Peoria Public Radio News

Peoria Public Radio News
10:15 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Reduced building permit fee Peoria County flood victims

The Peoria County board approved reducing building and maintenance fees by half for flood victims. The board voted 11 to five on the fee reduction while also adding two new full time employees to the Planning and Zoning Department.

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:42 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Ticket vendor for Cat's Visitors Center experiences security breach

Credit: Caterpillar Visitor's Center Facebook page

Caterpillar says the third party ticket vendor for its visitor’s center has experienced a security breach. That has the potential to impact those who’ve purchased tickets to Cat’s Visitors Center online or at the box-office. It does not include Caterpillar’s adjacent Merchandise Center or the company’s systems or hardware.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:32 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Cat will continue not funding the Boy Scouts

The Caterpillar Foundation will continue to NOT fund the Boys Scouts of America. Spokeswoman Rachael Potts says the company’s foundation is reaffirming the decision it made last July. At the time, the Scouts decided to continue a ban on homosexual members or leaders. That went against Caterpillar’s anti-discrimination policy. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:01 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Man found in Illinois River likely died from drowning

The Peoria County Coroner says the man fished out of the Illinois River Tuesday night likely died from drowning. Johnna Ingersoll identified the man as 31-year old Matthew Nettles of Washington. She says there was no evidence of trauma and she’s following through with toxicology testing.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:25 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

CAT announces another annual dividend increase

 Caterpillar says its board has voted to increase the company's quarterly cash dividend by 8 cents.  The sixty cents ($0.60) per share of common is payable Aug. 20 to shareholders of record as of July 22.Caterpillar Inc. Chairman Doug Oberhelman says the 15 percent increase, along with the company's $1 billion accelerated stock buyback announced in April, support its commitment to boost value for shareholders.This is Caterpillar's fourth-straight year with a dividend increase.

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:43 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

PHA moving ahead on Taft study

The Peoria Housing Authority will learn later this year what its best options are for the Taft Homes property. The Peoria city council recently approved hiring a consultant on behalf of the authority to study redevelopment options for the site.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:15 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Peoria District 150 asks the city to share

School District 150 is asking for a share of the proceeds from Peoria’s proposed downtown Conservation Tax Increment Finance District.  Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports.        

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Police
5:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Man found floating in the Illinois River has been identified

Emergency workers wait for the coroner to arrive at the Fire Department's Marine Rescue Station.
Credit Tanya Koonce / WCBU

The Peoria County Coroner says the man fished out of the Illinois River last night is 31-year old Matthew Nettles of Washington. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:04 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Services for Pete Vonachen set

The services for Peoria’s Mister Baseball, Pete Vonachen have been set. There are two visitations for the former Peoria Chiefs owner. The first is a more public visitation Thursday from 3 to 9 at Northwoods Community Church in Peoria. The second is Friday from 11 to 1 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Peoria Heights. Funeral Services will begin directly after.

Peoria Public Radio News
12:28 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Peoria Area EMS Medical Director stepping down

The Peoria Area EMS Medical Director is stepping down. OSF Saint Francis Medical Center announced Cheryl Colbenson’s resignation is effective July 1st. She’s leaving to complete a fellowship in Integrative Medicine.

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