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7:24 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Cullerton on making the higher income tax rate permanent

Illinois' General Assembly is heading into its final stretch after a short spring break legislators return to session Tuesday. They've got a lot to resolve before their scheduled adjournment at the end of May, including what to do about Illinois' income tax rate. 

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State News
7:15 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Harvard professor: investments in teaching, early childhood translate to student success

Dr. Paul Reville, Harvard professor and former Mass. Secretary of Education.
Credit http://www.gse.harvard.edu/

Education is among the top issues being debated this spring, as lawmakers consider changing the way schools are funded in Illinois.  Republicans and Democrats alike agree that something must be done as the state moves into the future.

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Peoria Public Radio News
10:29 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Workers Memorial Day in Peoria

Central Illinois labor groups did the 25th annual Workers Memorial Day rally at the Labor Temple Monday. The rally usually starts with a march from the Labor Temple to the Workers Memorial Monument at city hall where the event takes place. Mike Everett is the President of the West Central Illinois Labor Council.

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State News
9:59 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Former state lawmaker faces child pornography charges

A former Illinois state representative is facing federal charges that he possessed child pornography.

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7:37 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Cloud Rotation Peoria April 28th 2014

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Cloud rotation over Bradley University on April 28th 2014.
An afternoon storm system moves through central Illinois on Monday, April 28, 2014. Cloud rotation is noticed, as the front pushes northeast.
Breaking
7:16 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Train Derailment in northern Peoria County

Train derailment south of Laura Illinois
Credit Alex Rusciano

  

  

A train derailment in northern Peoria County left more than 40 rail cars off the tracks but no injuries. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train was heading west near the community of Laura, Illinois. The incident came as severe thunderstorms moved through the area. Andy Williams is a spokesman with BNSF. He says no roadways were blocked by the train, and crews are working to clear the two rail lines:

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Government
4:03 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Quinn weighs-in on property tax issue

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he thinks he knows how homeowners could avoid higher property taxes.

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Government
3:12 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

State lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday

Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday after two weeks away. The top issue this spring remains whether to let the temporary tax increase drop at the end of the year as scheduled, or vote to keep the income tax rate at five percent. 

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Environment
3:07 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

10 state erosion conference held in Quad Cities

This week, engineers, contractors, and municipal workers from ten states will meet in the Quad Cities to learn how to prevent erosion and improve water quality. Tuesday through Thursday, two chapters of the International Erosion Control Association will hold a joint conference called, "Great Connections." Brian Stineman, Davenport's Natural Resources Manager, expects more than 200 people to attend the workshops, field trips, and other sessions.

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State News
6:56 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Parents urged to vaccinate school-aged children

Cases of mumps and measles are on the rise nationwide. Two mumps outbreaks in west-central Illinois are fueling the concern. Illinois Public Radio's Hannah Meisel spoke with Illinois Department of Public Health director, Lamar Hasbrouck, about the causes  and next steps in handling the diseases. 

 

   

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