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9:58 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Rauner continues to rake in contributions

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner continues to rake in major contributions since he lifted Illinois' new campaign finance cap last week.   While Rauner's opponents are freed from caps as well, he's the been the only one to get such major, and immediate, benefit.

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Weather
9:52 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Gifford clean-up continues

The clean-up continues in the Champaign County town of Gifford, where an EF3 tornado ravaged part of the community over the weekend. Those assisting with relief include cadets from Lincoln’s Challenge Academy in Rantoul.

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Business
9:47 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

State Farm on storm-related claims in Illinois

A representative with State Farm says the insurer received around 3,700 storm-related homeowners claims and 1,500 to 1,700 auto claims across Illinois.  Kelly Dale visited the Champaign county town of Gifford Thursday helping residents begin the claims process and access money for food, shelter and repairs.

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:57 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Dynegy granted variance

A Houston company looking to buy five Illinois coal-fired power plants is getting five extra years to comply with pollution control standards if it moves forward with the deal.

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:18 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Photos and personal papers lost in storm now in Morton

Photos found in northern Illinois following storm
Denise Molina-Weiger Peoria Public Radio

Morton Public Library received its first delivery of items that were carried away by Sunday’s storms. Reports of personal effects found across northern Illinois immediately followed the tornadoes that hit the area. Volunteers from six Chicago-area suburbs have been collecting the items to bring back to central Illinois.

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Peoria Public Radio News
10:14 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Ameren restores power to most customers following storm

Credit Daryl Scott / Peoria Public Radio

Ameren Illinois officials say they’ve restored service to a majority of those impacted by Sunday’s storms. More than 15-hundred crews and contractors were called to the area after tornadoes ripped through central Illinois.

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State News
7:06 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Is rollout of drivers license program for illegal immigrants to slow?

An Illinois law passed last January could let up to half-a-million unauthorized immigrants drive legally for the first time. But many of them are having a hard time signing up for the license. And, now, a Chicago-area sheriff says the state is rolling out the program too slowly. Illinois Public Radio’s Chip Mitchell reports.

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State News
6:57 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Springfield Bishop performs prayer of "exorcism"

Minutes after Governor Pat Quinn made gay marriage legal in Illinois, the Roman Catholic bishop of Springfield began a prayer service in response. It was formally called a prayer of “exorcism.” But as IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, the ceremony was much more subdued than that dramatic word might suggest.

Speaking in Latin, Bishop Thomas Paprocki was methodical, even dispassionate, as he led at least 200 of the faithful in prayer. He was careful to point out this was a “minor exorcism,” not suggesting demonic possession like in a Hollywood movie, but rather what he says are "influences of the devil that have penetrated our culture." 
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Peoria Public Radio News
6:16 am
Thu November 21, 2013

IEMA Director talks tornadoes

IEMA Director Jonathon Monken

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency takes the lead coordinating responses to disasters in the state. The number of tornadoes Sunday were historic for a single day in November. That means IEMA has an unprecedented number of tornado disaster locations to handle. Jonathon Monken is the Director of the agency. He talked about the nature of the situation after the WTVP Red Cross Disaster Relief telethon in Peoria. The event raised nearly a million dollars for the victims of the tornadoes that hit communities including Washington, East Peoria, Pekin, and Morton.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:18 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Washington update and East Peoria tornado damage assessment complete

Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  Weather condition may slow progress on the recovery efforts in Washington. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano has an update on the latest recovery and cleanup efforts following Sunday's tornado: 

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