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7:05 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Illinois losing residents

Illinois is losing more residents than are moving in. IPR's Mariam Sobh reports.

For every four people that leave the state, only three people move here.

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State News
6:56 am
Wed July 9, 2014

SIU Board names acting Chancellor

The SIU Board of Trustees has appointed Paul Sarvela as Acting SIU Carbondale Chancellor.
Credit WSIU Radio

SIU Carbondale's new acting Chancellor says he has a list of priorities he plans to start work on immediately. The SIU Board appointed Paul Sarvela to the post Tuesday.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:33 am
Wed July 9, 2014

PHA Greeley redevelopment awaits council approval

Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria City Council deferred for two weeks the zoning changes needed for the Greeley School property.

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Government
11:59 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Fire chief’s contract still secure following tense meeting

A tense meeting of the Washington Fire Board erupted into chaos and confusion last night. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports the issue was whether to renew Fire Chief Mike Vaughn's contract for the job:

Vaughn's contract is set to automatically renew at the end of the month for three years. But that's because no other votes were possible after board member Brian Barron walked out of the meeting after another motion was made to not renew Vaughn's contract, ending the quorum. Barron says he hopes the board members can hammer out a new contract with Vaughn:

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Crime
4:54 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Quinn could send state police to tackle Chicago violence

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is willing to provide back-up for the Chicago Police Department. More than 50 people were shot in Chicago over the long holiday weekend.  

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Government
4:15 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Weather, funding gap hit Illinois roads hard

The unpredictable weather in Illinois isn’t the only reason roads break down. A lack of capital funds can keep real repairs from taking place.  

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Environment
3:51 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Some IL crops survive better amid weather flux

Recent rainfall in Illinois has provided some welcome relief for many farmers, but too much or too little moisture can be tricky for corn and soybeans. Illinois Public Radio’s Mariam Sobh has more on crops that seem able to withstand unpredictable weather patterns

“On the edges of the fields we have issues with weeds, but you can see in the second row of the field, there’s no weeds in there.”

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Government
3:42 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

A look at the state’s minimum wage issues

Illinois lawmakers are considering raising the state's minimum wage to ten dollars, and Chicago could raise it higher still. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky surveys the minimum wage landscape.

Despite Democratic majorities and a push from the governor, Illinois' legislative session adjourned without a bump in the minimum wage. Lawmakers settled for putting a non-binding question on the November ballot asking if that's something voters want.

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Government
10:29 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Washington residents voice support for fire chief

The Washington City Council heard from dozens of residents in support of keeping Fire Chief Mike Vaughn at his post. An independent board voted NOT to renew Vaughn's contract and let it expire this month. Residents say the independent fire board lacks oversight. Some urged the city to dissolve the board and instead take over fire department operations.  But Washington Mayor Gary Manier says that isn't currently an option:

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:05 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Peoria feels World Cup fever

The soccer craze is relatively new in Peoria. In fact the first soccer field was built in the community 60 years ago. It was the project of Joseph Spies who was a 16-year-old German immigrant that had just arrived in Peoria. He built the field with friends and started a competitive team. Spies continues to share in the joy of watching the game as a part of the German-American Society.


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