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6:46 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Democrats still don't have the votes to approve tax hike and minimum wage proposals

Two major Democratic initiatives are still short the votes needed to pass, as the General Assembly heads into the final stretch of its spring session. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

How to deal with Illinois' income tax rate is arguably the biggest issue looming over Illinois politics. The 5-percent rate is set to rollback in January, but Gov. Pat Quinn wants the higher rate extended permanently, an approach favored by the Democratic leaders of the legislature.

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State News
6:26 am
Thu April 24, 2014

ISU president pleads not guilty

Former ISU President Tim Flanagan will be back in court to face disorderly conduct charges in late May. Flanagan's Attorney Stephanie Wong represented him Wednesday as Flanagan and his wife sat expressionless at the rear of a third floor McLean County Courtroom.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:16 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Quinn rallies for more collegiate MAP money in his budget

BU President Joanne Glasser speaks during Govern Pat Quinn's campus visit.
Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is traveling the state touting his budget proposal to double collegiate MAP Grant funding over five years. Quinn’s stops Wednesday included Bradley University in Peoria and Western Illinois University in Macomb.

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Politics
6:10 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Window on Illinois term limits starting to narrow

Two of Illinois' top Republicans want to limit how long someone can stay on as governor of Illinois. But they only have about two weeks to get the proposed constitutional amendment through the General Assembly. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:05 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Grandmother of busted grandson speaks to the Peoria City Council

The Grandmother of the 26 year-old man busted for marijuana possession when the Peoria Police raided his home for a mayoral parody twitter account spoke Tuesday night at the City Council Meeting.

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Education
5:55 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

District 150 board approves measure to expand Peoria High athletics

The District 150 School Board approved a measure to expand the athletic facilities at Peoria High School. The resolution allows the Public Building Commission to acquire the land needed to start the $3 million building project for baseball, soccer and track fields.

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Theatre Reviews
4:58 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

"Humpty Dumpty" provides intense theatre experience

Credit Illinois Central College

Illinois Central College closes its current theatre season with Humpty Dumpty,” which uses the children’s nursery rhyme as a metaphor for contemporary life. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall”

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Government
4:08 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Area law enforcement: boost early childhood education

Area law enforcement officials are calling on the state to boost its funding for early childhood education.  Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy, State’s Attorney Jerry Brady and other police chiefs worked with the ‘Fight Crime, Invest In Kids’ group to release a report detailing the need for more funding.  McCoy says more child care assistance money could help keep people out of jail in the future:

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Government
3:56 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

No charges against creator of Peoria mayor twitter account

The Peoria County State’s Attorney will not charge the author of a parody Twitter account about Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis.  Jerry Brady says that 28-year-old Jon Daniel will not be charged following a Peoria Police raid of the property where the account was thought to be operating.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:49 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Thousands expected to attend this year's Red White and Boom celebration

Credit redwhiteandboom.us

Up to 200-thousand people are expected to attend the 28th annual Red White and BOOM fireworks display in Peoria and East Peoria. The two cities, UnityPoint Health Methodist-Proctor, and JMP Integrated Media host the 100-thousand dollar firework production.

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