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Floods
5:20 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

FEMA opens two flood victim centers in Peoria County

  FEMA has opened two Disaster Recovery Centers in Peoria County for flood victims to register for federal recovery assistance.  One center is at the Chillicothe Fire Department and the other is at Kickapoo Township Hall in Edwards.  The County says individuals can also register with FEMA online at DisasterAssistance.gov. 

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Government
5:02 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

IL House pushes for its pension overhaul

Reps. Darlene Senger (left) and Elaine Nekritz discuss pensions in a Statehouse conference room.
Credit (Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio)

Members of the Illinois House continued pushing for their version of a pension overhaul Tuesday. The Democratic leaders of the House and Senate remain deadlocked over the best approach to fixing Illinois $100 billion pension problem. The latest twist could affect how public school teachers' pensions are funded. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more.
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State News
7:58 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Il House approves Medicaid expansion

Low-income adults who do not have children would for the first time be eligible for state-backed health care coverage under a measure approved Monday in the Illinois House. The Medicaid expansion is a signature plank of the federal Affordable Care Act.

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State News
7:55 am
Tue May 28, 2013

With Days To Go, Crunch Time In Springfield

While many people across Illinois had Monday off from work for Memorial Day, the members of the Illinois General Assembly were meeting in Springfield. Just four days remain until lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn for the summer. 

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State News
7:43 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Il has option of spending more money than realized

The state of Illinois' budget has been under pressure for years, forcing lawmakers to make difficult decisions to cut spending. But as IPR’S Brian Mackey reports, they learned about an entirely different kind of problem on Monday.

Even people who closely follow state government can lose track of all the billions and millions that get tossed around during budget-making season. But lawmakers were paying attention when financial experts reported Illinois would have the option of spending $200 million more dollars than they previously realized. It's because of the "April surprise."

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State News
7:22 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Sen. Durbin says vets should receive disability payments sooner

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says the way American veterans receive disability claims has “got to change.”His comments come as the federal Department of Veterans Affairs is working on a new digital, paper-less way of handling the claims. The V.A. is working to get that done by September.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:13 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Townhall mtg to address redistricting

 

Area residents can share feedback on a proposed state constitutional amendment that would change the way political districts are drawn. Lawmakers currently draw the lines. But grassroots groups “Change Illinois!” and “Reboot Illinois” propose creating an independent commission to fill the role.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:55 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Memorial Day in Peoria

The Navy Club Ship 34 Memorial Day event on Peoria's Riverfront
Tanya Koonce WCBU

Service members of all U.S. Military branches were honored Monday throughout the country. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports on Peoria area Memorial Day Ceremonies. 

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State News
7:46 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Lawmakers have a lot of work to do before legislative session wraps up

There are five days left in the Illinois General Assembly's spring session.  And as IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports legislators have a lot of work ahead of them.

Typically, fighting over the budget carries into the waning hours of a legislative session. But Democrats, who have enough seats to pass a spending plan without any Republican votes, say they've already reached a deal.

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State News
7:25 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Former Il Gov comments on legislative session

A former Illinois Governor says he's watching Illinois lawmakers closely as this legislative session draws to a close. Jim Thompson says he’s disappointed with “the partisan rancor” in Springfield, but doesn’t blame the usual suspects:

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