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2:45 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Quinn appoints Stermer as IL Comptroller

Credit http://www.communitymediaworkshop.org/

Democratic Governor Pat Quinn has chosen longtime friend Jerry Stermer -- his former chief of staff and current budget director -- to take over as Illinois' Comptroller.

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State News
9:59 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Report: Illinois fails to monitor runaway kids

An audit has found that Illinois does a poor job monitoring and tracking children who run away from foster homes.

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Out and About
7:22 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Conductor celebrates a holiday homecoming with PACC

Joseph Henry has returned as conductor of the Peoria Area Civic Chorale. This weekend, he leads them in their annual concert, "An American Family Christmas." He talks about the process of creating the right mix of material for each year's program, which this year includes a new setting of the text "O magnum mysterium" by composer Frank LaRocca. We also talk about the history of PACC's annual holiday concert. Performances are tonight, tomorrow night and Sunday afternoon at Five Points Washington.

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State News
6:34 am
Fri December 19, 2014

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk against Sony's move to pull movie

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk says Sony Pictures should not have pulled the movie “The Interview” from theaters. Sony pulled the film after anonymous threats from hackers said to be connected to North Korea.

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State News
5:55 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Proposed eavesdropping law allows recording police (contrary to internet rumors)

Credit David Schaper / NPR

Nine months after the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s eavesdropping law, the legislature passed a bill to replace it. The legislation, which defines eavesdropping and its consequences, is currently waiting on the governor's desk.

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:46 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Those with disabilities can better plan for the future

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Parents of those with disabilities will be able to save more in the New Year to care for their adult children. Previously, working adults with disabilities could keep no more than 2,000 dollars for additional care and basic life expenses without being penalized by Social Security. 

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State News
1:19 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Illinois jobless rate falls to 6.4 percent

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state's unemployment rate fell in November to its lowest level since June 2008, hitting 6.4 percent.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:35 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Stepped up traffic patrols begin this weekend

Area police set up traffic enforcement zones in Peoria.
Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

Local, county and state law enforcement are stepping up patrols beginning this weekend. The goal is to reduce traffic fatalities over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

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State News
12:28 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Gov. Quinn calls session for comptroller election

Gov. Pat Quinn is calling Illinois lawmakers back to Springfield to consider a 2016 special election to replace late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. In a Thursday statement, Quinn says the special session will be Jan. 8.  

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State News
6:01 am
Thu December 18, 2014

IL U.S. Senators split on the change in relations with Cuba

Credit WUIS/Illinois Public Radio

Illinois’ U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says the decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba is quote “long overdue.” And he believes it will eventually lead to free and fair elections on the island.

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