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Peoria Public Radio News
1:12 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Water main replacement at Main and University to begin in March

Site of water main break at Main and University in September.
Credit Daryl Scott / Peoria Public Radio

Work is expected to begin on the water-main at Main and University in Peoria early next month.

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State News
9:41 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Economist says Il had difficulty coming out of the recession

Credit igpa.uillinois.edu

Illinois, like many states, suffered financially during the recession. But an economist says Illinois was in a weaker position to deal with the challenge. 

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State News
7:07 am
Mon February 24, 2014

U of I initiative receives 70-million dollar federal grant

An initiative announced by the University of Illinois more than a year ago now has the funding to build its Chicago-based manufacturing hub.

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State News
6:57 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Lawmakers considering whether to prevent universities from giving interest-free loans to faculty

Illinois lawmakers are considering whether to crack down on universities giving a certain type of interest-free loan to faculty. Except, as IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, it doesn’t seem to be happening in Illinois.

State Rep. Jack Franks, a Democrat from Marnego, says the legislation is meant to prevent universities from abusing their tax-exempt status.

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Government
5:54 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Legal settlement reached for Peoria City/County landfill

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After more than two years of talks, the Peoria City/County Landfill Committee has approved a tentative legal settlement with Waste Management.  The company operates Landfill #2 in Peoria County.  The proposed agreement would require Waste Management to pay more in fees for every ton deposited at the landfill to help cover costs.  That rate is going up 65-cents per ton.  The Peoria County Board and City Council also must approve the agreement for it to take effect.  The settlement with Waste Management also would include a landfill road compliance and maintenance plan. 

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State News
1:04 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Discussion on future plans for the Mahomet Aquifer

Efforts to save the Mahomet Aquifer are behind a public meeting in Normal Saturday. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has approved the citing of a Clinton Landfill over part of the water source, which stretches across 13 counties in central Illinois.

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State News
12:57 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Same-sex couples can get married in Cook County

A federal judge Friday is allowing same-sex couples to get married in Cook County, starting immediately. The ruling only applies to one county in Illinois - Cook County.

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Out and About
12:04 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Corn Stock production asks "What is art?"

This week, we're talking with Cindy Hoey, Corn Stock Theatre Manager, about their production of "Art." The play tells the story of three friends, whose friendships are upended when one of them acquires a piece of modern art. She talks about the three actors who make up the cast, and about what the show has to say about both art and relationships. She also talks about an art exhibit Corn Stock is hosting in conjunction with the production.

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State News
6:57 am
Fri February 21, 2014

U.S. Senator Durbin wants shorter sentences for drug crimes

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is asking federal judges to contact members of congress to ask for shorter sentences for drug crimes. IPR'S Robert Wildeboer explains.

Durbin made his plea at a symposium called Rethinking the war on drugs put on by the Seventh Circuit Bar association foundation. The Seventh Circuit is the appeals court district for the federal courts in Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.

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State News
6:53 am
Fri February 21, 2014

SIU president against hike in minimum wage

SIU president, Glenn Poshard, says school can't afford minimum wage increase.

The president of Southern Illinois University says the school cannot afford an increase in the minimum wage. Governor Pat Quinn and other Democrats have made the issue a priority this election year.

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