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Peoria Public Radio News
4:18 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Peoria gets a new Public Works Director

Mike Rogers

  The first day of summer brought with it a new Public Works Director for the City of Peoria. Mike Rogers has been the Assistant Director of Public Works in San Antonio, Texas and is a Michigan native. He says his priorities include transparency and strategic planning.  “When you look at the cost of services, gas prices are high, material prices are high and labor costs are going up. But our budgets aren’t necessarily going up at that same rate,” Rogers says.

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:31 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Hemmings Great Race to stop in Peoria

The Peoria Riverfront is a lunch stop for the 2013 Hemmings Great Race Monday. The annual road rally starts Saturday in St. Paul Minnesota, and features 100 participants with vintage cars and trucks. Drivers, including Peoria native Richard McKone, are converging on the Gateway Building around Noon Monday for a lunch break before heading to Hannibal, Missouri. The public is invited to greet the drivers as they arrive, and look at the antique cars on display. 

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Out and About - June 21, 2013

This weekend, Corn Stock Theatre opens its production of "The Foreigner," starring Peoria native, and professional actor, Steve Vinovich. Vinovich has performed on stage, film and television since graduating from the University of Illinois; he's recently returned to New York after many years in Los Angeles. He talks about how the idea for the production came about; why he's fond of this play and this particular role; and about his 40-year career as a working actor.

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State News
8:28 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Financial records gone in Washington Park

The state attorney general is being asked to investigate what happened to the financial records in the southwestern Illinois town of Washington Park. Village officials say they'd like to find the records, too. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more: 


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Peoria Public Radio News
5:44 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

CityLink celebrates Dump the Pump

  CityLink is encouraging Peoria area motorists to “Dump the Pump.”

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State News
10:24 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Congressman asks campaign official to step down for writing racist comments

Central Illinois Republican congressman Rodney Davis is asking a campaign official to step down from his party position after writing what's been called a racist email about Davis' primary challenger. 

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State News
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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