News http://peoriapublicradio.org en Legislation Introduced to Track State Spending http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/legislation-introduced-track-state-spending <p>A pair of Illinois House Republicans are introducing legislation they say will make it easier to track state spending. One proposal would expand the Illinois Transparency Portal, which looks at state spending, to include local government. Representative Ron Sandack, a Republican from Downers Grove, says taxpayers know the state is facing a debt crisis, but many don’t know local governments face similar problems.</p><p></p><p>Separate legislation would create a board to monitor state and local government taxes, spending, and debt.</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 17:51:31 +0000 Sean Flavin 991 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Legislation Introduced to Track State Spending Republican Paul Schimpf criticizes state pension overhaul http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/republican-paul-schimpf-criticizes-state-pension-overhaul <div>The Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General is criticizing incumbent Lisa Madigan for defending the state's pension overhaul law which he thinks is unconstitutional.</div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:25:11 +0000 Hannah Meisel 26868 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Republican Paul Schimpf criticizes state pension overhaul Gov. Quinn approves capital construction bill http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/gov-quinn-approves-capital-construction-bill <div>Central Illinois communities are getting state funding for shovel ready construction projects. Governor Pat Quinn signed a more than one-billion dollar capital construction bill into law Tuesday.</div><div> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:13:48 +0000 Denise Molina 26839 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Gov. Quinn approves capital construction bill District 150 aims to expand sex education curriculum http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-aims-expand-sex-education-curriculum <div>District 150 is also working to expand it’s sexual education programs starting this fall. A grant from the State Board of Education will help the district implement a five-year plan to add programs that focus on contraception. District 150 Special Education Director Maureen Langholf says the program aims to work with area health departments and community groups to promote safe sex:</div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:17:28 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26812 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 aims to expand sex education curriculum District 150 OKs Lathan pay hike, lowers public comment time period http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-oks-lathan-pay-hike-lowers-public-comment-time-period <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Peoria Public School Board approved a two-percent salary bump for Superintendent </span>Grenita<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Lathan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex </span>Rusciano<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports the Board voted five to one for the pay increase:</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:12:57 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26811 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 OKs Lathan pay hike, lowers public comment time period Rauner releases plans to reduce income tax rate http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/rauner-releases-plans-reduce-income-tax-rate <div>Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bruce Rauner says he’s willing to negotiate with lawmakers on lowering the income tax rate.&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:04:23 +0000 Tony Arnold 26810 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Rauner releases plans to reduce income tax rate Jury finds Leuthold guilty of murder http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/jury-finds-leuthold-guilty-murder <p><span style="font-family: 'Courier New'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 2; background-color: transparent;">It took the jury about 90 minutes to convict Nathan </span>Leuthold<span style="font-family: 'Courier New'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 2; background-color: transparent;"> for the murder of his wife Denise. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya </span>Koonce<span style="font-family: 'Courier New'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 2; background-color: transparent;"> reports the missionary was found guilty of first degree murder. </span></p><p></p><div><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:34:20 +0000 Alex Rusciano & Tanya Koonce 26807 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Jury finds Leuthold guilty of murder Rauner continues pushing for term limits http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/rauner-continues-pushing-term-limits <div>The Republican candidate for Illinois governor says he’ll take his term limits proposal to the state Supreme Court. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s after his effort received a setback late last week.</span></div><div> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:13:57 +0000 Tony Arnold 26798 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Rauner continues pushing for term limits Governor drops GED from Illinois law http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/governor-drops-ged-illinois-law <div>Governor Pat Quinn recently signed legislation that will remove all references to the GED from Illinois law. It’s part of a much broader change in the education program for people who didn’t finish high school.</div><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:55:54 +0000 Brian Mackey 26797 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Governor drops GED from Illinois law Central Illinois students learn materials science at BU camp http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/central-illinois-students-learn-materials-science-bu-camp <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b1a906db-5a54-7dd5-7341-d831aca1b351"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: 'Courier New'; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Thirty Central Illinois students are forging their way through the world of material science this week at Bradley University. </span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Courier New'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 2; background-color: transparent;">The ninth annual materials camp gives high school juniors and seniors interested in engineering hands-on experiences to learn more about materials science. </span>Marv<span style="font-family: 'Courier New'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 2; background-color: transparent;"> </span>McKimpson<span style="font-family: 'Courier New'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 2; background-color: transparent;"> is the chair of this year’s camp. He says the camp offers students a window to a different facet of engineering.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:12:05 +0000 Daniela Vidal 26784 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Central Illinois students learn materials science at BU camp Schools may close on election day http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/schools-may-close-election-day <div>Illinois students could get a day off of school come election day. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports on a law signed by the governor this afternoon.</div><div> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:42:44 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 26696 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Schools may close on election day