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Peoria Public Radio News
7:13 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Peoria city council approves limiting certain events at Expo

Credit expogardensinc.com

The City of Peoria's new agreement with Exposition Gardens took a different turn than most who initially viewed the matter might have expected. Peoria Public Radio's Tanya Koonce reports.

Expo Garden's had to get a variance to its special use permit when a paved parking lot on its property was expanded for Northmoor School busses. Enter the neighbors who were not happy with the increasing number of loud events held on the property. But after much negotiation, the parties agreed. Neighbors requested an opportunity to speak before the council voted last night. Neighbor Susan Naschert:

"I want to thank you for the two public hearings. This allowed our neighborhood, Expo, and city council members to share our very different points of view. I want to say thank you for the meetings with Jim Montelongo discussing the technical issues. I want to say thank to Expo's willingness to be a good neighbor."

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State News
6:57 am
Wed February 26, 2014

A discussion on genetic privacy

Adenine, thymine, cytosine and guanine (abbreviated ATCG) are the four nucleotide bases that make up DNA.
Credit Jane Ades, NHGRI

It cost billions of dollars and took more than a decade to sequence the first human genome. That was more than ten years ago.

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State News
6:47 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Washington University and U of I researchers develop new type of pacemaker

This photo shows the new cardiac device ― a thin, elastic membrane ― fitted over a rabbit's heart. The membrane is imprinted with a network of electrodes that can monitor cardiac function and deliver an electrical impulse to correct an erratic heartbeat.
Credit University of Illinois and Washington University

Researchers at Washington University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new device that may one day help prevent heart attacks.

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State News
6:14 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Audit criticizes anti-violence program pushed by Quinn

An audit Tuesday criticized an anti-violence program Governor Pat Quinn pushed during his 2010 election campaign. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, Republicans wasted no time in calling for an investigation.

The non-partisan audit says the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative was "hastily implemented" and did not use standard financial safeguards. It says there's no documentation of how communities were selected, and notes that not all the most violent parts of Chicago were included.

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Museum
7:32 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Riverfront museum considering offering free visitor parking

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is considering free deck parking for patrons. That’s the message from museum President Sam Gappmayer. He says he’s also asking the Peoria County museum committee to approve installing an automated parking system at the deck entrance. Gappmayer says the museum is paying five-thousand-dollars more to pay a staff member to collect parking fees versus what it brings in:

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:46 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Peoria asking residents to report potholes

The Peoria Public Works Department is asking for residents’ help in spotting potholes around the city. Crews have started repairing potholes following several winter storms that have hit the area.

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Education
11:08 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

District 150 tensions take different direction Monday

The controversy surrounding the former Charter Oak principal and testing scores in District 150 took a slightly different turn at last night’s School Board meeting. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:
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State News
7:05 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

College Illinois concerns

A central Illinois lawmaker wants to make changes to the state's pre-paid college tuition program because he says it's dangerously close to financial disaster. 

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Law
5:00 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

State senate looking at electronic tracking limits

The Illinois Senate is considering limits on the ways law enforcement can use electronic tracking information. Both privacy advocates and police are in favor of the change.

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Government
4:53 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Peoria landfill settlement means $130,000 more in revenue

The Peoria City/County Landfill is set to get a revenue boost with a proposed legal settlement.  The settlement follows two years of talks between the City, County and landfill operator, Waste Management. The proposed deal would require the company to pay $130,000 more in annual fees to deposit trash in the landfill. Landfill committee member and Peoria City Councilman Ryan Spain says the settlement can help tackle revenue challenges, including less trash being deposited in landfill:

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