Illinois http://peoriapublicradio.org en Illinois gets NCLB waiver http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/illinois-gets-nclb-waiver <div>After more than two years of trying, Illinois has finally won a waiver from the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind. What does this mean for schools in Illinois?</div><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:54:45 +0000 Brian Mackey 22005 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Illinois gets NCLB waiver IL House committee votes on Obama Presidential Library measure http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-house-committee-votes-obama-presidential-library-measure <div>A State House committee is advancing a plan to use 100 million dollars to build Barack Obama’s presidential library in Illinois. &nbsp;But one Republican says the vote may have been illegal. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:11:15 +0000 Tony Arnold 21954 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL House committee votes on Obama Presidential Library measure State unemployment lowest in five years, high nationally http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-unemployment-lowest-five-years-high-nationally <div>Illinois' unemployment rate dropped last month -- to the lowest level in more than five years. But the state still has one of the worst rates in the country.&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:06:22 +0000 Brian Mackey 21930 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State unemployment lowest in five years, high nationally A state push for more early childhood education http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-push-more-early-childhood-education <div>As Illinois navigated the economic downturn, lawmakers made lots of cuts including to early childhood education. &nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:45:22 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21837 at http://peoriapublicradio.org A state push for more early childhood education Groups fending off potential IL motor fuel tax hike http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/groups-fending-potential-il-motor-fuel-tax-hike <div>Gas station owners and petroleum distributors&nbsp;are fending off a potential increase in Illinois' motor fuel tax, even though it's not an immediate threat.</div><div> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:06:34 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21782 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Groups fending off potential IL motor fuel tax hike Durbin calls for ‘earmarks’ return http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/durbin-calls-earmarks-return <div>U.S. Senator Dick Durbin was in Springfield Monday, addressing the Teamsters labor union about federal funding for roads and other transportation projects. Durbin is calling for a return of "earmarks."</div><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:34:09 +0000 Brian Mackey 21776 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Durbin calls for ‘earmarks’ return 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 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 Lawmaker apologizes for racially-charged remark http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lawmaker-apologizes-racially-charged-remark <div>An Illinois lawmaker is apologizing for a racially charged remark she made Wednesday during a debate on charter schools.&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:57:07 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21604 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lawmaker apologizes for racially-charged remark Investigators focus on IL child care provider http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/investigators-focus-il-child-care-provider <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State investigators say a child care provider bilked Illinois out of more than $200,000. &nbsp;The case exposes gaps that could leave the state open to losing more.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:42:34 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 21489 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Investigators focus on IL child care provider