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7:13 am
Wed May 15, 2013

WIU announces budget cuts

Western Illinois University workers now have an idea of what the administration plans to do to cut costs. But the plan unveiled Tuesday is the first step in a long process. Illinois Public Radio’s Rich Egger reports. 

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State News
7:06 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Less than half of the Illinois Road Fund actually used for road projects

A new audit says Illinois' Road Fund overpaid for employee health insurance. More than 150-million dollars that should have gone for road construction was diverted. IPR’S Brian Mackey has more.

The Road Fund collects fees, taxes and federal money and is supposed to spend it on building and maintaining highways. But a report from Illinois' auditor general found that less than half the money was actually going for such projects. The majority went to pay off bonds and to fund salaries and other benefits.

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Police
12:42 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Peoria County Deputies remembered

Credit Alex Rusciano / WCBU

The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office held its annual memorial service for fallen officers.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

The ceremony remembered four officers killed in the line of duty, including Deputy James Mulay ten years ago.  Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy says the ceremony also highlights the latest challenges for area law enforcement:

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Police
12:22 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Grant request for 10 new Peoria Police Officers

The Peoria Police Department is submitting a federal grant application for 10 new police officers. The Peoria City Council unanimously approved the application. But the city would have to pay 25% of the entry-level officers’ salaries and benefits in the first three years, and would be obligated to pay all expenses for the fourth year, while maintaining its staff number for the life of the grant. 

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Outside the Horseshoe
10:10 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Outside The Horseshoe - May 14, 2013

View of Allen & Alta intersection
Tom Hunt WCBU

Road projects in the Northern and Southern parts of Peoria are the topic of tonight’s OUTSIDE THE HORSESHOE. Newly seated council members Denise Moore, and Casey Johnson join us for the show along with Interim Peoria Public Works Director Jeff Smith. The show aired on 89.9 WCBU, Peoria Public Radio at 6:00p.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2013 before the live broadcast of the Peoria City Council meeting. Join us the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month on 89.9fm for OUTSIDE THE HORSESHOE and the live broadcast of Peoria City Council meetings.

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Courts
4:43 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Quad Cities business at center of court battle

Can the state of Illinois grant a permanent property tax exemption to a private, for-profit business ? That's the question for a court battle getting started in the Quad Cities. IPR’s Herb Trix reports: 


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Government
4:38 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

State measure would increase drunk driving penalties

House Republicans in Illinois have introduced a measure that would increase the penalties for hired drivers who work while drunk. Violators would be charged with a felony, which is punishable with up to three years in prison. Representative Dennis Reboletti, a Republican from Elmhurst, says currently only school bus drivers can be charged with felony DUI's.   Other hired drivers who are caught drinking while driving can only get a misdemeanor charge.  Reboletti says that isn't tough enough.

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Politics
4:32 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Schock calls for top IRS official to resign

U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock is calling on the acting IRS commissioner to resign after the agency gave extra scrutiny to tea party groups applying for tax exempt status.  Schock, a Republican, is on the Ways and Means Committee that oversees tax policy. He says the Ways and Means Committee is launching an investigation into the IRS controversy

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:37 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

OCEARCH team in Peoria

A national not-for-profit group is working to get young students interested in the oceanic ecosystem through its research projects.

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State News
6:25 am
Tue May 14, 2013

The pros and cons of special legislative panels

This legislative session, Illinois lawmakers have proposed creating about two dozen special panels. These task forces would examine topics ranging from how schools are funded, to government transperancy to high school students' drug use.  

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