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9:06 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Documents related to Lincoln found overseas

More than 100 documents related to Abraham Lincoln have been found overseas in the last year, and they're now being examined by the Springfield-based "Papers of Abraham Lincoln” project.Stacy McDermott says the discoveries were made in several countries, including Japan, Switzerland, and Portugal.

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State News
9:04 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Legislators back to the capitol after spring recess

Legislators’ two-week spring break is over; members of the House are back in Springfield Monday, and Senators will join them on Wednesday.

IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports from the capitol:
The same, overriding issue that flummoxed lawmakers last spring remains this one – pensions.Illinois’ money is increasingly going toward state employees’, teachers’ and university workers’ retirement benefits, mostly because in the past, the state put off making its pension payments.

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State News
8:50 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Gov. Quinn pushes for new state gun laws

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is taking his call for new state gun regulations to the church pulpit. 

IPR’s Tony Arnold reports:

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State News
8:20 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Gov. Quinn mourns the death of US diplomat

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he’s mourning the death of a U-S diplomat from Chicago’s western suburbs. 25-year-old Anne Smedinghoff died Saturday in Afghanistan when the group she was traveling with was attacked by a suicide car bomber. The group was on its way to donate textbooks to students.

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:18 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Amount of ER visits by children for medicinal poisoning on the rise

The amount of children going to the emergency room for medicine poisoning rose 30% over the past 10 years. Roughly one child every eight minutes is taken to the emergency room for possible medicinal poisoning. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:07 am
Mon April 8, 2013

IL State Police to begin re-accreditation

The Illinois State Police begin a re-accreditation assessment next week. ISP is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. It agency evaluates policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:05 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Peoria and Woodford county residents eligible for new insurance coverage in 2014

More than 15,000 people in Peoria and Woodford counties will be eligible for new health insurance premium tax credits under the Affordable Care Act in 2014. A report by Families USA says the credits will help more than 900,000 people in the state afford health coverage. Jim Duffett is the Executive Director for the Campaign for Better Health Care. He says there are currently about 1.8 Million Illinoisans who are uninsured.

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2013 Municipal Elections
8:57 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

2013 Peoria Township Supervisor Race

Clyde Gulley

The Peoria Township Supervisor’s Race on the April 9th ballot includes 20-year incumbent Joe Whalen against 1st District Peoria City Councilman Clyde Gulley who’s looking to unseat him. The candidates have participated in sometimes spirited exchanges during candidates forums. This is the March 25, NAACP and Peoria Christian Leadership Council Candidate forum. NAACP Political Chair Jackie Petty helped organize the event. NAACP President Don Jackson was the moderator. 

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Crime
6:16 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Peoria police warn of illegal drug use

The Peoria Police Department is warning the public of the dangers of using illegal drugs.  They say the city has seen three deaths and two hospitalizations this week that might be heroin or drug-related.  Police say they’re not condoning the use of illegal drugs.  Police say people need to warn loved ones of the potential dangers of using illegal substances. 

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Business
5:21 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Caterpillar plans layoffs at Decatur plant

  Caterpillar will lay off more than 450 workers this summer at its Decatur plant that builds products used in mining.  Cat spokeswoman Rachel Potts says the company is laying off the employees in June.  It’s part of cuts in response to reduced global demand for mining equipment.Potts says the Decatur cuts will be permanent.  That’s opposed to temporary layoffs at other Cat locations.  Potts would not say whether more job cuts are planned in the near future.  The cuts come at a tough time for Decatur.

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