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Peoria Public Radio News
5:35 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Moody's downgrades Peoria's rating

  Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the City of Peoria rating to double-A-3. That’s a step down from Double-A-2. The rating is assigned to the city's $10 million General Obligation Bonds Series issued this year.

A statement issued by the rating service says the debt is expected to be covered by utility tax and sewer fee revenues.

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Government
5:20 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

PHA IDs another possible parcel for Taft redevelopment project

An image of the potential Taft Homes Development Project parcel at 3772 N. Brandywine Drive in Peoria.

The Peoria Housing Authority has identified a third parcel where it wants to build new homes for more than 200 units currently at Taft Homes.  The newest potential parcel is at 37-72 North Brandywine Drive, near the War Memorial and University intersection. PHA executive director Brenda Coates says the property could house 30 units and is close to public transportation.

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Government
2:08 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Durbin weighs-in on Crimea, Russia during Normal stop

The invasion of Crimea has virtually undone all the good will Russian President Vladimir Putin put into the Winter Olympics. That's according to U. S. Senator Dick Durbin. Speaking in Normal, Durbin said Putin spent $51 billion on the Olympics, only to see the investment wither away in a matter of days.

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Education
1:56 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

State auditors to oversee Charter Oak ISAT testing

The Illinois State Board of Education is asking a contracted-auditor to oversee annual testing at District 150 Charter Oak Primary School. State board spokeswoman Mary Fergus says most schools are chosen randomly for overseeing how the I-SAT test is given. But Fergus says the current investigation into testing irregularities at Charter Oak prompted the state board to specifically ask that the school be observed.  ISAT testing is currently underway in the district, and ends March 14th. 

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Peoria Players production tells the remarkable story of Helen Keller

Credit Peoria Players Theatre

This week, we're talking with Charles Killen, director of Peoria Players Theatre's upcoming production of "The Miracle Worker." He talks about his own history with the play, about casting the two principal roles, and about the subject matter of the show remains relevant in 2014. "The Miracle Worker" runs March 14th through 23rd at Peoria Players.

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State News
7:06 am
Fri March 7, 2014

GOP candidates for Lt. Governor participate in televised debate

The Republicans hoping to be Illinois’ next lieutenant governor got their debate time Thursday night. On WTTW’s Chicago Tonight program, the candidates were asked what’s one thing any lieutenant governor has done that’s made an impression on you.

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State News
6:57 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Republicans calling for an end to block grants to CPS

Republican lawmakers are calling for the end of special state funding of Chicago Public Schools. They say it's unfair to the rest of Illinois schools. Chicago's public school system currently receives an annual "block grant";  the other 800 school districts in the state receive money based on a different formula. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:30 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Regulating the body art industry in Tazewell County

Credit Health.howstuffworks.com

The Tazewell County Health Department is looking to add to state law for the body art industry. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:

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Politics
4:54 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Dillard to start airing TV commercials

 

With less than two weeks until the primary election, Bruce Rauner will no longer be the only candidate airing self-promotional TV ads in Illinois. Now other candidates are airing campaign commercials of his own.

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State News
4:41 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

IL farmers, lawmakers talk food labelling

Farmers, their lobbyists and legislators met in the Capitol Thursday to talk about legislation that would affect one of Illinois’ biggest industries – agriculture. One proposal “big ag” is fighting would change the way food is labeled in Illinois.

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