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Peoria Public Radio News
5:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

The City of Peoria prepares to budget for next year

  The City of Peoria is looking at a more than $3 million hole in its budget next year. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports there’s a $3.6 million deficit anticipated for 2015. 


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Government
11:29 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

East Peoria approves meter reader upgrade

The East Peoria City Council unanimously approved buying an automatic water meter reader program that will cover the remainder of the community. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the goal is to reduce costs and personnel time in reading water meters: 


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Politics
10:18 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Egypt convicts 43 non-profit workers, including Sam LaHood

An Egyptian court sentenced Peoria native Sam LaHood, and more than 40 non-profit workers, to jail.  Sam LaHood is the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the convictions on allegations of using foreign funds to cause unrest in Egypt violate freedom of expression and undercut the country's democratic transition. 

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State News
7:44 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

30-day delay for IL concealed carry law

Illinois will have an extra 30 days to approve a concealed carry law.

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Business
5:12 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Caterpillar owns whole Peoria block adjacent to world headquarters

 

Caterpillar now owns the entire city block next to its world headquarters in downtown Peoria. Cat spokesman Rusty Dunn says the company completed the move with its purchase of the Peoria professional Building on Main Street. 

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Politics
4:54 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Harold Launches Bid for Congress in Urbana

Former Miss America Erika Harold has vowed to reach out to those who aren’t traditional Republican voters.  Harold announced her run to seek the GOP nomination for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District in front of Urbana High School Tuesday.  

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State News
4:42 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Quinn: ready to call special session amid pension uncertainty

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he’s ready to call a special session.  That’s after lawmakers failed to pass a pension plan last week.  Illinois Public Radio’s Susie An reports.

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State News
3:22 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Lawmakers considered numerous measures for IL veterans

Illinois lawmakers considered at least two-dozen proposals related to veterans during the spring session.Among those getting approval, allowing prospective law enforcement officers to substitute a college degree with military experience, and reducing requirements for veterans to obtain hunting licenses.  Republican Representative C-D Davidsmeyer of Jacksonville, sponsored several pieces of military legislation.  But he says there are limits:

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:44 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

WD Boyce Council to follow national policy on gay membership

The Peoria-based WD Boyce Council will keep its relationship with the Boy Scouts of America. The council announced it's moving forward with the national Scouts’ new policy of admitting members regardless of sexual orientation.

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State News
6:24 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Lawmakers reject plan to help Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Public Schools’ budget problems could go from bad to worse. That comes after Illinois lawmakers rejected a plan for the schools to delay pension payments. IPR’S Tony Arnold explains.

Three years ago, the Illinois state legislature gave Chicago Public Schools what critics would call a pension holiday where the district could stall on making payments to its retirement system. That’s set to expire at the end of this month meaning Chicago’s schools will have to make room for an extra 400 million dollars in its budget to pay for teachers’ pensions.

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