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1:24 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Il GOP wants voters to decide whether 5% income tax rate remains

The question of whether to extend Illinois' temporary income tax increase has dominated the spring legislative session. Tuesday, Republicans are saying the question ought to be put to voters this fall. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:12 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Smart Manufacturing Summit taking place in Peoria

Agenda for Smart Manufacturing Summit.
Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Caterpillar is hosting about 190 heads of companies for a national summit. The Chief Executive Group’s Smart Manufacturing Summit is taking place in Peoria Tuesday and Wednesday. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:54 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Peoria police search for missing Peoria woman

Peoria Police are asking for help in searching for a Peoria woman who’s been missing since Sunday. The department is looking for Terri Anderson. She may also use the last name of Wilson.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:13 am
Tue May 20, 2014

National Dog Bite week runs through Friday

Peoria animal control officers investigate over four hundred animal bites each year. Many bite cases are serious, involve children and the dog may even be the family pet. Peoria County Animal Prevention Services is encouraging responsible pet ownership, and raising awareness of the risk of dog attacks and basic safety tips.  

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State News
7:06 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Quinn pitches tax plan to House Democrats

Gov. Pat Quinn speaks with reporters Monday in the Capitol after meeting with House Democrats for more than two-and-a-half hours.
Credit Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio/WUIS

Governor Pat Quinn appealed directly to Democrats in the Illinois House Monday. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, he’s struggling to win support for his plan to extend Illinois’ higher income tax rate.

The governor appeared at a closed meeting of the Illinois House Democratic caucus. Quinn is trying to win the support of the 60 Democrats required to make Illinois’ 5 percent income-tax rate permanent instead of letting it decline by more than a percentage point as scheduled at the end of the year.

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State News
6:57 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Thurgood Marshall discusses school integration

Pictured in this 1954 handout photo is Louis Redding, center, on the steps of the Supreme Court Building, in Washington, D.C., with other NAACP attorneys who argued the school segregation case, Brown vs. Board of Education, From left are, Special Counsel Thurgood Marshall, Louis Redding and U. Simpson Tate.
Credit AP / NAACP

This month marks the 60th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education. The landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision outlawed “separate but equal” in public schools. Thurgood Marshall, who would later be appointed to the high court, argued the case. Two years after the ruling, in 1956, Marshall visited the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to talk about his work to end segregation and the challenges ahead. Marshall said despite efforts by detractors of integration, black and white students were meant to go to school under one roof. 

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State News
6:52 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Il Supreme Court to hear arguments in Ottawa

Illinois Supreme Court Justices are packing their robes and gavels and heading west. For only the second time since 1897 the state’s high court will hear oral arguments somewhere other than Springfield or Chicago. The court will convene to hear two cases Wednesday in Ottawa. Illinois Public Radio’s Brian O’Keefe spoke with Supreme Court spokesman Joe Tybor. He says this is a chance to remove some of the mystery that surrounds the high court:

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Government
4:01 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

State officials consider new heroin laws

Heroin use has surged in Illinois, especially in the collar counties around Chicago. State officials are considering whether new laws are needed to stop the spread of heroin and treat addiction more effectively. 

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State News
3:57 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Thoughts from the new IL GOP chair

The new chairman of the Illinois GOP says Republicans will need to reach outside their party if they want to win the governor’s race.  Tim Schneider has his work cut out for him.

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State News
2:47 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Proposed Chicago gun violence law stalls

A proposed law meant to reduce gun violence in Chicago has stalled in Springfield. 

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