News

Pages

Government
10:55 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Planning group reports positive finances

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission’s monthly financial reports are in the black for the first time this year.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the news comes after months of financial uncertainty:
Read more
Theatre Reviews
6:20 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Peoria Players finds a home for "Shrek: The Musical"

Credit Peoria Players Theatre

Peoria Players Theatre is staging the first Central Illinois production of “Shrek: The Musical,” based on the animated films Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria.

Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

Read more
Government
3:17 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Lawmakers question anti-violence program

Illinois lawmakers continue to shine a light on a troubled anti-violence program once touted by Governor Pat Quinn. Tuesday, a legislative panel voted to give itself subpoena power. 

Read more
Business
3:04 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Report: despite pressure, Caterpillar plans to attend Russian forum

Caterpillar still plans to sending a representative to a global economic forum in Russia this month despite pressure from the White House to cancel the trip. The New York Times reports White House aides are urging top officials from financial and industrial corporations to skip the forum in the face of international tensions with Russia over Ukraine. Caterpillar spokeswoman Rachel Potts says the company plans to be represented at the forum, but is monitoring the situation closely.

Read more
State News
11:36 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Former lawmaker says change is needed in state budgeting

Rick Winkel
Credit IGPA

Illinois' financial problems are well known. But what can be done about them? A former lawmaker has a vision for improving the way Illinois does budgeting. Rick Winkel served for 8 years in the General Assembly. He's now with the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois. So he's seen the process from different vantage points. He spoke with Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford:  Winkel wrote an op-ed piece about the need to change budgeting in state government. It's part of the Institute's Budget Policy Toolbox project. 

Read more
State News
7:22 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Garrison Keillor discusses new book

Garrison Keillor, host of A Prairie Home Companion, will be stopping by Urbana Wednesday to promote his new collection The Keillor Reader. Illinois Public Radio’s Jason Croft talked with him recently about the book and his view of small town America. 

Keillor will be in Urbana Wednesday for a book signing and a reading.

      

Read more
State News
7:13 am
Tue May 6, 2014

911 call centers struggle as people ditch landlines

As more people ditch their landline phones for cell phones, 911 call centers are struggling to maintain services. That’s because wireless phone lines in Illinois are often taxed at a lower rate than landlines. There’s a push to change that.

Read more
State News
7:06 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Investigation into spending continues for Chicago Congressman

The U.S. House Ethics Committee announced Monday it will continue an investigation into spending by Chicago Congressman Luis Gutierrez. The Committee is looking into whether Gutierrez violated House rules - or federal law - when he hired his former Chief of Staff to consult his office.

Read more
State News
6:57 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Diana Rauner distances herself from budget requests

Bruce Rauner stands with wife Diana on primary election night, March 18, 2014.

Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is a Republican, but his wife says she is not. As Rauner's campaign continues to criticize Governor Quinn's stance on taxes, Rauner's wife has a stake in the cause. IPR'S Hannah Meisel has more.

Just after the March primary election, Illinois was introduced to Diana Rauner, Bruce Rauner's wife. She introduced herself as...

Read more
Peoria Public Radio News
6:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Caterpillar aims for second viral video

Credit Caterpillar

The second in a series of Caterpillar promotional videos is being released Tuesday morning.

Read more

Pages