change http://peoriapublicradio.org en New state election bill means likely changes this November http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/new-state-election-bill-means-likely-changes-november <div>The Peoria City Election Commission is preparing for changes during the November election. Lawmakers approved a new election bill last week that expands the number of days people can register to vote. This ‘grace period’ time now includes the day before the election and on election day where people can both register and vote.</div><div> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:01:00 +0000 Alex Rusciano 24696 at http://peoriapublicradio.org New state election bill means likely changes this November ‘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 re-hires 39 pink-slipped teachers http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-re-hires-39-pink-slipped-teachers <div>The Peoria District 150 School Board voted to recall 39 pink-slipped teachers. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports they were part of the board’s reduction in force last month:</div><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 05:27:20 +0000 Alex Rusciano 23992 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 re-hires 39 pink-slipped teachers District 150 ‘State of Schools’ address moved to this fall http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-state-schools-address-moved-fall <div>The annual District 150 ‘State of The Schools’ address is usually this month. But Superintendent Grenita Lathan is working with the Peoria Chamber of Commerce to instead hold the annual event in the fall. &nbsp;Lathan says the new date is better because the district has more financial and staff hiring data to report compared to the spring:</div><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 19:49:24 +0000 Alex Rusciano 23680 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 ‘State of Schools’ address moved to this fall Some question efficiency of Illinois’ Medicaid overhaul http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/some-question-efficiency-illinois-medicaid-overhaul <div>The state of Illinois has been undertaking a massive change to its system of health care for the poor, elderly and disabled. IT's meant to streamline the struggling system and save money. But some say the state is moving too slowly.</div><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 21:57:02 +0000 Brian Mackey 23025 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Some question efficiency of Illinois’ Medicaid overhaul IL Senate advances education funding overhaul http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-senate-advances-education-funding-overhaul <div>Republicans in the Illinois Senate say a school funding overhaul is being rushed through the General Assembly.</div><div> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:13:46 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21620 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL Senate advances education funding overhaul ‘Change 150’ announces issues, other group support http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/change-150-announces-issues-other-group-support <div>A group aiming to change the culture and leadership of Peoria School District 150 is now detailing core issues it has with the district. &nbsp;</div><p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:10:37 +0000 Alex Rusciano 20269 at http://peoriapublicradio.org ‘Change 150’ announces issues, other group support City County Health Department looking at service shift http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/city-county-health-department-looking-service-shift <div>The Peoria City/County Health Department will likely change the way it delivers services as a result of new health trends. &nbsp;Administrator Greg Chance says the department used to provide a large amount of immunizations and pre-natal care:</div><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Alex Rusciano 19006 at http://peoriapublicradio.org City County Health Department looking at service shift Lawmaker proposes changes to state drunk driving law http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lawmaker-proposes-changes-state-drunk-driving-law <p></p><div>When it comes to drunk driving, Illinois lets people back on the road after two or even three convictions. The same goes for other serious traffic offenses like reckless homicide. But the law currently says "four strikes, and you're out."</div><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 04:33:31 +0000 Hannah Meisel 17867 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lawmaker proposes changes to state drunk driving law Disability parking changes take effect Jan. 1st http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/disability-parking-changes-take-effect-jan-1st <p></p><div>Most drivers with state disability parking placards will pay at parking meters starting January 1st. &nbsp;The new law will require anyone with a blue or red placard to start inserting coins at meters in Illinois. &nbsp;Mary Riseling is with the Illinois Secretary of State's Office. She says the change means an increase in revenue for cities with metered parking:</div><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 23:48:49 +0000 Alex Rusciano 16534 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Disability parking changes take effect Jan. 1st