state http://peoriapublicradio.org en District 150 aims to expand sex education curriculum http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-aims-expand-sex-education-curriculum <div>District 150 is also working to expand it’s sexual education programs starting this fall. A grant from the State Board of Education will help the district implement a five-year plan to add programs that focus on contraception. District 150 Special Education Director Maureen Langholf says the program aims to work with area health departments and community groups to promote safe sex:</div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:17:28 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26812 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 aims to expand sex education curriculum Quinn could send state police to tackle Chicago violence http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/quinn-could-send-state-police-tackle-chicago-violence <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is willing to provide back-up for the Chicago Police Department. More than 50 people were shot in Chicago over the long holiday weekend. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:54:12 +0000 Tony Arnold 26134 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Quinn could send state police to tackle Chicago violence A look at the state’s minimum wage issues http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/look-state-s-minimum-wage-issues <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois lawmakers are considering raising the state's minimum wage to ten dollars, and Chicago could raise it higher still. </span>IPR’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Amanda </span>Vinicky<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> surveys the minimum wage landscape.</span></p><p></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite Democratic majorities and a push from the governor, Illinois' legislative session adjourned without a bump in the minimum wage.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers settled for putting a non-binding question on the November ballot asking if that's something voters want.</span></p></div><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:42:46 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 26124 at http://peoriapublicradio.org A look at the state’s minimum wage issues Governor Quinn signs budget http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/governor-quinn-signs-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois will have a budget in place when the state's new fiscal year begins Tuesday. The governor signed it into law Monday. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:03:21 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 25737 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Governor Quinn signs budget State proposal would clear some juvenile arrest records http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-proposal-would-clear-some-juvenile-arrest-records <div>State lawmakers are advancing a plan that could automatically clear the arrest records of some juveniles. &nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 01:45:37 +0000 Tony Arnold 24062 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State proposal would clear some juvenile arrest records District 150 ‘State of Schools’ address moved to this fall http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-state-schools-address-moved-fall <div>The annual District 150 ‘State of The Schools’ address is usually this month. But Superintendent Grenita Lathan is working with the Peoria Chamber of Commerce to instead hold the annual event in the fall. &nbsp;Lathan says the new date is better because the district has more financial and staff hiring data to report compared to the spring:</div><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 19:49:24 +0000 Alex Rusciano 23680 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 ‘State of Schools’ address moved to this fall State board responds on Charter Oak testing investigation http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-board-responds-charter-oak-testing-investigation <div>The Illinois State Board of Education says it found no evidence that a District 150 primary school manipulated test scores. However, a letter sent from the ISBE to the district says it’s forwarding its report to its Licensure Division for further review.&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 10:40:09 +0000 Alex Rusciano 23330 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State board responds on Charter Oak testing investigation Peoria airport earns state award http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-airport-earns-state-award <div>The Peoria International Airport is getting state recognition for the way it operates. The state Department of Transportation awarded the airport as the ‘Primary Airport of the Year’. &nbsp;Airport Director Gene Olson says the award was based on multiple projects and procedures at the airport:</div><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 23:05:46 +0000 Alex Rusciano 23317 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria airport earns state award State hearing looks if new pension law could be suspended http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-hearing-looks-if-new-pension-law-could-be-suspended <div>A hearing set for Wednesday afternoon could determine if some - or even all - of Illinois' new pension law will be suspended. The law is supposed to take effect next month.</div><div> Wed, 14 May 2014 06:08:07 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 23266 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State hearing looks if new pension law could be suspended State argument over citizen’s initiatives http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-argument-over-citizen-s-initiatives <div>State election officials are beginning a long and deliberate process --- going through the two citizen's initiatives filed last week. &nbsp;Challengers are trying to argue that's a waste of time and money.</div><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 01:33:34 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22851 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State argument over citizen’s initiatives