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Peoria Public Radio News
2:11 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Water main update in El Vista subdivision

Peoria’s El Vista subdivision is getting a $1.5 million water main update. Illinois American Water’s investment in the area is meant to enhance water quality and maintain reliable water service.

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State News
12:19 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Gov. Quinn changes concealed carry legislation

Governor Pat Quinn on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would allow concealed carry in Illinois. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, Quinn is suggesting numerous changes to the proposal.

At a splashy Chicago news conference surrounded by relatives of shooting victims, Quinn says the National Rifle Association had too great a role in shaping the concealed-carry legislation.

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State News
7:11 am
Tue July 2, 2013

U of I to give out merit-based raises

University of Illinois employees are set to receive pay hikes this year, and just how much will depend on their performance. The school's leader says he's trying to provide a more stable financial environment for staff, even in the face of the state's unstable finances. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky has more.

In a letter to employees, University of Illinois President Robert Easter says competitive compensation is essential to recruit and retain top faculty and staff.  And yet, he writes, "we must recognize the many uncertainties and challenges before us."  Namely, state funding.

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State News
7:04 am
Tue July 2, 2013

U.S. Senator Kirk expects a solution on rising student loan rates

Illinois Republican Mark Kirk says he expects the U.S. Senate to find a solution to rising student loan rates soon.

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State News
6:53 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Daley says there should be limits on when candidates can raise cash

A candidate for Illinois governor says politicians should be limited as to when they can raise campaign cash.

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Government
10:01 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Tri-County officials voice concern over economic development transparency

Members of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission are still voicing concerns about transparency involving the region’s new economic development effort.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports: 


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Education
9:39 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

District 150 Board to discuss stadium, elects new president

The District 150 School Board’s annual reorganizational meeting included electing a new president and discussion about the Peoria Stadium property.  The Board elected Rick Cloyd president by a vote of four to two.  He was elected over Board member Martha Ross who’s ran multiple times for the post.  Outgoing president Chris Crawford says the board will discuss the future of the Peoria Stadium July 15th:

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Government
9:33 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Quinn mum on concealed carry action

Illinois is quickly approaching a federal court's deadline of July 9 for the state to have a concealed carry law.

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State News
5:04 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

State's year end bills mount

Illinois is ringing in the fiscal new year with 6-point-1 billion dollars in unpaid bills. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, it's only expected to get worse.

Illinois' budget year ended Sunday, but Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says she still has thousands of bills to pay, in fact, 73,184 bills to pay, and that doesn't even include figures from other state agencies.

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State News
7:12 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Il prison watchdog group says many people with mental illness end up in prison

Last week, prison officials in Indiana announced they'd soon add programs for mentally ill inmates, and house them in a special facility. A few days earlier, a report from a prison watchdog group raised concerns about the same kind of inmates in an Illinois prison. IPR’S Brian Mackey has more.

The John Howard Association, a prison-monitoring group, says the demise of our mental health system in recent decades means a lot of people with mental illness end up in prison.

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