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7:04 am
Tue August 4, 2015

Computer files lead to priest's suspension

Fr. Octavio Munoz
Credit The Archdiocese of Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's Roman Catholic Archbishop Blase Cupich has removed a priest from his pastoral duties as authorities investigate why he had questionable material stored on a computer in his possession.

The Archdiocese of Chicago announced Monday they told the Cook County state's attorney's office that church officials found "sexual images and material" on the computer of St. Pancratius pastor the Rev. Octavio Munoz Capetillo. Church officials did not provide further details about what they found.

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Government
4:04 pm
Mon August 3, 2015

Gov. Rauner declares counties disaster areas

Credit Credit Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Bruce Rauner has issued a state disaster proclamation for 23 counties devastated by severe storms this summer and has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help assess the damages there.  Rauner Monday said a series of storms in June and July caused heavy rainfall, flash and river flooding, tornadoes and straight-line winds in the 23 counties stretching from Alexander County on the Ohio River to Grundy County in north central Illinois. 

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State News
3:26 pm
Mon August 3, 2015

Rauner reviews federal environmental plans

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is deliberating whether Illinois should challenge or comply with a federal plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants.

Rauner responded to Monday's scheduled climate change announcement by President Barack Obama with a brief statement that his administration is assessing the measure and its "impacts on Illinois."

The plan's state-specific targets have yet to be released. And deadlines to both spell out ways to reduce pollution as well as to achieve those targets have been pushed back by several years.

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Environment
1:56 pm
Mon August 3, 2015

Area environmental groups call for more pollution controls

Local environmentalists expressing concern about emissions from the Edwards coal-plant in Bartonville.
Credit Alex Rusciano / Peoria Public Radio

Local and state environmental groups continue to raise concerns about pollution from the Edwards coal-plant in Bartonville.  The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new rules to reduce sulfur-dioxide emissions in the region. Joyce Blumenshine is with the Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance.  She says the proposed state rules don’t go far enough:

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State News
9:21 am
Mon August 3, 2015

Indiana, private carrier ink deal for passenger rail

  INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana Department of Transportation says  a four-day-per-week passenger rail service between Chicago and Indianapolis is now in place. It's a two-year contract with Amtrak and Iowa Pacific Holdings. Indiana Transportation Department spokesman Will Wingfield says round-trip service started Sunday morning on the Hoosier State train, that  departs Indianapolis at 6 a.m. EDT and arrives in Chicago at 10 a.m. CST.  He says INDOT initially anticipates paying Iowa Pacific about $255,000 per-month. Five communities, in the path will pay a combined $21,000 per month.

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State News
9:06 am
Mon August 3, 2015

Lactation rooms to be added at IL Airports eventually

  CHICAGO (AP) - Breastfeeding at Chicago's two major airports and others in Illinois will soon be easier under a new law endorsed by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Rauner on Sunday signed legislation requiring large airports such as O'Hare and Midway International to have lactation rooms by 2017. Smaller airports in the state will have to add the private rooms when building new terminals or renovating existing ones. The weekend bill signing follows a Chicago City Council committee vote Friday on a similar proposal.

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State News
8:56 am
Mon August 3, 2015

Storm ends Lollapalooza early

CHICAGO (AP) - Severe weather forced the Lollapalooza music festival on Chicago's lakefront to end a half-hour early Sunday night. Lollapalooza organizers say they made the decision after the National Weather Service and six onsite weather monitors predicted strong storms with possible lightning. Florence and the Machine, Bassnectar, Kygo and NERO shortened their sets and more than 89,000 fans exited Grant Park. Earlier Sunday, the festival evacuated at 2:35 p.m. due to forecasts of a significant storm, which eventually moved north.

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State News
8:46 am
Mon August 3, 2015

Illinois trooper honored for water rescue

   FAIRFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois state trooper is receiving the agency's Medal of Honor for rescuing a McLeansboro man from a car that had plunged into a flooded drainage ditch last year.  The rescue happened last August. Trooper Jason Blessing of Fairfield spotted a car that had driven off the roadway into the ditch near Illinois 14 in Hamilton County. Blessing swam to the submerged vehicle to rescue 54-year-old Allen Klein. A passerby also jumped in the water with a hammer and the two broke a window of the car.

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State News
7:50 am
Mon August 3, 2015

Normal Town Council to vote on land swap with ISU

ISU Campus

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - The Normal Town Council is set to vote on a land-swap deal with Illinois State University that would allow for building a new fire headquarters on school-owned land. The council will vote whether to approve the deal Monday night.

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Government
5:14 am
Mon August 3, 2015

IDOT asks: Who wants a span of the McClugage Bridge?

Credit "McClugage Bridge Peoria-820" by ProfDEH

The Illinois Department of Transportation is looking to remove and replace the eastbound span of the McClugage Bridge.  To that end, I-DOT is seeking public or private entities that want to pay to move parts of the bridge, including any demolition costs.  The offer is required because the 70-year-old eastbound span is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.  Interested parties should send a letter of interest detailing their bridge removal plans to the Peoria I-DOT Office.  

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