Pekin http://peoriapublicradio.org en Senator Dick Durbin rallies campaign faithful http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/senator-dick-durbin-rallies-campaign-faithful <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bdcdf5f1-e1b0-6bf9-d1bf-c1afe0fbb893"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: 'Courier New'; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, one of the most powerful Democrats in the Senate, is traveling the state as a candidate.&nbsp;</span></span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: 'Courier New'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 2;">That may be a reflection of the fact Durbin faces millionaire Illinois State Senator Jim </span>Oberweis<span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: 'Courier New'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 2;"> in the November general election. </span>Oberweis<span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: 'Courier New'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 2;"> won the Republican primary Tuesday, and spent significant personal money to do it.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:03:43 +0000 Tanya Koonce & Tamie Yost 20561 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Senator Dick Durbin rallies campaign faithful Robotics regional competition kicks-off in Pekin http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/robotics-regional-competition-kicks-pekin <div>The international FIRST Robotics competition kicked-off today in Pekin. Students in FIRST Robotics build and operate robots from identical boxes of parts with the goal of the robots competing in like tasks against other teams. The Central Illinois regional events includes forty teams from six midwestern states. Tessa Boots is on the high school robots team in O’Fallon, Illinois. &nbsp;She says you don’t have to be fluent in engineering to compete:</div><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:53:01 +0000 Alex Rusciano 19640 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Robotics regional competition kicks-off in Pekin FEMA officials in Pekin to answer questions, offer registration http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/fema-officials-pekin-answer-questions-offer-registration <p></p><div>FEMA officials are at the Pekin Walmart Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to answer questions about federal disaster assistance. &nbsp;The federal disaster survivor assistance team will also offer registration services to those impacted by last month’s devastating tornadoes. &nbsp;Residents can also get information on wind mitigation tips when rebuilding damaged structures. &nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 15:41:22 +0000 Alex Rusciano 16953 at http://peoriapublicradio.org FEMA officials in Pekin to answer questions, offer registration After 60 years, two Pekin streets getting two-way traffic http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/after-60-years-two-pekin-streets-getting-two-way-traffic <p>Two streets in Pekin are switching to two-way traffic this Thursday for the first time in decades. The 300 blocks of South Fourth and South Capitol Streets will return to two-way traffic starting at noon on Thursday. Officials say it may take drivers some time to get used to the change. The Street Department will remove some of the one-way signs starting Wednesday. New yellow lane dividers will be painted on both streets with orange construction barrels drawing attention to the change.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 02:05:36 +0000 Alex Rusciano 15757 at http://peoriapublicradio.org After 60 years, two Pekin streets getting two-way traffic Police Extend Curfew Following Tornado http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/police-extend-curfew-following-tornado <p><em>UPDATED </em></p><p><span dir="ltr" id=":11j">In the aftermath of Sunday's tornadoes,</span> the City of Pekin will once again enforce a &nbsp;9pm to 6am curfew for areas on Sheridan from 2<sup>nd</sup> &nbsp;to 8<sup>th</sup> street, including areas north between those streets to Lakeside. Pekin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Police will continue to heavily patrol all damaged areas. Residents are encouraged to call the following numbers if they need assistance, or are wanting to volunteer. This is a hotline that went live Thursday set up by the Emergency Operations Center.</span></p> Sun, 17 Nov 2013 23:21:23 +0000 Daryl Scott & Alex Rusciano 15071 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Police Extend Curfew Following Tornado Tornadoes Level Homes Across Tri-County Area http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/tornadoes-level-homes-across-tri-county-area <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-left:0in;margin-bottom:0.0001pt"><span style="font-family:'Courier New'">Heavy storms and at least one tornado ripped through Central Illinois <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_449996760" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">Sunday</span></span> morning. Peoria Public Radio's&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family:'Courier New'">Alex Rusciano reports the storms devastated parts of Washington.</span></p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-left:0in;margin-bottom:0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> Sun, 17 Nov 2013 21:48:51 +0000 Daryl Scott, Alex Rusciano & Denise Molina-Weiger 15065 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Tornadoes Level Homes Across Tri-County Area Groundbreaking for latest Veterans Drive phase in Pekin http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/groundbreaking-latest-veterans-drive-phase-pekin <p></p><div>Pekin officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the latest construction phase of Veterans Drive. &nbsp;The more than three-mile stretch runs from Commercial Drive near the Wal-Mart to Route 29. &nbsp;Pekin Mayor Laurie Barra says the finished project will make travel more efficient:</div><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 19:48:02 +0000 Alex Rusciano 13271 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Groundbreaking for latest Veterans Drive phase in Pekin New Veterans Drive segment now open http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/new-veterans-drive-segment-now-open <p></p><div>The City of Pekin is celebrating the completion of the central part of Veterans Drive. Local, state and federal officials cut the ribbon Friday for the additional portion of the city’s ring road project. &nbsp;The one-mile stretch of pavement connects Broadway to Sheridan Road. It costs nearly $5 million. Pekin Mayor Laurie Barra says finishing this part of Veteran’s Drive means additional economic investment and better traffic flow:</div><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 23:00:34 +0000 Alex Rusciano 11920 at http://peoriapublicradio.org New Veterans Drive segment now open Pekin-area soldiers being honored at blood drive http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/pekin-area-soldiers-being-honored-blood-drive <p></p><p>Two fallen Pekin-area soldiers are being honored at a Red Cross blood drive Saturday in North Pekin. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Orko Manna 8720 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Pekin-area soldiers being honored at blood drive New law certifies IL skilled workers to teach students http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/new-law-certifies-il-skilled-workers-teach-students <p></p><div>Long-time employees of local businesses, like Pekin’s Excel Foundry, can be certified to teach on a part-time basis. The state certification is for part-time teaching and is limited to a specific skill as part of a school district’s curriculum. Governor Pat Quinn yesterday signed the bill that in-part creates the special teacher certification law.&nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 23:45:02 +0000 Tanya Koonce 7746 at http://peoriapublicradio.org New law certifies IL skilled workers to teach students