board http://peoriapublicradio.org en Washington council OKs new fire board appointee http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/washington-council-oks-new-fire-board-appointee <div>The City of Washington wants to double its representation on the area fire board. &nbsp;Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports the move comes following public criticism of board operations:</div><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:32:19 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26460 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Washington council OKs new fire board appointee Eight people interested in District 150 board seat http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/eight-people-interested-district-150-board-seat <p>The Peoria Public School board will consider eight names to fill a vacancy in its third district. They include Lara Aaron, Jon Bateman and Jeff Lickiss. Former District 150 Board member Laura Petelle also re-applied for her seat that she lost to Sue Wolstenholm this spring. Wolstenholm was backed by the ‘Change 150’ political group and shortly resigned. Also running is Change 150 candidate Dan Adler, Melvin McCaw and Phil Romanus. The Board has until mid-August to name a replacement for the one-year term.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:51:13 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26324 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Eight people interested in District 150 board seat 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 OKs public defender contract http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-county-oks-public-defender-contract <div>The Peoria County Board approved a public defender contract for Joel Brown. He starts July 1st. &nbsp;Brown assumes the post following financial questions surrounding former longtime public defender, Thomas Penn. County officials say the new public defender service is set to save tens-of-thousands-of-dollars a year. &nbsp;</div><div>The Board also approved converting a part-time Veterans Assistance position to full-time. Officials say this will help the County process veteran benefit applications. The County has seen 10,000 applications so far this year. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:53:50 +0000 Alex Rusciano 24825 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria County OKs public defender contract ‘Change 150’ backs Adler for Peoria School Board seat http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/change-150-backs-adler-peoria-school-board-seat <div>A grassroots political group aiming to change the leadership on the Peoria Public School Board officially announced its choice to fill an open seat. Change 150 says it’s backing Dan Adler for the third District School Board post. Adler says he has two priorities that include more emphasis on public comment in board meetings and creating open channels for staff to voice concerns:</div><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 23:28:22 +0000 Alex Rusciano 24479 at http://peoriapublicradio.org ‘Change 150’ backs Adler for Peoria School Board seat District 150 Board talks likely seat vacancy http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-board-talks-likely-seat-vacancy <div>The District 150 School Board met in executive session last night to discuss the likely steps needed to fill the upcoming vacancy for the board seat currently held by Laura Petelle. She was defeated by Sue Wolstenholm in the spring election. But Wolstenholm says she plans to resign the post. That gives the board 45 days from that time to fill the seat. School Board president Rick Cloyd says the meeting was to review the policy that spells out how to fill a vacancy:</div><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 01:05:03 +0000 Alex Rusciano 24057 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 Board talks likely seat vacancy District 150 hires legal officer, talks budget http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-hires-legal-officer-talks-budget <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">T</span>he District 150 School Board voted to hire an in-house legal officer. &nbsp;Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the move comes as the Board heard from parents concerned about the legal money spent on a testing investigation at Charter Oak.&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 05:13:57 +0000 Alex Rusciano 23202 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 hires legal officer, talks budget Sue Wolstenholm unseats D 150 school board incumbent Laura Petelle http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/sue-wolstenholm-unseats-d-150-school-board-incumbent-laura-petelle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">District 150 School Board incumbent Laura </span>Petelle<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was unseated in yesterday’s election. &nbsp;69-percent of voters voted for Sue </span>Wolstenholm<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who was backed by the grassroots ‘Change 150’ group. The organization aims to change the culture and leadership in the district. Change 150 spokesman Sea </span>Stipe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the vote reflects community support:</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 04:20:41 +0000 Alex Rusciano 20449 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Sue Wolstenholm unseats D 150 school board incumbent Laura Petelle District 150 tensions take different direction Monday http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-tensions-take-different-direction-monday <div>The controversy surrounding the former Charter Oak principal and testing scores in District 150 took a slightly different turn at last night’s School Board meeting. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:</div><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 05:08:42 +0000 Alex Rusciano 19436 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 tensions take different direction Monday Peoria County OKs forgiving Tri-County lobbying fees http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-county-oks-forgiving-tri-county-lobbying-fees <div>The Peoria County Board approved forgiving $63,000 in lobbying fees from the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. &nbsp;Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports:</div><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 05:15:22 +0000 Alex Rusciano 18953 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria County OKs forgiving Tri-County lobbying fees