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7:59 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Corn Stock production presents unique perspective on wartime

Credit Corn Stock Theatre

This week, we're talking with Cindy Hoey, manager of Corn Stock Theatre.  Their latest production, "A Piece of My Heart," recounts the stories of six women during the Vietnam War. Hoey talks about the cast director Amy Williams has assembled for the production, about the play's resonance at a time when more women are involved in and affected by wartime service, and about the theatre's desire to stage a production with multiple strong roles for women. "A Piece of My Heart" opens Friday night, and continues through January 26th.

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State News
6:14 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Gov. Quinn will face primary challenge

Any doubt about whether Governor Pat Quinn was going to face a primary challenge has been settled. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports on the latest developments in the Democratic race for governor.

The head of the state board of elections confirms that the people who objected to Tio Hardiman's candidacy have dropped their challenge. Meaning the former director of Ceasefire, an anti-violence organization, gets to stay on the March ballot.

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Government
6:21 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Peoria City, County detail legislative priorities

Peoria County wants area lawmakers to help transition to a consolidated election commission.  The county is asking for oversight over the city election commission’s annual budget before seeking to ask voters if they want a combined commission. Currently the city election commission receives an annual budget allocation from the county based on a funding formula. State Senator Darin LaHood says he’s not confident that Springfield will approve a bill to give the county more financial control:

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Storms
6:11 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Area mayors stop by in-studio to talk tornado recovery

It’s been two months since the devastating tornadoes ripped through Central Illinois.  Washington Mayor Gary Manier, Washington City Administrator Tim Gleason, East Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus, and Pekin Mayor Laurie Barra stopped by the Peoria Public Radio Studios to discuss the last eight weeks since the storms, the recovery process so far and what lies ahead in each community.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:11 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Charter Oak principal responds to cheating allegations

Charter Oak Primary’s principal is responding to District 150’s report on suggested cheating at the school.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:05 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

PIA reports record passenger traffic

The General Wayne Downing Peoria International Airport saw a two-percent increase in passenger traffic last year compared to 2012. More than 592-thousand people flew in and out of the facility in 2013. It’s the second year in a row for the airport to report record passengers.

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State News
7:05 am
Thu January 16, 2014

78-year old woman asks Governor to commute murder sentence

Ashley Clement, sister of victim Steven Watkins, holds a sign urging “no mercy” for Shirley Skinner.
Brian Mackey Illinois Public Radio

A 78-year-old woman convicted of murder is asking Governor Pat Quinn to commute her sentence. It was a notorious case in central Illinois. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, she's served just a few years in prison.

The woman is Shirley Skinner. Back in 2008, during a long, bitter custody dispute, her granddaughter's estranged husband, Steven Watkins, came over to visit their child. He ended up getting shot in the back of the head. Skinner reportedly told responding emergency medical personnel, "I shot him."

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State News
6:54 am
Thu January 16, 2014

State Farm moving out of Canada

State Farm Insurance is getting out of Canada. The Bloomington-based insurance giant is selling its Canadian unit to Desjardins Group, Canada's largest credit union. State Farm, Desjardins and its French partner Credit Mutuel, will invest $1.5 billion in the combined business.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:48 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Peoria County Sheriff's office warning of new scam

The Peoria County Sheriff’s Department is offering Bartonville area residents a word of caution. A vacuum cleaning demonstration in the area is resulting in theft.

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Politics
11:30 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Details on fundraising for Republican governor candidates

Illinois voters have a better idea of how much the Republican candidates for governor are raising for their campaigns.   It’s no surprise that new numbers show venture capitalist Bruce Rauner is leading his Republican counterparts.  Rauner raised more than $2 million since October.  He also gave his own campaign 2 million. Still - Rauner spent more than he brought in. Most of his expenses were normal costs to campaigns - with a good chunk going toward a media production company.

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