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Peoria Public Radio News
11:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

PIA reports a record number of passengers in July

The number of people flying in and out of the Peoria International Airport hit a record for July. More than 54-thousand passengers used the facility last month. That beats the old record set in July 2012 by about 70 people. 

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Government
9:19 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Springdale Cemetery lifts ban on monument resetting

 

The Marine Monument in Springdale Cemetery will be restored after it fell during a Memorial Day ceremony. The Springdale Cemetery management authority unanimously approved repealing the ban on monument resetting in order to repair the structure. The ban on monument resetting was put in place after it came to light cemetery staff may have been using low-quality restoration techniques. But Management Authority Chair Bob Manning says it raises a broader issue: 

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State News
8:58 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Proposed Midwestern pipeline at center of lawsuit

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over plans by the Canadian company Enbridge to build an oil pipeline through four Midwestern states. The pipeline would carry tar sands oil through parts of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma:  

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State News
4:23 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

State teacher pension system sees returns

Illinois' largest public pension system saw greater than expected returns, according to an early analysis of the last fiscal year's investments. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports: 


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Education
4:02 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Bradley University freshman class grows six-percent from last year

Bradley University’s incoming freshman class is the largest the school has seen in the last two classes. It’s more than 60 students than last year’s freshman class. 

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State News
1:34 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Potential impact of increased speed limit on rural interstates

Now that Illinois’s top speed limit is going up, questions remain on the potential impact. Governor Pat Quinn said the change would curb speeding and promote traffic safety when he signed the bill Monday raising the rural interstate speed limit to 70 miles per hour. But an official with the Illinois-based National Safety Council is not so sure. Illinois Public Radio’s Jim Meadows talked with Safety Council Vice President John Ulczycky.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:50 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Discussion on improving the regional economy

Peoria area representatives of education, big and small businesses, healthcare, and manufacturing came together to discuss how to improve the regional economy. 17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is holding three such meetings across her district. She says the goal is to form a vision for economic success and come up with issues important for economic development.

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State News
7:27 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Conversation on pension reform

A panel of ten Illinois lawmakers has been working this summer to find a solution to Illinois' pension problem. With an unfunded liability of about 100-billion dollars, payments to the public pension systems are taking up a larger chunk of overall state government spending. Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford spoke with Representative Elaine Nekritz, a Northbrook Democrat and one of the leaders in the push to change how retirement systems are funded. Recent meetings of the committee have occurred in private, making it difficult to determine progress. But Nekritz says she's hopeful:

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State News
7:22 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Senate panel studying state education funding

Illinois ranks 50th among the states in the share of education funding that comes from state government. The formula used to distribute that money dates back to the '90s. But on Monday afternoon, a group of state senators began working on an update. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

State education officials spent nearly 30 minutes detailing the formulas Illinois uses to decide how much money the state will pay each school district. It's based on poverty rates, property values, student attendance, and a host of other factors.

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State News
7:13 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Value of farmland on the rise

Even though farm income saw a marginal increase between the second quarters of 2012 and 2013, there continued to be a rapid rise in the value of farmland, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis which surveyed agricultural banks in parts of seven Midwestern states, including Missouri and Illinois. 

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