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Crime
12:48 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Pekin Police search for robbery suspect

Pekin Police are searching for an armed-robbery suspect at the USCO Gas Station on South Second Street last night.  A male suspect robbed the gas station attendant, struck her with an object, and fled the scene. The attendant was taken to the hospital with significant but non-life threatening injuries. Pekin Police officers are investigating the case. 

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Community
12:45 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

2014 Stuff-A-Bus campaign seeks to fill empty shelves

The 27th Annual Stuff A Bus Campaign is underway. The goal is to fill a retired City Link Bus with 10 Tons of food. The food is distributed all year long through the Peoria Friendship House Food Pantry. It’s estimated the campaign produced 70,000 meals annually for Peoria families in need. Melanie McNiff is CEO of Peoria Friendship House.  She says the pantry’s shelves are almost empty:

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Government
7:44 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Elections are two Peoria offices with one purpose

  Often referendum language can be be complex enough it seems like a legal key is needed to decipher it. But that is not the case with the question asking Peoria voters if they want to consolidate the city and county election authorities. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:
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Government
7:15 am
Fri October 31, 2014

County committee delays loan vote, OKs fee hikes

Peoria County is spending the next month giving board members more financial and job information about an environmental tech company in line for a large loan.  A county committee deferred signing-off on a $2.5 million loan for Peoria-based ELM LLC by one month. Mark Rothert is the county’s Assistant Administrator for Economic Development. He says there are differences between ELM and the County’s loan to Firefly Energy, that went belly-up:

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:42 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Peoria City Hall Council Chamber undergoes updates

The 'Peoria Muses' mural by Will Peaco. The mural is behind the mayor's bench on the 4th floor of City Hall in the Council Chamber.
Tanya Koonce Peoria Public Radio

  Renovations are on time and on budget for the Peoria City Council Chamber to be finished by January. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:59 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Governor Quinn announces funding for private colleges and universities in Central Illinois

Credit Peoria Public Radio

Governor Quinn was at Bradley University today to announce funding for several private Central Illinois colleges and universities. The investments total $5.8 million. 

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Out and About
5:27 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Cornerstone Academy presents the story of Dracula

Credit Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts

This week, we're talking with Rebekah von Rathonyi, Artistic Director of the Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts. They're presenting "Dracula: Dance on the Dark Side," Friday night at 7:30 at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria. It's the first time the work has been presented in the Peoria area since 2004.

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State News
10:35 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Artist Preston Jackson discusses his craft

Credit David Inge / WILL/Illinois Public Radio

Preston Jackson is known throughout Illinois as a sculptor and painter. He earned the states’ highest honor for professional achievement and public service.  Jackson grew up in Decatur, went to the University of Illinois and teaches at the Art Institute of Chicago. He also co-founded the Contemporary Arts Center of Peoria. He talked with Illinois Public Radio's David Inge about why he says his art is personal, and the message he hopes others get from his work.

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State News
6:24 am
Thu October 30, 2014

The difficulties of getting voters invested and informed about elections

From left: Rudy Garrett of Chicago Votes registers a new Cook county voter outside the CTA red line Roosevelt road.
Credit Yolanda Perdomo / WBEZ/Illinois Public Radio

Nearly 7 and a half million voters are registered for the November 4th general election in Illinois. Nearly 200 thousand people have cast early votes. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:03 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Will Peoria County voters choose less government?

Books of documents lining the Peoria County Recorder of Deeds Office.
Tanya Koonce Peoria Public Radio

Peoria County Voters have two referendums on the ballot that stand to make some changes in local government. One asks voters whether the Recorder of Deeds Office should be eliminated as of December 2016. It would effectively mean the County has one less elected official.

 

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