county http://peoriapublicradio.org en Peoria County issued at least 59 same sex marriage licenses in first month http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-county-issued-least-59-same-sex-marriage-licenses-first-month <div>It’s been more than a month since Peoria County began issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Same-sex couples with civil unions can get them converted for free into a marriage license. &nbsp;Some counties will convert the civil union even if it’s from a different county. But Peoria County Clerk Steve Sonnemaker says his office is avoiding that:</div><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:01:00 +0000 Alex Rusciano 25938 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria County issued at least 59 same sex marriage licenses in first month Peoria County could manage city election commission http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-county-could-manage-city-election-commission <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Peoria County could take over the financial management of the City Election Commission. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports that's one topic for tomorrow's Metro Peoria Committee:</div><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:01:00 +0000 Alex Rusciano 24886 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria County could manage city election commission 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 Peoria County begins issuing same sex marriage licenses http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-county-begins-issuing-same-sex-marriage-licenses <div>Same-sex couples in Peoria County can start applying for marriage licenses Monday. Several counties in Illinois already started issuing marriage licenses before the new state law took effect Sunday. Peoria County Clerk Steve Sonnemaker says his office has received a few people expressing interest in applying for the marriage license:</div><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Alex Rusciano 24180 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria County begins issuing same sex marriage licenses 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 Peoria County Board OKs freezing members’ pay http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-county-board-oks-freezing-members-pay <div>Peoria County Board members in even-numbered districts will get a zero percent pay raise over the next four years. The Board also voted to give Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy a bump in a ‘supervisor of safety’ stipend by $10,000 in addition to annual salary hikes. &nbsp;County Board member Andrew Rand says he supports the stipend bump to recognize McCoy’s service as opposed to the position itself:</div><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 04:59:22 +0000 Alex Rusciano 23032 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria County Board OKs freezing members’ pay Peoria's rural bus program could change operations, but not service http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peorias-rural-bus-program-could-change-operations-not-service <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Peoria County is looking to transfer operation of its rural bus service to </span>CityLink<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex </span>Rusciano<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports the </span>CountyLink<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> program will no longer provide service to residents in </span>Chillicothe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Dunlap:</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s because the 2010 census classifies those areas as urban instead of rural communities based on population growth. That negates grant funding for the county program. County Administrator Lori Curtis Luther says the transit program could continue without any reduction in service if the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District takes over operations:</span></p><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 11:01:00 +0000 Alex Rusciano 22737 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria's rural bus program could change operations, but not service Peoria County considers salary increases http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-county-considers-salary-increases <div>The Peoria County Board will consider salary increases for half the board members and two elected officials over four years. &nbsp;Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the measure also proposes a stipend increase for the Sheriff:</div><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:28:47 +0000 Alex Rusciano 22192 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria County considers salary increases 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