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Peoria Public Radio News
12:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Center for Prevention of Abuse kicks off sale of yellow ducks

Center for Prevention of Abuse Executive Director Martha Herm kicks off sale of ducks for annual Duck Race
Credit Denise Molina / Peoria Public Radio

The Center for Prevention of Abuse is hoping to sell five-thousand more ducks this year compared to last year for its 25th annual Duck Race. The organization sold 25-thousand ducks in 2012 to support its various abuse prevention programs including those that take place in tri-county area schools. The money also helps provide services for victims of abuse.

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State News
7:08 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Discovering why politicians "explore" running for office

Bill Daley spent more than a month "exploring" a run for governor of Illinois.
Credit The White House

Tueday's declaration by Bill Daley that he was "officially" running for governor was one of the least surprising announcements of this political season. You could be forgiven for thinking he was ALREADY running in the Democratic primary. But Daley insists that until this week, he was just "exploring" a bid for governor. So why would a politician act like a candidate, and talk like a candidate, and raise money like a candidate, but insist they're not yet ACTUALLY a candidate? To find out, Illinois Public Radio’s Brian Mackey set out on a voyage of discovery.

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State News
6:23 am
Wed July 31, 2013

WIU professor studying how to better predict tornadoes

Tornadoes are a fact of life in the Midwest. A researcher at Western Illinois University is using a mathematical approach to help better predict which storms will spawn the twisters. Illinois Public Radio's Scott Stuntz reports. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:13 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

East Peoria City Council approves sale of property

The East Peoria City Council at Tuesday night's meeting.
Credit Orko Manna / WCBU

The East Peoria City Council last night overwhelmingly approved selling vacant property in its new downtown to Chick-fil-A.

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Economy
11:00 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Regional economic development effort reaches one year mark

The region's new economic development effort unveiled its five-year strategy.  Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports it’s been a year since Focus Forward C.I. started goal setting: 


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Peoria Public Radio News
10:56 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Warehouse District improvements move ahead

Progress on Peoria’s Warehouse District Road Improvements is about a quarter complete. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports the city is planning to hold monthly informational meetings in the Warehouse District. 


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Government
3:51 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Illinois General Assembly sues Gov. Pat Quinn

The leaders of the Illinois General Assembly have sued Governor Pat Quinn over his veto of lawmakers' salaries. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, the leaders say they're trying to protect the independence of the legislature:


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Government
3:44 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Bill Daley officially announces run for governor

Tuesday former commerce secretary and investment banker Bill Daley says he's officially running for Illinois governor. But this comes nearly two months after Daley said he was already "totally committed" to the race. So IPR’s Brian Mackey asks: did anything really change?


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State News
6:56 am
Tue July 30, 2013

DOMA decision puts immigrants on path to citizenship

Aaron Smith and Toshi get married during a private ceremony on Nov. 30, 2012 in Iowa.
Credit Toshi and Aaron Smith

The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision to strike down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act is a big win for same-sex married couples. And as Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Powers reports, the ruling also opens up a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants. 

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State News
6:47 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Central Il Democrats rally for Washington to address climate change

A group of central Illinois Democrats as well as some in agriculture and academics are trying to rally around President Obama's action last month on climate change.

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