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5:48 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Disability parking changes take effect Jan. 1st

Most drivers with state disability parking placards will pay at parking meters starting January 1st.  The new law will require anyone with a blue or red placard to start inserting coins at meters in Illinois.  Mary Riseling is with the Illinois Secretary of State's Office. She says the change means an increase in revenue for cities with metered parking:

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:42 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Louisville Slugger partnering to build new Peoria sports complex

Louisville Slugger's VP of Marketing, Kyle Schlegel, speaking at a press conference announcing the company is partnering to build a new Peoria sports complex.
Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

A proposed Peoria sports complex has the backing of a major sports merchandise company. Louisville Slugger is partnering with Peoria group, Corp 24, to build the facility that will include 10 outdoor synthetic-turf baseball and softball fields and a 125-thousand square foot dome. The complex will be built near the Shoppes at Grand Prairie.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:45 am
Wed December 18, 2013

"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign begins this week

State, county, and local police will begin stepped up enforcement on Illinois roads this week. The annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown begins Friday. Law enforcement will be looking out for those who are speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, drinking and driving, or being distracted while operating a vehicle. The effort is aimed at reducing traffic accidents and fatalities on Illinois roads.

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Peoria Public Radio News
10:54 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Forging the rules on Fracking in Illinois

Credit isfracking.com

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is taking public comment on the regulations proposed to govern hydraulic fracturing. 

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Storms
10:04 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

FEMA: Some residents avoiding recovery assistance

Residents learn about recovery efforts at a public meeting in Pekin on Tuesday, December 17th.

FEMA officials say some residents affected by last month's devastating weather are avoiding registration for assistance.  Deanna Frazier handles public information for FEMA. She says some residents think they are taking away from others by accepting help:

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Health
4:53 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

State board approves Kewanee Hospital merger with OSF

Kewanee Hospital is joining the OSF Healthcare System in April under a new name. A state review board approved the merger between the two groups. Kewanee Hospital will be re-named OSF Saint Luke Medical Center during a dedication ceremony in the spring. The Kewanee Hospital CEO says the move allows the hospital to better serve its area patients.

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Government
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

Credit hult-health.org

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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