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7:11 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Transparency, executive director issues for Focus Forward group

The region’s new economic development effort plans to unveil steps towards meeting its five-year goals at the end of the month. But Focus Forward C.I. continues to deal with calls for more transparency in its meeting process. The policy steering committee met Tuesday without taking any action on a five-year budget or voting to make the group separate from the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. Tri-County board chair Larry Whitaker says that’s because the meeting wasn’t properly noticed:

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:49 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Area Big Brothers Big Sisters opens new facility

Credit Orko Manna / WCBU

Heart of Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters now has a new facility in Peoria.  The grand opening on North Sterling Avenue is a response to the recent growth of the organization.

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:39 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Red Cross in urgent need of blood

The American Red Cross is in urgent need of blood. The Peoria area organization is asking for platelet and blood donors of all types.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:03 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Peoria County Board to vote on expanding employee health care coverage

Peoria County is preparing to expand its employee health plan coverage to comply with the Affordable Care Act.  New regulations require the county to cover the cost for mammograms, colonoscopies and immunizations as much as 100-percent.  

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State News
6:27 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Deadline for two major state policy issues

Tuesday marks a deadline for state legislators on two major policy matters. As IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports, both pit them against the Governor.

There's no fudging over the first deadline. It was set by a federal court. Illinois has until the end of today to pass a law legalizing the concealed carry of guns.

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:30 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Considering the future of Taft Homes

The Peoria Housing Authority is in the middle of two days of meetings evaluating future options for Taft Homes.

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Government
11:22 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Woodford County explores adding Economic Development efforts

The Woodford County Board is evaluating its economic development options for next year. The County could use existing staff for the job, or create a new part-time position for about $50,000. Mike Hinrichsen, chairs the Woodford County finance committee. He says the County needs a separate economic development effort:

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:21 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

U.S. Veterans event in Peoria

Credit Tanya Koonce / WCBU

  U.S. Armed Forces Veterans in the greater Peoria-area are being offered a sort-of match day Wednesday, July 10.  The goal of the event is to match veterans to appropriate service providers in the Tri-County area. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:13 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

State auctions unclaimed coins

  The Illinois Treasurer is offering coins for this year’s Online Unclaimed Property Auction. The auction opened Monday and runs through 10:00 a.m. Friday.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
10:26 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Police increasing work zone patrols

Illinois State Police are expanding construction work zone patrols between Interstates 74 and 1-55.

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