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Peoria Public Radio News
2:10 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Springdale’s only board secretary retires

The Springdale Cemetery Authority Board’s secretary resigned Tuesday. Jeanette Hillyer has served in the board as a Peoria County representative since its creation 11 years ago. Hillyer says there have been many improvements in the historic burial ground over the last decade. 

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State News
6:14 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Postal Service to cut staff and hours

The U.S. Postal Service is in the midst of a major cost-cutting effort.  Along with the well-publicized end of Saturday delivery that may happen this year and consolidating major mail centers, there is another  move that is hitting home in rural America.   The Postal Service plans on cutting staff and hours at about 13,000 post offices.   

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State News
6:05 am
Wed March 20, 2013

As reviews continue, number covered by medicaid declines

Early results of a study of Illinois' Medicaid rolls show many recipients don't actually qualify. As part of a broad overhaul of Medicaid, the state's health care program for the poor, Illinois hired a company, Maximus, to verify recipients' eligibility. 

Illinois Public Radio's Chris Slaby Reports

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East Peoria
5:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Video gaming regulations for East Peoria

  The City of East Peoria is requiring all video gaming machine holders to register. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:The East Peoria City Council unanimously approved the measure that requires registration and a $25 per machine fee. Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus says he supports the measure, but the city will need to revisit how it regulates video gaming. “I question the best interest of it being in the city, particularly because we have the Par-a-dice [Casino] that does a good job of monitoring, that does a good job of community support,” Mingus says.

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Government
8:50 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

AFSCME votes to accept state contract

By a margin of 96 to four, members of the state's largest public employees' union voted to ratify a new contract with the state.  AFSCME and Governor Pat Quinn's administration reached a deal in late February.  But in order for it to take effect, a majority of the union's more than 35,000 members had to agree to it.  AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall says this may have been the toughest negotiations the union's ever experienced.

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Courts
8:37 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Court: retired state employees must still pay health insurance

Illinois lawmakers looking to reduce the state's costs for employee retirement benefits have scored a victory in a central Illinois court.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:03 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

College of Medicine and Center for Prevention team-up to fight abuse

The U of I College of Medicine Peoria is teaming-up with the Center for Prevention of Abuse. The goal is to train medical students to identify and treat victims of abuse. College of Medicine Dean, Dr. Sara Rusch says the program will use patient actors to represent symptoms of abuse. 

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Economy
1:17 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Future uncertain for state economic development wing

Illinois' economic development wing is fighting to hold on to its existence.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports on an effort to essentially privatize the state agency:
 

 The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity would get quite the overhaul under State Senator Andy Manar's legislation.
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Economy
1:06 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

State’s economic development wing fights for existence

Illinois' economic development wing is fighting to hold on to its existence.

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Education
12:32 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Former Bradley professor dies in Peoria crash

Bradley University’s first female African-American faculty member died in a car accident Monday in Peoria.  Bradley President Joanne Glasser says Doctor Barbara Penelton joined the college of Education and Health Sciences in 1969.  She also chaired the Department of Teacher Education and served as the University Ombudsman.  Penelton also received recognition including the Putnam Award for Teaching Excellence and the YWCA Leadership Award.  

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