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2:42 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

‘Amazon tax’ issue heard in IL Supreme Court

The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case challenging the state's so-called "Amazon tax." The decision could change the way Illinois websites make money online. IPR’s Brian Mackey reports: 


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Peoria Public Radio News
2:30 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Area students launch weather balloon

Nearly 300 area middle school students gathered at the Caterpillar Learning Center in Edwards to assemble and launch a weather balloon.  The project was led by Riverview Grade School science teacher Emily Dawson.  Dawson says the weather balloon inflates to more than five feet across with sensors to measure pressure, humidity and temperature before it lands:

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:26 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Quest for All-America City Award to shut down Adams Street

A local group is asking for Peoria people to help in competing  to win an All-America City Award. The Young Professionals Organization of Greater Peoria announced last month the city is one of 20 finalists for the designation.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:19 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Peoria Rivermen to stay in Peoria

The Peoria Rivermen are ready to operate as part of the Southern Professional Hockey League next season. The new owners of the local team, Illinois Pro Sports, Wednesday signed a contract to remain at the Peoria Civic Center.

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State News
7:17 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Senate overrides Governor's veto of smart grid legislation

The Illinois Senate Tuesday voted to override Governor Pat Quinn's veto of so-called smart grid legislation. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, it was yet another display of ComEd's power over the Illinois General Assembly.

When the Chicago-land electric utility ComEd did not like the way the state regulator was handling its request to charge customers more money, it pleaded its case to the legislature. Lawmakers obliged by superseding the regulator, but earlier this month, Gov. Quinn vetoed the legislation.

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State News
7:03 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Analysis: little savings in union-backed pension overhaul proposal

A state pension overhaul backed by government employee unions may save only half of what advocates had promised.  That underscores an ongoing battle between the House and Senate over pensions, with only ten days left in the legislative session.  IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports. 

There's general agreement on this much: that Illinois' public pension systems have $100 billion dollars in unfunded liabilities.  That's a fancy word that *basically* means "debt." It's a big number that's getting Illinois in trouble with bond houses and eating into the state's budget. And the House and Senate have different plans on how to drive that number down.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:00 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Springdale Savanna mowing issue resolved

The controversial part in front of the Springdale Savanna Cemetery that was mowed.
Credit Tanya Koonce / WCBU

Springdale volunteers will no longer be doing any care and maintenance related to the Savanna. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports that’s the Springdale Authority’s answer to mowing part of the land about three weeks ago. 


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State News
6:47 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Lawmakers consider expanding Medicaid

The Illinois House is advancing a measure that would significantly expand Illinois' health care for the poor. Under this legislation, Medicaid would for the first time cover adults who do not have children.Representative Sara Feigenholtz, a Democrat from Chicago, says in a way, we're already paying for these people's health care.

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State News
6:41 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Democratic Senator apologizes for Hitler remarks

A Democratic state senator who compared Governor Pat Quinn to Hitler is apologizing for his remarks. Senator Donne Trotter, who's from Chicago, made the comment to Illinois Public Radio on Monday. He was expressing his frustration with Quinn's support for the director of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Julie Hamos. Trotter, along with other members of the black and Latino caucuses, is calling for Hamos' ouster.

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:53 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

State recognizes local pediatric care doctor

A Peoria Doctor is being recognized for outstanding pediatric care. 

Dr. Teresa Riech (REESH) is the Emergency Department Pediatric Medical Director at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Illinois. She is receiving the State’s Ron W. Lee Pediatric Care Award. 

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