Peoria Public Radio News http://peoriapublicradio.org en CityLink holds first public meeting on proposed northside facility http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/citylink-holds-first-public-meeting-proposed-northside-facility <div>CityLink is moving forward with determining whether to build a northside transfer center for its customers. The transit organization held the first of three public hearings on the matter last night.</div><div> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:26:32 +0000 Denise Molina 21910 at http://peoriapublicradio.org CityLink holds first public meeting on proposed northside facility Labor, environmental groups talk clean energy in Peoria http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/labor-environmental-groups-talk-clean-energy-peoria <div>Area labor and environmental groups both see the need to grow sustainable energy markets in Illinois. &nbsp;The question seems to be the best way to make the transition. &nbsp;Both groups met in Peoria Wednesday during a meeting hosted by State Senator Dave Koehler and Representative Jehan Gordon. &nbsp;Koehler says it’s positive to have both groups talk about ways to keep or grow new jobs during the transition to wind, solar and other forms of clean energy:</div><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:45:12 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21892 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Labor, environmental groups talk clean energy in Peoria 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 District 150 would see $5.4M cut in state budget scenario http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-would-see-54m-cut-state-budget-scenario <div>New data suggests just how big a hit most school districts would take if Illinois' income tax rate rolls back as scheduled at the end of the year. &nbsp;That would mean a 10-percent cut in state funding for District 150:</div><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:36:32 +0000 Amanda Vinicky & Alex Rusciano 21890 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 would see $5.4M cut in state budget scenario District 150 approves fives new principals, including Charter Oak http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-approves-fives-new-principals-including-charter-oak <p>The District 150 School Board approved a new principal for Charter Oak Primary School. &nbsp; Betty Zilkowski is replacing John Wetterauer, who was removed from the post following a state testing investigation. She is currently the assistant principal at Sterling Middle School. The Board also approved new principals for Lindbergh, Northmoore Primary, Sterling and Woodrow Wilson schools. &nbsp;The current principals at those schools are retiring in the coming months.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:51:15 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21839 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 approves fives new principals, including Charter Oak East Peoria approves business loan http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/east-peoria-approves-business-loan <div>The East Peoria City Council approved a $50,000 loan to help a local accounting firm expand. The loan is for CLA Services to move into a building in the city’s Four Corners District. City Planning Director Ty Livingston says the loan can help pay for physical improvements that match the district:</div><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:48:43 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21838 at http://peoriapublicradio.org East Peoria approves business loan Home sales decline in first quarter of 2014 http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/home-sales-decline-first-quarter-2014 <div>Record snowfall and frigid temperatures took a toll on the Peoria area housing market.</div><div> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:15:32 +0000 Denise Molina 21804 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Home sales decline in first quarter of 2014 CityLink to offer Sunday service routes in Peoria http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/citylink-offer-sunday-service-routes-peoria <div>CityLink is offering bus service on Sundays for the first time starting June 8th. The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District Board approved the move at its meeting Monday.</div><div> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:23:20 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21783 at http://peoriapublicradio.org CityLink to offer Sunday service routes in Peoria District 150 OKs 200 pink-slips, Peoria Police costing district unbudgeted $180,000 http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-oks-200-pink-slips-peoria-police-costing-district-unbudgeted-180000 <div>200 full and part-time District 150 employees are receiving pink slips for next year. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that includes 40 more teachers compared to the same time last year:</div><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:59:44 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21781 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 OKs 200 pink-slips, Peoria Police costing district unbudgeted $180,000 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