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7:01 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Political pranksters target Congressman Davis

Political campaigns are gearing up for next year's elections. So, too, are political pranksters. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, Congressman Rodney Davis has lately found himself being shadowed by a giant duck.

Technically it's a woman in a duck suit.

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Out and About - August 16, 2013

This week, we're talking with Lee Wenger, organizer of the concert Peoria Public Radio's Concert in the Park. He talks about how the event was first developed last year to replace the station's annual record sale. Like last year's concert, this year's event features a variety of musical entertainers -- cast members from musical theatre productions, two choirs, vocalists and instrumentalists. The concert is Friday night at 7:00 at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre. Gates open at 6:00.

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State News
7:42 am
Fri August 16, 2013

IL Republicans at crossroads

More than a hundred Republicans heard from their party leaders and top candidates at the State Central Committee and County Chairmen’s Association meeting on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Springfield, Ill.
Credit Brian Mackey/ Illinois Public Radio

Illinois Republicans are at a crossroads. The party has a historically small number of people in the Illinois Senate, and a small minority in the House, too. But Republicans are also hopeful about 20-14, when they have the chance to win back the Illinois governor's office, ending 12 years of Democratic rule. Party leaders and candidates rallied in Springfield Thursday at the Illinois State Fair. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, the men competing for the top of the ticket each say they're uniquely qualified to revive the Illinois Republican Party

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:05 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Vigil for child found dead inside refrigerator

Friends and family share candles for the vigil at the 810 S Western Ave residence of 8-year-old Marquail Johnson.
Tanya Koonce WCBU

Friends and neighbors gathered in vigil last night for 8-year-old Marquail Johnson. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports his body was found in old refrigerator at 740 Western Avenue yesterday morning.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:38 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

OSF Saint Francis offering 3D mammograms

OSF Saint Francis Centers for Breast Health are offering three-dimensional mammograms.

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State News
5:32 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Illinois law bans tanning beds for minors

A new Illinois law bans anyone under 18 from using a tanning bed. Previously, minors had to get their parents' permission to use one.

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Government
5:14 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Illinois republicans looking for candidates

Illinois Republicans are still looking for candidates willing to run for some races further down the ballot next year. IPR’s Tony Arnold reports: 


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Government
5:07 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Kirk takes center stage at Republican rally

Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk took center stage Thursday in Springfield for a Republican rally. His appearance comes nearly a year-and-a-half after he suffered a stroke. IPR’s Tony Arnold reports: 

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Education
5:04 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Economist stresses District 150, business and city cooperation

2,500 staff and teachers at District 150 gather for the annual Back-to-School pep rally at Bradley University's Renaissance Coliseum.

District 150 and area businesses need to jointly-invest in programs to help students. That’s the message from author and economic futurist Rebecca Ryan. She spoke to more than 100 business people at Peoria City Hall. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says Ryan’s advice reminds all groups to make pro-active investments in programs that help students:

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Government
2:51 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Illinois republicans come together at State Fair

Illinois Republicans were in Springfield Thursday for a meeting of party officials this morning and an afternoon rally at the State Fair.  As IPR's Brian Mackey reports, GOP candidates say the party needs to come together in order to have any hope of breaking the Democratic Party's dominance in Illinois: 


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