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Peoria Public Radio News
12:55 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Motorists urged to drive safely in winter weather conditions

David Haste with the city of Peoria's Public Works Department speaks at press conference on driving safely in winter weather conditions.
Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

Officials with the Illinois Department of Transportation, State Police and city of Peoria are reminding motorists to drive safely as winter weather approaches.

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State News
6:47 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Chicago Park District's pension plan could serve as test case for Illinois pensions

Another legislative session has gone by without a solution in place to bring down the amount Illinois owes the state's retirement systems. Given the clamoring from the governor, business leaders, and credit rating agencies for lawmakers to do something about it, legislators mentioned relatively little about pensions before adjourning last week.  That could be a sign that something is afoot, There's talk of legislators returning before the year's end to deal with pensions.  Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky has the story. 

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State News
7:07 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

U of I ranks high for international students

A record number of international students studied at U.S. colleges and universities during the last school year.  For the second straight year, the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus finished second only to the University of Southern California in the annual ‘Open Doors’ report.  Students from China, India and South Korea were among the 98-hundred international students who arrived on the Urbana campus last fall. Bryan Endres is the U of I’s Interim Associate Provost for International Affairs.  He says one of the top goals on the Urbana campus is increasing diversity, and he points to many of the objectives within the U of I’s three-year Strategic Plan. 

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Government
3:36 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Leading state lawmakers take up pension overhaul

Overhauling Illinois' pension systems is no longer in the hands of the special committee of legislators that met all summer.  How to reduce the state’s $100 billion of long-term pension debt is now in the hands of the General Assembly's four leaders. 

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Government
2:32 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Quinn touts veterans lottery program during Peoria stop

Governor Pat Quinn stopped in Peoria Monday to tout an ongoing lottery program aimed at helping veterans.   Quinn says proceeds from the newest Veterans Cash lottery ticket pays for services that help longtime and returning veterans:

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:48 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Veterans Day ceremony in Peoria

Rifle salute during Veterans Day ceremony at Peoria County Courthouse
Denise Molina-Weiger

Current and former members of the military were recognized for their service at various events Monday. The annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Peoria County Courthouse followed a parade through the downtown. The event included a remembrance of Prisoners of War and those Missing In Action and music from area high school bands.

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Peoria's Hidden Treasures
1:47 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Peoria's Hidden Treasures - November 11, 2013

We look at the last set of art galleries participating in the Citywide Celebration of Women Artists. The Liz Pearce Gallery in Dunlap features the work of five artists, exploring small, intimate spaces. Four Morton artists have works on display at the Jefferson Street Gallery. Finally, two events held in conjunction with the celebrations examine the business of art, and a panel of women artists talking about their experiences.

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State News
6:47 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Independent monitor could be used for Illinois' juvenile prisons

Illinois is looking to bring in an independent monitor for its juvenile prisons. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, it's intended to bring down the rate of sexual abuse.

The job would carry the title "Independent Juvenile Ombudsman." Appointed by the governor, the person would have the right to enter a juvenile prison facility at any time and talk to whomever she pleased.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:49 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

PRM gets a new chief

  The Peoria Riverfront Museum has a new President and CEO. The P.R.M. Board of Directors announced Friday Sam Gappmayer is the new chief.Debbie Ritschel has served in the interim role for the last six months.Chairman Dave Ransburg says the board feels Gappmayer’s skill set is a great fit for the organization.Gappmayer is currently the President and CEO of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:05 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Peoria City Council sets strategy

  The Peoria City Council is re-considering it’s strategic direction. It’s a management method the city manager says it useful in helping set policy. 

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