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Peoria Public Radio News
5:02 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Officers chase suspect carrying rifle in Taft Homes

The Peoria Police Department temporarily shut down traffic in front of Taft Homes Wednesday while chasing a suspect carrying a rifle.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:04 am
Wed August 21, 2013

LaHood named Distinguished Fellow at BU

Bradley University is honoring a politically famous alumnus. The university is naming former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and U.S. Congressman Ray LaHood the first Honorary Senior Distinguished Fellow for the Institute of Principled Leadership in Public Service.

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

PIA reports a record number of passengers in July

The number of people flying in and out of the Peoria International Airport hit a record for July. More than 54-thousand passengers used the facility last month. That beats the old record set in July 2012 by about 70 people. 

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Government
9:19 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Springdale Cemetery lifts ban on monument resetting

 

The Marine Monument in Springdale Cemetery will be restored after it fell during a Memorial Day ceremony. The Springdale Cemetery management authority unanimously approved repealing the ban on monument resetting in order to repair the structure. The ban on monument resetting was put in place after it came to light cemetery staff may have been using low-quality restoration techniques. But Management Authority Chair Bob Manning says it raises a broader issue: 

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State News
8:58 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Proposed Midwestern pipeline at center of lawsuit

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over plans by the Canadian company Enbridge to build an oil pipeline through four Midwestern states. The pipeline would carry tar sands oil through parts of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma:  

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State News
4:23 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

State teacher pension system sees returns

Illinois' largest public pension system saw greater than expected returns, according to an early analysis of the last fiscal year's investments. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports: 


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Education
4:02 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Bradley University freshman class grows six-percent from last year

Bradley University’s incoming freshman class is the largest the school has seen in the last two classes. It’s more than 60 students than last year’s freshman class. 

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State News
1:34 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Potential impact of increased speed limit on rural interstates

Now that Illinois’s top speed limit is going up, questions remain on the potential impact. Governor Pat Quinn said the change would curb speeding and promote traffic safety when he signed the bill Monday raising the rural interstate speed limit to 70 miles per hour. But an official with the Illinois-based National Safety Council is not so sure. Illinois Public Radio’s Jim Meadows talked with Safety Council Vice President John Ulczycky.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:50 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Discussion on improving the regional economy

Peoria area representatives of education, big and small businesses, healthcare, and manufacturing came together to discuss how to improve the regional economy. 17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is holding three such meetings across her district. She says the goal is to form a vision for economic success and come up with issues important for economic development.

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State News
7:27 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Conversation on pension reform

A panel of ten Illinois lawmakers has been working this summer to find a solution to Illinois' pension problem. With an unfunded liability of about 100-billion dollars, payments to the public pension systems are taking up a larger chunk of overall state government spending. Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford spoke with Representative Elaine Nekritz, a Northbrook Democrat and one of the leaders in the push to change how retirement systems are funded. Recent meetings of the committee have occurred in private, making it difficult to determine progress. But Nekritz says she's hopeful:

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