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Peoria Public Radio News
7:01 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Care and Treatment Board will not get state funding for early intervention program

A Peoria County board that helps people with disabilities will no longer receive state funding for an early childhood intervention program.  Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports that affects 16 employees with the Care and Treatment Board:

That's nearly all of the employees at the Care and Treatment Board.  The state is instead awarding the $875,000 grant to Peoria Easter Seals.  County Administrator Lori Curtis Luther says that means the Care and Treatment Board will instead focus on different programs with other pass through funding it gets every year:

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Crime
6:45 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

ACLU joins state prison lawsuit

A lawsuit over health care in prisons in Illinois is getting a boost from the American Civil Liberties Union.  IPR’s Robert Wildeboer reports.

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Government
6:20 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

IL House advances pension plan

Colleges and universities would assume the cost of their employees' pensions under a proposal advancing in the Illinois House Thursday.

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State News
2:18 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

A hole in Il FOID law

State lawmakers now have less than two weeks to pass a law allowing Illinoisans to carry concealed guns. But some say Illinois’ existing system of licensing gun owners is badly broken. The state is SUPPOSED to take away Firearm Owners Identification Cards from criminals, the mentally ill and people who have restraining orders against them, like those who have been charged with domestic violence. But more than 67-hundred revoked cards are currently unaccounted for.

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State News
1:53 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

House approves drone regulation measure

A proposal that would regulate the use of drones by law enforcement agencies in Illinois has cleared the House. Drones are sophisticated, unmanned aircraft that authorities are considering for aerial surveillance.

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State News
7:12 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Pension talks to continue today

A solution for dealing with Illinois' 100 billion dollars of pension debt continues to elude legislators, even as the spring session rapidly approaches its end. The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn Friday. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports.

Lawmakers have taken votes to deal with the pension debt. Problem is the House passed a plan that Speaker Mike Madigan says will save more money. And the Senate passed a different plan that his fellow Democrat, President John Cullerton, says is better because it's more likely to be upheld by the courts.

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State News
7:05 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Senate approves education funding

Illinois Democrats continued approving a new state budget on party-line votes Wednesday. The Senate approved spending plans for education, from elementary and high schools to colleges and universities, with funding pretty much at last year's level.

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State News
6:56 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Senate approves changes to state election law

The Illinois Senate has approved a multi-faceted change to the state's election laws. The legislation is almost as notable for what it does NOT do, as for what it does. IPR'S Brian Mackey explains.

The proposal would make dozens of changes to state law including online voter registration. But until Wednesday, the legislation also would have changed how Illinois gets a lieutenant governor.

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Crime
5:50 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Peoria Police seeking four fewer officers in grant request

The Peoria Police Department would hire six additional officers if it secures a federal grant through the Department of Justice.  City Manager Patrick Urich says the initial grant application was to hire 10 officers over four years with a 25-percent local match.  Urich says new changes mean that the city would instead pay for the majority of the officer salaries if it receives the grant.  He says the city plans to only hire six officers to compensate for the change:

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Politics
5:46 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

IL concealed carry talks continue

Legislators are continuing to negotiate as they seek an agreement on concealed carry legislation.

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