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5:06 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

‘The Onion’ helping with healthcare sign up

A new banner of ads will top "The Onion" website. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports on the state's latest effort to get young people to sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:08 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Many Peoria residents under a boil order

Water main break at NE Jefferson and Abingdon Streets in Peoria, Illinois
Denise Molina-Weiger Peoria Public Radio

Thousands of Illinois American Water customers were without water or had low water pressure due to a major transmission line break. The main break took place on the corner of Northeast Jefferson and Abington Street just after nine Monday morning. A large portion of the city, south of Forrest Hill, was impacted.

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State News
3:08 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Lawsuit alleges Rutherford sexually assaulted ex-employee

A lawsuit has been filed Monday against Dan Rutherford- Illinois’ Treasurer and a Republican candidate for governor.  A warning to sensitive listeners - the suit includes allegations of sexual assault leveled by a former employee. 

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State News
6:58 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum features work by Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz looks at photos from her exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. At left are Lincoln's hat and gloves he had with him the night of his assassination.
Amanda Vinicky Illinois Public Radio/WUIS

The photographer Annie Leibovitz is best known for shooting celebrities. Her elaborately staged work is a staple of Vanity Fair and Vogue magazines. But a few years ago, she set out on a more personal project, a pilgrimage to capture places and objects connected to people who've inspired her, including Abraham Lincoln. That work now is part of an exhibit, called “Pilgrimage," that opened over the weekend at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey takes us to the exhibit for a conversation with Leibovitz.

Enter the museum and walk to the main plaza. The gallery is across from the White House, next to a replica’s of Lincoln’s boyhood log cabin. It’s a long, white room. The photos — 78 in all — are tightly clustered on all four walls.

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State News
6:22 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Durbin criticizes GOP candidates for governor

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is criticizing the Republican field of candidates governor for their stances on low-income workers and the unemployed. IPR'S Hannah Meisel reports.

It's an ongoing battle the Democratic senator is fighting in Congress, mirrored in the race for the governor's mansion: raising the minimum wage. 

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State News
6:14 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Quinn stays silent on whether he wants to extend the income tax increase

The only mention of taxes during Governor Pat Quinn's address at ISU Sunday came when discussing the Republican candidates for Governor. Illinois' largest-ever income tax increase is due to sunset half-way through the fiscal year, but the Chicago Democrat is not saying if he'll support continuing the temporary hike.

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Peoria Public Radio News
10:58 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Negotiations on purchase of Madison Theater begin

Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

A local development group is getting exclusive rights to purchase the historic Madison Theater and adjoining city-owned parking lot.

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

"Oliver!" takes to the stage at Peoria Players

Credit Peoria Players Theatre

This week, we're talking with Chip Joyce, who plays Fagin in Peoria Players' upcoming production of the musical "Oliver!" Joyce says it's one of a handful of roles on his "bucket list." The role requires a fair amount of stage makeup, and adopting a specific voice and gait. "Oliver!" opens tonight, and runs through February 16th at Peoria Players Theatre.

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State News
7:24 am
Fri February 7, 2014

How big Illinois' pension problem is could impact your wallet

The controversial new law that overhauls pensions for Illinois public workers is now facing legal challenges. But even before it was passed, experts had been fighting over exactly how big the state’s pension crisis really is. As Illinois Public Radio's Alex Keefe reports, the answer to that math problem could have a big impact on your wallet.

When pundits and politicians and reporters talk about Illinois’ monster pension problem, there’s this number that keeps coming up.

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State News
7:03 am
Fri February 7, 2014

U of I hosts forum on digital hate and civil discourse

University of Illinois students Kimberly Arquines and Jennifer Sun attend a forum on digital hate and civil discourse on Feb. 6, 2014 on the U of I’s Urbana campus. Arquines was one of the students who posted personal attacks on Twitter last month against Chancellor Phyllis Wise.
Credit Sean Powers / Illinois Public Radio/WILL

The University of Illinois hosted a forum on digital hate and civil discourse Thursday night, following a recent barrage of racist and sexist tweets targeting the chancellor on the Urbana campus.  As Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Powers reports, the question now is whether the campus can turn constructive dialogue into meaningful action. 

On January 26th, personal attacks against Chancellor Phyllis Wise started popping up on Twitter right after she refused to cancel classes due to the cold and heavy snowfall.

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