transit http://peoriapublicradio.org en 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 Lawmakers consider creating state Highway Commission http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-consider-creating-state-highway-commission <p></p><div>&nbsp;&nbsp;The annual ICAT&nbsp;transportation conference included a panel on state funding for &nbsp;transportation projects. Some state lawmakers say there are better ways to fund infrastructure projects than by passing an occasional massive construction bill. Democratic senator Martin Sandoval chairs the senate transportation committee. &nbsp;He says he supports forming an independent highway commission to regulate infrastructure funding like other utilities:</div><p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 21:33:14 +0000 Alex Rusciano 3445 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lawmakers consider creating state Highway Commission