program http://peoriapublicradio.org en Quinn touts housing program during Peoria stop http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/quinn-touts-housing-program-during-peoria-stop <div>Governor Pat Quinn toured the state Monday to trumpet his program aimed at helping first-time homebuyers. &nbsp;That included a stop in Peoria, where he urged people to take advantage of "Welcome Home Illinois." The program offers homebuyers $7,500 for a down payment and interest rates as low as 3.75 percent. &nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:34:30 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21770 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Quinn touts housing program during Peoria stop IL Senate passes tornado disaster funding bill http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-senate-passes-tornado-disaster-funding-bill <div>A bill allowing state funding to help towns hit by the November 17th tornadoes has passed the State Senate. The measure was introduced by state senator Dave Koehler and co-sponsored by Darin LaHood.</div><div> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:00:39 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21551 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL Senate passes tornado disaster funding bill Illinois veterans tout ‘Heroes’ program http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/illinois-veterans-tout-heroes-program <div>As veterans return to civilian life in Illinois, the state provides loans to those having trouble affording a home. As Hannah Meisel reports, officials were in Springfield Wednesday, touting that program.</div><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:53:40 +0000 Hannah Miesel 18899 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Illinois veterans tout ‘Heroes’ program Peoria launching anti-gang program for students http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-launching-anti-gang-program-students <p></p><div>Peoria is launching a pilot program next month aimed at stopping youth from joining gangs. &nbsp;The state-funded ‘Don’t Start’ program includes two schools in Peoria District 150 and runs through the summer. &nbsp;The anti-violence project pays for weekly gang-prevention talks, home visits for at-risk students and GED classes for parents. &nbsp;Renee Andrews is principal at Trewyn Middle School, that’s seen students involved in gang activity. &nbsp;She says it’s important that the Don’t Start Program targets students before high school:</div><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 04:48:09 +0000 Alex Rusciano 17649 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria launching anti-gang program for students New regional tool calculates potential land development impacts http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/new-regional-tool-calculates-potential-land-development-impacts <p></p><div>A new computer tool aims to give regional government better accuracy in predicting the impact of residential or commercial development. &nbsp;Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports on the new ‘fiscal calculator’ tool:</div><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Alex Rusciano 13975 at http://peoriapublicradio.org New regional tool calculates potential land development impacts District 150 to use student tracking service for graduates http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-use-student-tracking-service-graduates <p></p><div>District 150 is using a program to better track its high-school students after graduation. &nbsp;The School Board approved using the National Student Clearinghouse tracking service. &nbsp;District 150 spokesman Chris Coplan says the program allows the district to track whether its graduates went to a two or four-year college:</div><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Alex Rusciano 13611 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 to use student tracking service for graduates Roll-out dates for East Peoria toter program http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/roll-out-dates-east-peoria-toter-program <p></p><div>East Peoria residents now have a timeline to comply with the city&rsquo;s mandatory garbage-tote program next spring. Residents with garbage pick-up on Monday and Tuesday need to have a new toter in place by March. Anyone with a Wednesday route must have the container in use by May. East Peoria Public Works Director Steve Ferguson says the city could not require the toter-use at the same time:</div><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Alex Rusciano 12949 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Roll-out dates for East Peoria toter program