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Peoria Public Radio News
1:10 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Motorists encouraged to slow down in construction zones

Motorists are being reminded to slow down and avoid distractions while driving as construction season gets underway.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:08 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Congressman John Lewis to speak at BU Civil Rights event

Bradley University’s year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Civil Rights Act is reaching a new level later this week. An event Friday at Bradley's Renaissance Coliseum centers on the role Illinois Congressman Everett Dirkson played in the passing of the law.

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State News
6:58 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Il lawmakers avoid term limits legislation

Even as workers are gathering signatures to get a term limits question on the November ballot via citizens' initiative, lawmakers turned down the opportunity to do the same.  IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

Voters get the final say in whether Illinois' constitution should be amended or not. And they may well have that opportunity come fall. 

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State News
6:16 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Il professor proposing "cap and trade" program for the state

An Illinois professor says state government could improve its financial predicament and lower greenhouse gas emissions at the same time. He is proposing what's known as a "cap and trade" program where a limit is placed on emissions. Going above the level would cost operations like coal fired power plants. But even he admits it's unlikely to happen anytime soon. Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford has more:  

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Out and About
5:26 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Peoria Art Guild exhibits challenge viewers to re-thinking painting

Credit Peoria Art Guild

We're talking with Josh Cox, Exhibitions Coordinator at the Peoria Guild, about two current exhibits: "Between the Void" by Mel Cook, and "Memorial" by Angela Inez Baldus. Cox says both artists bring novel approaches to traditional genres, such as portraits and landscapes. Cooks incorporates other media and thick brush strokes into her paintings; Baldus bases her portraits on people and stories she's drawn to. Both shows continue through April 30th.

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State News
7:23 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Proposal for a graduated income tax gaining support

After a recent stumble, advocates for a graduated income tax, where the more you earn, the more you pay, are making gains in the Illinois General Assembly. A Senate panel Thursday passed it out of committee. 

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State News
7:15 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Republican senators criticizing Quinn's handling of two appointees

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Republican state senators are criticizing Governor Pat Quinn for his handling of two appointees. They say he used a legal loophole to gain time to get the officials confirmed.

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State News
7:01 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Vallas says rolling back the state's income tax rate is irresponsible

Democratic Lieutenant Governor candidate Paul Vallas says Republican Bruce Rauner’s plan to roll back the state income tax rate is irresponsible. 

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State News
6:24 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Quinn makes push for increasing MAP grants

Gov. Pat Quinn is promoting his plan to increase the number of need-based scholarships over the next five years. The Chicago Democrat toured universities around Illinois Thursday, including the University of Illinois. 

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Education
5:21 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Lawmakers debate Illinois ‘coal’ education

Illinois law requires school children be taught the benefits of the state's coal industry. The Illinois House spent the better part of an hour yesterday Thursday debating whether that ought to continue.

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