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5:01 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

NPR’s David Greene visits Peoria Public Radio

David Greene, Morning Edition Co-Anchor and NPR Correspondent, was in Peoria Thursday as the featured speaker during the Second Annual Peoria Public Radio Gala.  He’s here to speak with Peoria Public Radio members, and share his experiences traveling and reporting on important issues across the country and overseas.  But first he took some time on All Things Considered with Alex Rusciano to chat a bi

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Peoria Public Radio News
9:15 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Peoria police make arrest in Marathon gas station roberry

Peoria Police say they’ve arrested the man they believe is responsible for an armed robbery at the Marathon Gas Station on North University. 29-year old Ryan Lakin was booked at the Peoria County Jail for armed robbery. Police say a tip led to Lakin’s arrest.  

State News
7:05 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Il ranks low when it comes to financial planning

Illinois is like most states when it comes to budget challenges. Leaders must decide how to use tax dollars to pay for a variety of services. But Illinois ranks low when it comes to financial planning.  One expert says changes are needed. Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford has details:

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State News
6:55 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Il Senate approves plan to fund improvements at state fairgrounds

Aerial view of the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois.
Credit planonspringfieldil.com

A plan to fund improvements on Illinois' two state fairgrounds won approval in the Senate Wednesday. The legislation would create a foundation to collect money that could be used for repairs or new construction on the fairgrounds in Springfield and DuQuoin.

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State News
6:45 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Il House approves banning smoking on college campuses

Smoking would be banned on public college campuses under legislation approved Wednesday by the Illinois House. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

The ban would apply almost everywhere on campus including outdoors. Backers point to the dangers of second-hand smoke, and say the legislation is a matter of public health. 

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State News
6:41 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Environmentalists call for tougher regulations on coal industry

Environmentalists in central Illinois are calling for tougher regulations on the coal industry. As IPR'S Hannah Meisel reports, they say coal companies are using land to profit, then leaving residents with a mess.

Director of the Sierra Club's Illinois Chapter Jack Darin acknowledges the regulations the state already has in place. He says the problem is Illinois' lax enforcement of those laws against coal companies.

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State News
6:22 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Champaign label preserved 1890’s recording named to National Registry

One of the recordings now part of the Library of Congress’ national registry is considered the first ‘hit’ song by an African-American. A Champaign-based record label is among those who have worked to preserve it. IPR'S Jeff Bossert has more: 

The 25 selections just announced by the LOC for preservation for its ‘cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance’ include, ‘The Laughing Song’, done in 1896 by George Washington Johnson. 

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Government
6:34 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Chicago labor groups, IL Republicans on same side over pension issue

Some labor unions are finding themselves on the same side as Illinois Republicans in fighting changes to Chicago employees’ retirement benefits.  

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Government
4:08 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

State lawmakers debate education funding

Legislators are beginning to debate how much money the state will put toward education. First, though, a group of legislators say Illinois needs to fix how it parcels out that money to individual districts. 

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Government
4:04 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Bill to reduce Chicago worker benefits moving through Springfield

A bill to reduce the retirement benefits for some City of Chicago employees is moving quickly through Springfield.  

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