he says his staff are trying to make the salt go further:

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Storms
4:43 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Peoria’s second snowiest winter on record

This winter is the second snowiest on record for the Peoria-area. The National Weather Service says the area has received more than 47 inches so far. That’s about 5.5 inches less than the highest recorded snowfall three years ago.  Kirk Huettl is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Lincoln. He says this winter is irregular for the region:

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:44 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Il American Water gives tips on how to defrost frozen pipes

Illinois American Water is reminding customers to guard their pipes from freezing. The company says it’s responding to an increase in calls from customers whose pipes have frozen.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:39 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Former CAT CEO donates major gift to Eureka College

A former Caterpillar CEO and his wife are helping Eureka College better support students and faculty. Glen and Polly Barton donated an undisclosed amount of money to establish the Barton Fund.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:31 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

American to close 11 locations

The Wisconsin-based furniture, appliance and electronic retailer, ‘American’, is going out of business. The company announced it’s closing all of its 11 locations, including a store in Peoria. The closures will impact nearly 1,000 employees.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:27 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

State police say roads are passable

Snow crews plowing Peoria roads.
Credit Daryl Scott / Peoria Public Radio

Illinois State Police says the area’s interstates are passable, but motorists are still encouraged to drive safely. The road conditions on Interstates 74, one-55, and 39 are covered in a mixture of snow and slush according to law enforcement.

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Weather
8:26 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Weather Information for Sunday, March 2nd

A webcam image of Bradley Hall at Bradley University after Saturday night's snowfall.

Weather Advisories & Warnings

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:55 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Deadline for registering to vote approaching

Tuesday is the last day residents can register to vote for the state’s primary election. The March 18th primary is the first to allow 17-year olds to vote if they’ll be 18 by the general election in November. Tom Bride is the Executive Director of the Peoria Election Commission. He says he doesn’t expect a large turnout from the age group, but he says there is a benefit for allowing 17 year olds to vote.

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Government
6:01 am
Mon February 17, 2014

City County Health Department looking at service shift

The Peoria City/County Health Department will likely change the way it delivers services as a result of new health trends.  Administrator Greg Chance says the department used to provide a large amount of immunizations and pre-natal care:

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