increase http://peoriapublicradio.org en District 150 OKs Lathan pay hike, lowers public comment time period http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-oks-lathan-pay-hike-lowers-public-comment-time-period <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Peoria Public School Board approved a two-percent salary bump for Superintendent </span>Grenita<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Lathan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex </span>Rusciano<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports the Board voted five to one for the pay increase:</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:12:57 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26811 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 OKs Lathan pay hike, lowers public comment time period New report looks at IL income tax increase http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/new-report-looks-il-income-tax-increase <p>Opponents of Governor Pat Quinn's proposed income tax increase say it will chase jobs out of Illinois. A new report that challenges that assumption. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:22:58 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21429 at http://peoriapublicradio.org New report looks at IL income tax increase State homecare workers calling for wage increase http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-homecare-workers-calling-wage-increase <div>There are thousands of personal support workers in Illinois -- homecare workers who provide support to developmentally disabled people, and those with other special needs. &nbsp;Advocates say the average wage for the field is just over nine dollars, and they're calling for an increase. &nbsp;Charlotte Cronin's son Daniel is 28. &nbsp;Cronin says his severe developmental disabilities make it difficult to care for him by herself. Cronin says the personal support workers, like the ones her son relies on, deserve better pay.</div><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 02:59:08 +0000 Hannah Meisel 18515 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State homecare workers calling for wage increase State board of education asks for $1 billion increase http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-board-education-asks-1-billion-increase <p></p><div>Illinois’ Board of Education is asking the General Assembly for a billion dollar increase in the new state budget. This comes even as the state’s already projected to lose at least double that.</div><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:07:19 +0000 Hannah Meisel 17927 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State board of education asks for $1 billion increase IL bar exam fees increasing http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-bar-exam-fees-increasing <p></p><div>It will cost more to become a licensed attorney in Illinois next year. &nbsp;Fees for the bar exam are going up by 100 dollars.</div><p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:57:09 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 15613 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL bar exam fees increasing Bradley University freshman class grows six-percent from last year http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/bradley-university-freshman-class-grows-six-percent-last-year <p></p><div>Bradley University’s incoming freshman class is the largest the school has seen in the last two classes. It’s more than 60 students than last year’s freshman class.&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 21:02:54 +0000 Tanya Koonce & Alex Rusciano 10689 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Bradley University freshman class grows six-percent from last year Area unemployment down from March, up from last year http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/area-unemployment-down-march-last-year <p>The number of people filing unemployment claims decreased one percent from March to April. &nbsp;The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports the unemployment rate at 7.9 percent in the Peoria Metropolitan Statistical Area. &nbsp;That’s up a half-a-percent from the same time last year. &nbsp;2,600 fewer jobs were added last month compared to April last year. &nbsp;That’s largely due to a temporary layoff in manufacturing jobs. &nbsp;But more than 1,000 jobs were added in educational-health services compared to the same time last year.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 20:17:57 +0000 Alex Rusciano 6114 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Area unemployment down from March, up from last year ICC tuition to increase eight percent http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/icc-tuition-increase-eight-percent <p>Illinois Central College tuition is going up eight percent next school year. The ICC board of trustees approved the &nbsp;increase Wednesday. It raises the tuition rate about nine dollars per credit hour.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 23:54:21 +0000 Alex Rusciano 3130 at http://peoriapublicradio.org ICC tuition to increase eight percent New proposal would make income tax increase permanent http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/new-proposal-would-make-income-tax-increase-permanent <div class="content"><p>The Illinois income tax increase would be made permanent in the latest proposal to fix the state's underfunded pension systems. The increase, from 3 percent to 5 percent, was set to begin easing back in 2014.</p><p>But Representative Lou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie, says the state can't afford that. He says Illinois taxpayers didn't create the pension problem, but it's a problem they're stuck with.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 00:16:41 +0000 Deborah Oldenkamp 1293 at http://peoriapublicradio.org