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6:26 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Lawmaker files resolution calling on governor to spend more time in Springfield

A central Illinois legislator has filed a resolution calling on the governor to spend more time in the capital city.  IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

You never know what'll come up during a candidates' debate.  Back in 2010, it was Gov. Pat Quinn's underwear. As proof that he lives in Springfield, Quinn offered that he keeps his underwear at the governor's mansion.

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Business
6:38 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

New business incubator launching in Peoria, with neighborhood focus

The former Blaine-Sumner building in Peoria will house Thrive Capital, the city's newest small business incubator.
Credit Alex Rusciano/Peoria Public Radio

A former school building on Peoria’s South Side is preparing to house a new kind of business incubator. Thrive Capital Partners is launching later this year out of the former Blaine-Sumner building. It’s also now connected to an international organization for business incubators. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the incubator’s other goal is to use local businesses to help revitalize struggling neighborhoods: 

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Courts
3:36 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

IL Supreme Court hears health premium case

Retired state workers who collect pensions in Illinois started paying health insurance premiums this summer. That's because of a change in the law last year. Previously health insurance was free for anyone who retired with at least 20 years of service.

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State News
1:02 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Schimpf discusses why he wants Attorney General job

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has been a formidable opponent in her last two re-election campaigns. The Chicago Democrat beat each of her last two opponents by more than a million votes, and she has one of the wealthiest campaign funds in the state.

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State News
6:24 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Il to appeal ruling that state workers should clear Medicaid rolls

Illinois will appeal a ruling that says state workers, rather than an outside firm, must scrub Medicaid rolls.  A top state official made the announcement Tuesday at a hearing in Chicago. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

Since the start of the year, Illinois has kicked about 125,000 people from Medicaid, the state's health insurance program for the poor.  All of them were found ineligible: maybe they'd moved out of state, their income went up, or their kids had grown up; Medicaid only covers low-income children and their parents.

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State News
6:16 am
Wed September 18, 2013

GOP gubernatorial candidates react to Daley dropping out of race

Illinois republican gubernatorial candidates have mixed reactions to Democrat Bill Daley’s decision to drop out of the race. IPR'S Lauren Chooljian reports.

The news about Daley came just weeks after he announced his candidacy. Daley says he realized he wasn’t up for the quote “enormity” of campaigning.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:00 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Small business and the Healthcare Law

The Affordable Care Act Marketplace opens October first. Individuals who do not have health insurance will need to choose a provider by January 1, 2014 or face a penalty. 

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Business
8:31 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Bradley University director gets global recognition

Jim Foley
Credit Duane Zehr, Bradley University

The director of Bradley University’s Turner Center for Entrepreneurship is receiving global recognition for his work.  Jim Foley is an expert on trade and international business.  He’s getting a lifetime achievement award from the International Association of Trade Training Organizations.  Foley was instrumental in establishing a certification system that sets professional skill standards in international trade.  He also runs a program for training in business planning, marketing and export finance at Bradley’s International Trade Center.

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Crime
4:13 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Peoria Police investigate shooting of 17-year-old student

A Peoria High School student was shot after school dismissed Tuesday. Peoria Police Captain Mike Scally says the  17-year old black male was shot once near the intersection of Peoria and Nebraska. The victim fell in front of 1836 Peoria. Scally says the juvenile was conscious when police and rescue arrived, and his injury is not life threatening. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
10:07 am
Tue September 17, 2013

More than one-million dollars of Cat equipment stolen

Two people are being charged with stealing what’s believed to be more than one-million dollars in Caterpillar equipment. East Peoria police say 50-year old John Peters of East Peoria and 35-year old Eliot Wells of Peoria are at the Tazewell County Jail for burglary and theft of more than 100-thousand dollars in materials.

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