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6:24 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Will special committee succeed in solving state's pension problem?

The Illinois General Assembly's one-day special session on pensions came and went Wednesday. Governor Pat Quinn had initially demanded lawmakers send him legislation to overhaul the state's underfunded pension systems, but in the end he settled for a special committee. 

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Government
6:12 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Unauthorized patrols at Springdale draw concern

Springdale Cemetery neighbors are reportedly looking out for the historic burial ground, but their actions may be frightening to some. Springdale Authority chair Bob Manning says some neighbors are doing security type patrols of the grounds and making some legitimate visitors feel uneasy.

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Government
3:59 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

IL lawmakers create pension committee

The Illinois Legislature has taken action to create a committee to address the state's $97 billion pension problem. The House agreed to form a bipartisan conference committee after the Senate approved a similar motion Wednesday. Governor Pat Quinn requested the committee as a way to end a stalemate between the House and Senate. Senate President John Cullerton says there's no guarantee it will work but says it's "a very good step toward reaching a compromise":

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Business
3:50 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

OfficeMax asks state for tax breaks

OfficeMax is asking the state of Illinois for tax breaks to keep the company's headquarters in-state after the office supply chain's merger with Office Depot is complete.  State Senator Tom Cullerton made his pitch Tuesday during a hearing on the state's pension crisis. He was joined by OfficeMax CEO Ravi Saligram, who says the combined company could be located here or in Florida, where Office Depot is headquartered.

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Government
2:51 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Federal funds for Brimfield fire department

The Brimfield Community Fire Protection District is getting federal funding for firefighting gear. Congressman Aaron Schock says the more than $148,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant will help buy self-contained breathing apparatus equipment. Schock says the grant is important to ensure the safety and effectiveness of first responders.

Peoria Public Radio News
12:32 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

YPG to use All-America City award to promote Peoria

Members of the delegation responsible for helping Peoria become an All-America City say their work is not complete. The Peoria Chamber’s Young Professionals Group brought home the award this week following a weekend competition with 19 other cities in Denver. The group also won two awards, one for producing a video about the city, and another individual recognition. 

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State News
7:16 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Special session on pension reform begins today

Members of Illinois' General Assembly return to the capitol Wednesday for a special session on pensions where they're expected to pass off the problem to a yet another legislative committee. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

What to do about Illinois' $100 billion pension debt has confounded legislators for years.

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State News
7:08 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Senate hears pension reform proposal for university employees

As lawmakers began returning to Springfield Tuesday, they had a hearing to consider the merits of yet another pension proposal. This one is aimed just at people who work for Illinois' public universities. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

Illinois university employees would be asked to pay two percent more out of every paycheck. And when they retired, cost-of-living increases would be just half the rate of inflation, instead of the current three percent compounded annually.

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State News
6:58 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Republican Congressman says differences on food stamp program should be worked out in committee

Republican Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville says President Obama is premature in threatening to veto the House’s version of the farm bill. The White House says $2 billion dollars in annual cuts to the food stamp program in the House’s plan goes too far, and will leave some Americans hungry.

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:35 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Cell phone users spending too much on data plans

A state consumer advocacy group is offering a new tool to help people determine whether they are overpaying for cell phone data plans. The Citizens Utility Board released an analysis Tuesday that shows Illinois residents are overpaying on data plans by more than one-billion dollars. Peoria residents are estimated to be paying nearly 13 million more each year than needed.

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