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3:30 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Rodney Davis announces re-election campaign

Congressman Rodney Davis is touring the 13th district formally announcing his re-election campaign. The Taylorville Republican recently voted for the House Bill to defund Affordable Care Act and during his stop in Bloomington Davis was forthright about the law several times.

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:38 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Peoria veteran gets long awaited medals

Retired U.S. Air Force veteran, Benny Percy, receives recognition from Congressman Aaron Schock for time served during classified mission.
Credit Denise Molina / Peoria Public Radio

A retired U.S. Air Force veteran was finally recognized for his part in a classified mission that took place more than three decades ago. Congressman Aaron Schock presented an Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, and Humanitarian Service Medal to 54-year old Benny Percy.

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State News
8:27 am
Mon September 23, 2013

The Constitution and Freedom of the Press

The first amendment of the U.S. Constitution allows for a free press. But how much freedom should be allowed is an issue that continues to be discussed. Illinois Public Radio's Rich Egger reports. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:22 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Peoria violence continues over the weekend

Peoria violence continued over the weekend with the shooting death of another man. Police responded to the 1600 block of South Stanley Street late Saturday night regarding two people shot.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:16 am
Mon September 23, 2013

East Peoria talks housing, signage for new downtown

East Peoria is looking to add residential development to its new downtown Levee District.  The City Council last week discussed possible ways to enhance the new public and commercial area.  City Planning Director Ty Livingston says adding residential space would help draw more interest in the Levee District:

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:12 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Health Dep. begins meetings on Insurance Marketplace this week

The Peoria City/County Health Department is beginning the process of educating the community on Illinois’ Health Insurance Marketplace. The state program created under the Affordable Care Act will allow residents to shop for health coverage online beginning October 1st.

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State News
6:18 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Il Democratic Party endorses Quinn for Gov.

Gov. Pat Quinn addresses Democratic Party leaders Sunday in Springfield. Although he’s running unopposed in next year’s primary, he sought and won the official Democratic endorsement for re-election.
Credit Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio

Last week, Governor Pat Quinn saw his last serious Democratic opponent drop out, leaving him a straight shot to victory in next year's primary. So it was no surprise Sunday when the Democratic Party of Illinois officially endorsed Quinn for re-election. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

This year has seen a series of potential challengers to Quinn come and go, most recently former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, who promised a vigorous campaign and repeatedly lashed out at Quinn.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:05 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

New driving simulator aims to boost safety

IPMR occupational therapist Sara Stomberg stands in front of the new driving simulator machine.
Credit Alex Rusciano/Peoria Public Radio

The region has a new driving simulator to help those who need evaluations on the road.  The $20,000 machine is at the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, or IPMR.  Sara Stomberg is an occupational therapist with IPMR.  She says the goal of the simulator is to boost safety on the road before patients get behind the wheel:

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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

Credit beatlesbible.com

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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