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11:21 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Illinois tightens security at government buildings following Boston bombings

The bombings yesterday in Boston has put security agencies on higher alert.  In Illinois, authorities say there have been no specific threats made.   Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford spoke with the state's Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathon Monken about efforts here.

  

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Politics
7:03 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Attorney General staying mum on whether she'll run for governor

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is maintaining her silence about whether she'll run for governor of Illinois next year. Governor Pat Quinn plans to run for re-election, though last week a New York Times story reported he's the second-least popular governor in the country. Madigan refused to comment on Quinn in an exchange with reporters.

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Caterpillar
6:54 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Caterpillar forming new group

Caterpillar is forming a new group to boost the efficiency of its world-wide manufacturing and supply chains.  The company says the Caterpillar Enterprise System Group will combine multiple divisions to improve the customer order-to-delivery system. Dave Bozeman will lead the new division. He’s been the Vice President with responsibility for the integrated Manufacturing Division.     

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Terror
8:49 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

U of I wheelchair program near Boston explosions

When explosions hit near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon, members of the University of Illinois Wheelchair Athletic program were just a couple of blocks away. Marissa Siebel is an athletic trainer for the athletes. She says their group was returning to their hotel after lunch.

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Government
8:38 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Gov. Quinn on Boston Marathon bombings

 In the wake of Monday’s bombing in Boston, Governor Pat Quinn says he does not think there's been any warning of a similar threat in Illinois or Chicago. He says he's been in contact with the director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

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Courts
8:13 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Law firm highlights free regional legal services

The Peoria-office of Prairie State Legal Services held its annual luncheon to highlight this year’s fundraising efforts. The campaign raises money each year to provide free legal service to low-income residents in the region.  Jeff Hamaker is with Prairie State Legal Services.  He says about half Central and Western Illinois residents living below the poverty line have civil legal needs:

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:47 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Road work zones return

  It’s time for drivers to start seeing orange on the roads. Work Zone Awareness is the state campaign by I-DOT, The Illinois State Police and Governor Quinn. The trio of interests joined up at the Morton I-DOT facility to kick-off the campaign and the I-74 &1-55 interchange project.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:53 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Methodist College focuses on distracted driving education

Methodist College is hoping to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. The college hosted the national Distracted Driving Awareness Program Monday.

Peoria Public Radio's Sean Flavin has more:

The program uses driving simulators, educational video and a display coffin to highlight the possible results of distracted  driving. Cody Beerthuis is a tour manager for the program.  He says the program has helped deter some distracted driving habits, and the feedback has been positive:

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Peoria County
10:47 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Peoria City, County look to digital data storage

Peoria County could help the City of Peoria back-up its storage for emergency data.  A proposal from the Metro Peoria committee would use a shared city-county fiber-optic cable to create an offsite backup location.  Tom Seckler is with Peoria County’s IT department.  He says disk-storage has advantages over traditionally backing up data on tapes:

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Agriculture
10:21 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Seed companies fight to keep independence

As big box stores dominated the retail landscape over the past two decades, some shoppers save found it difficult to find independent stores. It is the same out in the cornfields, where farmers have a lot fewer companies to choose from when they buy the seeds to plant their crops. Many seed companies have been taken over by large corporations such as Monsanto and DuPont. But as Harvest Public  Media’s Bill Wheelhouse reports, one seed company in the region continues to thrive:

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