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7:22 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Report: Pension system to continue dominating state spending

A new report shows nearly a quarter of Illinois’ state spending plan for next year will go toward pension payments. The Illinois State House and the State Senate have so far disagreed on the best way to address the worst-funded pension system in the country.

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State News
7:14 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Work continues on bill banning minors from receiving life sentences

Illinois lawmakers continue to negotiate a bill to ban minors from receiving life sentences in prison. It comes nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the practice unconstitutional. 

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State News
7:08 am
Mon May 13, 2013

A measure prohibiting talking on cell phones while driving is getting tweaked

The sponsor of a plan that would prohibit talking on cell phones while driving says he plans to change it, so first-time violations carry a lesser penalty. The measure would have considered first-time offenses as moving violations. Penalties included a fine AND mention on a criminal record, which could lead to higher insurance rates.

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Peoria Public Radio News
9:58 am
Sun May 12, 2013

Wildlife Prairie Park is again locally owned

Wildlife Prairie State Park in Peoria County is dropping the state designation from it name in an effort to gain more efficient management. Governor Pat Quinn jointed a bi-partisan group of local lawmakers Saturday to recognize the return of the park to the Forrest Park Foundation of Peoria.  

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Floods
4:12 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

State assessing flood damage in Peoria County

IEMA Director Jonathon Monken speaks to reporters before touring flood-damaged homes in Chillicothe.

State and federal damage assessment teams are in Peoria County, surveying properties following last month’s severe flooding.  The assessment process is required for area counties to qualify for federal disaster funding.  Jonathon Monken directs the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.  He says residents affected by the flooding shouldn’t wait to clean up properties or file flood insurance:

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Government
3:17 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

IL House approves flash mob measure

The Illinois House has approved legislation that would impose tougher punishment on anyone convicted of using social media to plan or incite a mob attack.

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Out and About
1:38 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Out and About - May 10, 2013

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra brings its 2012-2013 to a close with this weekend's concert, "Visions of Beauty." Music Director George Stelluto talks about the concert, which  features a return visit by soprano Kara Shay Thomson. He talks about what he looks for when selecting soloists for each concert, and about the selections on the program: a Mozart overture, opera arias, and Mahler's Fourth Symphony. The concert is Saturday night at 8:00 at Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:15 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Peoria Chiefs Stadium has new name

The Peoria Chiefs Stadium now has a new name. The Chiefs and Caterpillar announced Friday the facility will now be called Dozer Park. The agreement is part of a 10-year, two-million dollar investment by Caterpillar for the naming rights to the ballpark. It’s part of a larger effort by the city of Peoria, investors, and other parties to keep the struggling stadium financially afloat.

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Government
10:22 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Peoria County nursing home to open with new rates, later than expected

Peoria County hopes to open its new nursing home facility in late June or early July.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that’s about a month later than originally planned: 


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Politics
4:53 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Madigan: downstate schools should pay pension costs

The leader of the Illinois House of Representatives says Downstate school districts will eventually have to pay for their employees’ pensions. 

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