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6:44 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Deadline for municipalities to to restrict assault weapons

It could be months before anyone can actually bring a gun outside the home.  But a separate provision of Illinois’ new concealed carry law has already taken effect.  Beginning this weekend, communities will no longer have the ability to enact restrictions on assault weapons. As Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky reports, the state has given municipalities until midnight tonight to act.

  

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Politics
7:27 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Kirk walks-back plan for mass gang member arrest

U.S. Illinois Senator Mark Kirk is repudiating a plan he floated earlier this year to do a mass arrests of 18,000 gang members.  IPR’s Robert Wildeboer reports: 


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Peoria Public Radio News
7:15 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Making government work

 17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is part of a bipartisan team sponsoring nine bills being called the Make Government Work package. 

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State News
5:11 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

State group dedicated to grain bin safety

A state group dedicated to safe operations in grain bins wants to build a team of trainers to prevent tragedies like Wednesday’s death in Champaign County. An autopsy is scheduled Thursday on 55-year-old Roy McCarty of Sidney. Jeff Adkisson is with the Illinois Grain Handling Safety Coalition. He says there haven’t been many new developments in safety standards, but it’s key to make sure commercial grain operators and farmers are up to speed. Adkisson says he speaks from personal experience:

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Government
4:59 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

IL special pension committee meeting Friday

Illinois lawmakers on a special pension committee are scheduled to meet again Friday in Chicago. Members of the group say they're making progress toward a compromise, but as IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, some of their colleagues think they've found a way to reach a solution even faster:


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Peoria Public Radio News
4:42 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Peoria still considering town in Africa as new sister-city

Peoria’s Sister City Commission is still considering adding the African country of Botswana to its international slate.

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:33 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

President Obama to visit the region

  White House officials are confirming the president is traveling to Galesburg next Wednesday. President Obama is planning to be in Galesburg for an event on the economy. Details on the president’s travel plans and associated events are not yet available.  

Peoria Public Radio News
3:24 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Bradley gets recognized for animation and game design programs

A national publication is recognizing Bradley University as a top animation and design school. B-U offers a variety of programs for those who want to become game designers. Animation Career Review ranked Bradley 15th in the Midwest. This is the second year in a row the university has received the ranking. Some of the programs Bradley offers include computer science or computer information systems degrees with a game technology or game software concentration. Students can also receive degrees in interactive media with concentrations in game design, animation and visual effects.  

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State News
6:26 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Food hubs helping struggling farms

Crates of food t be shipped out to businesses in Chicago and east central Illinois
Credit Sean Powers / Harvest Public Media

“Food hubs” are popping up across the country. These food processing and distribution centers make it easier for restaurants, grocery stores, and others to buy local food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says there are more than 220 of them in 40 states plus the District of Columbia.

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Environment
5:47 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Peoria Riverfront Museum gets LEED Gold Certified

The Peoria Riverfront Museum has LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The certification is an international standard that says the building is both environmentally and energy efficient. Some green features include solar panels, recycled floor materials and electric car chargers. Museum visitors can also take a tour of the building that highlights its sustainable features. The PRM LEED Gold Certification is the first such designation in the area.   

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