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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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State News
7:13 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Pete Rose says he has no ill will towards Bud Selig

Despite years of being denied entry into the Hall of Fame, major league baseball’s all-time hits leader says he holds no ill will towards Commissioner Bud Selig. IPR'S Jeff Bossert has more on Pete Rose’s visit to Urbana:

Rose was banned from the game in 1989 due to gambling, but says he hasn’t given up on Selig.  Rose says he likes the commissioner, and doesn’t believe Selig’s 2014 retirement is a good thing just for his sake.

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Government
6:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Roll-out dates for East Peoria toter program

East Peoria residents now have a timeline to comply with the city’s mandatory garbage-tote program next spring. Residents with garbage pick-up on Monday and Tuesday need to have a new toter in place by March. Anyone with a Wednesday route must have the container in use by May. East Peoria Public Works Director Steve Ferguson says the city could not require the toter-use at the same time:

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:16 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

IAWC polling water wishes

  Illinois American Water Company says the majority of voters in Peoria oppose the city purchasing the water system. The water company reports 70 percent of those polled oppose the buyout.

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Government
4:30 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Peoria crews deep-cleaning Southern Gateway streets

Peoria Public Works and code enforcement crews are giving the city’s southern corridor a makeover.  Nearly 40 workers are conducting code sweeps on Adams, Jefferson and Washington Streets between Interstates 74 and 474. Ross Black is the City’s Community Development Director. He says crews are cleaning the roads from sidewalk to sidewalk:

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State News
3:58 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Health Alliance blames enrollment criteria for denied retiree plans

A Health Alliance spokeswoman says criteria regarding enrollment numbers kept the insurance carrier from offering Medicare Advantage plans to retirees. The Urbana-based insurer learned this week that it was excluded for retiree plans starting in January, while the state directed those 15,000 people to four other carriers. Spokeswoman Jane Hayes says Health Alliance was required to have one or more employers who have a minimum of 1,000 participants enrolled in Medicare Advantage. She says it’s hard to find an employer with that many retirees in any benefit plan, noting more employers are dropping health care coverage for retirees:

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