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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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State News
6:26 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Arizona pension case could chart course for Il

A court case decided in Arizona Thursday could have implications for Illinois' ongoing legal battle over pensions. The decision, by the Arizona Supreme Court, struck down an attempt to reduce Arizona officials' retirement benefits. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

Illinois' law cutting government pensions isn't scheduled to take effect until summer. But employees are already suing, arguing their pensions are protected by the Illinois Constitution, which says benefits "shall not be diminished or impaired."

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State News
6:22 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Dillard says some GOP candidates for governor should drop out of the race

Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard, a Republican candidate for governor, says he’d like to see some of his primary opponents drop out of the race. Recent polls show venture capitalist Bruce Rauner with a large lead over his three other Republican opponents.

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Community
2:52 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

International group helping tornado victims

Donated baby items for tornado survivors.
Denise Molina-Weiger Peoria Public Radio

An international organization is teaming up with local non-profits to provide starter kits for families who lost everything in the November 17th tornadoes. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul as well as the local Red Cross, Salvation Army, and Jewish Federation raised enough funds to help up to 200 families.

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State News
6:24 am
Thu February 20, 2014

IDOC kicks off Summit of Hope series

The Illinois Department of Corrections kicks off a series of expos Thursday for ex-offenders and parolees.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:52 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Big turnout for PHA's meeting on potential Taft site

About 200 people attended the PHA's first meeting on potential sites for Taft Homes.
Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

A Peoria Housing Authority meeting on one of the potential sites to rebuild Taft Homes drew a large audience. The location in question is at 2917 West Lake.

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