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Peoria Public Radio News
7:35 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

PPD officers in District 150 High Schools

Peoria Public Schools District 150 and the City of Peoria have a temporary agreement to put Peoria Police Officers in each of the district’s three high schools as well as the Woodruff Career Center. 

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State News
6:56 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Speaker Madigan says Gov. shouldn't count on projected savings from passing pension reform

Illinois' lawmakers may have passed an overhaul of the state's pensions. But that doesn't mean they can count on the projected savings, as IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports. 

Backers of the pension law say it will save $160 billion. Granted, that's stretched over the next 30 years. But considering that pension costs had grown to eat up about a fifth of the state's budget, the savings the state will get from cutting workers' and teachers' retirement benefits will begin to ease a major budget pressure.  

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State News
6:15 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Gov. declares state of emergency due to frigid temperatures

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has declared a state of emergency because of the extreme cold. That allowed him to deploy the National Guard to help hundreds of stranded motorists. Quinn says he’s not yet worried about the costs associated with all the manpower being used to deal with the cold weather.

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State News
6:08 am
Tue January 7, 2014

IDOT still encouraging people to stay off roads

The snowstorm that dumped several inches on Illinois has moved out of the state.  But high winds and extremely cold temperatures made for another night of dangerous conditions. Interstates have slick spots from where blowing snow has covered the road. Many secondary roads are in much worse shape. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Driving conditions in the cold post-snow

Most business is resuming this morning despite the lingering cold temperatures. But Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports people will want to allow plenty of extra travel time: 

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State News
7:54 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Il National Guard deploying another unit to the Middle East

Even as the U.S. military is scaling back its presence in Afghanistan, another unit of the Illinois National Guard is being sent to the Middle East. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, it's the largest deployment of Illinois soldiers in years.

The call-up affects about 280 soldiers in the 108th Sustainment Brigade, based in Chicago. The group handles supply, finances, human resources, mail, and even operates boats for the Army.

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Peoria Public Radio News
9:27 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Dangerously cold with lots of blowing snow

Peoria Public Works Director Mike Rogers takes a break from snow blowing Sunday, January 5, 2014 at the city's Dries Lane office to talk with the city engineer.
Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria City leaders are encouraging people to only go out if it’s a necessity. The message was delivered in an emergency press conference last night: 

The region is experiencing some of the coldest temperatures on record in the last 20 to 25 years. 30 mile per hour winds underpin the bitter cold. That not only makes it dangerous outside for people and animals, it also makes it difficult to get the roads cleared.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:12 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Weather Warning for Central Illinois

Credit elequenscience.com

 Updated January 5, 2014

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:35 am
Fri January 3, 2014

PRM collecting stories from tornado victims

Area residents impacted by the November 17th tornados will get a chance to share their stories at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

New CEO shares vision for Peoria Riverfront Museum

Credit Peoria Riverfront Museum

Sam Gappmayer is the new President and CEO of the Peoria Riverfront Museum. He talks about his plans for the museum: He hopes to make it more "nimble," to pursue programming that reflects the region and be  open to collaboration with partners across the community. He also talks about one of the Museum's current exhibits.

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