Peoria Public Radio News

Peoria Public Radio News
7:12 am
Mon May 6, 2013

District 150 teachers union approves contract extension

The Peoria Federation of Teachers approved a two-year contract extension last night. The extension would run from mid-2014 through June of 2016. Each year includes a half-percent salary increase plus annual raises based on experience.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:06 am
Mon May 6, 2013

ICC and Arts Partners forming a tri-county arts and culture plan

Illinois Central College and Arts-Partners of Central Illinois are looking for community input to form a Tri-County Arts and Culture Plan. The groups are holding a series of public sessions to gather input on area strengths and opportunities for growth in the arts. Chris Gray is the Dean of the Department of Arts and Communication at ICC. He says the plan aims to make Peoria a place that people want to live, work and function:

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:40 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

UnityPoint - Methodist opens new clinic in Washington

UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine at Washington

UnityPoint Health-Methodist held held a ribbon cutting for its new 13-thousand-square-foot clinic in Washington Friday. Dr. Gary Knepp is the Chief Medical Officer at UnityPoint Health. He says the $4 million Family Medicine clinic in Washington coordinates with the main hospital thanks to synchronized electronic medical records. This allows the clinic to view patient information and provide better care.

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Floods
4:02 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Outside help for Peoria County floods

Peoria County is relying on volunteer help in the wake of last month’s flooding.  Assistant Administrator Scott Sorrel says the County is reaching out to trained volunteers in Christian County to help with disaster assessments.  He says additional Red Cross staff will also help answer flood-related calls, and volunteer architects from across the state will help calculate damage.

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Government
3:20 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Regional Port Authority Executive Director resigning

The Executive Director of the Heart of Illinois Regional Port District is resigning.  Steve Jaeger has led the Authority for more than six years.  He says he’s leaving to take a post with the Florida Economic Development Alliance on May 20th.  The Port District is working to build an $8 million port facility in Pekin.  Jaeger says the district’s biggest accomplishment is the recent permit approval it got from the Army Corps of Engineers for that project:

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:05 am
Thu May 2, 2013

More rain could result in additional flooding

The National Weather Service says more flooding could occur in the area as rain is expected from today through the weekend. Up to three inches of rain could fall with the slow moving storm system causing renewed flooding in creeks and smaller river basins. Stay tuned to Peoria Public Radio for the latest on the weather. 

Business
7:45 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Veterans’ jobs fair held at Excel Foundry

More than 30,000 manufacturing jobs are available in Illinois, according to officials at the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The department hosted an event Wednesday at Excel Foundry and Machine in Pekin to help veterans connect with area-manufacturing employers. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:45 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Area fire units receive grant funding

Two area fire response units are receiving grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Peoria Fire Department is receiving a more than $23,000 grant which will be used for fire prevention and safety to improve response times. The Lacon-Sparland Fire Protection District is receiving more than $120,000 in federal grant funding. The grant will be used to purchase Air Packs, Rapid Intervention Team Packs, and other equipment. The funding is provided through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:33 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Rally for immigration reform held in front of federal court house

About 50 people marched around downtown Peoria Wednesday in support of comprehensive immigration reform. Illinois People’s Action organized the event as part of a national day of action. Similar events are taking place around the U.S.

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Sports
10:55 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Peoria Council approves ballpark restructuring measure

The Peoria City Council approved its part of a financial restructuring deal with the Peoria Chiefs.  The Council voted nine to one to absorb the payments on the Stadium’s remaining bond debt over the next eight years.  Councilwoman Beth Akeson says she initially planned to vote against the restructuring deal, but changed her mind:

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