meeting http://peoriapublicradio.org en Peoria County OKs public defender contract http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-county-oks-public-defender-contract <div>The Peoria County Board approved a public defender contract for Joel Brown. He starts July 1st. &nbsp;Brown assumes the post following financial questions surrounding former longtime public defender, Thomas Penn. County officials say the new public defender service is set to save tens-of-thousands-of-dollars a year. &nbsp;</div><div>The Board also approved converting a part-time Veterans Assistance position to full-time. Officials say this will help the County process veteran benefit applications. The County has seen 10,000 applications so far this year. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:53:50 +0000 Alex Rusciano 24825 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria County OKs public defender contract District 150 re-hires 39 pink-slipped teachers http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-re-hires-39-pink-slipped-teachers <div>The Peoria District 150 School Board voted to recall 39 pink-slipped teachers. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports they were part of the board’s reduction in force last month:</div><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 05:27:20 +0000 Alex Rusciano 23992 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 re-hires 39 pink-slipped teachers Tazewell County cities, county holding emergency meetings for tornado recovery http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/tazewell-county-cities-county-holding-emergency-meetings-tornado-recovery <p></p><div>Several municipalities in Tazewell County are holding special meetings Friday to vote on expanding the scope of tornado recovery efforts. &nbsp;The East Peoria, Washington and Pekin City Councils will separately vote on local disaster declarations. &nbsp;Washington Mayor Gary Manier says the measure will allow public health and public works personnel to more quickly respond to recovery issues as they arise:</div><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 03:20:49 +0000 Alex Rusciano 16258 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Tazewell County cities, county holding emergency meetings for tornado recovery First meeting held on ‘fracking’ in Illinois http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/first-meeting-held-fracking-illinois <p>Illinois is holding its first public meeting on potential new "fracking" regulations. &nbsp;Anyone interested is invited to comment at a meeting Tuesday in Chicago.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:12:45 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 15504 at http://peoriapublicradio.org First meeting held on ‘fracking’ in Illinois Washington residents express frustration, hope http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/washington-residents-express-frustration-hope <p>Hundreds of Washington residents packed the high school gym last night for a community meeting with local and state officials. It was the first time that residents could formally gather since Sunday’s tornado damaged or destroyed more than 1,000 homes. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports residents left the meeting expressing both hope and frustration in the recovery efforts:</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 04:42:49 +0000 Alex Rusciano 15293 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Washington residents express frustration, hope Stepping up for the community http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/stepping-community <p>About 150 people turned out for the town hall meeting in Peoria called Stop the Violence, Step Up For Your Community. About a dozen social and public service groups were present. Those in attendance learned how they could take advantage of the programs, or sign-up to volunteer. First District Peoria City Councilwoman Denise Moore hosted the meeting. She asked everyone in attendance to take personal responsibility:</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 03:29:54 +0000 Tanya Koonce 13923 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Stepping up for the community Quinn meeting with pension committee members http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/quinn-meeting-pension-committee-members <p></p><div>Governor Pat Quinn went months without meeting with members of the special legislative committee formed to draft a new pension plan. &nbsp;But he has ramped up efforts this month.</div><p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:34:41 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 13434 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Quinn meeting with pension committee members Pension committee floats new style of retirement plan for some http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/pension-committee-floats-new-style-retirement-plan-some <p></p><div>With an eye toward reaching an agreement in time for the upcoming veto session, legislators on a special pension committee met Friday in Chicago. &nbsp;The conversations focused on giving state employees and teachers a new style of retirement plan.</div><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 23:22:32 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 13286 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Pension committee floats new style of retirement plan for some IL Democrats to meet for candidate slating in 2014 http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-democrats-meet-candidate-slating-2014 <p></p><div>The Democratic Party of Illinois says it'll meet later this month to consider slating statewide candidates in next year's election. But as IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, at least one of those candidates thinks it’s a bad idea:</div><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 04:03:35 +0000 Brian Mackey 11861 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL Democrats to meet for candidate slating in 2014 Pension meetings behind closed doors http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/pension-meetings-behind-closed-doors <p></p><div>The Illinois lawmakers working on solving the state pension problem are not planning any more public meetings, but they are meeting behind closed doors this Friday. And as IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, the leader of the group says they'll be doing so without input from one key figure in the debate:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:34:44 +0000 Alex Rusciano 8958 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Pension meetings behind closed doors