Peoria http://peoriapublicradio.org en Emerald ash borer detected in Peoria, Tazewell counties http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/emerald-ash-borer-detected-peoria-tazewell-counties <div>The state Department of Agriculture has confirmed emerald ash borer in Peoria and Tazewell Counties. The beetle is a destructive pest that kills millions of ash trees in North America. &nbsp;State officials say the finds are significant because they’re showing up for the first time outside the boundaries of a state quarantine zone. Residents should follow quarantine guidelines by no transporting firewood products outside the counties. The state also encourages homeowners to treat or remove any trees they see with the emerald ash borer. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:51:48 +0000 Alex Rusciano 27022 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Emerald ash borer detected in Peoria, Tazewell counties ICC program teaches how to deconstruct a house http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/icc-program-teaches-how-deconstruct-house <div>Students from Illinois Central College got some hands on experience in stripping salvageable materials from a vacant home in Peoria. It’s part of ICC’s Deconstruction Certificate Program. The goal is to prepare students for entry level positions that require knowledge of re-usable materials in unused properties. Anne Nicklin developed ICC’s deconstruction program. She says the college works with the city of Peoria to salvage items before crews demolish abandoned properties:</div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:00:13 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26992 at http://peoriapublicradio.org ICC program teaches how to deconstruct a house State unemployment rate drops while Peoria jobs decline http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-unemployment-rate-drops-while-peoria-jobs-decline <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The unemployment rate in June fell in every metro area in the state for the third month in a row. </span></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:17:42 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26973 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State unemployment rate drops while Peoria jobs decline Peoria’s 13-mile Rock Island Trail officially connected http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-s-13-mile-rock-island-trail-officially-connected <div>The 13-mile Rock Island recreational trail is completely connected. The Peoria Park District held a ribbon cutting to officially open the Greenway Bridge piece of the trail over Knoxville Avenue. Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood helped secure some of the grant funding for the project. He says the connectivity of the trail will draw more people interested in recreation:</div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:04:55 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26966 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria’s 13-mile Rock Island Trail officially connected Peoria helping with homeless housing project http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-helping-homeless-housing-project <div>Peoria is helping with the redevelopment of three properties as part of a project to create more housing for the city’s homeless. The Council approved a 26-thousand dollar loan to the South Side Office of Concern.</div><div> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:53:49 +0000 Tanya Koonce & Daniela Vidal 26947 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria helping with homeless housing project Jury finds Leuthold guilty of murder http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/jury-finds-leuthold-guilty-murder <p><span style="font-family: 'Courier New'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 2; background-color: transparent;">It took the jury about 90 minutes to convict Nathan </span>Leuthold<span style="font-family: 'Courier New'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 2; background-color: transparent;"> for the murder of his wife Denise. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya </span>Koonce<span style="font-family: 'Courier New'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 2; background-color: transparent;"> reports the missionary was found guilty of first degree murder. </span></p><p></p><div><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:34:20 +0000 Alex Rusciano & Tanya Koonce 26807 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Jury finds Leuthold guilty of murder Peoria company recalling 21 lbs. of beef jerky http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-company-recalling-21-lbs-beef-jerky <p>Raber’s packing company of Peoria is recalling 21 pounds of its beef jerky. It’s being recalled because state inspectors found the jerky was produced without using a required process that limits biological and chemical risks. &nbsp;The meat was produced on July 2nd and sold in the Peoria area. It was sold in 25-ounce bags labeled ‘Grand Champion Raber’s Original beef Jerky’ with a code of 192. &nbsp;The state has not received any reports of illness from anyone consuming the product</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:19:35 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26692 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria company recalling 21 lbs. of beef jerky Peoria Housing project put on hold http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-housing-project-put-hold <div>The Peoria Housing Authority is putting the Greeley Scholar House Project on hold. The historic school is the PHA’s proposed site for eventual public and market-rate apartments that would serve to replace some of the Taft Homes. &nbsp;The Authority says it plans to re-apply for tax credit financing with the state Housing Development Authority in December.&nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:57:25 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26690 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria Housing project put on hold Running Central opens in Peoria’s Warehouse District http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/running-central-opens-peoria-s-warehouse-district <div>A well-known retail business opened its doors in Peoria’s Warehouse District Tuesday. Running Central re-located from its Peoria Heights location to 311 Water Street. &nbsp;The specialty running store originally opened on Main Street in Peoria six years ago, but moved to Peoria Heights in 2011 to expand. &nbsp;Owner Adam White says the downtown location is ideal for the business:</div><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:18:57 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26491 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Running Central opens in Peoria’s Warehouse District Local investors trying to land carp processing plant http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/local-investors-trying-land-carp-processing-plant <div>A carp processing facility on the Illinois River is still being considered. It’s estimated such a facility could create 40 initial jobs and cost as much as $10 million to build. That’s according to Peoria County Rural Economic Development Director John Hamann. He says investors from China, Texas and New York are looking at building a possible carp facility. Hamann says Peoria, East Peoria, Pekin and Chillicothe have also identified physical sites where a plant could locate. He says an ideal location can be tricky to nail down:</div><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:22:40 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26197 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Local investors trying to land carp processing plant