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9:50 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Discussion on decline of butterflies this year

Researchers from the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission say there is lingering evidence of the effect of last year’s drought. Volunteers conducted an informal butterfly count in early July. Illinois Public Radio’s Brian O’Keefe spoke with The Nature Preserves Commission’s Angella Moorehouse about the butterfly census:

It’s still possible for some butterfly species to recover this summer. Some varieties breed several times each the summer months, but others only produce one generation a year.

  

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State News
8:01 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Credit union offering assistance to lawmakers

Illinois legislators will not be getting their monthly paycheck, starting next week. But at least one financial institution is offering to help tide them over until the General Assembly's dispute with the Governor is resolved.  IPR'S Amanda Vinicky has more.

Lawmakers' base salary of $68,000 has been set to zero. Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed their pay out of the budget as a sort of punishment for the General Assembly not passing a pension overhaul. Enter Credit Union 1.

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State News
7:45 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Chris Mooney to take over the U of I's IGPA

Chris Mooney
Credit www.uis.edu

University of Illinois Springfield political scientist Chris Mooney will take over next month as the head of U of I's Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Public radio listeners know Mooney as frequent panelist on the "State Week in Review" program. 

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State News
7:26 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Private investigator asks for pardon in 1986 Paris murders

A private investigator wants Governor Pat Quinn to pardon two men imprisoned for years for a double-murder in Paris, Illinois.

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Out and About
8:00 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Out and About - July 26, 2013

This week, we're talking with Jimmy Ulrich about Peoria Players' upcoming youth production of "All Shook Up." The "jukebox" musical features music made famous by Elvis Presley, and a story about a small Midwestern town, thrown into disarray by the arrival of a motorcycle-riding drifter. Ulrich says the music -- along with the fact  that it's a newer musical --  makes the show a treat for both the performers and the audience. "All Shook Up" runs August 7th through the 11th at Peoria Players Theatre.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:50 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Community remembers Gary Sandberg

The late Gary Sandberg's Harley Davison motorcycle sits in the pavilion area of the Gateway Building. His license plate reads “ATLRG2”
Credit Tanya Koonce/Peoria Public Radio

A steady flow of people came and went from the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront Friday for the life remembrance for Peoria City Councilman Gary Sandberg.  

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Education
5:22 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Former Ambassador gives $3M to ISU

Former U.N. Ambassador Donald McHenry has donated $3 million to his alma mater, Illinois State University. McHenry says he is pleased to do for the University what ISU did for him, offer an intellectual transformation. McHenry says he still thinks of himself as a former champion debater more than he does as a co-founder of the NAACP or diplomat:

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:58 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Peoria Fire department gets medical upgrades

The ALS fire truck on SW Jefferson Avenue, with a display of new medical and emergency-response equipment.
Credit Orko Manna / WCBU

The Peoria Fire Department is upgrading its station on SW Jefferson Avenue with an Advanced Life Support fire truck.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:50 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Carver Center to open next week

The Carver Community Center could open as soon as next week. Current and former members of the center’s board celebrated the reopening of the facility Friday.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:39 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

National report says Bartonville coal plant causes pollution

Area environmental groups say a national report draws attention to Ameren Energy Resources’ coal plant in Bartonville.

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