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Crime
2:42 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Police events to target scamming

The Peoria Police Department is hosting events to educate senior citizens on how to avoid falling for scams. The presentations will cover home repair fraud, phone scams, and door to door scams. The hour-long presentations will be held May 22nd and the 29th at 11 am at the Peoria Police Department. Seats are limited. Those interested should RSVP by May 16th at (309) 494-8378. 

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State News
7:44 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Gov. Quinn wants to cut funding for school buses

Governor Pat Quinn is calling for massive cuts to state spending on school buses.  He says it would stave off further cuts to classroom spending. But critics are asking, what good is classroom spending if students can't get to school? Illinois Public Radio's Chris Slaby reports.

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State News
7:24 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Gov. vetoes measure making it easier to increase electric rates

Governor Pat Quinn vetoed legislation Sunday that would have eased the way for increases in electric rates. But it's not the first time he's opposed this sort of thing, and the legislature has so far been able to work around him. IPR’S Brian Mackey has more.


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Peoria Public Radio News
7:12 am
Mon May 6, 2013

District 150 teachers union approves contract extension

The Peoria Federation of Teachers approved a two-year contract extension last night. The extension would run from mid-2014 through June of 2016. Each year includes a half-percent salary increase plus annual raises based on experience.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:06 am
Mon May 6, 2013

ICC and Arts Partners forming a tri-county arts and culture plan

Illinois Central College and Arts-Partners of Central Illinois are looking for community input to form a Tri-County Arts and Culture Plan. The groups are holding a series of public sessions to gather input on area strengths and opportunities for growth in the arts. Chris Gray is the Dean of the Department of Arts and Communication at ICC. He says the plan aims to make Peoria a place that people want to live, work and function:

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Government
4:07 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Quinn reviewing airport gaming measure

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he’ll be reviewing a new gambling expansion bill that passed the state senate this week. In particular the part about adding slot machines to Chicago’s airports. IPR’s Tony Arnold reports. 

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Government
2:50 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Close vote on IL toll measure

Illinois lawmakers are considering a measure intended to encourage big-time tollway violators to pay their debts. Anyone who owes more than a thousand dollars and has exhausted the appeal process could have their name listed online.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:40 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

UnityPoint - Methodist opens new clinic in Washington

UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine at Washington

UnityPoint Health-Methodist held held a ribbon cutting for its new 13-thousand-square-foot clinic in Washington Friday. Dr. Gary Knepp is the Chief Medical Officer at UnityPoint Health. He says the $4 million Family Medicine clinic in Washington coordinates with the main hospital thanks to synchronized electronic medical records. This allows the clinic to view patient information and provide better care.

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Out and About
12:30 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Out and About - May 3, 2013

We're talking with Bobbi Rice, from the Wheels O' Time Museum. Their 2013 season is now underway. This year, the museum has expanded to a fourth building. They've also develop a partnership with a local auto club to present a rotating display of antique cars. Bobbi also talks about some of the non-vehicular items in the museum's collection. The museum's 2013 season continues through the end of October.

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State News
7:15 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Madigan discusses what issues lawmakers could deal with before adjournment

Illinois' legislators have less than a month before they're scheduled to adjourn.  The Speaker of the Illinois House made some predictions about what may and may not happen before then. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports.

                                                                A measure to legalize same sex marriage in Illinois already got state Senators' approval. But the Speaker of the Illinois House says there's not enough support for it to pass in that chamber. Mike Madigan said in March that gay marriage was a dozen votes shy in the House. 

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