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Peoria Public Radio News
3:35 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Summer cooling assistance available for certain Peoria residents

The Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity wants eligible residents to apply for a summer cooling program tomorrow.  The state has funds to help eligible households stay cool amid high summer temperatures.

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Politics
3:32 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Quinn staying out of Metra, Madigan controversy

Governor Pat Quinn appears to be staying out of a controversy over House Speaker Mike Madigan's role in employment decisions at Metra, the suburban Chicago commuter rail agency.Madigan last week acknowledged suggesting a pay raise for a campaign donor who had a $57,000-a-year job at Metra.

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Politics
3:02 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Dillard kicks-off run for governor across state

Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard is toured the state Monday to kick off his campaign for governor.  IPR’s Tony Arnold reports: 


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State News
7:04 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Illinois gets poor marks for cost of doing business in the state

Illinois dropped eleven spots in a national survey of the best places to do business. Business leaders say they're not surprised. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports.

The CNBC survey ranks Illinois 37th overall. But the state gets especially poor marks when it comes to the cost of doing business. Illinois comes in at 44th out of 50 states.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:53 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Peoria County residents may get to vote on consolidating election commissions

Legislation passed in Springfield clears the way for Peoria County to have a single election commission. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the election reform bill allows the County to ask voters if they want a combined commission:

Currently the City of Peoria runs election services within its borders, and part of the County Clerk’s Office runs the rest of Peoria County services. Tom Bride is executive director of the Peoria City Election Commission. He says a combined service means more efficiency for voters:

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:42 am
Mon July 15, 2013

IDOT invites residents to give input on bike transportation plan

Peoria will be part of a statewide effort to create an Illinois Bike Transportation Plan. The Illinois Department of Transportation is holding meetings around the state to gather information on how bicycling paths can be improved, and the challenges communities face in making themselves more bike-friendly. Brian Williamsen is a spokesman with IDOT.

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State News
6:24 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Chicago could toughen ban on assault weapons

Chicago’s City Council could toughen its ban on so-called assault weapons this week.

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Business
4:27 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Metra CEO payout under investigation

Illinois’ executive inspector general is investigating the large severance package of Metra’s former CEO.  Alex Clifford stands to gain $718,000 for resigning from the rail agency.  Metra’s board of directors has come under fire for agreeing to the big pay-out.  Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he has the power to fire the entire Metra board - but he has to wait to see what the inspector general finds.

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Out and About
3:14 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Out and About - July 12, 2013

OutThis week, we're talking with Erin Craig. She plays Reno Sweeney in Corn Stock Theatre's upcoming  production of "Anything Goes." The show features a treasure-trove of Cole Porter music and a heavy dose of tap-dancing. "Anything Goes" opens tonight, and runs through July 20th under the tent at Upper Bradley Park.

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:27 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Heddington Oaks gets ready for residents

Ribbon cutting at Heddington Oaks
Tanya Koonce WCBU

  The ceremonial ribbon cutting on the new county owned nursing home signals the facility's completion . Heddington Oaks is located on Heading Avenue in West Peoria. It’s replacing the nearly 40 year old Bel-Wood Nursing Home currently located off Maxwell Road. Matt Newkirk is the Director of the County owned facility. He says the new facility cost about $35 Million and was more than six years in the making.  “We’re in the final stages of having public health come in and finishing our surveys to certify the building.

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