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2:01 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Lawmakers considering "Homeless Bill of Rights"

The Illinois legislature is considering a measure that would create what's called a "Homeless Bill of Rights." It's intended to prohibit discrimination based on housing status when it comes to things like privacy and employment. But opponents say the proposed legislation could inundate cities with unnecessary lawsuits. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:43 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Morton High School placed on lockdown

Morton High School was under lockdown today for about an hour following a written threat of violence. The hard lockdown was put into effect at 10:20 this morning. The school transitioned to a soft lockdown by 11 and moved to an all-clear level by 11:20 when the schedule resumed as normal. A student is in custody and Morton Police continue to investigate. 

 

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State News
12:16 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Il House to take up fracking regulation bill

A measure that would regulate hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” heads to the full Illinois House after Representatives approved it at a hearing Tuesday.

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State News
7:58 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Sandy Hook parents testify at senate committee hearing on ammunition

Parents of two children killed in the Sandy Hook school massacre say it's possible their sons may be alive if the shooter had been forced to reload more often. They were on hand as an Illinois Senate committee Monday approved a ban on the sale of high capacity ammunition magazines. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports.


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State News
7:45 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Gov. Quinn confident lawmakers will find compromise on pension reform

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he thinks lawmakers in the next two weeks will break a stalemate over competing pension reform plans. The General Assembly is scheduled to wrap up its legislative session at the end of the month.

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State News
7:25 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Republicans call Quinn appointment a political arrangement

Republicans in the Illinois Senate say Governor Pat Quinn’s appointment of a state health official is a political arrangement intended to shape a Congressional race next year. Bloomington physician David Gill was named the assistant director of the Illinois Department of Public Health earlier this month. 

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State News
7:11 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Senators calling for removal of DHFS Director

Two groups of lawmakers in the Illinois Senate are urging Governor Pat Quinn to replace the director of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. Members of the African-American and Latino caucuses say Director Julie Hamos’ priority lies with cutting the budget  instead of offering medical services for the disadvantaged.

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State News
7:04 am
Tue May 21, 2013

High schools may have to buy "catastrophic insurance"

The Illinois House has voted to require that high schools carry insurance in case student athletes are injured. IPR’S Brian Mackey has more.

Schools would have to buy what's called "catastrophic insurance." The legislation would apply to both public and private schools, and the insurance would kick in once an injured athlete's medical expenses exceed $50,000.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:00 am
Tue May 21, 2013

A course for the future of Hanna City Work Camp

Credit Alex Rusciano

The shuttered Hanna City is about to get some soil remediation in hopes of a new purpose. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports a meeting last night shed light on the process. 

The US Air Force used the site for radar tracking until 1968. Since, it’s had a variety of uses, but for about the last decade mostly it's sat dark. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:54 am
Tue May 21, 2013

PHA targeting state tax returns to recoup bad debts

The Peoria Housing Authority will soon have a way to collect unpaid bills left by former tenants. The authority recently completed an application for the Local Debt Recovery Program offered by the state. It will allow the PHA to recover the debts of former tenants through state tax returns. Brenda Coates is the Chief Executive Officer of the authority.

"Any funds that we can recoup with reductions in funding, but also if tenants owe us money, there will be a data base. Any money that we can recoup is going to be helpful for us.”

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