BU launches Friedan tribute website

Feb 19, 2013

Bradley University’s website now has a page that honors Betty Friedan.  The University and the Betty Friedan Tribute Committee launched the Tribute page.  It honors the Peoria native and leading figure in the Women’s Rights movement.  People can visit the page at  The University says the launch coincides with the 50th anniversary of Friedan’s book ‘The Feminine Mystique.’  The website will be updated regularly with the latest scholarship and news about Friedan.

A newly coordinated effort in Peoria aims to reduce substance abuse in young people. Nearly 150 people attended the first Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Peoria County meeting. The S.A.P Coalition aims to impact those between 13-to-25 in the county. Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll is leading the effort. She says there were 32 drug related deaths of Peoria County residents last year. She says the process will be gradual. Ingersoll says they are starting with encouraging 100 percent school participation in the next Illinois Youth Survey.

Supreme Court denies George Ryan appeal

Feb 19, 2013

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan’s last-ditch effort to appeal his criminal conviction is being denied.  The U.S. Supreme Court made that decision Tuesday.  IPR’s Alex Keefe reports: Ryan’s lawyers have argued for years his corruption conviction should be re-considered after a change in the so-called “honest services” law. The change would require prosecutors to prove a defendant took bribes - and Ryan’s lawyers argued the government never proved that.  But on Tuesday, justices denied Ryan’s appeal without explanation. 

Former congressional candidate sues IRS

Feb 19, 2013

  A 2012 Democratic candidate for Congress is suing the Internal Revenue Service, saying a tax loophole allowed groups like the American Action Network to spend millions on negative campaign ads.  Former 13th district candidate and Bloomington physician David Gill is filing the suit, along with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The plaintiffs contend the IRS has failed to act against 501-C4 organizations that accept large contributions to influence elections.

Bustos, Loebsack tour defense contractor

Feb 19, 2013

  To show their opposition to sequestration, and its possible impact on eastern Iowa and western Illinois, two members of congress toured a defense contractor in the Quad Cities Tuesday. Dave Loebsack from Iowa's 2nd district and Cheri Bustos from Illinois' 17th worry that automatic federal spending cuts, due to take effect next month, could affect hundreds of jobs in their districts.  Loebsack agrees the federal budget should be cut, but it should be done carefully. 

Investigation continues in Leuthold murder

Feb 18, 2013

Peoria Police are making slow but steady progress in Denise Leuthold’s murder investigation. That’s according to Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard. The 39-year-old Luthold was found shot to death in her home in the 700 Block of West Mossville Road last Thursday. The chief says there were signs of forced entry at the home and some items were taken. However the chief says there is no reason for people to panic or feel security is of extra concern. “I don’t see a lockdown or soft lockdown as necessary. This crime is several days ago, whomever the suspect is has moved on.

AMT to provide permanent service in Chillicothe

Feb 18, 2013

Advanced Medical Transport is permanently providing ambulance services to the Chillicothe Area.  AMT has handled the community’s calls since Chillicothe Ambulance Rescue 33 was suspended last August by the local regulatory authority. That happened after Rescue 33 failed to meet response time terms as part of a probationary period.   AMT executive director Andrew Rand says the agency currently spends $1,300 a day to maintain the temporary service in the Chillicothe area.  He says AMT still won’t break even providing permanent service to the area.

Young girl dies from flu in McLean County

Feb 18, 2013

Influenza has killed an eight year old girl in McLean County. This is only the second child death related to flu in the state this season. Kera Simon is a spokeswoman for the McLean County Health Department: 

A proposal in the Illinois Senate could give landlords of apartments across the state the power to evict residents who commit a crime.


This week on Peoria's Hidden Treasures, we’re looking at works of art on Water Street in downtown Peoria.On the wall above the Water Street Café is a mural depicting New Orleans’ Mardi Gras parade. Revelers include a court jester, a centaur and a bull and a mermaid. A few blocks away is a sculpture called “Peoria Portal.” Consisting of a column of raw granite, a column of bronze, and a modern arch, the piece encapsulates a history of architectural ideas. Across from Contemporary Art Center stands a sculpture, “Flight of the Cakewalkers,” by Peoria’s Preston Jackson.

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In the wake of Pope Benedict XVI's announcement of his resignation, Springfield’s Bishop says the next pope should be a "thinker" who can reach out to other religions and non-believers.  Bishop Thomas John Paprocki says Benedict excelled at that.Paprocki says he’s not surprised Benedict stepped down, given what he calls the pope’s declining health and advanced age. Benedict was 78 when he was elected pope in 2005, one of the oldest in history.  Paprocki says he expects the next pope will be younger.