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4:35 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

IL House passes medical marijuana bill

The Illinois House of Representatives approved the medical use of marijuana Wednesday. It's a milestone marking the first time the House has passed the legislation after years of failed attempts. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more.

The proposal has been introduced year after year, each time a little different to try to win majority support.

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Transportation
4:03 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Quinn aims to improve roads

Illinois will invest nearly 13 billion dollars on highways, bridges and other transportation projects under a plan the Governor unveiled Wednesday. As IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports the bulk of that spending will go toward fixing roads, not building new ones.          

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Government
2:12 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Bill to lower voting age passes IL House

The Illinois House Wednesday approved legislation that would lower the voting age for some teenagers. IPR’s Chris Salby has more. 

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The proposal would allow 17 year olds to vote in primary elections as long as they're 18 by the General Election in November. Representative Jerry Costello, a Democrat from Smithton, pointed out that 17 year olds can serve in the military.

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Health care
7:02 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Il late on more than one billion dollars in health insurance payments

The department in charge of state employee benefits says Illinois is more than a billion dollars behind on its health insurance payments. IPR’S Chris Slaby reports.

Doctors have to wait as long as a year after they provide health care to a state worker before they're reimbursed by the state. Marcia Armstrong is a liaison between the state's Central Management Services and the Illinois legislature. She says the insurance backlog totals one-point-six billion dollars now -- and could jump another 200-million by the summer.

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Government
6:54 am
Wed April 17, 2013

17 year olds who commit felonies could be tried in juvenile court

Seventeen-year-olds accused of committing felonies would be tried in juvenile court under a measure approved Tuesday in the Illinois House. IPR’S Brian Mackey has more. 


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Peoria Public Radio News
1:33 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Studying the future of Taft Homes

The City of Peoria is using 46-thousand dollars of Tax Increment Finance funds to pay for a Taft Homes redevelopment study. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:

The Peoria Housing Authority property is within the Northside Riverfront TIF. The City is using TDA consulting to do the analysis. The firm specializes in working on public housing issues and its long-standing relationship with the Local Initiative Support Corporation. LISC and PHA are partnering with the city for the study results. Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich says the study is to consider all redevelopment options for the Taft Homes.

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Government
1:30 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Peoria Museum not providing financial documents to County

  The Peoria Riverfront Museum has failed to file required financial information with the County, that holds the property. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that leaves the Museum’s financial standing in question: 


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State News
4:40 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

The Chicago Marathon moves forward

  Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the Chicago Marathon will go forward as planned, despite the bombings in Boston. Alex Keefe reports.

Security at City Hall didn’t seem much tougher than usual today, save for a pair of Chicago Police officers on horseback, hanging around LaSalle Street.

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Police
4:14 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Peoria Police to boost security following Boston Marathon

  The Peoria Police Department is looking to boost security at public events following the Boston Marathon bombings. Peoria holds its first marathon next month and hosts multiple public gatherings and races throughout the year. Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard says the tragic events in Boston mean more awareness from local officers:

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:31 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Methodist gets a new name

Iowa Health System is rebranding itself along with its eight affiliates. That means Methodist Medical Center will now be called UnityPoint Health-Methodist. The new name and logo will also be in place for Methodist’s physician group, home health and hospice. UnityPoint Health officials say the re-branding reflects its emphasis on coordinated care as well as its growth in Iowa and Illinois. The name and logo change will not impact management, structure or staff.   

 

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