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7:22 am
Mon September 16, 2013

GOP gubernatorial candidates face off in Champaign Co. straw poll

The Champaign County Republican Party’s annual Fall Festival included a straw poll for each of the candidates seeking the GOP nomination for governor of Illinois.
Credit Sean Powers / IPR/WILL

The Republican Primary for Illinois governor doesn’t happen until early next year, but Sunday voters in Champaign County heard from all four candidates and chose their favorite in a straw poll. As Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Powers reports, party faithfuls also had the chance to reflect on the GOP’s vision.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:14 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Topinka kicks off re-election campaign in Peoria

Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka stopped through Peoria as part of the kick-off of her re-election campaign. Topinka was flanked by area Republican lawmakers during her so-called, “Common Sense Express” Tour. 

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State News
7:06 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Some prisoners getting two meals a day instead of three

Illinois prisons are expanding a program to feed some inmates two meals a day instead of three. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more on prisoners eating brunch.

The Illinois Department of Corrections has combined breakfast and lunch at two prisons so far. Spokesman Tom Shaer says this is not a money-saving measure, but it is easier on the staff. In a prison, mealtime means not just preparation, serving and clean-up, but also moving inmates from their housing area to the dining hall. Shaer also says inmates prefer the brunch schedule.

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Peoria on Faith
6:55 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Lilly Ledbetter to speak at BU

A well-known women’s rights activist is speaking at Bradley University Tuesday to talk about her fight for equal pay.  Lilly Ledbetter is speaking at the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center.  Her pay-discrimination case led to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.  The event is free and open to the public. 

Peoria Public Radio News
6:52 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Peoria Art Fair recognized by national publication

The Peoria Art Guild’s Fine Art Fair is being recognized as one of the top 100 in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine. The recognition is in this month’s edition of the magazine. The Peoria Art Guild staff says the honor showcases the level of quality the Fine Art Fair aims to achieve, as well as the exemplary craftsmanship of the artists that attend. 

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Government
6:34 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

State Capitol architect responds to Quinn on purchases

The architect of the Illinois Capitol is swinging back at Governor Pat Quinn's accusations that he's responsible for controversial purchases, like $670,000 copper doors for the Statehouse.

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Government
6:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

New Veterans Drive segment now open

The City of Pekin is celebrating the completion of the central part of Veterans Drive. Local, state and federal officials cut the ribbon Friday for the additional portion of the city’s ring road project.  The one-mile stretch of pavement connects Broadway to Sheridan Road. It costs nearly $5 million. Pekin Mayor Laurie Barra says finishing this part of Veteran’s Drive means additional economic investment and better traffic flow:

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Out and About
8:01 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Out and About - September 13, 2013

This week, we're talking with the Peoria Art Guild's Beth Reusch. The 51st Annual Fine Art Fair runs September 28th and 29th on the Peoria Riverfront. The fair features the work of 150 artists, selected from a pool of 600 applicants. Reusch talks about one of the artists appearing for the first time this year--he's coming all the way from Israel--about some of the interactive art experiences the fair offers, and about all of work that goes into organizing the event each year.

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Politics
11:10 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Jesse White announces re-election bid

Illinois’ long-time Secretary of State announced Thursday he is running for re-election.  But Democrat Jesse White says it may be his last term in office.

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Politics
11:03 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

IL Democrats to meet for candidate slating in 2014

The Democratic Party of Illinois says it'll meet later this month to consider slating statewide candidates in next year's election. But as IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, at least one of those candidates thinks it’s a bad idea:
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