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Peoria Public Radio News
9:00 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Chambers of Commerce members detail legislative issues

Central Illinois Regional Chamber Legislative Effort

Area Chambers of Commerce members met Monday at Weaver Ridge Country Club to discuss their priorities for federal and state lawmakers. The event was hosted by the Central Illinois Regional Chamber Legislative Effort, or CIRCLE.  Peoria Chamber of Commerce President Rob Parks says pension reform is the number one issue facing the state. Parks says CIRCLE is concerned with the transfer of pension costs from the State to other units of government, especially schools.

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:39 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Bustos on the Londan Mills flood damage

US Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D) - IL 17th District

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos was in London Mills yesterday to assess flood damage in the area. The community of about 500 people was forced to evacuate about a dozen homes due to rising water levels from the Spoon River. Bustos says the town still has a long way to go in the recovery process, and it starts with recovery efforts by the Federal Emergency Management Agency:

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Government
5:06 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Obama nominates successor to Ray LaHood

President Barack Obama is nominating a replacement for U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  Obama nominated Charlotte, North Carolina Mayor Anthony Foxx to head the department.  Foxx is the first black nominee among Obama's picks for open spots in his second-term Cabinet. If confirmed, Foxx will replace Secretary LaHood, who was one of the few Republicans serving in Obama's administration.  LaHood says he intends to spend time in Peoria after leaving.  He says curbing distracted driving and furthering high-speed rail projects are among the top achievements in his tenure

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Floods
4:05 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Federal flood damage assessments in IL

Credit Illinois Department of Transportation, District Four

Federal officials started to assess the damage to Illinois homes and businesses Monday from the recent floods.  The head of Illinois’ Emergency Management Agency says the state wants tens of millions of dollars from the federal government to help pay for flood damage.  Governor Pat Quinn says homeowners and businesses who suffered flood damage could qualify for loans to get back some of the money spent on clean-up. “It’s important that we assess all of the expenses and the damage that occurred because of the floods.

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Education
3:39 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Peoria teachers’ union president steps down

The newly-elected president of the Peoria Federation of Teachers says he's resigning the post.  Scott Donahue sent a letter to the district's 1,100 teachers saying he's stepping down as president because of health concerns. He says he has a family history of heart disease and he needs to take steps to prevent undue stress. Donahue says he will continue working at Von Steuben middle school.  He was set to take over next month as the union president.  Donahue ran unopposed and replaced outgoing president Bob Darling.

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State News
3:27 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Kindergarten bill before IL House

Most Illinois school districts have all-day kindergarten classes.  A proposal before the Illinois House would require all districts to have such programs.  But funding issues are getting in the way.  The Illinois Federation of Teachers says nearly 90-percent of school districts have all-day kindergarten but that leaves 80 districts without. Representative Chris Welch, a Democrat from Hillside, says improving early education means students would be better-prepared for secondary education.

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:21 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Flood recovery meeting to be held for Peoria County residents

Residents looking for guidance as they clean up from flooding can attend an informational meeting this evening. Peoria County is hosting a flood recovery meeting at Illinois Valley High School in Chillicothe. The session will cover various topics related to flood safety. Representatives from the emergency management agency, planning and zoning, the health department and county administration will also be on hand to answer questions. The meeting will take place at six this evening. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:52 am
Mon April 29, 2013

PHA says the Taft Homes redevelopment project is still under its purview

Peoria Housing Authority administration and board members say efforts to redevelop Taft Homes are still under their purview. That’s despite the city of Peoria recently voting to approve Northside Riverfront TIF money to fund a study looking at various options for the property. 

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State News
7:25 am
Mon April 29, 2013

More announcements expected in the race for Illinois Gov.

Last week, Congressman Aaron Schock announced that he will seek re-election rather than run for Governor. Expect more announcements in coming months. But first, incumbent officials have to make their decisions. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports.

Plenty of posturing and fundraising has gone on as candidates interested in being the states' chief executive look ahead to the 2014 elections. But it's like dominos. A lot of politicians' decisions are based on someone else's.

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State News
7:13 am
Mon April 29, 2013

What Governor's tax returns say about him

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's latest tax returns give some insights beyond how much he paid in taxes. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky has more.

It may be that Illinois' executive in chief has a tendency to procrastination. His tax returns are signed and dated April 14th, a day before the filing deadline. Last year, he filed the day his taxes were due. And rather than filling out the forms online, he does it by hand.

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