President Barack Obama en Misconceptions of "Common Core" standards <div>As Illinois schools continue implementing the new "Common Core" educational standards, the changes are drawing criticism. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, Illinois' top educator says that's because of a misconception.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Common Core curriculum has been in the works for years. Illinois adopted it in 2010. It's meant to provide clear achievement standards in language and math at every grade level.</span></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 18:23:52 +0000 Brian Mackey 11711 at Misconceptions of "Common Core" standards Newt Gingrich stops in Peoria for fundraiser <p></p><p>Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich visited the Peoria Zoo Thursday before headlining a fundraiser for State Senator Darin LaHood.&nbsp; The former Republican Presidential Candidate criticized President Barack Obama's speech on the economy this week in Galesburg: Thu, 25 Jul 2013 23:01:32 +0000 Orko Manna 9443 at Newt Gingrich stops in Peoria for fundraiser FEMA again extends deadline for flood victims to register for assistance <div>The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline that individuals affected by extreme flooding can apply for assistance. Today was supposed to be the final day. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Businesses and people affected by this spring's storms and flooding now have until August 8 to register.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">FEMA says it extended the deadline another 15 days because it wants to make sure sure all people affected are able to apply for disaster assistance.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 17:46:20 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 9364 at FEMA again extends deadline for flood victims to register for assistance Governor enacts new law expanding Medicaid <div>Even as Congress looks to further roll back President Barack Obama's signature health care program, his home state is officially implementing a key part of it.&nbsp;IPR’S<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Amanda </span>Vinicky<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has more on a new Illinois law expanding Medicaid.</span></div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time, low-income adults without children will be eligible for Medicaid.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Specifically, adults within 138-percent of the poverty level, so someone making just under $16,000.</span></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:08:48 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 9282 at Governor enacts new law expanding Medicaid President Obama to visit the region <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>White House officials are confirming the president is traveling to Galesburg next Wednesday. President Obama is planning to be in Galesburg for an event on the economy. Details on the president’s travel plans and associated events are not yet available.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:33:13 +0000 Tanya Koonce 9082 at President Obama to visit the region Bill Daley attacks rivals on pension reform <p>Bill Daley is attacking his Democratic rivals ahead of next year’s race for Illinois governor. His main beef with them - how they’ve handled proposed reforms to the state’s retirement systems. IPR’S Tony Arnold reports.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Daley says incumbent Governor Pat Quinn hasn’t been a good leader on what many call the top issue facing Illinois, cutting the state’s 100 billion dollar pension debt.</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:17:23 +0000 Denise Molina & Tony Arnold 7491 at Bill Daley attacks rivals on pension reform