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6:12 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Sales tax revenue a topic for Peoria museum, county officials

Peoria County voters approved a one percent sales tax increase to build the Peoria Riverfront museum in 2009.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that both Peoria County Board members and the museum’s president have seemingly different views on dollars generated from the tax:

County Board member Steve Morris says museum president Jim Richerson brought up the quarter cent sales tax in March:
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State News
5:30 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Gov. Quinn's salary increases

Governor Pat Quinn's tax returns show he made more money last year but he gave less to charity than he did in 2011. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:30 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Riverfront Museum to dedicate fountain

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will dedicate the latest addition to its sculpture garden collection this weekend. Harrison Gibbs’ sculpture Fountain Group will be honored Sunday afternoon at two in the garden off Water Street. The sculpture is the only fountain on display in the garden. Museum officials say The Fountain Group blends classical and modern styles. It is also the only sculpture with a direct connection to the Peoria area. The artist was from Pennsylvania and married Maurine Montgomery, a sculptor from Peoria, back in the 1930’s.  

Peoria Public Radio News
5:30 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Community celebrates Bob Michel's 90th birthday

Federal, state and community leaders gathered in Peoria Friday to celebrate Bob Michel’s 90th birthday.  The former Congressman served for nearly 40 years in the House until 1995.  Michel says he’s honored to be recognized for his service.

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State News
4:20 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

State program helps flood victims

Dan Rutherford

Flood victims who need extra financial help can use a state program to secure a better interest rate. In the Disaster Recovery Linked Deposit program, Illinois deposits money when a local bank approves a flood-related loan. The individual is then charged a lower, state interest rate and the bank gets to keep its charges and fees. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says it can help individuals while they're waiting to settle insurance claims. 

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Out and About
12:00 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Out and About - April 26, 2013

This week, we're talking with Laura Garfinkel, the director of Peoria Players Theatre's upcoming production of "Fiddler on the Roof." She talks about the universal themes which permeate the show: the tension between tradition and modernity, the bonds of a small community, and the expectations family members have of one another. Those themes, and memorable score, help explain how the show has endured for almost fifty years. "Fiddler on the Roof" runs May 3rd through May 12th at Peoria Players Theatre.

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:47 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Cat to layoff 60 employees

Caterpillar is laying off 60 employees at the Mapleton Foundry. The company says the indefinite layoffs are necessary to align manpower with production. It comes after Cat announced a 45-percent drop in earnings and a 17-percent decrease in sales and revenues. A statement from the company says the layoffs will be effective in early May. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:43 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Legislation transferring ownership of local park heads to governor

The state of Illinois will no longer own Wildlife Prairie State Park under a measure headed to the Governor. The Senate Thursday approved legislation transferring ownership to Friends of Wildlife Prairie State Park. The not-for-profit sought control of the park after the state continually stopped funding operations. The two-thousand acre facility’s major source of funding now comes from the public through membership fees, donations, and grants. The legislation still requires the Friends board to keep the park open to the public and maintain its current mission. 

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Breaking
7:24 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Closings, Cancelations, and Winter Weather Updates

Credit National Weather Service

Updated January 28, 5:55 A.M. 

Here are the latest weather updates from the Peoria Public Radio Newsroom.

Wind Chill Warning

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State News
6:44 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Gov. Quinn not ready to back raising the speed limit

This week, Senators gave their okay to raising the speed limit on Illinois highways, but Governor Pat Quinn isn't so sure. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports. 

Drivers could legally put the pedal to the metal a BIT more under a measure recently approved by the state Senate. Cars could go 70 miles an hour on most interstates and tollways, rather than 65.

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