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10:47 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

East Peoria mandatory garbage-tote program to start next spring

East Peoria is moving forward with a mandatory garbage-tote program starting next spring. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports the program aims to reduce costs and make city trash pick-up more efficient: 


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Politics
4:07 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Quinn praises Madigan’s service as AG

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn praised Lisa Madigan’s service as attorney general Tuesday.  That comes after Madigan decided not to challenge Quinn in next year’s Democratic primary for governor.  Madigan said she wouldn’t run since her father plans to continue serving as Speaker of the Illinois House.  Quinn said little about Madigan’s decision when asked about it by reporters Tuesday:

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Government
3:34 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Pension meetings behind closed doors

The Illinois lawmakers working on solving the state pension problem are not planning any more public meetings, but they are meeting behind closed doors this Friday. And as IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, the leader of the group says they'll be doing so without input from one key figure in the debate: 


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Peoria Public Radio News
1:18 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

American Red Cross announces list of cooling centers

The American Red Cross is listing a number of cooling centers that are open across the area for those without air conditioning. They include:

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:27 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Peoria area home sales up slightly

Peoria area home sales are up slightly in the second quarter of this year. The Peoria Area Association of Realtors is reporting 12 more homes sold compared to the same period last year. That’s nearly 400 more than the first quarter of this year.

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Education
11:39 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

District 150 wants more Peoria Stadium info, leasing portable classrooms

Members of the District 150 School Board during Monday's meeting.
Credit Orko Manna / WCBU

The District 150 School Board is re-considering its options for the Peoria Stadium property in the face of the proposed Walmart debacle. The School Board released the proposal last month to sell the property to Wal-Mart for a new store. Those attending last night’s board meeting again expressed opposition to the idea. District 150 Board President Rick Cloyd is asking the administration to gather comprehensive information in four key areas including sports schedules, and funding and facilities options:

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Government
11:34 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

IL Comptroller pledges quicker nonprofit payments

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka speaking in Peoria Monday, July 15, 2013.
Credit Tanya Koonce / WCBU

  Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is creating an advisory council to help non-profit groups receive state payments in a more timely fashion. Topinka visited the Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria yesterday to talk with non-profit human service groups about the state’s financial condition. She says her office is now paying bills from June 21st, a shorter delay than usual. But Topinka says its still within the first month of the state’s new fiscal year. She says by fall and into the holiday season, the payment delay gap could get larger:

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Peoria Police Department
9:49 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Two Peoria Police vehicles collide

Peoria Police accident at Illinois and Indiana Avenues
Tanya Koonce WCBU

  Three Peoria Police Offices were transported to the hospital after a two car accident at Illinois and Indiana Avenues. The Police cruiser and SUV K-9 Unit were responding to a call for assistance in the 1000 block of Behrends  Avenue. 

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Government
5:49 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Lisa Madigan not running for governor

After months of speculation that Governor Pat Quinn would face a primary challenge from Lisa Madigan,  the Attorney General today announced she will not run for Governor.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports.

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Government
5:21 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

IL religious leaders want concealed-carry changes

Illinois' new concealed carry law forbids people from bringing guns into schools, hospitals and casinos.  A group of religious leaders say they want the same protection for places of worship.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more.


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