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7:53 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Debate over whether government should continue supporting sugar growers

Candy shop owner Rob Flesher says companies like his pay more for sugar thanks to government sugar supports.
Credit Bill Wheelhouse / Harvest Public Media

The average American consumes nearly 40-pounds of refined sugar a year. And behind all those sweet snacks, a stealthy and heated battle is taking place over whether the government should continue to help out sugar growers. Yes, this is a farm bill issue. But as Harvest Public Media's Bill Wheelhouse reports, it’s one that has a very direct impact on consumers’ wallets:

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:25 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Tickets available to see President speak in Galesburg

President Barack Obama is set to speak at Knox College when he visits Galesburg this week. Obama will kick off a series of speeches laying out his vision for rebuilding the economy to grow the middle class. The President’s visit is Wednesday.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:23 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Sandberg likely died of heart disease

Preliminary results from an autopsy indicate a Peoria City Council member died of heart disease. Gary Sandberg was found dead in his home on Friday. He was 65.

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State News
7:14 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Lisa Madigan's decision to not run for governor could shake up Republican leadership

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's decision to run for re-election will have its biggest effect on the democratic primary for governor. But as IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, it could also lead to a change in leadership among Republicans in the Illinois House.

State Rep. Tom Cross, a Republican from Oswego who's been House Minority Leader since 2002, says "many" people approached him to consider running for AG when it was thought Madigan was likely to run for governor.

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State News
7:07 am
Mon July 22, 2013

New law toughens penalties for drinking while driving a boat

Credit Iowa Department of Natural Resources

A fatal boating accident is behind a new state law that could deepen penalties for intoxicated drivers. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

A year ago, ten-year-old Tony Borcia went boating with his dad and siblings on the Chain of Lakes – a string of lakes connected by the Fox River, in northeastern Illinois.  

Tony’s mom, Margaret Borcia, says she’d taken her kids “tubing” many times – it’s a thrill to sit in an intertube pulled by a boat, bouncing over the waves. But this time, Tony fell off.  Before his family could pick him up, a speed boat struck and killed him.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:00 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Springdale Cemetery getting new signage

Springdale Cemetery is working to offer more multimedia information on the historic burial ground. The cemetery Management Authority is getting new signs. Converse Marketing is doing the design work. The Authority is updating the cemetery map to put on the back of every sign. Springdale Authority Chair Bob Manning says the signs are a good way to promote the cemetery:

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:42 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Rethinking the southern part of Peoria

Peoria Taft Homes
Tanya Koonce WCBU

  The southernmost portion of the city got some extra attention this morning regarding redevelopment. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:33 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Peoria Councilman Gary Sandberg found dead in home

The body found in the home of Gary Sandberg is believed to be that of the at-large city councilman.  Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says good friends went to Sandberg’s home at 1213 South West Adams Street this afternoon to check on him. They called 911 about 2:15, saying they had found a man deceased. 

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Government
3:18 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Madigan calls for investigation on himself

The latest person to call for an investigation into Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s dealings with Metra is House Speaker Michael Madigan. As IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports, his office released a letter Friday afternoon encouraging an official ethics investigation.


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Out and About
11:30 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Out and About - July 19, 2013

This week, we're talking with photographer Scott Cavanah. He and Matt Buedel are the creators of the exhibit "Every Other." Over the course of a year, the two took turns creating photographs based on a theme suggested by the other. The resulting photos are now collected in the exhibit. "Every Other" is on display through July 30th at the Peoria Public Library Main Branch. A reception with the artists is Saturday morning from 10:00 to noon.

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