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1:57 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

U.S. Senate candidate: Republican Doug Truax

Credit Truax for Senate

At the top of the ticket this year in Illinois is a race for the U.S. Senate.  Republican Doug Truax is running against a state Senator, Jim Oberweis in the GOP primary.  The winner will take on Democrat Dick Durbin in the fall.

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State News
1:43 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Dillard criticizes Rauner

The Republican candidates for Illinois governor are sparring just two weeks before the primary.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:39 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

East Peoria launches new app

Robert Cole, Director of East Peoria's Department of Building and Property, demonstrates Access Peoria.
Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

East Peoria residents now have an easier way to report issues to the city. The city launched the smart phone app, Access East Peoria.

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State News
6:58 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Amish in Illinois look to form food hubs

Illinois Farm Bureau’s Michael Doherty (left) speaks with a group of Amish farmers as food hub organizer Dave Bishop (right) looks on.
Peter Gray Harvest Public Media

Restaurants, schools and other big buyers are looking for local food year-round.  And many of them are connecting with small farms on the Internet. But not all local producers are on the cutting edge, or even on the power grid.

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Government
7:26 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Risinger shares priorities for Planning Commission

Former state senator Dale Risinger says he hopes to renew focus on some lagging Tri-County Regional Planning Commission projects. The commission last week appointed Risinger as its interim executive director. The commission has completed a corridor study to build a proposed Eastern Bypass.  That project would connect Interstate 74 with Illinois Route 6 in the north-east-region of Peoria. Risinger says he wants to focus on selecting a proposed route for the bypass:

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:22 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Alternatives to the Main and University construction

Credit Gettingaroundpeoria.com / Peoria Public Radio

If you’ve found yourself dreading the southbound approach to the Main and University intersection, take heart. The city of Peoria is offering a map of alternate route options.

That comes with the southbound lane reduction from Parkside to Main Street on University. There are also lane reductions on Main one block off of University in both directions.

Next week, the city is planning to also completely close a block of Main Street from University to Elmwood.

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Government
7:13 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Illinois retirees’ tax break in question amid recommendation

Illinois retirees' would lose their tax break, if lawmakers sign onto the recommendation of a nonpartisan government research group.  The plan has fallen flat before.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:10 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Washington resumes weather siren test

The City of Washington will hear the test of the warning sirens this morning for the first time since the November 17th tornado. The emergency weather sirens will sound for three minutes at the standard monthly test time: at 10:00a.m. on the first Tuesday of the month.   

  The American Red Cross says the sirens are, of course, to help people know when to seek shelter in the face of dangerous weather. But Red Cross officials say each monthly test of the sirens could also be a stress trigger for children and some adults.

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Military
7:03 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Challenges for military families moving into IL

Moving to a new state is never easy, especially when you’re a school-aged kid. But for military families who move more frequently than most, laws in Illinois create a unique challenge — and, in some cases, a barrier to entry. Illinois Public Radio’s Hannah Meisel reports

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State News
7:03 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Discussion on "across the board" spending cuts

When politicians talk about budgets, someone invariably brings up the idea of across the board spending cuts. Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford talked with Chris Mooney, the Director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois. Mooney says using such a general approach to bring down spending seems simple. But he says, in practice, it's more complicated: 

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