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8:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

HFO brings Barbara Padilla for special performance

Credit Heartland Festival Orchestra

This week, we're talking with David Commanday, Artistic Director of the Heartland Festival Orchestra. They've added an additional concert to their 2013-14, featuring a return appearance by soprano Barbara Padilla. Padilla has performed with the HFO. For this concert, she'll be presenting material from her forthcoming CD. The concert is Saturday night at 7:30 at Five Points Washington.

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State News
7:25 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Higher ed not keeping up with demand for mental health services

Colleges and universities continue to see growing demand for mental health services. But national data published this month shows budgets and staffing levels for most campus counseling centers aren’t keeping up with that demand. Illinois Public Radio’s Ryan Weber reports on the effect it’s having on students in the final story of our series, “Unmet Needs: Living with Mental Illness in Central Illinois.”  

University of Illinois student Hann Lindahl started to develop her anxiety in high school. It went untreated, and, during her first years of college, the anxiety grew, and so did the binging, and she started...

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State News
7:04 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Roger Ebert statue unveiled in Champaign

Artist Rick Harney poses next to his bronze sculpture of Roger Ebert on April 24, 2014 in Champaign, Ill.
Credit Sean Powers / Illinois Public Radio/WILL

A life-sized bronze sculpture of Roger Ebert was unveiled Thursday outside the Virginia Theater in Champaign. The artist who designed the statue of the late movie critic sitting between two empty theater seats says the piece took six months to complete. 

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State News
6:58 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Springfield ordinances for Lincoln's funeral unearthed

Members of the Lincoln Funeral Coalition look through the 150 year old ordinances.
Credit Lee Strubinger / Illinois Public Radio/WUIS

Organizers are getting ready for next year’s anniversary reenactment of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral. The Coalition received a gift from the City of Springfield, four resolutions the city adopted for the funeral in April 1865.

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State News
6:52 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Prospects dim for graduated income tax

A proposal for a graduated income tax is stalled in the Illinois General Assembly. The plan, where the more you earn, the more you pay, would require amending the state's constitution. But it's unclear whether it has the support it needs before an early May deadline.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:45 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Immigration Laws Limit Hiring

More needs to be done to change the public perception on immigration reform. That's the message from a panel of business, religious and government officials that met in Peoria Thursday. The group wants to see the U.S. House pass the immigration reform measures passed earlier in the Senate.

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:26 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Additional Disaster Relief for Tornado Victims

November 2013 tornado damage

Individuals affected by November’s tornado will be getting extra help in the recovery process. The American Red Cross is partnering with AmeriCares and Lutheran Disaster Response to provide disaster case management. The expanded services will benefit families in Champaign, Massac and Tazewell counties, the areas hardest hit by the tornado.

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State News
1:59 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Quinn in favor of term limits

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says a constitutional amendment enacting term limits is not a new concept and he hopes to see one this year. IPR'S Jennifer Fuller reports.

Governor Quinn says he is no stranger to the issue of term limits in Illinois. During a stop in Marion Thursday, Quinn pointed out he was in southern Illinois 20 years ago promoting that idea for statewide office holders and lawmakers.

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State News
1:51 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Nationwide prescription drug take-back event Saturday

This Saturday, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is sponsoring a nationwide prescription drug take-back event. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., anyone can turn in their expired or unwanted medications at thousands of police stations and pharmacies across the country, including here in in the Peoria area.

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State News
1:20 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Madigan calls "Fair Maps" initiative "pure Republican Party politics"

House Speaker Michael Madigan is harshly criticizing a plan that would strip him of control over how Illinois draws its legislative maps. As IPRS' Amanda Vinicky reports, the group backing the change has its own harsh words for Madigan.

How legislative districts are drawn sounds wonky. And it is. But it's also really important. Boundaries of a district can help determine which party will win a seat.

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