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4:17 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

State lawmakers: new union deal could hurt Medicaid cost savings

This year, Illinois began a program to cull the state's Medicaid rolls.  So far, it has resulted in two out of every five recipients being dropped. But some lawmakers say a new agreement with a labor union jeopardizes further cost savings. 

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Government
3:51 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Cook Co. Sheriff has concealed carry safety concerns

Illinois residents will soon be able to apply for permits to carry concealed weapons.  Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has safety concerns about who will be allowed to get those permits.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:40 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Hult Center to offer more mental health programs

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The Hult Center for Healthy Living is offering more mental health programs thanks to a recent merger. The not-for-profit organization combined services with Mental Health America of Illinois Valley September 1st. Hult is now offering health education, cancer, senior and mental health programs all under one roof at its Knoxville Avenue location.      

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State News
6:54 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Gubernatorial candidate, Bill Brady, releases tax returns

A second Republican running for Illinois governor has released his tax returns. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports on with what they show.

When State Senator Bill Brady first ran for governor, four years ago -- he was slow to release his tax returns. It may have been because of what they showed: that in 2008 - he paid no state income tax, and in 2008 and 2009 he paid no federal income tax. Brady, a Bloomington real estate developer, had seen his income drop when the housing crisis hit. His low tax bill became campaign issue for him, like in this ad from his opponent, Gov. Pat Quinn:

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State News
6:28 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Meningitis vaccine soon required for young people in Il

A vaccine that’s already widely used to prevent meningitis will be required for young people in Illinois under a new law. The recently signed law requires Illinois school children to receive the vaccine when entering 6th grade, and to get two doses when entering 12th grade.

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State News
6:14 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Sen. Durbin takes a look at pet coke issue in Chicago

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois toured parts of Chicago’s Southeast side Monday. He wanted to get a first-hand look at the pet coke issue. IPR'S Michael Puente has more.

Durbin was joined by residents and environmental advocates, as well as U.S. Congresswoman Robyn Kelly and 10th Ward Alderman John Pope. Durbin says he knows the Southeast side has been the home to heavy industry for more than a century. But, he says, that doesn’t mean companies are off the hook when it comes to protecting residents who live nearby.

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Sports
11:38 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Peoria high school teams joining Big 12 Conference

District 150’s high schools will join the Big 12 Conference next school year.  That includes all sports except football, which starts in the conference in 2015.   District Athletic Director Bob Darling says the move will boost competition for the three district high schools and Notre Dame High School:

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Education
11:36 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Hundreds rally in support of District 150 principal on leave

Hundreds of people turned out in support of Charter Oak Primary School principal John Wetterauer during Monday’s District 150 School Board meeting.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:
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Government
5:05 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Peoria airport closer to getting new control tower

The General Wayne Downing Peoria International Airport is a step closer to having a state-of-the-art control tower. The Metropolitan Airport Authority approved a contract with a Chicago architecture and engineering firm to design the structure. 

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Government
4:30 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

State pension overhaul moving forward

Illinois' largest state government retirement system is moving ahead with implementation of the pension overhaul.   That comes even as unions are preparing a lawsuit.

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