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11:44 am
Wed May 28, 2014

IMSA spared major budget cut

The Illinois Math and Science Academy has been spared a significant cut under the budget approved Tuesday in the Illinois House. Lawmakers had previously voted to slash 1.8 million dollars from the elite public school's state funding.

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State News
6:56 am
Wed May 28, 2014

The Rail: where action at the Il Capitol takes place

It’s the final week of the Illinois legislative session in Springfield…when the hard work of legislative staffers lives or dies. Their bills either get called for a vote or they go into a sort of limbo, and maybe get to come up later this year. Illinois Public Radio's Tony Arnold is in Springfield all week for the high stakes drama. He brings us to the place in the Capitol where the behind-the-scenes action takes place – in plain view. 

Here on the 3rd Floor of the Illinois Capitol, there’s one place that can bring all sides of an issue together. It’s simply known as - The Rail. It’s a piece of brass that forms a ring around the rotunda. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:11 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Considering Peoria as a home for the LST 325

Credit www.warhistryonline.org

The Peoria City Council is gathering more information before it votes on the option to relocate the LST 325 on the riverfront. Some consider the idea a trifecta of sorts given the proximity of the Caterpillar Visitors Center and the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

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Education
12:27 am
Wed May 28, 2014

District 150 re-hires 39 pink-slipped teachers

The Peoria District 150 School Board voted to recall 39 pink-slipped teachers. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports they were part of the board’s reduction in force last month:

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Government
12:06 am
Wed May 28, 2014

State senate approves public education funding change

The Illinois Senate Tuesday approved a measure to completely change how the state's public schools are funded. The plan would shift state resources from schools with more property tax wealth to more impoverished areas. But that shift of resources creates winners and losers. Senator Dale Righter, a Republican from Mattoon, says he cannot vote to create "losers" ... even if his area would benefit from the change.

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Courts
11:59 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Peoria County Board to consider public defender contract

Local criminal defense attorney Joel Brown is set to become Peoria County’s next public defender in July. The County Board still needs to approve the $1.4 million contract during its regularly-scheduled meeting next month. Brown says he plans to work with the existing 29 assistant public defenders in maintaining the service:

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State News
1:13 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Could in-home health services be at risk for cuts?

As the Illinois General Assembly considers a so-called "middle of the road" budget for next year, some programs could be cut or reduced to make up for the expiration of the 2011 income-tax hike. As IPR'S Hannah Meisel reports, advocates for people with disabilities say a reduction could be catastrophic for that population.

One of the biggest parts of Illinois' budget is Medicaid, which not only provides health care to the poor, but also to those with disabilities. Those who *can* live independently usually elect to with the help of in-home health service. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:44 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Caterpillar unveils latest "Built For It" video

Caterpillar is proving that some of its equipment is small and agile enough to maneuver through a china shop.

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State News
8:26 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Breast Milk Drop Off Site To Open in Champaign

Donated breast milk at the Indiana Mother's Milk Bank in Indianapolis.
Credit Indiana Mother's Milk Bank

Many lactation experts say newborns can get their nutrition needs met through formula, but that breast milk is preferred because of the additional health benefits. When mothers can’t produce enough breast milk for their baby or can’t use their breast milk due to medical reasons, donated milk is available. But not enough of it, due to a nationwide shortage of pasteurized breast milk.

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State News
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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