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Peoria Public Radio News
12:03 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Rabid bat identified in Peoria County

The Peoria City/County Health Department says it’s identified a rabid bat in the county. This comes as the department and Peoria County Animal Protection Services is about to observe World Rabies Day on September 28th. 

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State News
9:19 am
Fri September 20, 2013

George Harrison's 1963 visit to Il to be commemorated

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Just before he became one of the most famous people on earth, George Harrison traveled to southern Illinois. This month is the 50th anniversary of that trip to the town of Benton.  Harrison was here to visit his sister, who had moved to the community.  Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford has this interview on Harrison's time spent in the state and an effort to commemorate the occasion:

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State News
6:17 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Companies that make tractors worry whether business will slow

Credit Bill Wheelhouse / Harvest Public Media/IPR

While the nation’s economy was slumping over the last five years, the American farm economy was booming. Companies that make tractors and other farm implements have done exceptionally well as many farmers replace their pricey equipment every year. But with commodity prices dropping and a major tax break in jeopardy there is some question as to whether business will stall. Harvest Public Media's Bill Wheelhouse:

Harvest Public Media is a cooperative journalistic effort by several Midwestern public media outlets covering Food and agriculture production issues.

 

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Education
5:24 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Bradley entrepreneurship program rises in national ranking

Bradley University’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program has risen in national rankings.  A survey conducted by the Princeton Review for Entrepreneur Magazine looked at more than 2,000 institutions.  Bradley’s program ranks 19th.  That’s compared to getting the 23rd spot last year.  Criteria for the rankings include having successful entrepreneurs as staff members and providing entrepreneurial experiences outside of the classroom.  

 

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:28 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Coroner: Peoria double homicide victim was pregnant

Initial autopsy results show one of the victims of yesterday’s double homicide was in her first trimester of pregnancy.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:14 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Cross campaigns in Peoria

Republican Tom Cross at the Peoria County Republican Headquarters

Former House Republican leader Tom Cross says he will be a fiscal watchdog for the state’s finances if he’s elected Illinois Treasurer. Cross made a stop in Peoria Thursday to discuss why he’s running for the office. The Oswego lawmaker left his leadership post to campaign for the spot.

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State News
1:04 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Il Dems to endorse candidates for primary

Illinois' leading Democrats will meet in Springfield on Sunday. They're supposed to endorse candidates for next year's primary election even though there are no longer any competitive races. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky wondered why?

Democrats have rarely slated candidates in recent years. But this time, with incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn facing a primary challenge from former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley, the state party was going to consider picking a favorite.

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State News
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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