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Peoria Public Radio News
6:10 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Costs to stormwater management

Residents in Peoria and Tazewell counties could start paying a stormwater utility fee late next year. It’s part of a measure signed by Governor Pat Quinn last month that creates a stormwater management committee for Peoria and Dupage Counties.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:24 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Peoria County Board may vote to stop using county's health plan

The Peoria County Board will consider taking all board members off of the county’s health plan starting in 2014.  The resolution approved in committee would end the plan.  Currently only two board members out of 18 use the county’s health benefits.  That costs the County about 24-thousand-dollars annually. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:21 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Peoria Reads! announces next book selection

This year’s Peoria Reads! selection honors the many 50th anniversary milestones of the Civil Rights era. The community reading project is inviting people to read Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High.

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State News
7:01 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Durbin not sure if he'll support military strike in Syria

The Senate’s second highest-ranking Democrat says President Obama made the right call by turning to Congress about a possible military strike in Syria. IPR'S Sean Powers reports.

Senator Dick Durbin says he has NOT made up his mind about whether he would support a military strike against Bashar al- Assad’s regime.

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State News
6:54 am
Mon September 2, 2013

School bus cameras can be used to enforce traffic laws

Illinois drivers already get traffic tickets from red-light cameras and speed-zone cameras. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, a new law means drivers could soon be ticketed by school-bus cameras.

Lawmakers say drivers going around stopped school buses is a significant problem. State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, a Democrat from Aurora, acknowledged that some of her colleagues have concerns about Illinois' increasing use of cameras to enforce traffic laws. But during a debate in the House earlier this year, she said this shouldn't be a big deal.

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Government
4:33 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Residents still waiting to move into Peoria County nursing home

It’s been months since construction on Peoria County’s new nursing home finished, and residents are still waiting to move-in. The state Department of Public Health still needs to approve health-life-safety inspections on the $45 million Heddington Oaks facility.  At issue is where residents should go if the nursing home needs to evacuate during an emergency.  The state has said residents should move near Heading Avenue if temporary evacuation is needed.  Assistant Peoria County Administrator Scott Sorrel says the County proposed a different plan:

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:55 am
Fri August 30, 2013

CityLink unveils All-America City-themed bus

Peoria is continuing to celebrate its 2013 All-America City status. CityLink Friday unveiled a custom bus wrap honoring the city’s designation.

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:47 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Glen Oak school students briefly evacuated Friday morning

Students at Glen Oak Community Learning Center were briefly evacuated this morning after the smell of smoke was detected.

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Out and About - August 30, 2013

Charlie Brown is playing Jean Valjean in Peoria Players Theatre's upcoming production of "Les Miserables." He talks his own interest in the long-running musical, the specific story arc of his character, and how he's approached the character. "Les Miserables" runs September 6th through the 15th.

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Politics
8:41 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Kwame Raoul not entering governor’s race

State Sen. Kwame Raoul watched candidate speeches from the back of the room at the Democratic County Chairmen’s Association annual brunch earlier this month in Springfield. He was considering a run for governor at the time, but on Thursday said he will not seek the office.
Credit (Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio)

A potential Democratic challenger for Illinois governor has taken himself out of contention.  State Senator Kwame Raoul had been flirting with a run for nearly a month. But he ended that Thursday. IPR’ Brian Mackey has more: 


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