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Residents of Peoria’s South Side offered numerous complaints Sat. about their relationship with police.

Peoria Holocaust Memorial Gets a New Home

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Peoria Holocaust Memorial is about to have a new home. The 11 million buttons formerly housed in glass cases at the Shoppes at Grande Prairie will soon be on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

Bob Michel Remembered

Feb 25, 2017
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A number of dignitaries joined Bob Michel's family and friends today for his memorial service. The services was at Michel's amateur, in the Renaissance Coliseum at Bradley University.

The long-time Congressman was a highly decorated World War II Veteran with legendary statesmanship.

Michel had a special gift for consensus building and respectful policy making. During his 38 years in congress he was the longest-serving minority leader. Hence, anything he achieved in legislative policy happened with strong bipartisan support.

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State lawmakers are reacting to a recent news story that 260 students at Northeastern Illinois University may be kicked out of their campus jobs because of the budget impasse.   Northeastern is looking to furlough some of its employees to save money because it’s not getting anything from the state without a budget. 

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Cantigny Park outside Chicago, once the private estate of a former publisher of the Chicago Tribune, will be getting a face lift over the next five years.  Executive Director Matt LaFond says the $25 million project will create new gardens and renovate museums in the Wheaton park. He says the privately funded project is the largest comprehensive update to the gardens and grounds since the park opened in July 1958.

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Illinois officials have discovered a devastating fungus that can kill popular landscape shrubbery.  Illinois Department of Agriculture Officials say the Boxwood blight was first found in Illinois near Chicago last year.  Agriculture authorities now say a landscape company owner about 290 miles southwest of Chicago near Breese found it in his shrubs. The owner thinks the fungus was in plants from out of state.  Boxwood blight affects only certain plants that are popular as landscaping material around the state. 

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Former Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd has pleaded not guilty to five counts of perjury.  The 70-year-old is accused of having nominating petitions with signatures of people who were dead or who later claimed they didn't sign when he was seeking re-election in 2016.  Rudd dropped out of the Democratic primary after it was determined he didn't have enough valid signatures on his nominating petitions.

Chicago police say a second man has been charged in a shooting captured on video that killed two people, including a toddler, and wounded a pregnant woman.  Dionel Harris is charged with first-degree-murder in a shooting on Valentine's Day that killed 2-year-old Lavontay White and Lavontay's uncle, 26-year-old Lazaric Collins. 

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University of Illinois veterans have organized a clothing drive for victims of a fire in Danville that killed one veteran and displaced others.  75-year-old David R. Singleton was killed in the fire at a veterans' group home Feb. 2.

This week, we're talking with Scott Kanoff, from the Bradley University Department of Theatre Arts, about their production of "These Shining Lives." The play tells the story of women who worked at the Radium Dial Company in Ottawa, IL, the toll that work took on their health, and the legal case they pursued against the company. Kanoff talks about the play, why they selected it, and some local connections to the story it recounts. The performance on Sunday, February 26th, the department will also present a moot court trial on the legal issues involved in the story.

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder at Bradley University

Feb 24, 2017
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One of the women who founded Black Lives Matter wants a grassroots movement to counter what she calls the suppression of African American opportunity.

Patrisse Cullors told an audience at Bradley University, today’s political environment is not new. She compares it to the time when she grew up in the 1980s and early 90s.

Members of Illinois government's biggest labor union have voted to allow a strike.  The margin was 81-19, though roughly 40% of AFSCME members chose not to vote or were not eligible.  Union director Roberta Lynch says her members do not want to strike. She says she hopes Governor Bruce Rauner will resume negotiating.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is forming a panel to pick up where a recent commission left off revamping the state's outdated public school funding formula.  The Chicago Democrat says the group will address questions left unanswered by a funding reform commission convened by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner last year. 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has convened a meeting of legal and civil rights organizations in the wake of what she calls "troubling" executive orders issued by President Donald Trump.  Groups attending today's summit include Arab American Family Services, the Chicago Urban League and Lambda Legal. Group leaders say they fear escalating hate crimes.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers from Chicago want portions of Illinois highways named for former President Barack Obama.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin wants medical and dental schools in Illinois to have training sessions on responsible opioid prescription.

