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Some advocates are pushing for an Illinois constitutional amendment to change how legislative districts are created in the state.

Illinois State University faces a federal lawsuit from a former male student who says the way the school handles sexual misconduct cases violated his rights.

Members of the Chicago City Council have approved a major slice of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's $8.5 billion proposal to overhaul O'Hare International Airport.

The Illinois Department of Revenue's new administrative fee is outpacing budget expectations and has generated almost $50 million during its first eight months of collection. 

The Illinois State Board of Elections will hold public hearings on the state's automatic voter registration system before it takes effect this summer. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Peoria Health Department are issuing warnings about synthetic cannabinoids after multiple people who've used them suffered severe bleeding.

Peoria City Council Tuesday Night Round-Up

Mar 28, 2018

The Peoria City Council met on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 for a regularly scheduled meeting. Here is a brief round-up of some of the business conducted and issues discussed by council members.

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Democratic nominee for governor J.B. Pritzker and incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner haven’t taken a break from campaigning since winning their respective primaries last week. Pritzker won in a landslide, while Rauner squeaked by his opponent. Mary Hansen talked with Charlie Wheeler, who says the tight race was no surprise.

Charlie Wheeler is the director of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois Springfield. 

Records show that a top aide at the Illinois Department of Public Health took a leave of absence to work on political campaigns in the fall of 2016 while the agency faced the baffling return of deadly Legionnaires' disease at a state-run veterans home.

The University of Illinois is in the midst of a national search for its first-ever chief diversity officer.

Officials expect 6.5 million automobiles to travel the Illinois Tollway during the coming holiday weekend.

Rep. Davis: Too Soon to Judge Tax Reform

Mar 27, 2018
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Backers of the new federal tax reform law say corporations are using the savings to give their workers raises and bonuses. But independent studies from Bloomberg and Morgan Stanley report a much larger share of tax cut savings is going to company shareholders through stock buybacks.

Republican Congressman Rodney Davis says it’s too early to draw a conclusion.

 

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Northwestern University will be taking additional steps to ensure its campus buildings are bird friendly. University officials say the school is working with experts from the American Bird Conservancy to keep birds from crashing into glass walls and windows.

An Illinois hospital has partnered with seven EMS providers to test a new app to improve communications.

Cook County is suing Facebook and Cambridge Analytica for fraud after revelations that the latter obtained data on millions of Facebook users.

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A former White Sox groundskeeper will return to his old job after spending more than 20 years in prison on a wrongful conviction.

An Illinois advocacy group is looking to determine the impact of the state transportation lockbox amendment more than a year after voters approved the measure.

The board of trustees at Western Illinois University has voted to keep costs for the 2018-2019 school year at current levels.

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CHICAGO - An Army veteran from Chicago who served two tours in Afghanistan and had been in the U.S. since age 8 has been deported to Mexico because of a 2008 drug-trafficking conviction.

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Ten months after his release from prison, Cleve Heidelberg is dead. The 75-year old was in failing health at the time of his release last spring. He was found in an apartment in the 4200 block of Knollridge Rd. with no external trauma or sign of injury according to Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood.

 

Heidelberg was released after serving more than 47-years in prison. He was convicted of murdering Peoria County Sheriff Sgt. Raymond Espinoza in 1970. His conviction was vacated last April.

 

31: A Number With A Distinguished Bradley Basketball Legacy

Mar 25, 2018

In over a century, the uniform numbers of only seven Bradley University basketball players were retired. Only twice has the same number been retired.

Bradley retired the number 33 in honor of Bob Carney and Hersey Hawkins.

The number 31 was retired in honor of Joe Allen and Chet Walker. 

Allen and Walker were not the only great players to wear number 31 at Bradley. Levern Tart and Joe Billy McDade further elevated 31 to distinction.

Governor Bruce Rauner has signed what education officials say is the final law needed to make major changes to the way Illinois funds public schools.

The big bipartisan overhaul was signed into law last summer. But as sometimes happens with major legislation, the government officials whose job is to implement it came back to lawmakers saying mistakes were made, and no new money would flow without a legislative fix.

State Senator Andy Manar, the central Illinois Democrat who sponsored the legislation, blames that partly on ...

A year ago, lawmakers decided to change school health examination requirements. They want to add screenings for social and emotional development.  But the details are still being worked out. 

The law leaves it up to the Illinois Department of Public Health to put together the rules regarding these screenings. As the law reads right now, it’s vague. How they’ll be done, who receives them, and the tools needed to do so isn’t spelled out… that’s what the stakeholders are trying to figure out.

People now can weigh in on what they think is the greatest invention to come out of Illinois.

The winner earns bragging rights as part of the state’s bicentennial celebration.

Chris Wills is a spokesman for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. He says the entries for the latest poll include a wide range of inventions and innovations from across the state -- from skyscrapers to the steel plow. And there are other items that people are familiar with:

This story traces sometimes-hidden trails leading to a pinnacle of sports recognition.

Central Illinois baseball fans join the sports world celebrating native son Jim Thome’s 2018 entry into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

Let’s recall another Peoria Illinois native recognized there.

Amy Irene “Lefty” Applegren played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League for 9 years. The league, and Applegren’s Rockford Peaches, of A League Of Their Own fame, were recognized in 1988 by the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

Corn Stock Theatre

Bob Parkhurst is with us to talk about Corn Stock Theatre's "Vaudeville and Whiskey Revue." The show is an homage to Peoria's vaudeville history. It includes 38 different acts in the classic Vaudeville tradition -- solos and ensemble pieces, skits, tap numbers, and even a magic act. The show is also a nod to Peoria's whiskey tradition; each performance includes optional whiskey tastings.

Parkhusrt talks about the inspirations behind the production, the work that went into rehearsing 38 different acts, and the backstage logistics that keep the show moving.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is seeking "common ground" with Republicans on divisive issues after barely surviving an insurgent challenge in Tuesday's election.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield is preparing to unveil a new exhibit on four U.S. presidents with ties to Illinois.

Continuing last year's record-setting growth, Chicago set new tourism records in the first months of 2018.

Ford County Bomb Suspects Appear in Federal Court

Mar 22, 2018
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Three men from unincorporated Clarence, a town 35 miles north of Urbana, are accused of setting off a pipe bomb at a mosque just outside of Minneapolis last August. Matt Sepic attended a court appearance yesterday for Minnesota Public Radio. It featured two of the men, plus another who faces a gun charge in connection with the others.

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