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1:53 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Sterling company features minor league baseball players in commericals

A Lumber Kings player featured in Wahl Clipper commercials. Credit: WVIK, Rockford, Il

When a northwestern Illinois company wanted to promote a new line of men's grooming products, it decided to use some "everyday guys" instead of professional models. And 50 miles away in eastern Iowa it found those "guys" - members of the Clinton Lumber Kings minor league baseball team.  IPR'S Herb Trix reports.

 

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:28 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Peoria is again an All America City

Peoria is once again an All-America City thanks to a local group. The Peoria Chamber’s Young Professionals Organization of Greater Peoria made the announcement Sunday. The organization is responsible for submitting the application for the honor. It brought a delegation of more than 30 people to make a presentation about the city to the National Civic League in Denver. 

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State News
7:07 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Special session unlikely to produce agreement on pension reform

Get ready for Illinois lawmakers to leave Springfield later this week with no agreement on pension reform … again. IPR’S Tony Arnold reports.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has called pension reform his top priority the past two years. The state has about 100 billion dollars in debt related to retirement benefits, and that’s growing. But the top Democrats in the Senate and the House haven’t agreed on the best way to cut retirement benefits, creating a rift between allies.

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State News
7:04 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Group fights transparency issues within concealed carry legislation

Governor Pat Quinn says he's reviewing the compromise legislators reached on concealed carry.  No matter what action the governor takes, the measure's sponsor says it needs a minor fix, following concerns about transparency. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky explains. 

Illinois residents would be able to carry guns in public under the measure before Governor Quinn. First, they would have to get a concealed carry permit.  The measure creates a state board to review applications.

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State News
6:57 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Arguments against recommended prison sentence for ex-Congressman begins today

Credit: NPR

Lawyers for Jesse Jackson Junior Monday are expected to argue against prosecutors’ recommended prison sentences for the ex-Congressman and his wife. IPR’S Alex Keefe reports.

The government wants to send former Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson to prison first for 18 months while the former Congressman stays with their two kids. Prosecutors then want Jackson Junior to serve four years once his wife gets out.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:25 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Pete Vonachen's farewell

The statue in Dozer Park of Pete Vonachen handing a baseball to a child. It's called 'Peoria's Mr Baseball'. It was unveiled as part of his 80th birthday. Pete Vonachen died Monday, June 11th at 87-years old.
Credit Tanya Koonce / WCBU

  The community said farewell to Harold “Pete” Vonachen Friday. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:


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Peoria Public Radio News
2:19 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Tazewell County allowing concealed-carry

Tazewell County is joining two other Illinois counties in allowing concealed carry. That’s as the state waits for Governor Pat Quinn to decide what he’ll do with legislation that would allow people to carry concealed guns.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:16 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

BU Alumni Association's Leadership Summit underway

The Bradley University Alumni Association’s first Leadership Summit is underway. The event began Thursday and runs through Saturday on campus. The goal of the summit is to motivate aspiring leaders working to advance their careers and enhance their leadership skills.

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Out and About - June 14, 2013

This week, we're talking with Jennifer Lee, coordinator of the Art on the Promenade Fine Art Fair. It runs from 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday on the promenade between Costco and Target in East Peoria. She talks about some of the challenges of organizing the first-time event, some of the activities that will be going on during the fair, and why she thinks its important both to the art community and to East Peoria.

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State News
7:56 am
Fri June 14, 2013

What it's like to have a superhero for a neighbor

Today “Man of Steel,” the latest Superman movie, opens in theaters across the country. Much of the film was shot in Chicago, a stand-in for the comic book’s fictional Metropolis. But some folks downstate may take issue with that. 

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