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5:51 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Moody's monitoring the U of I

A financial expert at the University of Illinois says bond rating agency Moody’s is keeping a close eye on the school due to the state’s ongoing pension crisis. 

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State News
5:30 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Could Chicago host the next RNC?

The new head of the Illinois GOP says it’s too early to say whether Chicago should host the 2016 Republican National Convention. That could be a tough sell to Chicago’s staunchly Democratic mayor.IPR'S Alex Keefe reports.

State Republican Party Chairman Jack Dorgan was cautious when asked today about the prospects of a Chicago RNC in 2016.

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:55 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

U.S. Attorney General Holder visits Peoria

Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called a local program that helps certain non-violent offenders stay out of prison a model for what his office wants to do.

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Education
3:12 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

U of I Board dismisses longtime professor

Louis Wozniak

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees dismissed an engineering professor who had a 50-year career at the state's flagship school Thursday. Administrators say it's the first time a tenure decision went to the board. 

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State News
12:41 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Springfield Bishop to hold prayer service the day same-sex marriage to become law

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield plans a special prayer service the day same-sex marriage is to be signed into law. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, he says it's "scandalous" that so many Catholic politicians supported the legislation.

Gov. Pat Quinn is planning a big public ceremony to sign the same-sex marriage bill next Wednesday in Chicago. An hour or so later, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will hold a sort of counter service at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:34 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

City and owners of Madison Theater looking for proposals to renovate building

The owners of the historic Madison Theater in downtown Peoria and city officials are looking for those interested in renovating the run-down building. The two are issuing requests for interest and qualifications to rehab the theater, and for potential new construction on the adjacent city-owned parking lot.

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State News
6:48 am
Thu November 14, 2013

McLean County Animal Control ending use of gas chamber

McLean County gas chamber at Animal Control Center
Credit McLean County Health Department

McLean County says it’s going to stop using carbon monoxide to euthanize animals. As Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Powers reports, it’s the last animal control center in Illinois still using a gas chamber.

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State News
6:18 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Rutherford calls for Il to develop long-term plan for facilities

A Republican candidate for governor is once again calling for Illinois to change the way it manages major facilities, like prisons and developmental centers. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, that includes how the state CLOSES such facilities.

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says past attempts to close prisons and other big state institutions have been haphazard. He says this has been going on for years, back at least to the administrations of former governors Ryan and Blagojevich. But it's still happening, as with this year's closure of the women's prison in Dwight.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:51 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Peoria airport adds new parking

The Peoria International Airport now has 350 new parking spaces. The Airport Authority demolished an old storage building to make room for the additional parking just west of the terminal building. Airport Director Gene Olson says the space will make parking easier for passengers as the holiday travel season ramps up. The new parking is in addition to 100 spaces the airport built last year.   

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Government
4:37 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Gov. Quinn mum on local pension overhaul issue

Governor Pat Quinn has emphatically called for an overhaul of the state's pension systems.  But he won't say where he stands on a local pension overhaul, one that a major campaign donor wants vetoed. 

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