Bradley Demonstrates for Black History Month

Feb 22, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Bradley University Student Center was the site of a Black Lives Matter Rally yesterday. About two dozen students held computer generated signs and chanted ‘No justice - No Peace,’ ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘hands up - don’t shoot.’  

Sherry Gunn is the Assistant Director in The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Bradley. She says the University has done demonstration every week in February to celebrate Black History Month and recognize different forms of protests.

PRM's Next Chief is Peoria Native John Morris

Feb 22, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria native and former city councilman John Morris will be the the new president and CEO of the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

 

Morris is currently the development director of major gifts at Eureka College, serving in that role for about a decade. He spent the previous decade heading up development for WTVP and started his career at Lakeview Museum.

 

Deere and Company makes money for investors even when farmers are suffering. That's one of the messages Chairman and CEO Sam Allen emphasized during today's annual meeting at world headquarters in Moline.

Budget Impasse Could Hit Student Workers

Feb 22, 2017

About 260 Northeastern Illinois University students may be forced out of their campus jobs.

That’s because of a new rule put in place as a result of the ongoing Illinois state budget impasse - and it has implications for every public university in the state.

 

Since January First - Illinois universities haven’t been getting any state money.

To save cash - NEIU is asking its staff to take furlough days. But a new state rule put in place in December makes that process more complicated.

A federal law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, requires every state to make sure kids become proficient in core subjects, and continue to learn more each year. The law further requires states to come up with a yardstick to measure that success, but allows some flexibility on how heavily test scores will count. Other numbers like graduation rates and college readiness can be factored in.

 

Another group is coming out against part of the so-called grand bargain, meant to end Illinois’ budget impasse. Several retired military generals say relaxing physical education requirements is a threat to national security.

 

Retired Brigadier General Mark Rabin of the Air National Guard says a quarter of Americans between 17 and 24 years old are not fit enough to join the military. The most common problem, he says, is being overweight.

The Illinois State Board of Education has voted to approve the settlement of a years-long lawsuit that claimed discriminatory school funding.
 
The board's Wednesday vote resolves litigation with the Chicago Urban League, which claimed in its 2008 lawsuit that the state's funding model had a "demonstrable, disparate and adverse impact" on minority students.
 

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Residents of Peoria with ties to Mexico lined up outside First United Methodist Church Wed. to meet with the Mexican Consulate. 

What It Means To Be A Sanctuary City In Urbana

Feb 22, 2017
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On Tuesday, the Trump Administration released details on new policies to ramp up federal immigration detentions and deportations. Ahead of the move, Urbana joined hundreds of other cities in declaring itself a sanctuary city – meaning they’ll offer some protections to people in the country illegally. That could cost the city roughly $1 million in federal funds, based on recent executive orders from the president.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Public Schools principals have been instructed by district officials not to let federal immigration authorities inside district buildings unless they have a criminal warrant.

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The Illinois ACLU is calling on Peoria’s federally-funded health clinics to remove limitations on contraception and women’s health care services.

 

Peoria Prepares to Replace an Aged Bridge

Feb 21, 2017
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The MacArthur Highway Bridge Replacement Project got more public attention last night when residents had the opportunity to see the two options for it.

 

One offers a left turn on Richard Allen for those heading south and would not have a southbound exit ramp onto Saratoga. That’s I-DOT’s preferred design, as it provides more pedestrian safety. The second option rebuilds the south exit ramp to get to Romeo Garrett Avenue and moves the sidewalks.

 

Morton Community School District #709 has tapped the current superintendent of the Illinois State University Lab Schools to be their new School Superintendent.  

City governments across Illinois are asking to have their state funding put on autopilot.  It’s the latest consequence of Illinois’ 20-month budget stalemate.  The money in question comes from taxes on gasoline, phone bills, and gambling. It's collected by the state and passed along to local governments.  That is, unless the powers that be never agree on a budget.

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