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8:14 am
Fri November 29, 2013

After turkey, region celebrates holidays with events

Families from around Central Illinois have various options to ring in the holiday season. It begins with the 126th Santa Claus Parade. The longest running holiday parade in the country kicks off at 10:15 this morning at the Central Fire House on Monroe and continues to Main, Jefferson, Liberty and Adams ending at the Courthouse. The theme is “the Sights and Sounds of Christmas” and features more than 85 costumed characters, novelty walking units, horses, and decorated floats. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis is also again partnering with the Salvation Army and Midwest Food Bank to run a community food and coat drive at the event. Parade attendees are asked to bring canned goods and gently used coats that will be donated to those in need.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:01 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Creve Coeur receiving state money for capital improvements

Creve Coeur is getting some state money for a construction project within the village. Governor Pat Quinn announced its receiving more than 177-thousand dollars from the Illinois Jobs Now program. The money will help pay for work to be completed on Highland Avenue from Thorncrest Avenue to Scenic Park Road and on Groveland Avenue from Allyn Street to Eleanor Avenue. The project includes the construction of new sidewalk, crosswalks, accessibility ramps, and new signs.  

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State News
6:27 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Governor's approval ratings remain low

Governor Pat Quinn has been surpassed as the nation's least-liked governor. Pennsylvania's Pennsylvania's Republican Governor, Tom Corbett, can now claim that title. But a new poll shows Quinn could still have a hard time holding on to his seat. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

It was about this time last year, that numbers from Public Policy Polling showed Democrat Pat Quinn as the most unpopular governor in the country. Illinois residents still aren't all that fond of their state's CEO.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:55 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Peoria's water supply remains privately owned

The City of Peoria will not exercise its option to buy Illinois American Water Company. The council voted eight to three against going ahead with the purchase. It’s an option that comes before the city every five years because of a purchase agreement between city leaders and Illinois American Water in 1889. Councilwoman Beth Akeson voted to pursue the buyout option.

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Crime
1:05 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Police make four more arrests in home invasions

Peoria Police say they've arrested all known suspects involved in a rash of home invasions. Chief Steve Settingsgaard says the arrests of four new suspects effectively ends the investigation into the series of armed robberies. He says the residents of Peoria can breathe a sigh of relief after the six home invasions:

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Storms
12:58 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Tazewell, Woodford counties among 15 declared federal disaster areas

President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared 15 Illinois counties major disaster areas.  That includes Tazewell county where hundreds of homes were destroyed in Washington and surrounding towns.  Woodford, Champaign and LaSalle counties were also among those getting the federal designation.  Federal assistance that's made available can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans for uninsured property losses.

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State News
5:48 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

U of I president warns on pension deal

The president of the University of Illinois has warned employees about the coming legislative session on pensions. Robert Easter says the deal could be "onerous for public employees." 

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Storms
5:40 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Resource center opens for Gifford recovery

Residents in the Champaign County town of Gifford are getting additional help after last week’s tornado.  Officials opened a resource center that offers a single destination for donated items and access to social service agencies. As parents take advantage of these services, children are also getting extra help.

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Environment
4:12 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

First meeting held on ‘fracking’ in Illinois

Illinois is holding its first public meeting on potential new "fracking" regulations.  Anyone interested is invited to comment at a meeting Tuesday in Chicago. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:59 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Area residents encouraged to shop local this weekend

Area Chambers of Commerce as well as regional leaders are encouraging residents to shop local on Small Business Saturday this weekend. The national initiative is aimed at getting consumers to spend locally, and support small businesses for at least one day during the holiday shopping season.

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