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State News
3:41 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

No changes made after prison escape

The state agency that oversees prisons does not expect to make changes, following the escape of an inmate last week from a downstate, minimum security prison. 

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State News
2:58 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Quinn campaign gets presidential boost

President Barack Obama is expected to arrive in Chicago this evening and will be mixing business with politics while in the area.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:46 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Peoria touts new South Side resident police officer effort

Peoria City officials officially welcomed its newest resident police officer on the South Side.  Officer Christopher White has been at 1916 West Kettelle Street with his family for about a month. He says the program is needed to help bring down the violent crime rate more efficiently:

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State News
12:33 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Flash Index Rises To 106.3 in September

Economist J. Fred Giertz
Credit igpa.uillinois.edu

The Flash Index to the Illinois economy rose to 106.3 in September, up from an even 106.0 the month before.

Economist J. Fred Giertz with the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs says the Flash has hovered between 106.0 and 106.8 for the past eight months, reflecting a slower rate of economic growth than many would like.

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State News
6:55 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Watchdog group says next governor needs to overhaul prison system

A watchdog group says whoever wins the race for governor is going to face difficult choices about Illinois’ prisons. The group Wednesday is laying out what it’s calling a “roadmap” for overhauling crime and punishment, and wants to know where the candidates stand. 

The non-partisan John Howard Association says decades of “tough on crime” policies have led Illinois to lock up 49-thousand people in a system designed to hold 32-thousand.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:31 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Warehouse District declared historic

Credit Peoria Public Radio

Peoria’s Warehouse Historic District is now part of National Register of Historic Places. 

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Theatre Reviews
6:31 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Corn Stock production anchored by strong ensemble

Credit Corn Stock Theatre

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse opens its new season with a production of “Bare: The musical.” Douglas Okey [OAK-ee] has this review, for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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Environment
5:52 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

IL greenhouse gas reduction plan continues

Illinois regulators are continuing to develop a plan to reduce the state's output of greenhouse gasses. Environmentalists say they have Governor Pat Quinn to thank. Or do they?

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Government
5:41 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

State: 685,000 people sign up under health law in IL

It's been a year since the Affordable Care Act launched in Illinois. The state says 685,000 people have taken advantage of the law --- more than expected.

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Education
5:33 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

ICC breaks ground on new sustainability center

Illinois Central College broke ground on a new Sustainability Center at its East Peoria campus. The 26-thousand-square-foot facility will include space for renewable energy, architecture and H-VAC programs. Bruce Budde is ICC’s vice president of finance. He says the center will also allow area contractors to demonstrate ‘green’ building practices to the public:

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