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7:05 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Rauner, Quinn win their primaries

Republican Bruce Rauner will take on Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in this fall's election.
Credit Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio/WUIS

The election returns in yesterday’s Illinois primary were not even in before the candidates for governor started attacking each other. Republicans chose wealthy investor Bruce Rauner to take on Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn. Brian Mackey looks at the surprisingly close election results, and what’s ahead for the campaign.

Rauner spent millions more dollars than all his rivals combined, and had huge leads in the polls. But in the end, he only won by three percentage points. Of course, a victory is still a victory.

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:47 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Graffiti becoming more visible in East Peoria

Credit jonasbodtker.com

More graffiti is turning up in East Peoria. City officials agree they need to find a way to reduce if not eliminate it. But some of the rogue painting - vulgar and tantamount to vandalism - is happening on the Interstate 74 overpass and the Route 150 bridge, both maintained by the state.

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Education
11:20 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Sue Wolstenholm unseats D 150 school board incumbent Laura Petelle

District 150 School Board incumbent Laura Petelle was unseated in yesterday’s election.  69-percent of voters voted for Sue Wolstenholm, who was backed by the grassroots ‘Change 150’ group. The organization aims to change the culture and leadership in the district. Change 150 spokesman Sea Stipe says the vote reflects community support:

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Education
10:48 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Voters reject one-percent sales tax hike for Peoria County

A proposed one-percent sales tax increase was overwhelmingly defeated by Peoria County voters in last night’s election. School officials were hoping to use revenue from the tax hike towards building improvements. The tax hike was defeated by 66-percent of voters. It would have generated $18 million for Peoria county schools to use for state mandated health and safety building projects. Chad Wagner is Superintendent of Oak Grove School District in Bartonville. He says districts must now find other ways to fund the required projects at the same time state funding continues to shrink:

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Politics
7:56 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Rutherford concedes campaign for governor

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford basically conceded his campaign for governor Tuesday. His standing in the polls plummeted after a former employee filed a lawsuit accusing the treasurer of sexual harassment and coercing him to do political work.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:39 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

New recycling company processing millions of pounds of CRT glass

CRTs on a conveyor at Kuusakoski
Kuusakoski

A new Peoria recycling company is expecting continued growth as more people dispose of old electronics. The Finland-based Kuusakoski Recycling Center opened its facility five months ago. It specializes in harvesting cathode ray tubes from electronic waste like old computer monitors and televisions.

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State News
6:55 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Judge considering plan to fix Illinois' youth prison system

A federal judge is considering a plan to fix Illinois’ broken youth prison system. IPR'S Patrick Smith reports. 

The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union submitted their joint plan on Friday. It arises out of a federal lawsuit brought by the ACLU in 2012. That suit alleges the state is violating federal law by providing inadequate education and mental health treatment to youth in its facilities.

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State News
6:25 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Voters head to the polls Tuesday

After months of campaigning, Illinois voters go to the polls Tuesday. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, turnout for recent primary elections has been quite low.

Jim Tenuto, with the State Board of Elections, says fewer than one in four registered voters has pulled a primary ballot in recent years. And leading up to the primary, things have been calm this year, too.

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Medical
6:18 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Saint Anthony’s Health System seeks to join OSF Healthcare

Saint Anthony’s Health System signed a letter of intent to affiliate with OSF Healthcare.  The Alton-based hospital says the potential partnership will allow it to offer more specialty services and boost its ability to recruit doctors and nurses.  Both OSF HealthCare and Saint Anthony’s Health System next enter into the phase of due diligence, the exploring the potential affiliation. A decision on whether to move forward is expected later this year.

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Government
4:44 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Official: Illinois may need new prison

The director of the Illinois Department of Corrections says the state may need a new prison soon.

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