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Peoria Public Radio News
6:05 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Unemployment falls statewide, but not in the Peoria area

Unemployment rates fell statewide in February but saw a slight uptick in the Peoria Metro region. Unemployment was the lowest it’s been since 2009 in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metro region.

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State News
5:53 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Green Party candidates seek place on November ballot

Illinois Republicans and Democrats chose their party's nominees last week. As IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports, third-party candidates are working to join them on the November ballot. 

Before they can even think about winning a statewide election, independent candidates and those from third parties have to make it on the ballot which requires collecting at least 25,000 valid signatures, by mid-June. 

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State News
5:47 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Edgar backs Governor's proposal to make income tax hike permanent

Former Governor Jim Edgar says spending cuts triggered by the scheduled reduction in the state income tax rate would make it even harder to catch up on unpaid back bills and fund education. So the Republican Edgar says Governor Pat Quinn’s budget proposal to make the state income tax hike permanent is a good idea. But Edgar says it would have been better if the income tax increase had been paired with cuts and controls on spending in the first place.

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Government
3:41 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Quinn’s budget includes re-opening youth prisons

Credit WBEZ.org

 

The state budget proposed this week by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s includes money to reopen two recently shuttered youth prisons.  

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Government
3:06 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

IL lawmakers advance millionaire tax legislation

A tax on millionaires is advancing through the General Assembly, at the expense of a progressive income tax.  

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State News
7:05 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Illinois expanded its Medicaid program. Missouri didn’t. How are those choices working out?

In his hospital room at Touchette Regional Hospital in Centerville, Il., patient Steven Glispie finishes signing the paperwork to enroll in Medicaid.
Credit Véronique LaCapra / St. Louis Public Radio

In most states, Medicaid eligibility had been limited to disabled adults, very low-income parents, and their children. Then along came the federal health care law.

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State News
6:50 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Phasing out antibiotics for farm animal growth

Federal regulators on Wednesday said 25 pharmaceutical companies have agreed to phase out the use of antibiotics used to promote growth in farm animals.  IPR'S Peter Gray has more.

Citing public health concerns, the Food and Drug Administration late last year asked pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily stop labeling drugs important for treating human infection as acceptable for use in animal production.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:40 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Missing 14-year old girl found

Peoria Police say the 14-year old girl who was reported missing this week has been found. Detectives say they located Dezerea Huber at around 6:15 last night. She’s been missing since February 20th. Police say Huber will be reunited with her family.

State News
6:19 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Pension overhaul could save less money than originally thought

A new report says Illinois' pension overhaul will save less money than advertised. Some politicians are trying to make hay out of that. But as IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, it might not be such a big deal.

The pension vote came with promises of big savings -- $160 billion. Then, after it was already law, a new analysis of the bill said, well, maybe we'll save $145 billion. This latest report puts savings even lower, at $137 billion.

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State News
6:13 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Madigan expects tax vote this spring

While Republicans were quick to pan Governor Pat Quinn's budget plans, the Democrats who control the General Assembly appear to be on board.  Quinn proposes keeping in place a temporary, 67-percent hike in the state income tax while offering homeowners some property tax relief.  

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