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6:26 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Fallen police officers honored in Springfield

Families of police officers who died on the job were in Springfield Thursday to honor their loved ones. IPR'S Hannah Meisel reports.

Three years and fifty three days. That's how long Pam Robtoy says she's lived without her fiancee, U.S. Marshal John Perry. He was shot to death trying to arrest a fugitive in St. Louis, in 2011. Robtoy says she still doesn't understand why John was killed, but she finds comfort knowing he died serving others.

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Government
7:12 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

IL redistricting effort submits petition to get on Nov. ballot

An Independent Maps semi drops off a 27 foot long document of 533,264 signatures to Illinois elections authority.
Credit Amanda Vinicky / Illinois Public Radio

Even as a redistricting campaign celebrates submitting its petition to get on the November ballot, the effort is already under legal attack. 

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Government
7:01 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

EU diplomats talk free trade at Bradley University

Bradley University hosted a panel with foreign diplomats to talk about negotiations for the latest possible free trade agreement.  The U.S. and European Union are in talks over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Angela Weck directs the Peoria Area World Affairs Council that hosted the event.  She says an eventual agreement will impact Central Illinois:

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Government
4:42 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

State Republicans propose new funding method for Obama library

Republicans say they've found another way to fundraise for a future Barack Obama presidential library, one that doesn't involve tax money. This comes a day after Democrats advanced a plan to use state funds to entice the president to put his library in Chicago. 

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State News
7:27 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Minority groups courted before redistricting lawsuit

Attorney Mike Kasper stands at the podium, as House Speaker and Democratic Party of Illinois Chairman Michael Madigan looks on, at a recent Party meeting in Springfield. Kasper, a Madigan ally, has been hired by a group of taxpayers seeking to dismiss two citizen's initiatives.
Credit Amanda Vinicky / Illinois Public Radio/WUIS

A lawsuit seeking to keep two citizen's initiatives from ever coming before voters has been filed. Although the case makes no mention of how it will affect minority voters' rights, sources say organizers took pains to reach out to ethnic groups. 

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State News
7:13 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Downstate mayors want pension overhaul

Mayors from around the state addressing media in the Capitol.
Credit Lee Strubinger / Illinois Public Radio/WUIS

A couple dozen mayors from throughout Illinois came to Springfield Wednesday, calling on legislators to help fix downstate pension systems that they say are unsustainable. IPR'S Lee Strubinger reports. 

Municipalities are on the hook for paying local police and firefighters’ retirement benefits. But the pension rates are set by the state. Mayors say lawmakers have increasingly “sweetened” benefits, and that's left many pension systems severely underfunded.

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State News
7:04 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Quinn's, Rauner's Springfield visits show true colors

Credit Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio/WUIS

The governor of Illinois, as well as the man who wants to take his job, were both in Springfield Wednesday. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, what they were doing offers a clear picture of the different directions they want to take the state.

Republican Bruce Rauner was in town to file petitions for his term limits proposal. Then he addressed a meeting of business groups holding an "Employer Action Day."

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Government
6:19 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Port Authority future remains uncertain

A ten-year-old government group needs to find a new home or officially suspend its actions later this year. Those are the main options for the Heart Of Illinois Regional Port District:

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Education
6:13 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Bradley University’s animation program gets high ranks

Bradley University is ranked as the 18th best animation school in the Midwest. This year's Animation School Rankings also list Bradley as the 83rd best animation school in the country.  

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Community
2:19 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Annual Peoria luncheon honors tornado relief efforts

The Peoria Salvation Army is honoring groups and individuals for their relief efforts following the November 17th tornado.  The recognition was part of the Salvation Army’s annual Community Luncheon. Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington was honored for housing Salvation Army recovery efforts.  Evie Diaz is the division commander for the Salvation Army Heartland Division. She says the luncheon honors different kinds of recovery:

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