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7:08 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Congressman Rodney Davis says he supports individual spending bills to end shutdown

President Obama wants House Speaker John Boehner to call a vote on a so-called “clean” continuing resolution to end the partial government shutdown. But Congressman Rodney Davis says he IS supporting “clean” resolutions, by voting for individual appropriations bills. The 13th District Republican says these measures reflect the way Washington used to govern in the days before gridlock.

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State News
7:01 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Advocate pushes for limits on days of full contact football practice

Credit Peter Gray / WUIS/Illinois Public Radio

Coaches in Illinois are required by state law to remove from a game or practice any athlete suspected of suffering a concussion. But responding quickly after a hard hit isn't enough for a former football player from the Chicago area who now advocates nationwide to prevent injury to still-developing brains. Illinois Public Radio’s Peter Gray reports on a push for the state to follow the NFL in limiting days of full contact football practice.

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State News
6:52 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Flowing fuels: monitoring Illinois pipelines

Construction of Flanagan South Pipeline in Livingston County, Illinois.
Credit Jenna Dooley / Illinois Public Radio/WNIJ

Today we wrap-up our series on "Flowing Fuels" with a look at who is responsible for inspecting pipelines in Illinois. As Illinois Public Radio's Jenna Dooley reports, inspections are based on location and the type of resource that flows through these lines:

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Environment
5:40 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Court: EPA must better regulate ash coal plant pollution

A federal court has ordered the US EPA to more strictly regulate a form of pollution from coal fired power plants.  It’s a move environmental groups say is a long time in coming, as IPR’s Scott Stuntz reports:

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State News
5:18 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Quinn: prolonged shutdown means more layoffs

Governor Pat Quinn says if the federal government shutdown continues, Illinois will have to lay off more workers whose paychecks come from federal funding.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Bustos: federal shutdown ‘unfair’

 17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says the federal shutdown is unfair.  Over the weekend, the U-S House passed legislation to pay federal workers retro-actively. Bustos says that at least gives them some peace of mind.  She blames republicans and House Speaker John Boehner for the problem. She says he should allow members to vote on funding the government and negotiate later.

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Education
1:42 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Regional educators, manufacturers talk job skills

More than 50 school and business officials from Central Illinois attended the annual Manufacturing Educator’s Day in Peoria.  Area manufacturers stressed the importance of graduating students with the skills to jump in the industry.  Lori Laredo is director of operations for East Peoria High School.  She says the school is keeping many vocational programs amid cutbacks in state funding:

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State News
1:34 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Il activists watching campaign finance case before the U.S. Supreme Court

The last U.S. Supreme Court decision to have a major impact on campaign finance was "Citizens United", a decision that led to the rise of so-called "Super PACs" across the nation, including in Illinois. As IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports, another high-profile case before the court Tuesday has activists on alert.

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform's David Morrison says he did not pay all that much attention back in 2010 when the Citizens United case was argued in Washington.  The case asked if corporations could give cash to federal candidates. Illinois already allowed that, so it was presumed the case wouldn't have an impact.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:21 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

BU sees increase in retention rate

Bradley University officials say they are doing a better job of keeping students from leaving after their freshmen year. BU is reporting a freshman-to-sophomore retention rate of nearly 88-percent for the last school year. That’s a nearly two-percent increase from the entering freshman class of 2011, and it’s the highest retention rate in five years.

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State News
7:18 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Flowing Fuels: New Pipeline Carries Oil, Brings Lawsuits

Credit Jenna Dooley / Illinois Public Radio/WNIJ

Today we begin a two-part series called "Flowing Fuels" about a new oil pipeline that will carry Canadian oil across several states. The line will begin in north-central Illinois. Illinois Public Radio’s Jenna Dooley reports on the massive project and concerns surrounding it:

Tomorrow...we'll hear more about who inspects pipelines in Illinois. That's in the second part of our series "Flowing Fuels."

 

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