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Health
3:30 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Cigarette makers promote tobacco in Springfield

  Cigarette manufacturers were in Springfield Thursday urging lawmakers to promote other forms of tobacco as an alternative to smoking. But as IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, public health officials say it's a dangerous message: 


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Government
3:18 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Bustos bill would affect federal contractors

17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos introduced a bill that aims to boost American manufacturing jobs. The American Jobs Matter Act would allow businesses applying for federal contracts to include how their bids would create or retain American jobs.  Bustos says that would help keep more jobs in the US and help local businesses"

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State News
7:04 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Proposed legislation targets hazing

Students in Illinois who commit hazing against classmates face fines, probation, and even time behind bars. A proposal that advanced in the Illinois legislature Wednesday would extend those penalties to school personnel who fail to report such incidents to police. 

Representative Martin Moylan, a Democrat from Des Plaines, says his legislation follows an incident in his district earlier this year. A high school soccer coach was fired when several freshmen were allegedly beaten and sexually assaulted as part of a hazing ritual.

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State News
6:50 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Residents to be moved from Centralia developmental center

Governor Pat Quinn says Illinois will "soon" move the first residents out of the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia. Addressing a rally of "community care" activists Wednesday, Quinn said getting people out of large institutions and into smaller group homes provides a better quality of life.

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State News
6:22 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Legislators and regulators clash over casino

Members of the Illinois Senate clashed with gambling regulators Wednesday over a plan to put a casino in Chicago. What started as policy disagreements turned into personal attacks.

IPR's Brian Mackey reports:
Chicago's casino would have a feature that Gaming Board officials say is unique in America: the city would own it. Construction and management decisions would be made by a special "authority" - like the ones that run White Sox park, Navy Pier and McCormick Place.

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State News
6:07 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Multi-millionaire contemplating run for governor

A multi-millionaire exploring a bid for governor attempted to win over lawmakers during a visit to the state's capital city Wednesday. 

IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports:

Bruce Rauner hasn't officially declared his candidacy for governor, yet. He's got an exploratory committee, though, that his spokesman says has taken him on nearly 30 stops  so far, from East St. Louis, to Champaign, Rockford to Vandalia. The spokesman confirms: his latest stop was in Springfield where sources say he met with nearly two dozen state legislators. 

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Government
6:06 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Preparing for new Peoria City Council members

 

The 11 member Peoria City Council gets four new district members next month. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says it will be a significant learning curve for the new members, but it will help that two of the newly elected councilmen have served previously. Ardis says still, for those who are new to the council it may initially feel like they’re drinking water from a fire hose.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:00 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Justice O'Connor speaks to Peoria leaders

The nation’s first US Supreme Court Justice concluded her two day visit to the Tri-county with brunch at the Federal Courthouse. Sandra Day O’Connor spoke before a room of about two hundred people. She says she’s traveled to see the highest courts in other countries and still believes in the US court system.

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Crime
5:59 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Don't Shoot takes aim at new gangs

The Peoria Don’t Shoot lead team has a message for members of the Zone 4 and 4-Corner Hustlers gangs. The message is ‘GAME ON!’ The two shootings Sunday and Monday are thought to be tied to the two groups. The city’s top prosecutors, law enforcement officials and Mayor Jim Ardis are standing firm, promising that Don’t Shoot principals are being focused on all members and affiliates of the two gangs. “We said we were gonna come after them, like the group behind me went after the bomb squad.

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business
4:44 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Caterpillar maintains dividend rate

Caterpillar will pay stockholders a cash dividend of 52-cents per share of common stock this quarter. The company will pay the dividends May 20th for stockholders of record at the close of April 22nd. 

Cat Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman says the company is encouraged by improvements in economic indicators despite global uncertainties.  

The news comes as Caterpillar prepares to permanently layoff workers in Decatur in June.  The company has already reduced its flexible workforce in the area.

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