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7:01 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Governor's former advisors subpoenaed to testify about anti-violence program

Some of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s former advisers are being subpoenaed to publicly testify about a troubled anti-violence program. IPR's Tony Arnold reports.

An audit earlier this year revealed a program meant to reduce violence around Chicago was grossly mismanaged in 2010.

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State News
6:52 am
Tue June 24, 2014

New U of I president to be named in December

Retiring U of I President Bob Easter.
Credit U of I

The search to replace retiring University of Illinois president Bob Easter is getting underway. Closed door discussions have begun to find the University's 20th president.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:31 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

The state looks to regulate farmer's markets

A new state law will standardize how farmers markets are regulated. The Farmers Market Taskforce will work with the Illinois Department of Public Health to come up with a single set of rules and regulations farmers can follow no matter where they sell their products in Illinois.

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State News
6:08 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Sen. Kirk: Synthetic marijuana poses security risk for Illinois

Synthetic cannabis, marketed as herbal incense.

Illinois US Senator Mark Kirk is cracking down on the export of synthetic marijuana. IPR’s Mariam Sobh reports.

Kirk says O’Hare International Airport is among the top 5 hubs for the substance. Drug Enforcement Administration officials believe the synthetic drug was invented and produced in China. Kirk says he is applying pressure to the Chinese government, because it’s not only a health hazard, but is also a security issue. DEA officials say side effects of using synthetic weed include psychotic episodes, seizures, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting and even catatonia.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:04 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Peoria enters a Pathway to Prosperity

A newly inked Peoria based collaborative effort aims to link more kids to the jobs of the current employment marketplace. It’s called Peoria Pathways to Prosperity and encompasses seven organizations. 

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State News
6:56 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Gov. Quinn approves minimum wage ballot question

Voters will get to weigh in on whether Illinois should raise its minimum wage for adults to 10 dollars an hour. Governor Pat Quinn approved the ballot question Sunday, and as IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, he wasted no time campaigning on the issue.

The question is just advisory. Lawmakers don’t have to heed the people’s advice, but supporters of the increase say they hope it’ll pressure reluctant legislators to go along.

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State News
6:24 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Illinois State Police looking to cut expenses

The Illinois State Police is looking at ways to tighten its belt under the next state budget. The agency had been looking to expand through hiring more officers and offering more cadet classes. But neither is happening under the budget passed by the General Assembly last month.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:49 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Jump Center studies new home health care technology

The Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center is studying new technological means to keep people independent and at home longer.

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State News
6:20 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Sixteen officers awarded Medal of Honor

  Sixteen police officers from across Illinois were awarded the state's Medal of Honor today in Springfield. One officer had previously been honored as state trooper of the year.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:05 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Senator Durbin talks veterans healthcare

Credit Tamie Yost

 

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin met with veteran Service Organization leaders in Peoria Friday. Health care access needs of military veterans and the problems facing the VA Department were the topics.  

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