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Peoria Public Radio News
7:25 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Student essays about November tornado on display

Tazewell County student essays about what hope looks like are featured tonight at Barnes and Noble.

K-12 students wrote about their experiences from last November’s tornado as part of a United Way essay contest.

Success by 6, a United Way education initiative, is holding a Writing Contest Celebration at Barnes and Noble this evening from 5:30-7:00.

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Out and About
5:08 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Shakespeare in the park, with The Great Work Begins

This week, we're talking with Andrew Rhodenbaugh. He's playing Hamlet in a production by The Great Work Begins Theatre Troupe. The group has been presenting Shakespeare at Camp Wokanda in Chillicothe since the summer of 2012, and has staged other productions at venues in and around Peoria. He talks about the genesis of the company, about the challenges of taking on an iconic role Shakespeare, and about taking theatre to unconventional locations. The Great Work begins performs "Hamlet," Saturday at 11:30 a.m., and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., at Camp Wokanda.

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Politics
4:19 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Rauner talks ideas for Illinois

Republican Bruce Rauner is presenting a few ideas of how he’d run the state if he becomes Illinois governor. Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn has liked to rib his Republican rival over not presenting a budget plan yet.

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Politics
3:28 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

More sexual harassment allegations filed against Dan Rutherford

A former state employee Thursday filed more allegations of political and sexual harassment against Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford. He's also expanding the list of defendants to include Mitt Romney's presidential campaign organization.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:36 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Ameren Transmission Co wraps up public meetings on proposed transmission line route

Ameren Transmission Company is getting ready to study public opinion on its plan to construct a 345-thousand-volt transmission line from Peoria to Galesburg. The company held the last of its public open houses on the matter Thursday.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:36 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

ACLU suing the City of Peoria

Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the City of Peoria for police actions surrounding a controversial Twitter parody  account. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:

The suit says the City violated 29 year-old Jon Daniel’s First and Fourth Amendment rights. Daniel is the creator of the At-Peoria-Mayor account. He says its wrong that police searched his home in April, detained him and his roommates and seized all electronics to find the author of the Twitter account that had already been suspended.“My hope it he federal court will make clear that government officials can not use the power of police to threaten, intimidate and punish simply because they dislike or are offended by being the joke of a parody.”

Daniel says he’s never met the mayor and is not politically active. 

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Business
1:25 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Caterpillar: state, global economics could impact HQ study

Caterpillar says financial uncertainty could impact a study of whether to update its aging world headquarters building. The company has spent two years studying its headquarters layout and technological needs of other downtown facilities. In a statement, the company says it remains committed to the study and is looking at new office space needs in the region. The study also remains focused on downtown Peoria. But Cat says current global and economic risks could negatively affect business.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:56 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Children's Hospital of Il receives recognition for pediatric urology program

U.S. News and World Report ranks the Children’s Hospital of Illinois Pediatric Urology 41st in the nation for its nursing, clinical, patient and family services. 

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State News
6:47 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Sen. Barickman tours former women’s prison

After touring the shuttered Dwight Correctional Center Wednesday, Senator Jason Barickman says portions have the potential to be used again somehow. The Bloomington Republican says the state first needs time to determine possible functions and cost options for the former women’s facility that closed in early 2013.

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Government
12:02 am
Thu June 12, 2014

ACLU suing City of Peoria following Twitter controversy

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the City of Peoria on behalf of a 29-year-old Peoria resident. The ACLU says the City violated the First and Fourth Amendment rights of Jon Daniel, the creator of the @peoriamayor Twitter account. Peoria police raided Daniel’s home in April, seized electronic devices and detained the roommates at the residence to find the author of the Twitter account. The Illinois ACLU is announcing the lawsuit later this morning. 

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