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2:51 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Federal funds for Brimfield fire department

The Brimfield Community Fire Protection District is getting federal funding for firefighting gear. Congressman Aaron Schock says the more than $148,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant will help buy self-contained breathing apparatus equipment. Schock says the grant is important to ensure the safety and effectiveness of first responders.

Peoria Public Radio News
12:32 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

YPG to use All-America City award to promote Peoria

Members of the delegation responsible for helping Peoria become an All-America City say their work is not complete. The Peoria Chamber’s Young Professionals Group brought home the award this week following a weekend competition with 19 other cities in Denver. The group also won two awards, one for producing a video about the city, and another individual recognition. 

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State News
7:16 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Special session on pension reform begins today

Members of Illinois' General Assembly return to the capitol Wednesday for a special session on pensions where they're expected to pass off the problem to a yet another legislative committee. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

What to do about Illinois' $100 billion pension debt has confounded legislators for years.

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State News
7:08 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Senate hears pension reform proposal for university employees

As lawmakers began returning to Springfield Tuesday, they had a hearing to consider the merits of yet another pension proposal. This one is aimed just at people who work for Illinois' public universities. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

Illinois university employees would be asked to pay two percent more out of every paycheck. And when they retired, cost-of-living increases would be just half the rate of inflation, instead of the current three percent compounded annually.

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State News
6:58 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Republican Congressman says differences on food stamp program should be worked out in committee

Republican Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville says President Obama is premature in threatening to veto the House’s version of the farm bill. The White House says $2 billion dollars in annual cuts to the food stamp program in the House’s plan goes too far, and will leave some Americans hungry.

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:35 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Cell phone users spending too much on data plans

A state consumer advocacy group is offering a new tool to help people determine whether they are overpaying for cell phone data plans. The Citizens Utility Board released an analysis Tuesday that shows Illinois residents are overpaying on data plans by more than one-billion dollars. Peoria residents are estimated to be paying nearly 13 million more each year than needed.

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Politics
11:54 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Jesse Jackson Jr. asks to go to prison before wife

Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior is asking a judge to send him to prison before his wife.  Both Jacksons are set to be sentenced next month for misusing $750,000 in campaign cash.  IPR’s Alex Keefe reports: 


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Education
11:46 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Area Peoria Stadium residents oppose commercial development proposal

The District 150 School Board heard from residents against a proposal from Wal-Mart to redevelop the historic Peoria Stadium property.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports: 

 The District owns the 80-acre stadium site, and the Peoria Park District leases about 30 acres to use for softball diamonds.  The proposal has the District selling some or all of the stadium property to Wal-Mart through the city.  District 150 Treasurer Dave Kinney says the District is looking at creative ways to generate additional revenue amid unpredictable state and federal funding:
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Peoria Public Radio News
5:52 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Road construction with detour confusion

    Those traveling Northmoor Road in Peoria will find a barricade interruption between University and Sheridan. That’s sent many drivers into the neighborhoods aiming to get from one side to the other.

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Environment
3:11 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Quinn signs law on fracking

Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law what's touted as the nation's toughest regulations on "fracking."   Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky reports:
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