Lee Strubinger http://peoriapublicradio.org en New U of I president to be named in December http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/new-u-i-president-be-named-december <div>The search to replace retiring University of Illinois president Bob Easter is getting underway. Closed door discussions have begun to find the University's 20th president.</div><div> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:52:02 +0000 Lee Strubinger 25383 at http://peoriapublicradio.org New U of I president to be named in December Six Months Into Speed Limit Increase, Driver Fatalities Down Observers Say http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/six-months-speed-limit-increase-driver-fatalities-down-observers-say Six months after state law increased interstate highway speeds from 65 to 70 miles per hour, transportation officials say there have been fewer fatalities on the road. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:49:30 +0000 Lee Strubinger 24721 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Six Months Into Speed Limit Increase, Driver Fatalities Down Observers Say Schock Dedicates Pavillion In Western Illinois, Hopes To Establish National Park http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/schock-dedicates-pavillion-western-illinois-hopes-establish-national-park An effort to create a national park at former town site in western Illinois remains stalled in the US Senate.&#160; Congressman Aaron Schock, a Republican, is part of a bi-partisan group of lawmakers seeking the designation for New Philadelphia.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Amanda Vinicky" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201311/SchockACA_111213.JPG" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wuis/audio/2014/06/2014-06-03NewPhiladelphiaSchockWRAP.mp3" class="asset-audio">Lee Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:12:56 +0000 Lee Strubinger 24363 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Schock Dedicates Pavillion In Western Illinois, Hopes To Establish National Park One Western Ill. School Cuts Ag Program, Another Hopes To Bring It Back http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/one-western-ill-school-cuts-ag-program-another-hopes-bring-it-back Pike County calls itself the "pork capital of the world." However, in an area so tied to farming, it might be a bit surprising that a local school district has cut its agriculture education program.&#160; I graduated from high school there five years ago, and went back to report on how districts are struggling to pay for activities not tied to the core curriculum.<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wuis/audio/2014/05/2014-05-27AgInIllinois1FINAL.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Barry is a small western Illinois town about ten miles from the Mississippi River along Interstate 72.&#160; I grew up ther Thu, 29 May 2014 17:40:32 +0000 Lee Strubinger 24092 at http://peoriapublicradio.org One Western Ill. School Cuts Ag Program, Another Hopes To Bring It Back Sangamon County Same-Sex Couples Can Get Marriage Licenses This Week http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/sangamon-county-same-sex-couples-can-get-marriage-licenses-week Same sex couples in Sangamon County will be able to get their marriage licenses early.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Sangamon County Clerk Joe Aiello" data-attribution="Credit co.sangamon.il.us" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201403/aiello.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wuis/audio/2014/05/2014-05-28SangamonSameSex_0.mp3" class="asset-audio">Lee Strubinger reports.</a><p>Sangamon County Clerk Joe Aiello says his office will begin issuing marriage licenses on Friday in order to accom Thu, 29 May 2014 01:26:14 +0000 Lee Strubinger 24061 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Sangamon County Same-Sex Couples Can Get Marriage Licenses This Week Marijuana Cousin Winding Way Through General Assembly http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/marijuana-cousin-winding-way-through-general-assembly Universities in Illinois may soon get the chance to research industrial hemp.&#160; <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=5085&GAID=12&GA=98&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=79824&SessionID=85">HB5085</a> is weaving it's way through the legislature.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Hemp rope" data-attribution="Credit Emilian Robert Vicol" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/Ball-of-Hemp-Twine_31614-480x360__Flickr_-_Photo_Sharing%21_-_Mozilla_Firefox_5232014_34027_PM.bmp_.jpg" alt="" /><a Tue, 27 May 2014 11:16:44 +0000 Lee Strubinger 23937 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Marijuana Cousin Winding Way Through General Assembly Schnucks Walnuts Recalled By FDA http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/schnucks-walnuts-recalled-fda A St. Fri, 23 May 2014 11:43:57 +0000 Lee Strubinger 23782 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Schnucks Walnuts Recalled By FDA IL medical marijuana sales possible by early 2015 http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-medical-marijuana-sales-possible-early-2015 <div>Illinois medical marijuana dispensaries could get the green light to sell by the beginning of next year. The state Department of Public Health held a second hearing on the rules for the program in Springfield Wednesday. &nbsp;</div><div> Wed, 21 May 2014 20:13:32 +0000 Lee Strubinger 23681 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL medical marijuana sales possible by early 2015 State Unemployment Drops To Lowest Since Recession, But Still Behind The Nation http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-unemployment-drops-lowest-recession-still-behind-nation <div style="margin:0;"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><font face="Verdana" size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;">The Illinois unemployment rate is at its lowest mark in five years. Fri, 16 May 2014 06:09:46 +0000 Lee Strubinger 23387 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State Unemployment Drops To Lowest Since Recession, But Still Behind The Nation Senate President Moves To Save Obama Artifacts For Presidential Library http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/senate-president-moves-save-obama-artifacts-presidential-library <div style="margin:0;"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><span lang="en-US"><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">An Illinois Senate panel Wednesday approved a measure to pay tribute to one of the chamber's most distinguished former members.</span></font></span></span></font></div><div style="margin:0;"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><span lang="en-US"><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&# Thu, 15 May 2014 12:57:42 +0000 Lee Strubinger 23341 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Senate President Moves To Save Obama Artifacts For Presidential Library