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6:55 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Wilhelm brings Wyatt Earp to the Apollo stage

This week, we're talking with Jim Wilhelm. The host of "Illinois Adventures" on WTVP will portray Wyatt Earp in a new one-man show, “Wyatt Earp: The Other Side.” Earp was raised in Monmouth, and spent an eventful year in Peoria in his twenties, long before the fateful shootout at the OK Corral. Wilhelm talks about what inspired the production, and what to expect from the show. Performances are Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at the Apollo Theatre in Peoria.

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State News
6:03 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Inspector General joins lawsuit

Illinois' Executive Inspector General has taken an unusual step and is asking to be part of a lawsuit accusing Governor Pat Quinn's administration of patronage hiring.  

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State News
5:02 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Chicago drivers get a chance to appeal red light ticket

Chicago drivers who may have wrongly received automated tickets from the city’s red light cameras may be eligible for a refund.  IPR’s Alex Keefe has details.

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Education
5:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

ICC program teaches how to deconstruct a house

Students from Illinois Central College got some hands on experience in stripping salvageable materials from a vacant home in Peoria. It’s part of ICC’s Deconstruction Certificate Program. The goal is to prepare students for entry level positions that require knowledge of re-usable materials in unused properties. Anne Nicklin developed ICC’s deconstruction program. She says the college works with the city of Peoria to salvage items before crews demolish abandoned properties:

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State News
4:36 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

EPA talks clean-up at zinc facility in Danville

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking input on the cleanup of one of the most hazardous sites in the U.S.

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State News
3:50 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

No rules for fracking in Illinois

Credit David Gilky/NPR

 Business and labor leaders are urging Illinois' Department of Natural Resources to finish the rules for hydraulic fracturing.  The coalition says it's left wondering if the governor's administration might be dragging the process for political reasons.

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State News
3:06 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Quinn supports ban on assault weapons

 Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is bringing the debate over guns into his reelection campaign.  Quinn says the issue of military-style weapons represents a fundamental difference between his policies and Republican candidate Bruce Rauner.

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:17 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

State unemployment rate drops while Peoria jobs decline

The unemployment rate in June fell in every metro area in the state for the third month in a row.

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

City of Peoria faces budget deficit

 The City of Peoria has a 2-million dollar projected deficit. Municipal sales tax through April is down nearly two percent from last year. But sales tax receipts rebounded in the second quarter, payable from the Illinois Department of Revenue on a three month delay. The city is working to generate more revenue by creating commercial spaces in key Peoria areas.

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Community
1:04 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Peoria’s 13-mile Rock Island Trail officially connected

The 13-mile Rock Island recreational trail is completely connected. The Peoria Park District held a ribbon cutting to officially open the Greenway Bridge piece of the trail over Knoxville Avenue. Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood helped secure some of the grant funding for the project. He says the connectivity of the trail will draw more people interested in recreation:

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