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Government
9:57 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

City shares details, timeline on Main/University project

City of Peoria officials say they hope the Main and University intersection project finishes by mid-May. That was the estimated timeline shared with more than 50 people at a public meeting yesterday.

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Education
4:51 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

U of I officials respond to verbal abuse of chancellor

University of Illinois President Robert Easter and Trustees Chair Chris Kennedy have weighed in on this week’s verbal abuse on social media against the Urbana campus chancellor.  

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Government
4:17 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Quinn delivers State of State address

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn delivered his sixth State of the State address Wednesday. As Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey reports, Quinn's speech was pretty much what you'd expect from a man fighting to keep his job ... despite some of the lowest approval ratings of any governor in America.

                           

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State News
6:57 am
Wed January 29, 2014

State of the State preview

Governor Pat Quinn gives his sixth State of the State address Wednesday Springfield. It comes in an election year that has Quinn seeking a second full term as governor. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

Quinn has spent a lot of time talking about the state's pension problems in recent years. Now, with a bid for re-election on the line, he's turning to more populist issues, like an increase in the minimum wage. Here's Quinn last month:

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State News
6:54 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Farm bill to get a vote

The U.S. House is set to vote on a new farm bill Wednesday, after House and Senate negotiators earlier this week agreed on compromise legislation combining each chambers' drafts. As IPR'S Peter Gray reports, this 2014 farm bill has been a long time coming.

At least one farm bill watcher from the Midwest is pleased that Congress has finally reached an agreement on the farm bill after years of debate. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:43 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Congresswoman Bustos responds to State of the Union speech

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says going into the speech, she wanted to hear a plan to help working class Americans. The 17th District Democrat says she was encouraged by what she heard:

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:23 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Sewer rates to increase for Peoria residents

Sewer rates are increasing again for Peoria residents. The rate increase starts May first. It’s part of a multi-year step increase established to cover debt service on the City’s Sewer Rehabilitation Program. 

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Museum
1:09 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Riverfront Museum CEO shares goals to boost revenue

The Peoria Riverfront Museum needs to do a better job of writing grants and booking rental space to boost revenue.  That’s the message from new museum President Sam Gappmayer.  Museum attendance also came in under original projections.  Gappmayer says museum consultants can over estimate attendance numbers:

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Politics
12:48 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Kirk, Durbin opposite on minimum wage changes

Illinois’ U.S. Senators are taking opposite positions on President Barack Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage in last night’s State of the Union speech.  

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Government
12:35 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Lawmakers respond to propane shortage

With the state's return to a deep freeze, the governor and several lawmakers are responding to the shortage of propane in Illinois. Although there is enough propane to go around nationwide -- the problem has been getting it to where it's needed most.  Governor Pat Quinn declared a "propane emergency" on Monday. An executive order lets truck drivers avoid fees and taxes usually required to transport propane. For the propane that is available, the cost has skyrocketed. State Senator Dale Righter says he's heard from constituents forced into tough decisions.

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