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Time For Medicaid Recipients To Choose A Managed Care Plan

Feb 5, 2018
Christine Herman / Illinois Public Media

  In an effort to save money and improve the quality of care, Illinois recently cut the number of private insurers that offer coverage through the Medicaid managed care program from 12 to seven.

The change affects more than 500,000 Illinois residents insured through Medicaid - the joint state-federal program that provides coverage for low-income, elderly and disabled people.

Now is the time to enroll in a new plan that will take effect on April 1, says Claudia Lennhoff with the Champaign County Health Care Consumers.

The 1976 summer Olympics were the first held in Canada. Many remember 14-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, Finnish distance runner, Lasse Viren, Leon and Michael Spinks, and Sugar Ray Leonard. These athletes, and the American men’s basketball team, took home gold medals.

1976 was also the first year for women’s Olympic basketball.  Peoria native Charlotte Lewis teamed with Ann Meyers and Nancy Lieberman to capture the silver medal.

A Cook County judge has ruled attorney general candidate Scott Drury be removed from next month's primary ballot over questions about whether he complied with the rules in filing of a statement of economic interest. 

200 Years on Display at PRM

Feb 2, 2018

The Peoria Riverfront Museum debuts a new display Saturday. The Bicentennial Exhibit includes more than 200 objects. 

Coroner: Number of Bullet Wounds Not a Surprise

Feb 2, 2018
Daryl Scott / Peoria Public Radio

  The preliminary autopsy for Daniel O. El shows he was shot 16 times. El was shot in an exchange of gunfire with Peoria Police after he fled a traffic stop.

Illinois' state climatologist says January weather was colder and drier than normal in the state without much snow.

Southern Illinois University says its spring enrollment fell 8.8 percent this year compared to last spring.

The mayor of Springfield says he's lobbying Illinois legislators to let the city annex the State Fairgrounds and use some city sales tax revenue generated there to repair several of its buildings.

The Illinois State Police is warning people that if they drink too much at Super Bowl parties this weekend they may end up having a not-so-super time on the way home.

This week, we're talking about Peoria Players Theatre's production of "Sunset Boulevard" with director Steve Bortolotti, and with Cheri Beever, who plays Norma Desmond. The musical is adapted from the 1950 film, and tells the story of a faded silent-movie star hoping for a dramatic comeback in Hollywood. The score is by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Beever and Bortolotti talk about the opportunity to finally bring this musical to a central Illinois audience, what the show has to say about the entertainment industry, and about the complex characters who inhabit the story.

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a state law banning guns within 1,000 feet of public park violates a Second Amendment right to self-defense.

The University of Illinois is launching a new bioenergy research center that will be used to generate new fuel products directly from plants.

McLean County

A 40-year prison sentence has been handed a central Illinois woman who pleaded guilty to murder in the stabbing death of her mother. Christine Roush pleaded guilty in December in the July 2017 death of 47-year-old Theresa Poehlman of East Peoria. Forensic pathologist Dr. Scott Denton testified Poehlman suffered at least a dozen stab wounds to her neck and chest, including two knife wounds that pierced her heart. Poehlman's body was found in a wooded area at Funk's Grove Nature Preserve.

 

City of Peoria

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis once again used his annual State of the City Address to implore the state legislature to develop a plan for pension reform. The state sets the pension benefit levels the fire and police retirees receive, but the city is responsible for paying those benefits. The mayor told the audience that in the next two years, the city will have to use all its property tax collections to pay just the pension liability.

 

Peoria Police Involved in Fatal Shooting

Feb 1, 2018
Daryl Scott / Peoria Public Radio

A routine traffic stop resulted in a police chase that has left a Peoria Heights man dead and an officer wounded. Three Peoria Police Officers were involved in the fatal shooting, days after six officers were cleared in last September’s fatal shooting of Eddie Russell Jr.

 

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner likely considered the upcoming election while crafting the state of the state address he gave Wednesday. There's a host of Democratic candidates vying to unseat him - and a single Republican who says she wants to get him out the way during the primary this March. 

In his State of the State Address Wednesday, Republican Governor Bruce Rauner talked about balancing the budget and weeding out career politicians. Some of the Democrats in attendance want to unseat him in the election this fall.

Federal prosecutors in the case of a former physics student charged with the kidnapping and killing of a University of Illinois scholar from China say they don't object to delaying the trial now that the government is seeking the death penalty.

Six transgender inmates are suing the Illinois Department of Corrections in federal court, alleging inadequate medical care at state facilities.

Group Advocates For Investor Owned Water Company

Jan 31, 2018

A group that goes by #ProtectPeoriaWater is speaking out against a public buyout of Illinois American Water.  

The City of Peoria has until November to determine whether it will purchase the water company under terms of the 123-year-old franchise agreement.

U.S. Department of State / Public Domain / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

A central Illinois sheriff who's the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett says he's gearing up to donate $1.4 million to pay for wide-ranging expenses from new software at the Macon County Jail to drug-related autopsies. 

VIDEO: State of the Union Coverage

Jan 30, 2018
Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead / Facebook

President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. 

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Democratic Response

Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, seen as a rising political star with a famous last name, will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union. In announcing their decision, Democratic leaders in Congress called Kennedy a "relentless fighter for working Americans." Kennedy is the grandson of the late Robert Kennedy, the former U.S. attorney general and New York senator who was assassinated in 1968. He is also the great nephew of both the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy and the late president John F. Kennedy.

The Peoria Fire Department has an expanded advanced life support presence in the city. A new pilot program was authorized by Peoria Area Emergency Services. 

The state's education agency wants to hire a "storyteller" to relay "amazing" stories from Illinois' public schools while lawmakers are still trying properly fund them. 

At least three Democratic congressmen from Illinois are boycotting President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address. 

A congressman representing a large portion of downstate Illinois will be listening closely to President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner presents his state of the state address in Springfield Wednesday. Those who watch it might notice one color in particular being worn by those in attendance. Illinois Public Radio's Rachel Otwell explains. 

Ralph Lawler

Jan 29, 2018
Bradley University

This is a story about basketball broadcasters, and following in the footsteps of professionals you admire.  And in the end, it’s about building your own legacy.

Growing up in Peoria Illinois, Ralph Lawler spent many nights listening to Chick Hearn, who was then the radio voice of the Bradley Braves.

Lawler played basketball through high school and once played in a state basketball tournament with Chick Hearn at the mic.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says "no private business was conducted on public property" when he met with a former business partner at the Executive Mansion in May 2015.
 
But the Republican didn't answer directly Monday. The Chicago Tribune editorial board asked whether discussion with Harreld "Kip" Kirkpatrick included disbursing $67 million from a 2011 investment with Rauner.  
 
That's key because Rauner promised when elected in 2014 that he would have no day-to-day dealings with investment decisions.
 

Peoria Police Shooting Ruled Justified

Jan 29, 2018
H.Wayne Wilson / Peoria Public Radio

  Six Peoria police officers were legally justified when they fatally shot Eddie Russell Jr. outside his mother’s house. Russell was a suspect in a bank robbery last September 20th.

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