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6:56 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Some good news for Illinois' economy

News about Illinois' economy is typically bleak.  The state DOES have the second-worst unemployment rate in the nation, behind only Nevada. But as IPR's Brian Mackey reports, at least one outside observer is seeing at least a modest improvement.

Moody's Analytics is changing Illinois' rating from "at risk of recession" to "recovery." Moody's economist Steven Cochrane.

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State News
6:46 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Il Congressmen discuss possible U.S. military strike on Syria

Some Illinois Congressmen are more sure than others when it comes to authorizing a U.S. military strike in Syria. That will be at the top of the agenda when Congress reconvenes Monday. IPR'S Alex Keefe reports.

On the one hand, there are lawmakers like Bill Foster, a Democrat from Naperville. Foster says he’s leaning toward voting yes, but wants to make sure the scope of any U.S. military action isn’t too big.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:24 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Peoria ranks 12th for global trade

Peoria is ranked among the top cities for global trade. The city is ranked 12th by Global Trade Magazine. It says Peoria’s businesses continue to do well despite a sputtering economy, shipping 17-billion-dollars worth of goods last year. The magazine says that’s in part to the city’s low corporate real estate taxes and growth of new businesses. 

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Government
5:35 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Quinn heads to Japan to promote IL business

Governor Pat Quinn is heading to Japan to promote investment in Illinois.Quinn traveling for the annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference, where he will speak with Japanese business leaders. He'll be joined by governors from Iowa, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.

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Business
3:19 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

United Way kicks-off 2013 campaign

The Heart of Illinois United Way kicked-off its annual fundraising campaign.  Hundreds of people turned out for the breakfast at the Peoria Civic Center. The event comes as United Way's partner agencies lost more than 12-million-dollars in state and federal cuts since 2011. Vicki Stewart and her husband Doug are this year's co-chairs for the fundraising effort.  Stewart says the area businesses and community groups raised more than $1 million-dollars for the pre-campaign:

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Out and About
12:56 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Out and About - September 6, 2013

This week, we're talking with David Commanday, Artistic Director of the Heartland Festival Orchestra. Their new season opens this weekend with a concert, "Very Mozart." It features Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony, the Flute and Harp Concerto, and a set of Ancient Airs and Dances by Ottorino Respighi. Commanday talks about some of the pieces on the program, the soloists featured in this concert, and the distinctove appeal of Mozart. The concert is Saturday night at 7:30 at Five Points Washington

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State News
7:22 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Il Chamber of Commerce President retiring

Credit Amanda Vinicky / WUIS/Illinois Public Radio

The outgoing head of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce says the state's elected officials are not doing enough to create new jobs ... with one exception. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports. 

After twelve years as President of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Doug Whitley's retiring next year. 

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State News
7:14 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Durbin and Bustos give update on Thomson Correctional Center

Credit Associated Press

Federal officials remain committed to opening a vacant prison in northwest Illinois. But securing funding remains a key roadblock in getting the facility in Thomson up and running.

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State News
7:01 am
Fri September 6, 2013

U of I to research "Dark Energy"

University of Illinois researchers will have a role in what’s being called the largest survey of galaxies ever attempted.   IPR'S Jeff Bossert has more:

The U of I’s physics department helped to build the world’s largest digital camera to research ‘Dark Energy’ or the theory that the universe is not only expanding, but accelerating.  Data from camera images will be examined by the U of I’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications.  

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Transportation
10:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Federal funding coming to Peoria International airport

Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos have announced federal funding for repair projects at the Peoria International Airport.  The $1.4 million in funding is through the Department of Transportation.  It will help repair the apron near Byerly Aviation. 

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