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7:16 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Preview of fall veto session

For the first time since a brief special session in July, legislators will begin making their way en masse to Springfield this week, for the fall veto session. The agenda before them is relatively light. The General Assembly will likely debate some budget matters. And there's a hearing on a new type of health care coverage for retired state employees. Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky previews what else is ahead: 

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State News
7:13 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Researchers say Chicago Mayor should hire more cops, not push mandatory minimums

Chicago is struggling to bring down deadly gun violence. As part of that, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been pushing three-year mandatory minimum sentences for anyone caught carrying an illegal firearm. He wants state lawmakers to take up a bill to that effect when they go back to Springfield this week. The mayor says he doesn’t want more parents to lose children to gun violence, but research shows there’s a much better way he could help. Illinois Public Radio’s Robert Wildeboer explains.

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State News
7:04 am
Mon October 21, 2013

3D printers changing how students learn

 3D printers are changing the way many people do business.  As IPR’S Sean Powers reports, the machines that create toys, guns and even human bones are also changing the way students learn in the classroom.

Bryan Wilcox runs a company in Urbana that specializes in helping people create products from scratch. Just about everything he works on starts off as a prototype that’s not displayed as a graphic or drawing, but a physical object made using a 3D printer.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

District 150 to use student tracking service for graduates

District 150 is using a program to better track its high-school students after graduation.  The School Board approved using the National Student Clearinghouse tracking service.  District 150 spokesman Chris Coplan says the program allows the district to track whether its graduates went to a two or four-year college:

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:09 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Komen Memorial Promise Run & Relay details

  The Inaugural Komen Memorial Promise Run & Relay is Sunday throughout Peoria and East Peoria. The half marathon and relays start at 7:00a.m. Sunday, October 20, 2013.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:58 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Celebrating Bradley University's Founder

Bradley University is celebrating its founder today. The annual Founder’s Day event comes during the University's Homecoming week. 

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Education
1:13 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Bradley University selects gargoyle as mascot

Bradley University also has a new mascot.  The university has selected the gargoyle to represent its athletic teams.  Bradley officials say the move follows a two-year process of focus groups on the issue.  

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Out and About
11:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Out and About - October 18, 2013

This week, we're talking with Jared Bartman about his new album "Misery Makes Strange Bedfellows." It's being released in conjunction with a concert on Thursday, October 31st at the Apollo Theatre, which also features performances by John Vanderslice and Samantha Crain. We listen to a few tracks from the new album, and talk a little about Bartman's upcoming tour of the East Coast.

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State News
6:08 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Criminal justice experts against new gun proposal

Illinois legislators have more research on mandatory minimums to go through if they want it. IPR'S Robert Wildeboer explains.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making another push in the legislature for 3-year mandatory minimum sentences for those caught illegally carrying a loaded gun. 

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State News
6:02 am
Fri October 18, 2013

U of I now housing Gwendolyn Brooks archives

The literary archives of poet Gwendolyn Brooks are now housed on the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus. Brooks was the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize and the long-time poet laureate of the state of Illinois.

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