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Peoria Public Radio News
12:09 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Peoria Notre Dame principal leaving

The principal of Peoria Notre Dame High School is leaving to take on a new position at another educational institution.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:48 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Building trades groups to hold job fair for young minorities

Area building trade groups, the NAACP and the City of Peoria are hosting a job fair this weekend for young minorities. It’s part of a long range plan the trio put together after the NAACP pointed to the lack of minorities on area job sites, specifically the Pere Marriott Hotel project.

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State News
7:42 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Il politicians challenge FEMA formula

Debris from Washington tornado.
Credit Alex Rusciano / Peoria Public Radio

This week, Governor Pat Quinn gave a keynote speech at a forum in Washington, D.C. on natural disasters. The governor says Illinois has suffered a record-number of incidents in recent years. And yet the state has come up short when it's sought help from the federal government. That includes a rejection following the outbreak of 25 tornados in Illinois at the end of last year, tornadoes from which the towns of Washington, Gifford, and others are still recovering.

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State News
7:27 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Homeowners should wait to fill their propane tanks a little longer

The cost of propane, used to heat many homes in rural areas, is starting to come back down after skyrocketing due to icy weather and supply disruptions. But as Illinois Public Radio’s Peter Gray reports, homeowners concerned about the recent price spike might want to wait a bit longer to fill their tank. 

In the Midwest prices hit more than 4 dollars 19 cents per gallon in late January. That the highest price since 1990 when the Energy Information Administration started tracking propane weekly.

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State News
7:04 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Champaign County second in Il issuing same-sex couples marriage licenses

Marissa Meli, 28, and Laura Meli, 27, have been in a relationship for more than eight years, and on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 became the first same-sex couple in Champaign County to get a marriage license.
Credit Sean Powers / Illinois Public Radio/WILL

Champaign County is the second county in Illinois to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples before June 1. That’s when a state law says same-sex couples can marry.  A federal judge ruled last week that Illinois' same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. That ruling applied to Cook County.

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State News
6:14 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Lawmaker wants to lessen low-level crime penalties

An Illinois lawmaker wants to reduce penalties for lower-level crimes, in exchange for increasing penalties on more serious offenses. The move could lower costs and ease the burden on the state's overcrowded prisons.

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State News
6:07 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

New state DCFS director is out

There’s a new acting director of Illinois’ child welfare agency. The previous director abruptly resigned Wednesday.

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Government
5:54 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

McLean County hopes to issue same sex marriage licenses early

Another downstate Illinois county says it hopes to issue marriage licenses to gay couples earlier than expected.

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Business
5:38 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Hundreds rally in Springfield on minimum wage

The battle over raising the minimum wage got lot louder Wednesday. Several hundred minimum wage workers and union members rallied in the Capitol. 

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State News
10:14 am
Wed February 26, 2014

GOP candidates for Lt. Governor face off in debate

GOP candidates for Lt. Governor participate in debate.
Credit Gary Zidek / Illinois Public Radio

The first Lt. Governor candidate debate took place last night in West Chicago. All four Republican running mates were invited, but like many GOP gubernatorial forums this winter there were only three participants. Illinois Public Radio’s Gary Zidek has the story.

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