Peoria http://peoriapublicradio.org en Glasford bank robbery suspects taken into custody http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/glasford-bank-robbery-suspects-taken-custody <p>Two suspects are in custody following a bank robbery in Glasford Thursday. &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:20:43 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21955 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Glasford bank robbery suspects taken into custody Peoria County has financial concerns over public defender spending http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-county-has-financial-concerns-over-public-defender-spending <div>Peoria County officials say they have serious financial concerns over the way its public defender service was managed. &nbsp;Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that’s according to documents heading to committee members next week:</div><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:22 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21953 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria County has financial concerns over public defender spending Temporary public defender serving Peoria County starting next month http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/temporary-public-defender-serving-peoria-county-starting-next-month <div>A local attorney will serve as Peoria County’s head public defender starting May 1st. &nbsp;Jeff Flanagan is replacing Thomas Penn, who served as public defender for 30 years. &nbsp;Penn’s appointment expires at the end of the month.</div><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:39:46 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21891 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Temporary public defender serving Peoria County starting next month District 150 would see $5.4M cut in state budget scenario http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-would-see-54m-cut-state-budget-scenario <div>New data suggests just how big a hit most school districts would take if Illinois' income tax rate rolls back as scheduled at the end of the year. &nbsp;That would mean a 10-percent cut in state funding for District 150:</div><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:36:32 +0000 Amanda Vinicky & Alex Rusciano 21890 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 would see $5.4M cut in state budget scenario East Peoria approves business loan http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/east-peoria-approves-business-loan <div>The East Peoria City Council approved a $50,000 loan to help a local accounting firm expand. The loan is for CLA Services to move into a building in the city’s Four Corners District. City Planning Director Ty Livingston says the loan can help pay for physical improvements that match the district:</div><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:48:43 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21838 at http://peoriapublicradio.org East Peoria approves business loan CityLink to offer Sunday service routes in Peoria http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/citylink-offer-sunday-service-routes-peoria <div>CityLink is offering bus service on Sundays for the first time starting June 8th. The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District Board approved the move at its meeting Monday.</div><div> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:23:20 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21783 at http://peoriapublicradio.org CityLink to offer Sunday service routes in Peoria Peoria County defers funding for downtown development group http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-county-defers-funding-downtown-development-group <div>The Peoria County Board deferred funding its share of a new downtown development group. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports board members questioned the transparency and membership of the group:</div><p></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The newly-formed non-profit Downtown Development Corporation aims to boost investment in Peoria's downtown and warehouse district. </span></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:43:30 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21621 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria County defers funding for downtown development group Central Illinois bridges, roads slated for new state funding http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/central-illinois-bridges-roads-slated-new-state-funding <div>Illinois will invest another $8.6 billion into roads, bridges and other projects. It's the latest installment of a major infrastructure plan lawmakers passed in 2010. Now, Governor Pat Quinn is calling for a new one. But he’s not saying where the money should come from.</div><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:58:35 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 21550 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Central Illinois bridges, roads slated for new state funding ICC gets $2.6 million towards Sustainability Center project http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/icc-gets-26-million-towards-sustainability-center-project <div>The state is giving Illinois Central College more than two-and-a-half-million-dollars to build a new Sustainability Center at its East Peoria campus. The funding is part of the state’s ‘Illinois Jobs Now’ program. The new 24,000 square-foot facility will include space for renewable energy, architecture and H-VAC programs. Illinois Central College President John Erwin says area residents can also benefit from the new facility:</div><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:36:08 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21484 at http://peoriapublicradio.org ICC gets $2.6 million towards Sustainability Center project Transportation conference includes Washington recovery lessons http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/transportation-conference-includes-washington-recovery-lessons <div>Communities affected by a natural disaster need to both physically respond and take time to calculate accurate damage estimates. That's according to Washington Engineer Ed Andrews speaking at the I-CAT Transportation Conference in East Peoria. He says state and federal deadlines to submit damage assessments kick-in soon after a disaster:</div><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:28:48 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21483 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Transportation conference includes Washington recovery lessons