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Government
8:03 am
Fri January 24, 2014

IL lawmaker wants to tie welfare to drug testing

Though federal welfare rules allow for drug testing, only a handful of states have actually made it a prerequisite for assistance.

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Medical
7:45 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Area hospitals asking to limit visits amid flu season

Peoria’s hospitals are asking people to limit visits during the heightened part of the flu season.  OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and UnityPoint Health Methodist-Proctor say the request is voluntary, but may change if necessary to reflect community health concerns.  Both hospitals request that anyone under 18 refrain from visiting to limit exposure to children. They also ask people to avoid visiting if they feel sick, to cough into a tissue and wash hands frequently. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:46 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Republican candidates for governor focus on electability

The candidates for the Illinois Republican gubernatorial nomination at the debate hosted by the Illinois Public Broadcasters and League of Women Voters, Thursday, January 23, 2014 at WTVP in downtown Peoria.
Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  Candidates for the Republican gubernatorial nomination agree education funding, Medicaid and pension reform are necessary. But Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports on the area that likely counts the most:

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Environment
4:07 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

State board denies emergency petcoke rules

A major setback to the state of Illinois over the handling and storage of petroleum coke, or petcoke.  

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Education
8:07 am
Thu January 23, 2014

State board of education asks for $1 billion increase

Illinois’ Board of Education is asking the General Assembly for a billion dollar increase in the new state budget. This comes even as the state’s already projected to lose at least double that.

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Politics
7:56 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Frerichs stops in Peoria, formally enters race for state treasurer

Credit Sean Powers/ Illinois Public Radio

The lone Democratic candidate for Illinois Treasurer says he’ll bring accountability to the office, and help create jobs.  State Senator Mike Frerichs of Champaign formally kicked off his campaign Wednesday with stops across the state, including in Peoria: 

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Education
7:45 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Some Dunlap parents express concern over alleged video use

Some Dunlap School District parents expressed concern about an alleged video using images of students without getting permission.  Dunlap Superintendent Jay Marino is alleged to have used the images in marketing material for a side education business.  Some parents say that they should have been asked first before allegedly using the images for the business.  Other parents are rising to defend Marino calling it a witch-hunt.   A check of the video online shows that is was removed. 

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Storms
6:16 am
Thu January 23, 2014

FEMA stresses for tornado victims to also seek SBA funds

Those impacted by the November 17th tornadoes who’ve registered with FEMA also need to make sure to apply with the Small Business Administration by the new extended date of February 3rd. FEMA officials say nearly 2,000 SBA applications have been sent to homes and some business, but the rate of return is low. Spokeswoman Deanna Frazier says people registered with FEMA might receive an S-B-A loan. If so, Frazier says it’s a necessary part of the federal funding assistance package offered to individuals and businesses:

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:18 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Closings Thursday, January 23, 2014

NWS-Lincoln, IL:
*A WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON FRIDAY.*
Wind chill will range from 20 to 30 below zero Thursday. Wind gusts of 25 to 35 mph and very cold temperatures will make it dangerous to spend more than 15 minutes outside. More closing are expected to be announced overnight.

  SCHOOL CLOSINGS

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Government
6:12 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Industry cautions on proposed state pet coke rules

The Illinois Pollution Control board is expected to consider new rules this week for the handling and storage of petroleum coke -- also known as pet coke.  Industry leaders say the rules aren’t needed.

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