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1:42 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

House committee votes to spend 100-million dollars for Obama Presidential Library

A legislative committee Wednesday voted to authorize spending a hundred million dollars to lure Barack Obama's presidential library to Chicago for the second time. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

Before he became President, Barack Obama served as an Illinois state, and U.S. senator. He worked as a community organizer in Chicago, and taught at the University of Chicago law school. All reasons he might locate his presidential library and museum in Illinois. But New York and Hawaii are also in the running.

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State News
1:37 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Rauner files term limit petition

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner presents his term limit petition in Springfield on Wednesday.
Credit Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio/WUIS

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner has filed his term limit petition with Illinois election officials. If approved by voters in November, legislators would be capped at eight years in office. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:39 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Public comment needed on proposed electric transmission line

Peoria residents will get the chance this week to weigh in on where a new electric transmission line will be located. Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois is working to build the 345,000-volt Spoon River Transmission Line between Galesburg and Peoria. The goal is to help deliver more renewable energy to customers.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:27 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Peoria city staff proposing changes to Forrest Hill project

Peoria city staff is presenting new suggestions on how to reconstruct Forrest Hill following a public forum two weeks ago. Another meeting is being held Wednesday night at the city’s public works building on Dries Lane.

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State News
7:24 am
Wed April 30, 2014

What happens if Illinois' income tax rate is allowed to decrease?

What Illinois will do about its expiring income tax hike continues to be a top question looming over the legislative session. Senate President John Cullerton says there is more support for extending the higher rate in his chamber, where there are more Democrats than in the House. 

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State News
7:02 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Changes to the proposal overhauling Illinois' school funding formula

Members of the General Assembly this spring are grappling with whether to change the way schools are funded in Illinois. With just a month of session left, the plan's sponsor is altering his strategy, in hopes Republican opposition will fade into bipartisan support. IPR'S Hannah Meisel reports.

Senator Andy Manar wants schools to receive state money based on the needs of their students, not the wealth of local property taxpayers. So, the Democrat from Bunker Hill has proposed an overhaul of Illinois' complicated school funding formula. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:22 am
Wed April 30, 2014

A new Peoria community group with anti-violence message

Newly formed citizens group Peoria Community Against Violence met for the first time Tuesday at the downtown Peoria library. The new volunteer group is part of the city’s Don’t Shoot anti-violence program. 

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Government
11:57 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

East Peoria approves 2014-2015 budget

East Peoria’s budget for next fiscal year makes no changes to city services or staffing levels.  The spending plan also puts about $1 million towards road maintenance.  Commissioner Dan Decker says he wants to see more funding for road upkeep. But he also says new road projects, like Centennial and Summit Drive, have used money that otherwise could go to general repairs across the city:

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Government
11:55 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

State term-limit proposal moves ahead

The two top Republicans in the General Assembly say Illinois would be better off if there were increased turnover in its highest offices. But their effort to institute term limits for governor and other top state politicians were thwarted.

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Government
11:54 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

State graduated income tax effort fails

Illinois will keep its flat income tax, despite an effort to move to a graduated one. Based on the General Assembly's schedule, the Senate would have had to pass the proposal Tuesday in order to meet a constitutional deadline. Instead, senators adjourned without a vote.

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