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7:11 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Specifics on IL proposed progressive income tax

Advocates have been moving for months to give Illinois a progressive income tax. Instead of the same flat rate for everyone, those who make more would pay more. Supporters are finally getting specific.

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Government
7:05 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

More sex offenders ending up on registries

Illinois juveniles are committing fewer sex offenses, but more of them are ending up on public sex offender registries.

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Education
2:32 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Former ISU President Charged With Disorderly Conduct

Former ISU President Timothy Flanagan
Credit ISU

The McLean County State's Attorney's office has filed a charge of Disorderly Conduct against former Illinois State University President Tim Flanagan. The case stems from an early December incident involving Flanagan and the then head of grounds over a lawn aeration job at the official university residence on Gregory Street. State's Attorney Jason Chambers says the Class C Misdemeanor is defined as a knowing act in such an unreasonable manner as to alarm or disturb another or to provoke a breach of the peace.

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State News
6:50 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Drones: Coming soon to a farm near you?

A remote-controlled quadcopter hovers over a Bloomington, Illinois, parking lot, where Chad Colby of AgTechTalk.com offered test flights of new unmanned vehicle models.
Peter Gray Harvest Public Media

With hundreds or thousands of acres to keep track of, checking the health of crops is a challenge for large corn, wheat or soybean farmers in the Midwest. That’s why many are eager to get their hands on remote-controlled planes or helicopters that could help them scan their land. Tech-savvy farmers have been waiting for years for the government to make up its mind about the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Will 2014 be the year farmers get their hands on drones? Harvest Public Media’s Peter Gray takes a look.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:18 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Don't Shoot has third 'call in', plans new support group

13 men were the focus of the third Don’t Shoot Peoria call-in last night at the Main Street Public Library. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

It was part of the anti-violence program that has officials and community members tell offenders to put down their guns or face tough prosecution.

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State News
6:10 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Poll finds IL voters want planned tax rollback

A new poll from the  Paul Simon Public Policy Institute confirms the obvious, people don't like paying higher taxes. That could have broader implications as the state's lawmakers are tasked with crafting a new budget in an election year.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:05 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Divisions in PSD 150 threaten civility

‘Change 150’ has been organized and out spoken about its difficulties with the Peoria Public Schools Superintendent and Board for about a month. But Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports some have reportedly taken the public comments to a vicious overtone privately. 

Board Member Laura Petelle was unseated last week by the Change 150 campaign effort. She explained the election got fairly nasty including threats to her child. Petelle says she kept him home from school for a few days and also decided not to talk about it. But she says now it’s important for her to speak. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:50 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Racially charged issues resonate in PSD 150 conflict

Peoria Pastor Harvey Burnett is speaking out against the actions he’s attributing to the group called Change 150. Burnett says the movement to oust the District 150 Superintendent and school board has sparked intimidating and threatening behavior he attributes to those he calls the ‘white elite.’ Burnett says that includes an inappropriate editorial cartoon, blue ribbons placed on the Superintendent’s lawn and threatening phone calls.

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State News
5:46 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Illinois meeting health care sign-up goal

With one week left to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, Illinois' enrollment numbers are on track to meet their goals. But many newly covered Illinoisans aren't actually buying private insurance.

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State News
6:50 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Some lawmakers worry about approving a partial-year budget

More than a month after he was supposed to outline his financial agenda for the state, Governor Pat Quinn will deliver his budget address this week. He has promised to give a long-term plan as well. As IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports, some legislators fear Illinois will go the opposite route and adopt a partial-year budget. 

During his budget speech Wednesday, Gov. Quinn will presumably answer the question he has avoided answering for months: what should Illinois do about the temporary income tax increase, set to rollback in January? That's midway through the next fiscal year. 

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