public http://peoriapublicradio.org en District 150 OKs Lathan pay hike, lowers public comment time period http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-oks-lathan-pay-hike-lowers-public-comment-time-period <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Peoria Public School Board approved a two-percent salary bump for Superintendent </span>Grenita<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Lathan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex </span>Rusciano<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports the Board voted five to one for the pay increase:</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:12:57 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26811 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 OKs Lathan pay hike, lowers public comment time period Transparency questions surround Washington fire board http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/transparency-questions-surround-washington-fire-board <div>The Washington Fire Board needs to consider allowing more public participation at its meetings. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that’s according to Washington Mayor Gary Manier:&nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:04:12 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26280 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Transparency questions surround Washington fire board Peoria County Board to consider public defender contract http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-county-board-consider-public-defender-contract <div>Local criminal defense attorney Joel Brown is set to become Peoria County’s next public defender in July. The County Board still needs to approve the $1.4 million contract during its regularly-scheduled meeting next month. Brown says he plans to work with the existing 29 assistant public defenders in maintaining the service:</div><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 04:59:07 +0000 Alex Rusciano 23989 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria County Board to consider public defender contract 10th Circuit Judges approve new public defender http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/10th-circuit-judges-approve-new-public-defender <div>The 10th Circuit Judges have selected a new permanent public defender. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports he’ll start later this year:</div><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 04:48:42 +0000 Alex Rusciano 22570 at http://peoriapublicradio.org 10th Circuit Judges approve new public defender 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 Peoria crews prepare for possible freeze-thaw toll on pipes http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-crews-prepare-possible-freeze-thaw-toll-pipes <div>The Peoria Public Works Department says the freeze-thaw cycle could damage underground sewer and water pipes. Director Mike Rogers says the ground freeze this season is three feet deeper than a typical winter. &nbsp;He says warmer temperatures then shift the ground that could break sewer pipes:</div><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:49:49 +0000 Alex Rusciano 20107 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria crews prepare for possible freeze-thaw toll on pipes Lathan responds to District 150 critics amid testing investigation http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lathan-responds-district-150-critics-amid-testing-investigation <div>District 150 Superintendent Grenita Lathan is responding to critics of her administration and what they say is a ‘culture of fear’. &nbsp;Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports the comments follow the fourth straight meeting where parents are voicing concern:</div><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 07:01:17 +0000 Alex Rusciano 18789 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lathan responds to District 150 critics amid testing investigation City shares details, timeline on Main/University project http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/city-shares-details-timeline-mainuniversity-project <div>City of Peoria officials say they hope the Main and University intersection project finishes by mid-May. That was the estimated timeline shared with more than 50 people at a public meeting yesterday.</div><div> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 03:57:41 +0000 Alex Rusciano 18247 at http://peoriapublicradio.org City shares details, timeline on Main/University project IL public universities could share more research http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-public-universities-could-share-more-research <p></p><div>A new law requires Illinois' public universities to consider making their research available for free, but it does not require it.</div><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:02:53 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 10335 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL public universities could share more research