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Peoria Public Radio News
7:22 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Peoria violence continues over the weekend

Peoria violence continued over the weekend with the shooting death of another man. Police responded to the 1600 block of South Stanley Street late Saturday night regarding two people shot.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:16 am
Mon September 23, 2013

East Peoria talks housing, signage for new downtown

East Peoria is looking to add residential development to its new downtown Levee District.  The City Council last week discussed possible ways to enhance the new public and commercial area.  City Planning Director Ty Livingston says adding residential space would help draw more interest in the Levee District:

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:12 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Health Dep. begins meetings on Insurance Marketplace this week

The Peoria City/County Health Department is beginning the process of educating the community on Illinois’ Health Insurance Marketplace. The state program created under the Affordable Care Act will allow residents to shop for health coverage online beginning October 1st.

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State News
6:18 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Il Democratic Party endorses Quinn for Gov.

Gov. Pat Quinn addresses Democratic Party leaders Sunday in Springfield. Although he’s running unopposed in next year’s primary, he sought and won the official Democratic endorsement for re-election.
Credit Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio

Last week, Governor Pat Quinn saw his last serious Democratic opponent drop out, leaving him a straight shot to victory in next year's primary. So it was no surprise Sunday when the Democratic Party of Illinois officially endorsed Quinn for re-election. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

This year has seen a series of potential challengers to Quinn come and go, most recently former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, who promised a vigorous campaign and repeatedly lashed out at Quinn.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:05 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

New driving simulator aims to boost safety

IPMR occupational therapist Sara Stomberg stands in front of the new driving simulator machine.
Credit Alex Rusciano/Peoria Public Radio

The region has a new driving simulator to help those who need evaluations on the road.  The $20,000 machine is at the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, or IPMR.  Sara Stomberg is an occupational therapist with IPMR.  She says the goal of the simulator is to boost safety on the road before patients get behind the wheel:

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:03 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Rabid bat identified in Peoria County

The Peoria City/County Health Department says it’s identified a rabid bat in the county. This comes as the department and Peoria County Animal Protection Services is about to observe World Rabies Day on September 28th. 

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State News
9:19 am
Fri September 20, 2013

George Harrison's 1963 visit to Il to be commemorated

Credit beatlesbible.com

Just before he became one of the most famous people on earth, George Harrison traveled to southern Illinois. This month is the 50th anniversary of that trip to the town of Benton.  Harrison was here to visit his sister, who had moved to the community.  Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford has this interview on Harrison's time spent in the state and an effort to commemorate the occasion:

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State News
6:17 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Companies that make tractors worry whether business will slow

Credit Bill Wheelhouse / Harvest Public Media/IPR

While the nation’s economy was slumping over the last five years, the American farm economy was booming. Companies that make tractors and other farm implements have done exceptionally well as many farmers replace their pricey equipment every year. But with commodity prices dropping and a major tax break in jeopardy there is some question as to whether business will stall. Harvest Public Media's Bill Wheelhouse:

Harvest Public Media is a cooperative journalistic effort by several Midwestern public media outlets covering Food and agriculture production issues.

 

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Education
5:24 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Bradley entrepreneurship program rises in national ranking

Bradley University’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program has risen in national rankings.  A survey conducted by the Princeton Review for Entrepreneur Magazine looked at more than 2,000 institutions.  Bradley’s program ranks 19th.  That’s compared to getting the 23rd spot last year.  Criteria for the rankings include having successful entrepreneurs as staff members and providing entrepreneurial experiences outside of the classroom.  

 

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:28 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Coroner: Peoria double homicide victim was pregnant

Initial autopsy results show one of the victims of yesterday’s double homicide was in her first trimester of pregnancy.  

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