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3:20 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

IL State Rep. fights fraud charges

State Representative LaShawn Ford.

Attorneys are coming out with their defense for an indicted Illinois state representative charged with bank fraud. IPR’s Tony Arnold reports.

State Representative LaShawn Ford was indicted late last year on 17 counts of bank fraud and lying to the bank.

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State News
3:04 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Peoria's Madison Theater included on list of endangered buildings

Peoria's Madison Theater listed as endangered site.

Ten old hotels, homes, and bridges all built at different times in Illinois' history.  The structures might be different, but for 2013, they have something in common. IPR’s Chris Slaby reports.

The sites span from the state's northern border to Madison County, outside St. Louis. They make up this year's "Ten Most Endangered Historic Places" list released by Landmarks Illinois, a state organization that promotes preserving sites.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:45 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

CHOI transplants stem cell-based artifical windpipe

A local hospital is in the national spotlight after it was able to transplant a tissue-engineered bio-artificial trachea into a two-year old child. The Children’s Hospital of Illinois at OSF Saint Francis announced Tuesday it successfully implanted a windpipe in Hanna Warren of South Korea that was made from non-absorbable nano-fibers and her own stem cells.

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Sports
10:57 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

State Farm secures naming rights for Assembly Hall

It’s not Champaign’s Assembly Hall any more.

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Floods
10:47 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

County holds flood meeting in Chillicothe

More than 100 residents from the Chillicothe area learned about local recovery efforts following last week’s flooding.  Peoria County held an informational meeting to answer questions and update residents on how to deal with property damage.  Assistant Peoria County Administrator Scott Sorrel says that officials want residents to remember two main points in the coming weeks:

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Peoria Public Radio News
9:00 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Chambers of Commerce members detail legislative issues

Central Illinois Regional Chamber Legislative Effort

Area Chambers of Commerce members met Monday at Weaver Ridge Country Club to discuss their priorities for federal and state lawmakers. The event was hosted by the Central Illinois Regional Chamber Legislative Effort, or CIRCLE.  Peoria Chamber of Commerce President Rob Parks says pension reform is the number one issue facing the state. Parks says CIRCLE is concerned with the transfer of pension costs from the State to other units of government, especially schools.

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:39 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Bustos on the Londan Mills flood damage

US Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D) - IL 17th District

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos was in London Mills yesterday to assess flood damage in the area. The community of about 500 people was forced to evacuate about a dozen homes due to rising water levels from the Spoon River. Bustos says the town still has a long way to go in the recovery process, and it starts with recovery efforts by the Federal Emergency Management Agency:

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Government
5:06 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Obama nominates successor to Ray LaHood

President Barack Obama is nominating a replacement for U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  Obama nominated Charlotte, North Carolina Mayor Anthony Foxx to head the department.  Foxx is the first black nominee among Obama's picks for open spots in his second-term Cabinet. If confirmed, Foxx will replace Secretary LaHood, who was one of the few Republicans serving in Obama's administration.  LaHood says he intends to spend time in Peoria after leaving.  He says curbing distracted driving and furthering high-speed rail projects are among the top achievements in his tenure

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Floods
4:05 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Federal flood damage assessments in IL

Credit Illinois Department of Transportation, District Four

Federal officials started to assess the damage to Illinois homes and businesses Monday from the recent floods.  The head of Illinois’ Emergency Management Agency says the state wants tens of millions of dollars from the federal government to help pay for flood damage.  Governor Pat Quinn says homeowners and businesses who suffered flood damage could qualify for loans to get back some of the money spent on clean-up. “It’s important that we assess all of the expenses and the damage that occurred because of the floods.

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Education
3:39 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Peoria teachers’ union president steps down

The newly-elected president of the Peoria Federation of Teachers says he's resigning the post.  Scott Donahue sent a letter to the district's 1,100 teachers saying he's stepping down as president because of health concerns. He says he has a family history of heart disease and he needs to take steps to prevent undue stress. Donahue says he will continue working at Von Steuben middle school.  He was set to take over next month as the union president.  Donahue ran unopposed and replaced outgoing president Bob Darling.

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