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9:46 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

East Peoria Council OKs refinancing $19 million in bonds

The East Peoria City Council approved refinancing $19 million in general obligation bonds used to finance the Bass Pro project.  Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports the goal is to get the city a lower interest rate:
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Politics
8:19 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Madigan ‘strong support’ for min. wage hike

House Speaker Michael Madigan says there is "strong support" in the chamber for a hike in Illinois' minimum wage. That's one of the big issues in the governor's race.  

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Government
8:13 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Fighting for IL historic places tax credit

An Illinois preservation group has put out its annual list of most endangered historic places. State funding may be a long shot, but enthusiasts are working to save a federal tax credit.

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Government
3:20 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

IL looks to stop voter suppression

As other states enact stricter voting restrictions, Illinois lawmakers are looking to protect against suppression. A House committee Tuesday advanced the constitutional change.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:26 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

238th General Support Aviation unit to be recognized this weekend

A locally-based National Guard unit deployed to Afghanistan for a year is getting recognized this weekend. The National Guard Bureau Freedom Salute Campaign is holding a ceremony Saturday for 60 members of the 2nd Battalion of the 238th General Support Aviation Unit.

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State News
10:52 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Il Paralympian training for next challenge

Tatyana McFadden skiing in the January 2013 Nordic Skiing Nationals at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah.
Credit Deborah McFadden

Fresh off a silver medal win in Sochi, Russia last month, Winter and Summer Paralympian and 2013 wheelchair ‘grand slam’ winner Tatyana McFadden is prepping for her next challenge.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:48 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Peoria to survey streets

The City of Peoria is preparing to survey and catalog all its streets. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports it will take about 45 days to collect the information. 

Peoria Public Works Director Mike Rogers says vans will be driving city street taking video and lidar, measuring road conditions and evaluating street sign visibility. Rogers says the information will be used to determine how much it will cost to improve the condition of some the roads at the same time others are being maintained:

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State News
6:24 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Nursing home advocates approve of Governor's budget plan

Nursing home advocates say they're relieved by Gov. Pat Quinn's budget address last Wednesday. As IPR'S Hannah Meisel reports, the governor says state aid has already been cut enough.

Two years ago, Gov. Quinn announced drastic cuts to Medicaid, the state's healthcare program for the poor, disabled and elderly. Medicaid helps pay for nursing homes, so when the legislature followed through on these cuts, many facilities shut down or laid off workers.

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Business
5:02 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Caterpillar to testify Tuesday on offshore taxes

Caterpillar says it acts ethically and complies with all federal and state tax laws.  That’s part of the message company Finance Services Vice President Julie Lagacy plans to deliver at a U-S Senate investigative panel Tuesday. 

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Government
4:57 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Port Authority could mothball its operations

The Heart of Illinois Regional Port District either needs to find a new home or consider shelving its operations. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports on the possible next steps for the decade-old group:
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