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7:11 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

IL House committee votes on Obama Presidential Library measure

A State House committee is advancing a plan to use 100 million dollars to build Barack Obama’s presidential library in Illinois.  But one Republican says the vote may have been illegal.  

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Government
7:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Peoria County has financial concerns over public defender spending

Peoria County officials say they have serious financial concerns over the way its public defender service was managed.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that’s according to documents heading to committee members next week:
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Economy
3:06 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

State unemployment lowest in five years, high nationally

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. 

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Education
3:01 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

SIU President stepping down

SIU's President is retiring sooner than expected.  Glenn Poshard will step aside at the end of this month:

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:12 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Property tax bills in the mail

Peoria County property owners can soon expect their first real estate tax bills of the year. The Peoria County Treasurer’s office says notices will be mailed by the 23rd of this month, with payments due June 10th.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:26 am
Thu April 17, 2014

CityLink holds first public meeting on proposed northside facility

Peoria resident looks at a CityLink map of the proposed area where a northside facility could be located.
Denise Molina-Weiger Peoria Public Radio

CityLink is moving forward with determining whether to build a northside transfer center for its customers. The transit organization held the first of three public hearings on the matter last night.

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State News
7:13 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Dixon's lesson: 'trust, but verify,' BGA tells municipalities

Rita Crundwell and her attorneys leave federal court in Rockford (May 2012).
Credit Susan Stephens / Illinois Public Radio/WNIJ

It's been two years since FBI agents arrested Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell. She's in prison for stealing 53-million dollars over the course of two decades. Since the arrest, the Better Government Association has been working to educate other municipalities about how to prevent such fraud. Illinois Public Radio's Jenna Dooley spoke with BGA investigator Pat McCraney who says the guiding principle should be "trust, but verify:"

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Mental Health
6:58 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Improving mental health care for children

A picture drawn by Andrew about four years ago after he was diagnosed with a mental illness. His mom, Violet, says this is how he felt at the time, as being in turmoil.
Sean Powers Illinois Public Radio/WILL

Federal data shows that a smaller percentage of children in the state in need of mental health care get it compared to the national average. Health care professionals say part of the reason for that is a lack of resources, and parents not knowing where to turn for help. Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Powers reports on what’s being done to improve care.

There’s no silver bullet when it comes to raising a child with mental illness. Just ask Troy and Violet of Rantoul in Champaign County. They’ve asked not to use their last name to protect the privacy of their children. 

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Environment
7:45 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Labor, environmental groups talk clean energy in Peoria

Area labor and environmental groups both see the need to grow sustainable energy markets in Illinois.  The question seems to be the best way to make the transition.  Both groups met in Peoria Wednesday during a meeting hosted by State Senator Dave Koehler and Representative Jehan Gordon.  Koehler says it’s positive to have both groups talk about ways to keep or grow new jobs during the transition to wind, solar and other forms of clean energy:

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Courts
7:39 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Temporary public defender serving Peoria County starting next month

A local attorney will serve as Peoria County’s head public defender starting May 1st.  Jeff Flanagan is replacing Thomas Penn, who served as public defender for 30 years.  Penn’s appointment expires at the end of the month.

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