government http://peoriapublicradio.org en State officials consider new heroin laws http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-officials-consider-new-heroin-laws <div>Heroin use has surged in Illinois, especially in the collar counties around Chicago. State officials are considering whether new laws are needed to stop the spread of heroin and treat addiction more effectively.&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:01:22 +0000 Hannah Meisel 23562 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State officials consider new heroin laws IL lawmakers start to tackle new state budget http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-lawmakers-start-tackle-new-state-budget <div>Illinois lawmakers appear poised to begin voting on a new state budget Wednesday. They're going with a plan that would require an extension of the income tax increase.</div><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 21:49:16 +0000 Brian Mackey 23258 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL lawmakers start to tackle new state budget Planning group reports positive finances http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/planning-group-reports-positive-finances <div>The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission’s monthly financial reports are in the black for the first time this year. &nbsp;Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the news comes after months of financial uncertainty:</div><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 03:55:23 +0000 Alex Rusciano 22854 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Planning group reports positive finances IL cost to lease cars might go down http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-cost-lease-cars-might-go-down <div>The cost of leasing an automobile in Illinois should be going down. At least, that's what's supposed to happen under legislation the governor signed into law Monday.&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:56:01 +0000 Brian Mackey 22111 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL cost to lease cars might go down What’s the best way to fund Illinois road projects? http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/what-s-best-way-fund-illinois-road-projects <div>Some Illinois lawmakers say the key to transportation funding is improving public awareness. &nbsp;That was the message from a panel speaking at the annual I-CAT Transportation Conference in East Peoria. State Senator Karen McConnaughay says getting more input from chambers of commerce, residents and businesses could make transportation funding more efficient than approving a multi-year capital bill:</div><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:22:30 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21552 at http://peoriapublicradio.org What’s the best way to fund Illinois road projects? 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 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 IL lawmaker pushing more protection for lotto winners http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-lawmaker-pushing-more-protection-lotto-winners <div>A state legislator wants to give Lottery winners the option of staying out of the public eye.&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 19005 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL lawmaker pushing more protection for lotto winners Frerichs formally launches campaign for state treasurer http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/frerichs-formally-launches-campaign-state-treasurer <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Senator Mike </span>Frerichs<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been campaigning for Illinois treasurer for the better part of a year. Yet, until Wednesday, he's insisted he was just "exploring" a run for statewide office. Now, the wait is over.</span></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 06:00:01 +0000 Brian Mackey 17865 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Frerichs formally launches campaign for state treasurer Peoria County administrator reflects on 2013 http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-county-administrator-reflects-2013 <p>Peoria County’s top administrator says 2013 was a year of accomplishment. &nbsp;Lori Curtis Luther says the County officially opened its new $45 million Heddington Oaks facility in West Peoria. &nbsp;She says the nursing home is a modern change from the former Bel-Wood building that lacked modern fire and safety protections:</p><p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:05:30 +0000 Alex Rusciano 16949 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria County administrator reflects on 2013