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 State legislation hints at marijuana legalization http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-legislation-hints-marijuana-legalization <div>Last year, Illinois approved medical use of marijuana after years of debating the issue. But could Illinois be closer to following the lead of some other states that have given the ok to recreational use? Illinois Public Radio's Lee Strubinger&nbsp;reports.&nbsp;</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Twenty states including Illinois allow cannabis to be used with a doctor's approval. About 40 medical conditions can qualify a person. Illinois' law is considered one of the strictest in the country. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:06:25 +0000 Lee Strubinger 21973 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State legislation hints at marijuana legalization Affordable Care Act impacting those with Medicaid http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/affordable-care-act-impacting-those-medicaid <div>The Affordable Care Act expanded eligibility for Medicaid. And the number of applicants in Illinois has overwhelmed state employees, meaning the wait for Medicaid benefits to begin can take months. Illinois Public Radio’s Jim Meadows looks at how that wait is affecting three people in Champaign County.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The three people I spoke with were referred to me by Champaign County Health Care Consumers, which helped them fill out and send in their Medicaid applications back in December.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:25:14 +0000 Jim Meadows 21971 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Affordable Care Act impacting those with Medicaid SIU holding the line on tuition http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/siu-holding-line-tuition <div>New students at Southern Illinois University won’t see a tuition increase this fall. SIU Trustees made the decision at their meeting in Carbondale Thursday, saying the rising price of higher education must be balanced with students’ ability to pay.</div><div> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:08:29 +0000 Jennifer Fuller 21970 at http://peoriapublicradio.org SIU holding the line on tuition Appellate court ruling blocks Il from moving people out of Murray Developmental Center http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/appellate-court-ruling-blocks-il-moving-people-out-murray-developmental-center <div>Residents fighting to stay in Centralia's Murray Developmental Center can remain where they are ... for now.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">An appellate court decision blocks the state from moving people out without the permission of a court-appointed guardian.</span></div><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:01:59 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21969 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Appellate court ruling blocks Il from moving people out of Murray Developmental Center Glasford bank robbery suspects taken into custody http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/glasford-bank-robbery-suspects-taken-custody <p>Two suspects are in custody following a bank robbery in Glasford Thursday. &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:20:43 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21955 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Glasford bank robbery suspects taken into custody IL House committee votes on Obama Presidential Library measure http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-house-committee-votes-obama-presidential-library-measure <div>A State House committee is advancing a plan to use 100 million dollars to build Barack Obama’s presidential library in Illinois. &nbsp;But one Republican says the vote may have been illegal. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:11:15 +0000 Tony Arnold 21954 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL House committee votes on Obama Presidential Library measure Peoria County has financial concerns over public defender spending http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-county-has-financial-concerns-over-public-defender-spending <div>Peoria County officials say they have serious financial concerns over the way its public defender service was managed. &nbsp;Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that’s according to documents heading to committee members next week:</div><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:22 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21953 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria County has financial concerns over public defender spending State unemployment lowest in five years, high nationally http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-unemployment-lowest-five-years-high-nationally <div>Illinois' unemployment rate dropped last month -- to the lowest level in more than five years. But the state still has one of the worst rates in the country.&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:06:22 +0000 Brian Mackey 21930 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State unemployment lowest in five years, high nationally SIU President stepping down http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/siu-president-stepping-down <div>SIU's President is retiring sooner than expected. Glenn Poshard will step aside at the end of this month:</div><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:01:03 +0000 Jennifer Fuller 21929 at http://peoriapublicradio.org SIU President stepping down Property tax bills in the mail http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/property-tax-bills-mail <div>Peoria County property owners can soon expect their first real estate tax bills of the year. The Peoria County Treasurer’s office says notices will be mailed by the 23rd of this month, with payments due June 10th.</div><div> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:12:09 +0000 Denise Molina 21925 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Property tax bills in the mail