state http://peoriapublicradio.org en Specifics on IL proposed progressive income tax http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/specifics-il-proposed-progressive-income-tax <div>Advocates have been moving for months to give Illinois a progressive income tax. Instead of the same flat rate for everyone, those who make more would pay more. Supporters are finally getting specific.</div><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:11:14 +0000 Hannah Meisel 20804 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Specifics on IL proposed progressive income tax Lawmaker has new state gambling expansion idea http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lawmaker-has-new-state-gambling-expansion-idea <div>The logjam on gambling expansion in Illinois has gone on for years. &nbsp;Now, a state legislator leading the negotiations says he's got a new, two-pronged approach. &nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:37:22 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 20222 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lawmaker has new state gambling expansion idea State cuts look grim for school districts http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-cuts-look-grim-school-districts <div>The state superintendent says some districts won't be able to make it through next school year if lawmakers further cut school spending.</div><div> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:52:22 +0000 Hannah Meisel 20081 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State cuts look grim for school districts State funding for Peoria, Fulton bike trail project http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-funding-peoria-fulton-bike-trail-project <p>Peoria County is getting $77,000 in state funding to develop a bike path to Fulton County. &nbsp;The money will be used to acquire a more than 24-mile abandoned railroad corridor that runs from Fulton County to Bellevue. &nbsp;The funding is part of a $1 million effort to develop or improve 42-miles of bicycle trails in the state.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 05:02:13 +0000 Alex Rusciano 19597 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State funding for Peoria, Fulton bike trail project Push to double low-income state tax credit http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/push-double-low-income-state-tax-credit <div>Efforts to raise the minimum wage have been getting a lot of attention, but it's not the only proposal intended to improve the lives of the working poor. There's&nbsp;a push to double Illinois' tax credit for low income workers.</div><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 23:35:14 +0000 Hannah Meisel 19106 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Push to double low-income state tax credit Rutherford says employee making allegations http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/rutherford-says-employee-making-allegations <div>Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford says one of his employees has made allegations against him. &nbsp;But he won’t say anything more than that.</div><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:25:25 +0000 Tony Arnold 18337 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Rutherford says employee making allegations Quinn delivers State of State address http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/quinn-delivers-state-state-address <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois Governor Pat Quinn delivered his sixth State of the State address Wednesday. As Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey reports, Quinn's speech was pretty much what you'd expect from a man fighting to keep his job ... despite some of the lowest approval ratings of any governor in America.</span></p><div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:17:20 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 18236 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Quinn delivers State of State address Lawmakers respond to propane shortage http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-respond-propane-shortage <div>With the state's return to a deep freeze, the governor and several lawmakers are responding to the shortage of propane in Illinois. Although there is enough propane to go around nationwide -- the problem has been getting it to where it's needed most. &nbsp;Governor Pat Quinn declared a "propane emergency" on Monday. An executive order lets truck drivers avoid fees and taxes usually required to transport propane.&nbsp;</div><div>For the propane that is available, the cost has skyrocketed. State Senator Dale Righter says he's heard from constituents forced into tough decisions.</div><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 06:35:09 +0000 Meischel 18191 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lawmakers respond to propane shortage Mayor Manier reacts to State of Union speech http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/mayor-manier-reacts-state-union-speech <div>Washington, Illinois Mayor Gary Manier was in the nation’s capitol for the State Of The Union last night. &nbsp;He was the guest of U.S. Senator Mark Kirk. The Central Illinois town was devastated following last November’s tornado. Manier says it was a thrill to see President Obama deliver the speech. But Manier says he was hoping the President would mention the state’s recovery efforts:</div><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 06:15:15 +0000 Alex Rusciano 18186 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Mayor Manier reacts to State of Union speech New talks on gambling expansion kick off Tuesday http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/new-talks-gambling-expansion-kick-tuesday <p>An Illinois lawmaker is attempting to revive talks over a massive expansion of gambling in the state. The effort begins Tuesday at a casino in East St. Louis.</p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 05:13:16 +0000 Brian Mackey 18135 at http://peoriapublicradio.org New talks on gambling expansion kick off Tuesday