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12:00 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Shuttered Dwight prison could soon have purpose

Officials in Livingston County could vote as soon as next month to reuse part of the shuttered Dwight Correctional Center. 

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State News
6:08 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Governor enacts new law expanding Medicaid

Even as Congress looks to further roll back President Barack Obama's signature health care program, his home state is officially implementing a key part of it. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky has more on a new Illinois law expanding Medicaid.

For the first time, low-income adults without children will be eligible for Medicaid. Specifically, adults within 138-percent of the poverty level, so someone making just under $16,000.

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State News
6:03 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Daley says he wants to see IL's income tax drop

A candidate for Illinois governor says he wants to see the state’s income tax rate drop in 2015. Democratic challenger Bill Daley says two years ago, the legislature approved a hike in the income tax rate. He’d allow that hike to expire in two years.

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State News
1:06 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Illinois home sales up

Sales of existing homes in Illinois were up 14-point-9 percent in June from previous year levels, and median home prices increased 9-point-7 percent according to the Illinois Association of Realtors. Geoffrey Hewings with the University of Illinois’ Regional Economics Applications Laboratory says he’s not ready to call the increases a trend, but he says it’s certainly an improvement from the lower home sales and prices that came with the collapse of the housing bubble.

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State News
7:53 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Debate over whether government should continue supporting sugar growers

Candy shop owner Rob Flesher says companies like his pay more for sugar thanks to government sugar supports.
Credit Bill Wheelhouse / Harvest Public Media

The average American consumes nearly 40-pounds of refined sugar a year. And behind all those sweet snacks, a stealthy and heated battle is taking place over whether the government should continue to help out sugar growers. Yes, this is a farm bill issue. But as Harvest Public Media's Bill Wheelhouse reports, it’s one that has a very direct impact on consumers’ wallets:

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:25 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Tickets available to see President speak in Galesburg

President Barack Obama is set to speak at Knox College when he visits Galesburg this week. Obama will kick off a series of speeches laying out his vision for rebuilding the economy to grow the middle class. The President’s visit is Wednesday.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:23 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Sandberg likely died of heart disease

Preliminary results from an autopsy indicate a Peoria City Council member died of heart disease. Gary Sandberg was found dead in his home on Friday. He was 65.

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State News
7:14 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Lisa Madigan's decision to not run for governor could shake up Republican leadership

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's decision to run for re-election will have its biggest effect on the democratic primary for governor. But as IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, it could also lead to a change in leadership among Republicans in the Illinois House.

State Rep. Tom Cross, a Republican from Oswego who's been House Minority Leader since 2002, says "many" people approached him to consider running for AG when it was thought Madigan was likely to run for governor.

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State News
7:07 am
Mon July 22, 2013

New law toughens penalties for drinking while driving a boat

Credit Iowa Department of Natural Resources

A fatal boating accident is behind a new state law that could deepen penalties for intoxicated drivers. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

A year ago, ten-year-old Tony Borcia went boating with his dad and siblings on the Chain of Lakes – a string of lakes connected by the Fox River, in northeastern Illinois.  

Tony’s mom, Margaret Borcia, says she’d taken her kids “tubing” many times – it’s a thrill to sit in an intertube pulled by a boat, bouncing over the waves. But this time, Tony fell off.  Before his family could pick him up, a speed boat struck and killed him.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:00 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Springdale Cemetery getting new signage

Springdale Cemetery is working to offer more multimedia information on the historic burial ground. The cemetery Management Authority is getting new signs. Converse Marketing is doing the design work. The Authority is updating the cemetery map to put on the back of every sign. Springdale Authority Chair Bob Manning says the signs are a good way to promote the cemetery:

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