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Peoria Public Radio News
6:57 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Targeting elder abuse

  The Center for Prevention of Abuse is providing a series of seminars on elder abuse and prevention. The event at ICC North Campus Thursday was ‘The Health Providers Role’ in identifying elder abuse.

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Environment
5:07 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

State board denies Ameren pollution variance request for coal plants

Houston-based power producer Dynegy will not have extra time to comply with pollution standards for five Illinois coal power plants. The company recently bought five Illinois coal power plants from Ameren, including the Edwards coal plant in Bartonville. The Illinois Pollution Control Board denied a request by Ameren to transfer the company’s pollution variance to Dynegy.  That would have given the company five extra years to comply with state pollution standards enacted in 2006.

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Business
3:46 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Excel Foundry holding open house

Excel Foundry and Machine in Pekin is holding a public open house from 4 to 7 Thursday. The company is celebrating a $24 million expansion it’s been working on for 17 months. 

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Government
3:38 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

State lawmakers to return for special session

Illinois lawmakers will be back in Springfield later this month as Governor Pat Quinn has called a special session. The governor said he wants legislators to, quote, "finish their job for the people of Illinois", and reach a deal on pension reform.  IPR’s Chris Slaby has more: 


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Agriculture
7:53 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Exploring the right to farm

Hog farmer Bob Young had to overcome lawsuits from his neighbors before buidling his confinement facility near Rochester, Ill. Says Young: “There are a few (city people) that come out here and think we got to change everything so we can make it city living. And that won’t work.”
Credit (Bill Wheelhouse/Harvest Public Media)

Individual state constitutions across the nation spell out a host of guaranteed rights for their citizens … for example, same sex marriage or collective bargaining. But what about the right to farm?   Harvest Public Media’s Bill Wheelhouse reports on what’s behind a new drive to establish that guarantee:
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Environment
7:11 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Making household hazardous waste events easier

There's a push in Springfield to create a fund that would make it easier for communities to hold household hazardous waste events, similar to the hugely-successful one in Bloomington-Normal last fall. Walter Willis of Hampshire heads up the Illinois Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America. He says his group has lobbied for the Paint Stewardship Law, which would develop a revenue stream through the sale of paint products that could fund community-wide events.

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Politics
7:01 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Rauner joins Republican Governors race

A wealthy Chicago area businessman is joining the race for the Republican nomination for Governor. Bruce Rauner used the internet to make his announcement.   IPR’s Sean Crawford reports:

Rauner's video is both a good way to deliver a message and avoid reporter's questions. 

The millionaire venture capitalist who co-founded a private equity firm  has been rumored to be a candidate for months.  He's been traveling the state on what he called "listening tours." 

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Government
6:44 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Tri-County board members call for EDC bylaw changes

The area's new proposed Economic Development Council needs to be financially and publicly transparent. That's the message from officials at the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.

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Crime
4:06 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

State measure would add jail time for taping violent crime

People who post internet video of themselves committing violent crimes could start spending more time behind bars.

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State News
12:30 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Group lobbies for Paint Stewardship Law

Illinois Recycling and Resource Management Conference image by WGLT

There's a push in Springfield to create a fund that would make it easier for communities to hold household hazardous waste events, similar to the hugely-successful one in Bloomington-Normal last fall. Walter Willis of Hampshire heads up the Illinois Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America. He says his group has lobbied for the Paint Stewardship Law, which would develop a revenue stream through the sale of paint products that could fund community-wide events.

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