President Barack Obama http://peoriapublicradio.org en President Obama authorizes $12 billion for Federal water projects http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/president-obama-authorizes-12-billion-federal-water-projects <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Agriculture groups say a bill signed by President Obama today is a step toward vital upgrades for the nation’s aging lock and dam system. But they also say there is more work to do. &nbsp;</span></p><div> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:23:53 +0000 Rich Egger 24671 at http://peoriapublicradio.org President Obama authorizes $12 billion for Federal water projects House committee votes to spend 100-million dollars for Obama Presidential Library http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/house-committee-votes-spend-100-million-dollars-obama-presidential-library <div>A legislative committee Wednesday voted to authorize spending a hundred million dollars to lure Barack Obama's presidential library to Chicago for the second time. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before he became President, Barack Obama served as an Illinois state, and U.S. senator.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He worked as a community organizer in Chicago, and taught at the University of Chicago law school.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All reasons he might locate his presidential library and museum in Illinois.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But New York and Hawaii are also in the running.</span></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:42:49 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22609 at http://peoriapublicradio.org House committee votes to spend 100-million dollars for Obama Presidential Library Misconceptions of "Common Core" standards http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/misconceptions-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 http://peoriapublicradio.org Misconceptions of "Common Core" standards Newt Gingrich stops in Peoria for fundraiser http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/newt-gingrich-stops-peoria-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 http://peoriapublicradio.org Newt Gingrich stops in Peoria for fundraiser FEMA again extends deadline for flood victims to register for assistance http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/fema-again-extends-deadline-flood-victims-register-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 http://peoriapublicradio.org FEMA again extends deadline for flood victims to register for assistance Governor enacts new law expanding Medicaid http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/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 http://peoriapublicradio.org Governor enacts new law expanding Medicaid President Obama to visit the region http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/president-obama-visit-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 http://peoriapublicradio.org President Obama to visit the region Bill Daley attacks rivals on pension reform http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/bill-daley-attacks-rivals-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 http://peoriapublicradio.org Bill Daley attacks rivals on pension reform