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6:58 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Caterpillar shows products in action at Edwards center

Caterpillar invited area journalists to learn more about the company and drive some of the construction and mining equipment.  It’s part of Cat’s Media Day event at the Edwards Demonstration and Learning Center.  The two-acre facility has a large testing arena where as many as 200 people can see drivers perform coordinated movements.  Center Supervisor Chad Cremeens says the demonstrations are partly intended to show off Cat’s products:

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:27 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Free motorcycle training in the area

Credit www.mrp.uiuc.edu

The Illinois Department of Transportation is encouraging people to sign up for free motorcycle training courses in the area. The University of Illinois Motorcycle Rider Program offers the education courses at 12 locations throughout central Illinois including East Peoria, Canton, and Galesburg.

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Out and About
12:04 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Peoria Symphony opens new season with Brhams and Dvorak

This week, we talk with George Stelluto, conductor of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. Their new season opens with a concert Saturday night, featuring music by Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvorak and a guest appearance by violinist Sarah Chang. He talks about the two pieces on the program, the relationship between the two composers, and some highlights of the coming season.

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State News
10:34 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Top earners see average income increase in Il

Despite economic indicators that show the country recovering from the recession, few workers are earning more money. But not everyone is struggling. IPR's Jamey Dunn reports:

Since 2008,the average income for the top five percent of earners in the state swelled by more than $20,000. Overall income grew in most of Illinois' neighboring states. In the three where it did not-Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan- the top earners still saw increases.

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State News
6:27 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Salaita's supporters still hopeful he'll get his U of I teaching job back

Steven Salaita
Credit WILL/Illinois Public Radio

A week after the University of Illinois' Board of Trustees voted to not hire Steven Salaita, the professor's supporters are still hopeful he'll prevail over the school in a legal battle. That includes Columbia Law Professor Katherine Franke, who traveled to Urbana at her own expense Thursday, boycotting an invitation from the University--to lead a discussion on academic freedom.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:07 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

East Peoria yard waste burning

East Peoria residents may begin burning dry leaves and yard waste Wednesday October 15th.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:28 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Quinn and Rauner camps debate tax policy

Governor Pat Quinn’s running mate is criticizing Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s support for what Vallas says would be taxes on food and drugs. Paul Vallas says Rauner’s support for a consumption tax is unfair to middle and working class residents:

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State News
1:06 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Libertarian Party to remain on November ballot

Democrats succeeded in getting a slate of Green Party candidates wiped from the November ballot. But the Libertarian Party had enough signatures to withstand a Republican challenge before the State Board of Elections. And now the Libertarians have withstood a court challenge as well. IPR's Amanda Vinicky has the latest.                                                                                              

Sometimes you can actually hear the smile in someone's voice. I didn't actually see Chad Grimm's face upon hearing the news that he'll remain on the ballot as the Libertarian nominee for governor. But, he sure sounds happy:

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:50 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Peoria Civic Center Theater gets new sound system

The new sound board at the Peoria Civic Center Theater.
Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

A project to improve the sound quality within the Peoria Civic Center’s theater is nearly complete. The 600-thousand dollar project includes the overhaul of the facility’s entire sound system with new wiring, controls, speakers and sound board.

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State News
7:08 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Quinn using NFL domestic violence scandal as campaign issue

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the National Football League has been putting profits ahead of doing what’s right on domestic violence. And his campaign is trying to make it an issue in his bid for re-election. IPR's Patrick Smith has more.

The NFL and its commissioner are under fire for mishandling the situation around player Ray Rice who was caught on video assaulting his then-fiancee. Quinn addressed the issue Wednesday outside a Women’s Empowerment Event at the McCormick Center in Chicago:

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