City Moves to Update Strategic Plan

Nov 20, 2017
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The City of Peoria occasionally updates its 15-year strategic plan, which includes both policy and management guidelines.

The council has already established guidance for several policies for projects, like combined sewer overflow and road maintenance.

But City Manager Patrick Urich says the council still needs to develop policy direction in several other areas:

Immigration Battle Fuels Higher Ed Uncertainty

Nov 20, 2017
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The ongoing rule changes and legal battles over immigration are affecting international students at the state’s colleges and universities.

Martin McFarland is the Director of International Students and Scholar Services at the University of Illinois. Speaking on the Illinois Public Radio talk show  The 21st, McFarland says the people he works with are getting frustrated with all the uncertainty.

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The proposed Rivertrail Apartments project on parkland along Peoria’s riverfront has been awaiting state and federal government approval for three years.

Washington Recognizes 4 Years Post-Tornado

Nov 17, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

 The City of Washington is remembering the anniversary of the EF-4 tornado that tore through that community late on a Sunday morning, four years ago.

The University of Illinois board has approved bonuses totaling $175,000 for the president of the university's system and the chancellor of the University of Illinois-Chicago campus for the second straight year.

Records have been provided to a psychiatrist preparing the mental evaluation of an Illinois student accused of shooting a classmate in the high school cafeteria.

Our guest this week is jazz vocalist Judy Page. She's the featured performer in this month's "Jazz Night in the Heights" event, sponsored by the Central Illinois Jazz Society. Page talks about some of the ensembles she's been associated with, about being drawn to the jazz standards of the 1920s and 1930s, and the advantages of working with many of the same musicians over a long period.

"Jazz Night in the Heights" begins Sunday night at 6:00 at the Trailside Event Center, at 4416 North Prospect Road in Peoria Heights.

PACs Build Women’s Political Power

Nov 17, 2017
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Hundreds of thousands of women marched in January after the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. Three of them from Chicago were inspired to work toward a bigger voice for women in politics. But once the march was over, they all asked themselves the same question: Now what?

Raise money. 

The University of Illinois has a new budget for 2018, and the spending plan holds the line on student tuition.

A central Illinois youth basketball coach has pleaded not guilty to charges he engaged in criminal sexual activity with two former players.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a tax credit into law worth up to $750 for property owners in 18 Illinois counties that suffered flood damages earlier this year.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law two measures that address sexual harassment in the Illinois state Capitol. 

Road Management Agencies Gear Up for Winter

Nov 16, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Rows of snowplows lined up outside the Gateway Building Thurs., as if to say “bring it on, winter!”

Judge Denies Delay In Yingying Zhang Trial Date

Nov 16, 2017
Macon County Jail

The trial for the man accused of kidnapping University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang will go on as scheduled.

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State Treasurer Mike Frerichs is endorsing venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker for governor. The two went to Frerichs’ home turf of Champaign-Urbana to make the announcement on Wednesday.

The Illinois ACLU Is Listening...

Nov 16, 2017

The Illinois ACLU has five times more members today than it had last year at this time just after the presidential election. That’s prompted the state civil liberties union to head out on a listening tour visiting the cities with ACLU Chapters.

Monmouth Senior from Peoria Gets Statewide Recognition

Nov 15, 2017
Monmouth College

A Richwoods High School alum, with a heart for immigrants, has been inducted into the prestigious Lincoln Academy of Illinois.

Funding for the Peoria fire department continues to be a stumbling block in developing an overall city budget for next year.

Gov Rauner Campaigns in Peoria, Statewide

Nov 15, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner is on a campaign tour visiting businesses across the state. He made stops Tuesday in the Chicago, Moline, Rockford, and Peoria.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has chosen a retired U.S. Navy Reserves captain and deputy director of the Illinois Department of Emergency Management to be the agency's acting director.

LIVE VIDEO: Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Capitol Hill

Nov 14, 2017
Annette Elizabeth Allen / NPR

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is back on Capitol Hill for a House Judiciary Committee hearing about his oversight of the Justice Department. He is also likely to face questions about Trump campaign contacts with Russia. Watch the hearing live and learn about the key players and terms that will likely be raised.

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The Rockford native committed a sex crime, and in order to get out of prison he has to meet the state’s long list of rigid parole requirements for those convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault. He could remain behind bars for the rest of his life if he doesn’t find appropriate housing. For Lindenmeier, that means finding a place to live where, among other things, he is away from children and has no internet-accessible devices like smartphones and smart TVs.

Peoria Firefighters Denounce Proposed Service Cuts

Nov 14, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria Firefighters’ Union says cuts the city is proposing are unacceptable to maintaining adequate public safety.

Rauner Speaks on Legislative Redistricting

Nov 13, 2017

Governor Bruce Rauner continues to support legislative redistricting reforms that take politicians out of the process. But the Republican governor laughed off a reporter’s question on whether he’d recuse himself from redistricting, if elected to a second term.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers, family and friends have attended the funeral for a Rockford police officer who died in the line of duty after a traffic stop.

More than two dozen Illinois libraries are receiving grants to help young students develop skills in technology, communication, goal setting and conflict resolution.

Gov. Bruce Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner are trying to make sure that members of the military who are serving around the world receive holiday cards from people throughout Illinois.

School officials statewide are reporting that districts are having a hard time filling teaching positions. 

A new study shows a small increase in the number of international students who attended colleges and universities in Illinois last year.

A former Chicago alderman says he'll challenge Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in 2018 after she championed a highly-unpopular sweetened beverage tax.