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Peoria Public Radio News
1:13 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Eureka College Reagan Museum loaning items to Churchill Museum

Reagan memorabilia on display at National Churchill Museum.
Credit Eureka College

The National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Missouri is showcasing some photographs and other memorabilia from a local museum.

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State News
6:58 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Allegation against former Jacksonville priest "credible"

An internal church investigation has determined an allegation of sex abuse against an Illinois priest is "credible." IPR'S Sean Crawford has details:

30 years ago, Father Robert DeGrand  worked in a Jacksonville parish.  It was during that time he is alleged to have sexually abused a child. The Springfield Diocese formed a panel to review the claim, and has now determined it has merit.  However, the details have not been made public. 

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Education
2:48 am
Tue January 14, 2014

District 150 details report alleging state test violations

A section from the District 150 report that suggests special education teachers at primary school cheated when giving I-SAT tests.
Credit Alex Rusciano / Illinois Public Radio

Peoria School District 150 says special education teachers at a primary school violated state testing rules the last three years.  Alex Rusciano (ruu-shee-AH-noh) reports the school’s principal also allegedly failed to report spikes in the Illinois Standards Achievement Test scores: Those are the main conclusions from an internal investigation the district sent to the Illinois State Board of Education last week.  The report says 26 special education students from Charter Oak Primary School got inappropriate help from teachers giving the math and reading exams.  District Attorney Michelle Todd says the help violated I-SAT protocol:
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Peoria Public Radio News
1:40 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Neighbors oppose proposed Sports Complex

Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

Some of the would be neighbors of the proposed Louisville Slugger Sports Complex are concerned about the additional traffic, noise and light it would create. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports that was the message delivered at the public meeting on the proposed complex in the northern part of Peoria.

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Education
4:32 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

U of I trustees to consider 1.7-percent tuition hike

University of Illinois trustees later this month will consider raising tuition 1.7 percent for next school year. The university announced the proposed increase on Monday as a committee of trustees reviewed it. The full board of trustees would have to approve the proposal at its next meeting on Jan. 23. The proposal would raise the cost of a year of tuition for in-state students to $12,036 in Urbana-Champaign, $10,584 in Chicago and $9,405 in Springfield.

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Government
3:36 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Lawmakers question state DCFS on abuse cases

More Illinois children are dying from abuse or neglect.  And Monday - Illinois state senators once again asked the state’s child welfare agency what’s being done about it.  

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State News
1:06 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Springfield man hopes to enter race for 13th Congressional District

Josh Dill
Credit Lincoln Liberty Party

A Springfield man wants to join the race for the 13th Congressional District. Josh Dill wants to run as a third party candidate. He's formed the Lincoln Liberty Party. 

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State News
7:16 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Another deadline approaching for those who haven't signed up for insurance

It has been roughly two weeks since the first batch of consumers who signed up for the Affordable Care Act have been able to use their insurance. As IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports, another deadline is approaching.

Consumers who signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act by Christmas saw their new benefits kick in Jan. 1. There's no telling how many Illinois residents that is: the government hasn't released enrollment numbers for December. But insurers and so-called navigators, who are charged with helping people sign up, reported a last-minute rush. 

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State News
7:08 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Some GOP candidates for gov. attack Rauner through the media

GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.
Credit BruceRauner.com

Republican candidates for Illinois governor are criticizing Bruce Rauner the best way they can afford to -- through the media. IPR'S Tony Arnold reports.

State Senator Bill Brady held a press conference Sunday to criticize Bruce Rauner for a variety of reasons. From Rauner’s multiple stances on the minimum wage…To his private equity firm’s ties to a convicted politician...To Rauner’s alleged influence used to get his child into an exclusive Chicago school.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:57 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Reduced property assessments for Tazewell County following Nov. tornado

Tazewell County residents affected by the November 17th tornado will likely pay property taxes on lower assessed values this year.  

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