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7:14 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Gov. still reviewing concealed carry legislation

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is not saying if he will sign a bill allowing residents to carry concealed guns. The state legislature approved a concealed carry bill after a federal court ruled Illinois’ ban unconstitutional.

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7:11 am
Tue June 11, 2013

School transportation state funding to remain the same

The budget lawmakers approved would keep school transportation funding next year the same as this year.  But as IPR’S Chris Slaby reports, Illinois school districts still face financial struggles.

Lawmakers say they were able to accomplish this because of what they call the "April surprise," when Illinois collected an extra one-point-five billion dollars in tax revenue. Anthony Galindo is the superintendent of the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley district.  He says the "surprise" amounts to an extra 300-thousand dollars there.

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State News
7:05 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Gov. says lawmakers should take a lesson from the Chicago Blackhawks

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the state legislature could take a lesson from the Chicago Blackhawks in passing pension reform. IPR’S Tony Arnold reports.

Lawmakers adjourned from Springfield without passing what many consider the biggest issue facing the state: its increasing pension obligations. So Governor Quinn called them back for a special session next week, saying they should take the two rival pension reform plans, put them on the same bill, and pass them both. He says he knows of another team that got the job done when it was needed.

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State News
6:56 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Political scientist says Gov. needs a win on pension reform

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn “Desperately needs a win” on pension reform. That’s the conclusion of political scientist Kent Redfield. The U of I Springfield professor spoke ahead of next week’s special session on pensions, which Quinn ordered. Redfield says the Governor repeatedly blamed pension costs for the state's budget problems. If no agreement is reached, Redfield says, Quinn will look weak going into next year’s primary election:

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State News
6:53 am
Tue June 11, 2013

IDOC official resigns

A top official at the Illinois Department of Corrections has resigned following allegations of sexual harassment. Department spokesman Tom Shaer says two investigations focused on Deputy Director Ty Bates were launched about two months ago. He resigned after the investigations concluded and punishment, including suspension, was announced.

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:35 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

FEMA closing Disaster Recovery Center in Peoria County

FEMA is closing its Disaster Recovery Center in Peoria County for flood victims to register for federal recovery assistance. The center is at Chillicothe Fire Hall. It’s closing Friday. People can still register with FEMA online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov

Peoria Public Radio News
1:33 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Remebering Pete Vonachen

Peoria legend, Harold “Pete” Vonachen died Monday at age 87. Known as, “Mr. Baseball,” he was responsible for building up the sport in the city with the purchase of the Peoria Suns in 1983. He re-named the team, and they’ve been affiliated with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals since that time.

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State News
7:25 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Gov. to meet with legislative leaders on pension reform

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he’ll be meeting with legislative leaders Monday to discuss pension reform. Lawmakers adjourned for the summer without agreeing on the best way to reduce benefits for state employees. Quinn says that cost is cutting into other state expenses.

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State News
7:23 am
Mon June 10, 2013

American Cancer Society to conduct new study

Stephen Hunt (in yellow) of the American Cancer Society instructs volunteers during a CPS-3 sign-up at the Stratton Building in Springfield on May 1, 2013. The Society will accept participants for the study throughout 2013. (Chris Slaby/IPR)

The American Cancer Society says a new national study could be a "gamechanger" in fighting the disease. IPR’S Chris Slaby has more.

Springfield resident Lisa Hopper says she's lost her father, an uncle, and one of her best friends to cancer. She says she signed up for the project.

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State News
7:14 am
Mon June 10, 2013

U.S. Senate could vote on farm bill today

The U.S. Senate could finally vote on a new farm bill today.  But the final version could still be at least several weeks away.  IPR’S Sean Crawford reports:

Senator Dick Durbin, the Illinois Democrat, added a provision that would require wealthier farmers pay more for crop insurance, which Durbin argues is mostly subsidized by taxpayers.

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