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11:09 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Request for national DCFS director search

Some Illinois politicians want Governor Pat Quinn to conduct a national search for the next director of the state’s child welfare system.

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Government
11:02 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

State funding for Peoria, Fulton bike trail project

Peoria County is getting $77,000 in state funding to develop a bike path to Fulton County.  The money will be used to acquire a more than 24-mile abandoned railroad corridor that runs from Fulton County to Bellevue.  The funding is part of a $1 million effort to develop or improve 42-miles of bicycle trails in the state.

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Government
11:00 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Peoria County board members talk cemetery board, sales tax

Some Peoria County Board members say they oppose reducing its number of appointees on the Springdale Cemetery Authority.  The County pays $60,000 a year towards the cemetery operating deficit. The Park District pays $40,000 and the City pays the rest of any remaining deficit.  The City wants to have more representation on the Springdale Board.  That would mean a reduction in a County slot.  County Board member Allen Mayer says the County Board needs to maintain its current presence on the Springdale Authority:

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Government
10:56 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Dale Risinger to lead Regional Planning Commission

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission approved a former state senator as the group's interim director.  The commission approved Dale Risinger to head the group as it searches for a permanent replacement.  Risinger has spent years working for the Illinois Department of Transportation.  Tri County chair Larry Whitaker says Risinger’s experience as a state senator can also help the commission renew its focus:  

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Government
10:54 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Woodford County chair criticizes Tazewell County oversight measure

The Woodford County Board chairman had some tough words for Tazewell County during Thursday’s commission meeting.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:09 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Peoria Notre Dame principal leaving

The principal of Peoria Notre Dame High School is leaving to take on a new position at another educational institution.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:48 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Building trades groups to hold job fair for young minorities

Area building trade groups, the NAACP and the City of Peoria are hosting a job fair this weekend for young minorities. It’s part of a long range plan the trio put together after the NAACP pointed to the lack of minorities on area job sites, specifically the Pere Marriott Hotel project.

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State News
7:42 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Il politicians challenge FEMA formula

Debris from Washington tornado.
Credit Alex Rusciano / Peoria Public Radio

This week, Governor Pat Quinn gave a keynote speech at a forum in Washington, D.C. on natural disasters. The governor says Illinois has suffered a record-number of incidents in recent years. And yet the state has come up short when it's sought help from the federal government. That includes a rejection following the outbreak of 25 tornados in Illinois at the end of last year, tornadoes from which the towns of Washington, Gifford, and others are still recovering.

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State News
7:27 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Homeowners should wait to fill their propane tanks a little longer

The cost of propane, used to heat many homes in rural areas, is starting to come back down after skyrocketing due to icy weather and supply disruptions. But as Illinois Public Radio’s Peter Gray reports, homeowners concerned about the recent price spike might want to wait a bit longer to fill their tank. 

In the Midwest prices hit more than 4 dollars 19 cents per gallon in late January. That the highest price since 1990 when the Energy Information Administration started tracking propane weekly.

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State News
7:04 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Champaign County second in Il issuing same-sex couples marriage licenses

Marissa Meli, 28, and Laura Meli, 27, have been in a relationship for more than eight years, and on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 became the first same-sex couple in Champaign County to get a marriage license.
Credit Sean Powers / Illinois Public Radio/WILL

Champaign County is the second county in Illinois to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples before June 1. That’s when a state law says same-sex couples can marry.  A federal judge ruled last week that Illinois' same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. That ruling applied to Cook County.

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