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6:54 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library could become an independent state agency

An Illinois House panel has approved a proposal to make the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum an independent state agency. House Speaker Michael Madigan is sponsoring the measure, and says he's "spent a little time studying the issue."

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State News
6:45 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Lawmakers advance bill to start hydraulic fracturing process sooner

Legislation intended to hasten the arrival of hydraulic fracturing in Illinois is advancing in the General Assembly. Illinois authorized the oil and gas extraction technique, commonly known as "fracking," last year.

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State News
6:25 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Il Democrats abandoning efforts to keep 5% income tax rate

Illinois Democrats are abandoning efforts to keep the income tax rate at its current level, and not let it drop. Illinois’ state income tax rate is scheduled to go down in January From five percent to 3-point-75.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:25 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Ceremony on the Peoria Riverfront

Memorial Day Wreath Ceremony Gateway Building Peoria
Credit Tamie Yost

Veterans and military families gathered at the Gateway Building on Peoria’s riverfront Monday for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony. Each branch of the military was recognized during a medley played by The Peoria Municipal Band. A traditional part of the ceremony is having veterans of each branch stand during their song. Gold star mothers, and families are also recognized.

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State News
7:42 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Gas prices to be slightly lower this summer

As the summer driving season gets underway, look for gasoline prices to be slightly lower this summer, compared to last year. That’s the prediction from Patrick DeHaan of the gas price tracking website GasBuddy.com.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:27 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Peoria police: alleged shooter turned himself in

37-year old Sean T. Walls
Credit Peoria police

The man believed to be responsible for the shooting death of 22-year old Derrick Booth Jr. has turned himself in.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:07 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Peoria encouraging residents to sign up for networking site

Credit nextdoor.com

The city of Peoria is encouraging residents to sign up for a new networking site that allows neighbors to connect with each other. The site is called Nextdoor and is a place where communication can occur within neighborhoods around the city. Residents can connect with each other on anything from lost dogs and break-ins to neighborhood social events.

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State News
6:18 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Il lawmakers return to Springfield Monday

Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield Monday. With just six days remaining before the scheduled summer adjournment, , the state budget remains the top issue. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

Lawmakers have a difficult choice: slash spending on things like education and health care, or vote to make the current five percent income tax rate permanent. It's scheduled to drop by more than a percentage point at the end of the year.
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State News
11:50 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Il House rejects "doomsday" budget

The Illinois House has overwhelmingly rejected a 34.5 billion dollar "doomsday'" budget that would mean deep cuts to schools and social services next year. The budget plan was developed by legislative leaders after it became clear there weren't enough votes to support an earlier budget that relied on extending Illinois' temporary income tax increase.

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

"Smokey Joe's Cafe" offers tour of popular music history

Credit Peoria Players Theatre

This week we're talking with Peggy Beaux Hupp. She;s directing "Smokey Joe's Cafe" at Peoria Players Theatre. The show is a "jukebox" musical, built around the music of Mike Stoller and Jerry Lieber. We talk about some of the numbers featured in the show, about finding the right voices to make up the cast, and about the challenge of directing a musical with no story line and no recurring characaters. "Smokey Joe's Cafe" runs June 5th through 9th at Peoria Players.

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