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4:42 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Durbin calls gridlock ‘political cowardice’

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin calls the gridlock in Washington over the federal government’s debt limit and the partial shutdown acts of “political cowardice.”  The Illinois Democrat says it’s dangerous for lawmakers to be negotiating this close to the start of a federal default.  Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Durbin said lawmakers must come to an agreement as soon as possible.

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Government
4:34 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Quinn meeting with pension committee members

Governor Pat Quinn went months without meeting with members of the special legislative committee formed to draft a new pension plan.  But he has ramped up efforts this month.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:19 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Peoria area real estate 3q numbers sink a little

The Peoria Area Association of Realtors says the third quarter home sales declined more than 4 percent. That was coupled with an  8.6 percent lower median sale price. 

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State News
6:16 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Quinn mostly absent during pension negotiations

As he runs for re-election, Governor Pat Quinn is staking a lot on getting something done with Illinois' pensions. He's even making a show of asking the state Supreme Court let him cancel legislators' salaries until it's done.

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State News
6:06 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Reacting to the goverment shutdown

All the news about the government shutdown might have you feeling angry or anxious. Or maybe you think you don’t care. The study of political psychology suggests you do have SOME response, and your earliest impulse could have a big impact on how you act later. Illinois Public Radio's Alex Keefe explains. 

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Business
6:02 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Quinn defends ADM veto threat

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn defends his threat to veto legislation to give tax incentives to Archer Daniels Midland Company to keeps its headquarters in Illinois.

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Health
5:59 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Vets speak out on health care reform tax

Some veterinarians say the Affordable Care Act’s 2.3-percent tax on medical devices is unfair.

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Government
5:56 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Quinn to push for another capital construction program

Illinois’ largest capital construction program expires next year and Governor Pat Quinn says he hopes to launch a similar program.

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Courts
5:50 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Peoria County board members want a close look at public defender contract

Some Peoria County board members want to change the way the county selects its public defender attorney. The 10th Judicial Circuit Judges have used the same public defender for decades, without bidding out the service. The County Board then pays the costs for the 29 assistant public defenders. County Board member Andrew Rand says he supports effectively bidding out the service:

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Business
5:44 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Waiting game for large plant relocation in Central Illinois

Illinois is still waiting to see if its attempts to lure a $1.1 billion fertilizer plant went far enough.   Lawmakers this spring authorized an approximately $30 million tax incentive package in an attempt entice executives of Chicago's Cronus Chemicals LLC to build its new project in Tuscola, in the central Illinois.  But Iowa is offering its own tax incentives.  Spokesman Dave Lundy says the company is still evaluating cost estimates between the two sites. 

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