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Peoria Public Radio News
6:27 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Peoria area home sales up slightly

Peoria area home sales are up slightly in the second quarter of this year. The Peoria Area Association of Realtors is reporting 12 more homes sold compared to the same period last year. That’s nearly 400 more than the first quarter of this year.

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Education
11:39 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

District 150 wants more Peoria Stadium info, leasing portable classrooms

Members of the District 150 School Board during Monday's meeting.
Credit Orko Manna / WCBU

The District 150 School Board is re-considering its options for the Peoria Stadium property in the face of the proposed Walmart debacle. The School Board released the proposal last month to sell the property to Wal-Mart for a new store. Those attending last night’s board meeting again expressed opposition to the idea. District 150 Board President Rick Cloyd is asking the administration to gather comprehensive information in four key areas including sports schedules, and funding and facilities options:

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Government
11:34 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

IL Comptroller pledges quicker nonprofit payments

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka speaking in Peoria Monday, July 15, 2013.
Credit Tanya Koonce / WCBU

  Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is creating an advisory council to help non-profit groups receive state payments in a more timely fashion. Topinka visited the Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria yesterday to talk with non-profit human service groups about the state’s financial condition. She says her office is now paying bills from June 21st, a shorter delay than usual. But Topinka says its still within the first month of the state’s new fiscal year. She says by fall and into the holiday season, the payment delay gap could get larger:

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Peoria Police Department
9:49 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Two Peoria Police vehicles collide

Peoria Police accident at Illinois and Indiana Avenues
Tanya Koonce WCBU

  Three Peoria Police Offices were transported to the hospital after a two car accident at Illinois and Indiana Avenues. The Police cruiser and SUV K-9 Unit were responding to a call for assistance in the 1000 block of Behrends  Avenue. 

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Government
5:49 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Lisa Madigan not running for governor

After months of speculation that Governor Pat Quinn would face a primary challenge from Lisa Madigan,  the Attorney General today announced she will not run for Governor.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports.

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Government
5:21 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

IL religious leaders want concealed-carry changes

Illinois' new concealed carry law forbids people from bringing guns into schools, hospitals and casinos.  A group of religious leaders say they want the same protection for places of worship.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more.


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Peoria Public Radio News
3:35 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Summer cooling assistance available for certain Peoria residents

The Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity wants eligible residents to apply for a summer cooling program tomorrow.  The state has funds to help eligible households stay cool amid high summer temperatures.

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Politics
3:32 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Quinn staying out of Metra, Madigan controversy

Governor Pat Quinn appears to be staying out of a controversy over House Speaker Mike Madigan's role in employment decisions at Metra, the suburban Chicago commuter rail agency.Madigan last week acknowledged suggesting a pay raise for a campaign donor who had a $57,000-a-year job at Metra.

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Politics
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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