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7:25 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Ending the six month wait to see a psychiatrist

Debra and Zach Medlyn at their home in Champaign, Il.
Credit Sean Powers / Illinois Public Radio/WILL

According to federal labor statistics, there are more psychiatrists working in Illinois than most states, with the bulk of that service concentrated in the Chicagoland area. But mental health providers say there are major gaps in service across Illinois, especially downstate. Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Powers looks at the challenges facing psychiatric services, and some of the potential solutions. 

Zach Medlyn, 27, of Champaign did not start hearing the voices until about seven years ago, when he was a student at the University of Illinois.

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State News
7:12 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Quinn slams Rauner for Cellini endorsement

Credit Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio/WUIS

Governor Pat Quinn's campaign is blasting his Republican opponent, Bruce Rauner for getting endorsed by Springfield insider William Cellini. But Quinn has his own checkered endorsement history. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky has the story.

Cellini, a lifelong Republican, went to prison for his role in a campaign contribution shakedown scheme tied to the administration of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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State News
6:56 am
Thu April 10, 2014

S&P: Next two months 'critical' for Illinois finances

A major credit rating agency says the next two months will be "critical" for the future of the state's budget. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, the key question is whether to make a temporary tax hike permanent.

Like most of the big credit rating agencies, Standard & Poor's has been bearish on Illinois finances, lowering the state's credit rating four times in recent years. But S&P says that could soon begin to turn around. 

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Government
6:22 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

What’s the best way to fund Illinois road projects?

Some Illinois lawmakers say the key to transportation funding is improving public awareness.  That was the message from a panel speaking at the annual I-CAT Transportation Conference in East Peoria. State Senator Karen McConnaughay says getting more input from chambers of commerce, residents and businesses could make transportation funding more efficient than approving a multi-year capital bill:

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Government
6:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

IL Senate passes tornado disaster funding bill

A bill allowing state funding to help towns hit by the November 17th tornadoes has passed the State Senate. The measure was introduced by state senator Dave Koehler and co-sponsored by Darin LaHood.

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Government
5:58 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Central Illinois bridges, roads slated for new state funding

Illinois will invest another $8.6 billion into roads, bridges and other projects. It's the latest installment of a major infrastructure plan lawmakers passed in 2010. Now, Governor Pat Quinn is calling for a new one. But he’s not saying where the money should come from.

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Government
5:50 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Schock: IRS official should be prosecuted

Congressman Aaron Schock says a high ranking IRS official should be prosecuted for misusing her position to target TEA Party based not for profit groups who filed as social welfare organizations. Lois Lerner headed the division in charge of making decisions on tax exempt status. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:03 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Caterpillar maintains quarterly dividend rate

Caterpillar is maintaining its dividend rate for this quarter. The company’s board of directors voted to maintain a quarterly cash dividend rate of 60-cents per share. Shareholders can collect their dividend May 20th. It’s being paid out to stockholders of record at the close of business on April 21st.   

Peoria Public Radio News
7:18 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Peoria city council approves purchase of additional road salt

The City of Peoria is replacing some of the road salt depleted during the record harsh winter. The city uses about 400 tons of salt each time it snows more than two inches, and could handle several additional snow falls before it would run out.  

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State News
7:12 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Il House approves measure preventing voter suppression

The Illinois House has approved a proposal to add protections for voting rights to the Illinois Constitution. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

The measure is sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan himself. In explaining why he thinks it's necessary, he recalled the federal Voting Rights Act, and the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to "modify" parts of that law.

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