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5:58 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Central Illinois bridges, roads slated for new state funding

Illinois will invest another $8.6 billion into roads, bridges and other projects. It's the latest installment of a major infrastructure plan lawmakers passed in 2010. Now, Governor Pat Quinn is calling for a new one. But he’s not saying where the money should come from.

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Government
5:50 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Schock: IRS official should be prosecuted

Congressman Aaron Schock says a high ranking IRS official should be prosecuted for misusing her position to target TEA Party based not for profit groups who filed as social welfare organizations. Lois Lerner headed the division in charge of making decisions on tax exempt status. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:03 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Caterpillar maintains quarterly dividend rate

Caterpillar is maintaining its dividend rate for this quarter. The company’s board of directors voted to maintain a quarterly cash dividend rate of 60-cents per share. Shareholders can collect their dividend May 20th. It’s being paid out to stockholders of record at the close of business on April 21st.   

Peoria Public Radio News
7:18 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Peoria city council approves purchase of additional road salt

The City of Peoria is replacing some of the road salt depleted during the record harsh winter. The city uses about 400 tons of salt each time it snows more than two inches, and could handle several additional snow falls before it would run out.  

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State News
7:12 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Il House approves measure preventing voter suppression

The Illinois House has approved a proposal to add protections for voting rights to the Illinois Constitution. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

The measure is sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan himself. In explaining why he thinks it's necessary, he recalled the federal Voting Rights Act, and the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to "modify" parts of that law.

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State News
7:05 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Rauner says he's not against unions

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner says common perceptions about him have it all wrong. He's not against unions and he doesn't want to take away public workers' pensions. Rauner was in Springfield Tuesday night for a Sangamon County Republican Foundation fundraiser. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

Unions worked hard to prevent Rauner from getting the GOP nomination, and why not? He constantly talked during the primary about how "government union bosses" were to blame for much of Illinois' ills. But since he became the nominee, I've yet to hear him publicly use the phrase. I asked him, "Why not?"

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Government
5:42 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Investigators focus on IL child care provider

State investigators say a child care provider bilked Illinois out of more than $200,000.  The case exposes gaps that could leave the state open to losing more. 

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Education
5:36 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

ICC gets $2.6 million towards Sustainability Center project

The state is giving Illinois Central College more than two-and-a-half-million-dollars to build a new Sustainability Center at its East Peoria campus. The funding is part of the state’s ‘Illinois Jobs Now’ program. The new 24,000 square-foot facility will include space for renewable energy, architecture and H-VAC programs. Illinois Central College President John Erwin says area residents can also benefit from the new facility:

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Government
5:28 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Transportation conference includes Washington recovery lessons

Communities affected by a natural disaster need to both physically respond and take time to calculate accurate damage estimates. That's according to Washington Engineer Ed Andrews speaking at the I-CAT Transportation Conference in East Peoria. He says state and federal deadlines to submit damage assessments kick-in soon after a disaster:

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Government
5:17 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Lawmakers advance Emanuel Chicago pension plan

A bill to cut retirement benefits for some City of Chicago employees has made its way to the governor’s desk. But it’s not clear whether he will sign it. IPR'S Tony Arnold reports.

In one day, the Illinois State House and Senate approved a measure affecting more than 56-thousand city laborers and municipal workers. The bill would have current employees pay more toward their pensions - while retirees would get less money in benefits.

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