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4:08 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

State lawmakers debate education funding

Legislators are beginning to debate how much money the state will put toward education. First, though, a group of legislators say Illinois needs to fix how it parcels out that money to individual districts. 

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Government
4:04 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Bill to reduce Chicago worker benefits moving through Springfield

A bill to reduce the retirement benefits for some City of Chicago employees is moving quickly through Springfield.  

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Crime
3:58 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Peoria Police looking for gas station robbery suspect

Peoria Police are looking for an armed robbery suspect at the Marathon Gas Station on North University.  The suspect is a white male, about six-feet in height weighing 180 to 210 pounds. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:54 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Peoria police warn of burglaries

Peoria police are warning residents about an outbreak of burglaries in certain neighborhoods. Police say a number of residential and vehicle thefts have taken place in the area bounded by Glen, Hanssler, University and Knoxville.

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State News
6:57 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Coalition wants to raise the state's gas tax for road work

Illinois' highway system could be headed for disrepair, but a coalition of business and labor leaders say they have a fix: raising the state's gas tax. 

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State News
6:46 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Lawmaker's trial postponed

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The trial of an Illinois State Representative accused of bank fraud has been postponed. IPR'S Tony Arnold reports.

State Representative LaShawn Ford was charged with bank fraud in 2012. Federal prosecutors say the Democrat from Chicago’s West Side got a line of credit from the now-failed ShoreBank to rehab properties he owned. But instead allegedly used the money for things like car loans and his American Express account.

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Government
9:46 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

East Peoria Council OKs refinancing $19 million in bonds

The East Peoria City Council approved refinancing $19 million in general obligation bonds used to finance the Bass Pro project.  Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports the goal is to get the city a lower interest rate:
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Politics
8:19 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Madigan ‘strong support’ for min. wage hike

House Speaker Michael Madigan says there is "strong support" in the chamber for a hike in Illinois' minimum wage. That's one of the big issues in the governor's race.  

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Government
8:13 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Fighting for IL historic places tax credit

An Illinois preservation group has put out its annual list of most endangered historic places. State funding may be a long shot, but enthusiasts are working to save a federal tax credit.

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Government
3:20 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

IL looks to stop voter suppression

As other states enact stricter voting restrictions, Illinois lawmakers are looking to protect against suppression. A House committee Tuesday advanced the constitutional change.

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