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7:45 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Gov. Quinn confident lawmakers will find compromise on pension reform

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he thinks lawmakers in the next two weeks will break a stalemate over competing pension reform plans. The General Assembly is scheduled to wrap up its legislative session at the end of the month.

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State News
7:25 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Republicans call Quinn appointment a political arrangement

Republicans in the Illinois Senate say Governor Pat Quinn’s appointment of a state health official is a political arrangement intended to shape a Congressional race next year. Bloomington physician David Gill was named the assistant director of the Illinois Department of Public Health earlier this month. 

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State News
7:11 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Senators calling for removal of DHFS Director

Two groups of lawmakers in the Illinois Senate are urging Governor Pat Quinn to replace the director of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. Members of the African-American and Latino caucuses say Director Julie Hamos’ priority lies with cutting the budget  instead of offering medical services for the disadvantaged.

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State News
7:04 am
Tue May 21, 2013

High schools may have to buy "catastrophic insurance"

The Illinois House has voted to require that high schools carry insurance in case student athletes are injured. IPR’S Brian Mackey has more.

Schools would have to buy what's called "catastrophic insurance." The legislation would apply to both public and private schools, and the insurance would kick in once an injured athlete's medical expenses exceed $50,000.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:00 am
Tue May 21, 2013

A course for the future of Hanna City Work Camp

Credit Alex Rusciano

The shuttered Hanna City is about to get some soil remediation in hopes of a new purpose. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports a meeting last night shed light on the process. 

The US Air Force used the site for radar tracking until 1968. Since, it’s had a variety of uses, but for about the last decade mostly it's sat dark. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:54 am
Tue May 21, 2013

PHA targeting state tax returns to recoup bad debts

The Peoria Housing Authority will soon have a way to collect unpaid bills left by former tenants. The authority recently completed an application for the Local Debt Recovery Program offered by the state. It will allow the PHA to recover the debts of former tenants through state tax returns. Brenda Coates is the Chief Executive Officer of the authority.

"Any funds that we can recoup with reductions in funding, but also if tenants owe us money, there will be a data base. Any money that we can recoup is going to be helpful for us.”

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:44 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Vicious Dog Task Forces meets in Peoria

At-large Peoria City Councilwoman Beth Akeson is looking for options when it comes to vicious dog behavior.  She started the community conversation with a task force meeting Monday. 

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State News
7:26 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Lawmakers to determine where to cut spending

Despite years of cuts to the Illinois state budget, even more are ahead.  As IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports, legislators are still deciding where else they can slash spending. 

"Human services" is a legislative phrase that covers ...

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State News
7:15 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Senate committee to vote on gun control measure

An Illinois State Senate committee is expected to vote on a gun control measure today. It's scheduled to hear from some parents whose children died in December’s mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. IPR’S Tony Arnold reports.

Three parents from Connecticut talked Sunday in Chicago about banning high capacity magazines. A proposed bill would make magazines that hold more than 10 rounds illegal. Nicole Hockley’s 6-year-old son Dylan was killed in the Newtown school shooting.

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State News
7:10 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Advocates for disabled fight special education rule

Teacher Carrie Howell with student George Farnsworth

The State of Illinois caps the number of high needs learners who share the attention of a single special education teacher.

For the past decade, there has also been a limit on how many children with disabilities can be placed in what are known as “general education” public school classrooms. But those rules could soon be repealed.

As Illinois Public Radio’s Peter Gray reports, the mother of a young man with autism has joined advocates for the disabled who say the proposed change has to do more with cost-savings than with properly educating kids.

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