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7:05 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Veto session continues this week

Illinois legislators are scheduled to finish out their veto session this week. As IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports, their back-loaded agenda ranges from dealing with budget matters to social issues.

The first week of the veto session - late last month - went by with little of substance accomplished. But what the General Assembly didn't touch then is back now.

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State News
6:58 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Push for same-sex marriage

The Illinois Senate this year approved a bill to allow same-sex couples to marry. That vote came on Valentine’s Day. Now nine months later, gay and lesbian couples in Illinois are still waiting for the House to vote on the bill. Their final chance to win approval this year comes during this week’s veto session, and supporters are making sure lawmakers know how important this is to them. Illinois Public Radio’s  Rich Egger has the story. 

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State News
6:55 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Auto dealers push for change in law on car leasing

Auto dealers in Illinois are pushing for a change in the law on car leasing. Supporters of the plan say it would lower the cost of a lease, in some cases by sixty dollars a month. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more:

Under current law, when you lease a car, there's a good chance the company is collecting sales tax on the full value of the vehicle. Those companies, however, through a complicated system of dealer credits, might only pass on a portion of that to state tax collectors.  

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Government
6:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Peoria County Sheriff talks on inmates’ FOIA requests

Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy says he wants to change how some inmates receive Freedom of Information Act requests. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:
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Peoria Public Radio News
6:14 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Rutherford calls for more economic stability

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Dan Rutherford talks with supporters at CJ's Cafe in Pekin Friday, November 1, 2013.
Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford is traveling the region stumping for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. He stopped at C-J’s Cafe in Pekin Friday and talked with about 30 people. He says the economy and unemployment are the threads of common concern throughout the state. He says unemployment is a concern in Tri- County Area. 

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Government
1:19 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Work on Centennial Drive complete

Local, state and federal officials held an official ribbon cutting to mark the completion of Centennial Drive.  The more than three-mile stretch of road connects East Peoria and Washington.  East Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus says the six-phase project is vital to both cities:

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Police
1:12 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Hotline number for Peoria home invasion information

Residents can now call a special hotline with any information on a rash of home invasions in Peoria.  The hotline number is 494-8288.  

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Out and About
12:00 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Out and About - November 1, 2013

This week, we're talking with Chip Joyce. He's directing "The Graduate," which opens tonight at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse. He talks about directing his first non-musical, why he likes this particular script, and why he thinks the story will resonate with multiple generations.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:23 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Youth in jail after Don't Shoot message

  One of the 22 men in Wednesday’s Don’t Shoot call-in meeting is already in jail. 17-year-old Martell Perkins, a self-identified gang member, allegedly fired a gun while riding in a car hours after hearing the anti-violence message. 

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Courts
4:41 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Children’s Advocacy Center gets national recognition

The Peoria County Children's Advocacy Center is receiving  national recognition for its work with child abuse victims.   The National Children's Alliance designated the center with a five year accreditation.  Donna Cruz is an Assistant Peoria County State's Attorney and heads the Center. She says the national honor recognizes the way the center investigates alleged child abuse cases. She says that includes using specially-trained interviewers to talk to children in a non-threatening environment:

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