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3:02 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Dillard kicks-off run for governor across state

Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard is toured the state Monday to kick off his campaign for governor.  IPR’s Tony Arnold reports: 


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State News
7:04 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Illinois gets poor marks for cost of doing business in the state

Illinois dropped eleven spots in a national survey of the best places to do business. Business leaders say they're not surprised. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports.

The CNBC survey ranks Illinois 37th overall. But the state gets especially poor marks when it comes to the cost of doing business. Illinois comes in at 44th out of 50 states.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:53 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Peoria County residents may get to vote on consolidating election commissions

Legislation passed in Springfield clears the way for Peoria County to have a single election commission. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the election reform bill allows the County to ask voters if they want a combined commission:

Currently the City of Peoria runs election services within its borders, and part of the County Clerk’s Office runs the rest of Peoria County services. Tom Bride is executive director of the Peoria City Election Commission. He says a combined service means more efficiency for voters:

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:42 am
Mon July 15, 2013

IDOT invites residents to give input on bike transportation plan

Peoria will be part of a statewide effort to create an Illinois Bike Transportation Plan. The Illinois Department of Transportation is holding meetings around the state to gather information on how bicycling paths can be improved, and the challenges communities face in making themselves more bike-friendly. Brian Williamsen is a spokesman with IDOT.

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State News
6:24 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Chicago could toughen ban on assault weapons

Chicago’s City Council could toughen its ban on so-called assault weapons this week.

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Business
4:27 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Metra CEO payout under investigation

Illinois’ executive inspector general is investigating the large severance package of Metra’s former CEO.  Alex Clifford stands to gain $718,000 for resigning from the rail agency.  Metra’s board of directors has come under fire for agreeing to the big pay-out.  Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he has the power to fire the entire Metra board - but he has to wait to see what the inspector general finds.

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Out and About
3:14 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Out and About - July 12, 2013

OutThis week, we're talking with Erin Craig. She plays Reno Sweeney in Corn Stock Theatre's upcoming  production of "Anything Goes." The show features a treasure-trove of Cole Porter music and a heavy dose of tap-dancing. "Anything Goes" opens tonight, and runs through July 20th under the tent at Upper Bradley Park.

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:27 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Heddington Oaks gets ready for residents

Ribbon cutting at Heddington Oaks
Tanya Koonce WCBU

  The ceremonial ribbon cutting on the new county owned nursing home signals the facility's completion . Heddington Oaks is located on Heading Avenue in West Peoria. It’s replacing the nearly 40 year old Bel-Wood Nursing Home currently located off Maxwell Road. Matt Newkirk is the Director of the County owned facility. He says the new facility cost about $35 Million and was more than six years in the making.  “We’re in the final stages of having public health come in and finishing our surveys to certify the building.

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State News
7:02 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Lawsuit filed against proposed Illiana Expressway project

Credit Illinois Department of Transportation

A legal challenge could stall a much touted proposed expressway for Chicago’s southern suburbs. IPR'S Michael Puente reports.

Illinois and Indiana have partnered to build the Illiana Expressway. The east-west corridor is expected to one day connect I-55 in Will County to I-65 in Lake County, Indiana. The goal is to relieve congestion on existing roadways and create jobs. But a federal lawsuit filed yesterday claims the project will destroy natural areas.

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State News
6:47 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Il Supreme Court rules on parental notification law

The Illinois Supreme Court Thursday upheld a law that requires young women to notify their parents before getting an abortion. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, the decision ends a legal fight that goes all the way back to the 1990s.

For the first time since the law passed nearly two decades ago, women 17 and younger who want to have an abortion will have to get their parents' permission.

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