courts http://peoriapublicradio.org en Children’s Advocacy Center gets national recognition http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/children-s-advocacy-center-gets-national-recognition <p></p><div>The Peoria County Children's Advocacy Center is receiving &nbsp;national recognition for its work with child abuse victims. &nbsp; The National Children's Alliance designated the center with a five year accreditation. &nbsp;Donna Cruz is an Assistant Peoria County State's Attorney and heads the Center. She says the national honor recognizes the way the center investigates alleged child abuse cases. She says that includes using specially-trained interviewers to talk to children in a non-threatening environment:</div><p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:41:49 +0000 Alex Rusciano 14255 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Children’s Advocacy Center gets national recognition IL Justice Kilbride concludes three-year term http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-justice-kilbride-concludes-three-year-term <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; ">The Illinois court system will get a new leader next week. Friday Tom </span>Kilbride<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; "> concludes his 3-year term as chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, and on Monday Justice Rita </span>Garman<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; "> will take over. &nbsp;</span>IPR’s<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; "> Herb </span>Trix<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; "> has more:</span></p><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; "> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 01:22:22 +0000 Herb Trix 13921 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL Justice Kilbride concludes three-year term Peoria County board members want a close look at public defender contract http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-county-board-members-want-close-look-public-defender-contract <p></p><div>Some Peoria County board members want to change the way the county selects its public defender attorney. The 10th Judicial Circuit Judges have used the same public defender for decades, without bidding out the service. The County Board then pays the costs for the 29 assistant public defenders. County Board member Andrew Rand says he supports effectively bidding out the service:</div><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 22:50:35 +0000 Alex Rusciano 13386 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria County board members want a close look at public defender contract Quinn appeals to state’s high court http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/quinn-appeals-state-s-high-court <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is seeking a direct appeal to the state&#39;s high court, as he tries to withhold legislators&#39; pay.</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 23:43:02 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 12842 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Quinn appeals to state’s high court New Law Establishes Legal Protection for Homeless http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/new-law-establishes-legal-protection-homeless <p>People who are homeless are getting new legal protections under a law signed today by Governor Pat Quinn. I-P-R's Amanda Vinicky reports.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:15:20 +0000 Daryl Scott 10823 at http://peoriapublicradio.org New Law Establishes Legal Protection for Homeless New state rules aim to make court process easier http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/new-state-rules-aim-make-court-process-easier <p></p><div>A new set of rules from the Illinois Supreme Court are aimed at making it easier for people to use the court system. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:38:11 +0000 Brian Mackey 7852 at http://peoriapublicradio.org New state rules aim to make court process easier ‘Amazon tax’ issue heard in IL Supreme Court http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/amazon-tax-issue-heard-il-supreme-court <p></p><div>The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case challenging the state's so-called "Amazon tax." The decision could change the way Illinois websites make money online. IPR’s Brian Mackey reports:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><p> Wed, 22 May 2013 19:42:34 +0000 Alex Rusciano 6043 at http://peoriapublicradio.org ‘Amazon tax’ issue heard in IL Supreme Court Law firm highlights free regional legal services http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/law-firm-highlights-free-regional-legal-services <p></p><div>The Peoria-office of Prairie State Legal Services held its annual luncheon to highlight this year’s fundraising efforts. The campaign raises money each year to provide free legal service to low-income residents in the region. &nbsp;Jeff Hamaker is with Prairie State Legal Services. &nbsp;He says about half Central and Western Illinois residents living below the poverty line have civil legal needs:</div><p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 01:13:58 +0000 Alex Rusciano 4042 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Law firm highlights free regional legal services