county http://peoriapublicradio.org en 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 County defers funding for downtown development group http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-county-defers-funding-downtown-development-group <div>The Peoria County Board deferred funding its share of a new downtown development group. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports board members questioned the transparency and membership of the group:</div><p></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The newly-formed non-profit Downtown Development Corporation aims to boost investment in Peoria's downtown and warehouse district. </span></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:43:30 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21621 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria County defers funding for downtown development group Peoria County looking for one health provider between jail, juvenile center http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-county-looking-one-health-provider-between-jail-juvenile-center <div>Peoria County is looking to consolidate eight separate health services between the Jail and Juvenile Detention Center under one provider. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:</div><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Alex Rusciano 20805 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria County looking for one health provider between jail, juvenile center Voters reject one-percent sales tax hike for Peoria County http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/voters-reject-one-percent-sales-tax-hike-peoria-county <div>A proposed one-percent sales tax increase was overwhelmingly defeated by Peoria County voters in last night’s election. School officials were hoping to use revenue from the tax hike towards building improvements. The tax hike was defeated by 66-percent of voters. It would have generated $18 million for Peoria county schools to use for state mandated health and safety building projects. Chad Wagner is Superintendent of Oak Grove School District in Bartonville. He says districts must now find other ways to fund the required projects at the same time state funding continues to shrink:</div><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 03:48:39 +0000 Alex Rusciano 20448 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Voters reject one-percent sales tax hike for Peoria County Peoria County denies zoning request for Dollar General http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-county-denies-zoning-request-dollar-general <div>The Peoria County Board rejected a developer’s zoning request to build a Dollar General Store in Limestone Township. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:</div><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 04:02:00 +0000 Alex Rusciano 20230 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria County denies zoning request for Dollar General Peoria County board members talk cemetery board, sales tax http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-county-board-members-talk-cemetery-board-sales-tax <div>Some Peoria County Board members say they oppose reducing its number of appointees on the Springdale Cemetery Authority. &nbsp;The County pays $60,000 a year towards the cemetery operating deficit. The Park District pays $40,000 and the City pays the rest of any remaining deficit. &nbsp;The City wants to have more representation on the Springdale Board. &nbsp;That would mean a reduction in a County slot. &nbsp;County Board member Allen Mayer says the County Board needs to maintain its current presence on the Springdale Authority:</div><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Alex Rusciano 19596 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria County board members talk cemetery board, sales tax McLean County hopes to issue same sex marriage licenses early http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/mclean-county-hopes-issue-same-sex-marriage-licenses-early <div>Another downstate Illinois county says it hopes to issue marriage licenses to gay couples earlier than expected.</div><div> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:54:25 +0000 Alex Keefe 19541 at http://peoriapublicradio.org McLean County hopes to issue same sex marriage licenses early Peoria landfill settlement means $130,000 more in revenue http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-landfill-settlement-means-130000-more-revenue <div>The Peoria City/County Landfill is set to get a revenue boost with a proposed legal settlement. &nbsp;The settlement follows two years of talks between the City, County and landfill operator, Waste Management. The proposed deal would require the company to pay $130,000 more in annual fees to deposit trash in the landfill. Landfill committee member and Peoria City Councilman Ryan Spain says the settlement can help tackle revenue challenges, including less trash being deposited in landfill:</div><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:53:42 +0000 Alex Rusciano 19432 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria landfill settlement means $130,000 more in revenue Legal settlement reached for Peoria City/County landfill http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/legal-settlement-reached-peoria-citycounty-landfill <p>After more than two years of talks, the Peoria City/County Landfill Committee has approved a tentative legal settlement with Waste Management. &nbsp;The company operates Landfill #2 in Peoria County. &nbsp;The proposed agreement would require Waste Management to pay more in fees for every ton deposited at the landfill to help cover costs. &nbsp;That rate is going up 65-cents per ton. &nbsp;The Peoria County Board and City Council also must approve the agreement for it to take effect. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:54:56 +0000 Alex Rusciano 19321 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Legal settlement reached for Peoria City/County landfill