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Peoria Public Radio News
1:23 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

UnityPoint Health-Methodist and Proctor move forward

UnityPoint Health-Methodist and Proctor CEO, Debbie Simon, speaks at launch of combined entity
Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

UnityPoint Health-Methodist and Proctor are looking ahead after they received final approval to combine. Proctor is now part of the UnityPoint Health system as well as its physicians, various clinics, and services. That includes the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery and the Hult Center for Healthy Living.

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State News
1:22 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Opponents of mandatory minimum sentencing block state bill

A plan to increase prison time for gun crimes hit a brick wall today in the Illinois Capitol.  Opponents of the measure used a parliamentary procedure to block the bill.

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Government
6:49 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

IL lawmaker pushing earlier same-sex marriage date

Illinois' same-sex marriage legislation makes gay and lesbian couples wait until June to get married.  But Senator Don Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat, says he wants to shorten those engagements.  He's behind a proposal that could allow same-sex marriages in early 2014:

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Government
6:43 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Lawmakers tweak mandatory minimum gun bill

Illinois lawmakers are whittling down legislation that would increase the minimum prison time for some people convicted of illegal gun use.  

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Business
6:36 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

State senate OKs tax breaks for ADM, Office Depot

A Senate panel has approved legislation that would give tax incentives to two of Illinois biggest corporations -- Office Depot and Archer Daniels Midland. 

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State News
1:32 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Learning health insurance-speak

Despite technical obstacles, navigators are still helping people enroll into health-insurance marketplaces. In many communities, that includes helping those who speak little or no English. Illinois Public Radio’s Mike Moen reports, the northern Illinois region is no exception:     

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State News
1:24 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Gov. Quinn says he'll announce running mate soon

The only candidate running for governor who has yet to announce a running mate is incumbent Pat Quinn. The Democrat has been silent about who he wants as a lieutenant governor. But time is running out.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:58 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

PHA receives HUD grant

The Peoria Housing Authority is receiving a federal grant to continue serving its senior residents. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the PHA a 246-thousand dollar grant for the second time. The money will be dispersed over three years, and allows the authority to fund its Supportive Services Program for residents 62 and older.

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Theatre Reviews
8:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Review - "The Graduate"

The 1967 film “The Graduate” introduced the world to “Mrs. Robinson” and launched the career of actor Dustin Hoffman. A stage adaptation of the film is now playing at Corn Stock

Theatre. Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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State News
7:14 am
Wed November 6, 2013

House to consider mandatory minimums for illegally carrying a gun

The Illinois House is set to consider legislation that would keep people in prison longer if they're caught illegally carrying a gun. A House committee advanced a revised version of the measure Tuesday night. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the change will help curb gang violence, but even legislators who voted for the plan are skeptical of that claim. 

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