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7:05 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Rauner says he's not against unions

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner says common perceptions about him have it all wrong. He's not against unions and he doesn't want to take away public workers' pensions. Rauner was in Springfield Tuesday night for a Sangamon County Republican Foundation fundraiser. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

Unions worked hard to prevent Rauner from getting the GOP nomination, and why not? He constantly talked during the primary about how "government union bosses" were to blame for much of Illinois' ills. But since he became the nominee, I've yet to hear him publicly use the phrase. I asked him, "Why not?"

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Government
5:42 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Investigators focus on IL child care provider

State investigators say a child care provider bilked Illinois out of more than $200,000.  The case exposes gaps that could leave the state open to losing more. 

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Education
5:36 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

ICC gets $2.6 million towards Sustainability Center project

The state is giving Illinois Central College more than two-and-a-half-million-dollars to build a new Sustainability Center at its East Peoria campus. The funding is part of the state’s ‘Illinois Jobs Now’ program. The new 24,000 square-foot facility will include space for renewable energy, architecture and H-VAC programs. Illinois Central College President John Erwin says area residents can also benefit from the new facility:

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Government
5:28 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Transportation conference includes Washington recovery lessons

Communities affected by a natural disaster need to both physically respond and take time to calculate accurate damage estimates. That's according to Washington Engineer Ed Andrews speaking at the I-CAT Transportation Conference in East Peoria. He says state and federal deadlines to submit damage assessments kick-in soon after a disaster:

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Government
5:17 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Lawmakers advance Emanuel Chicago pension plan

A bill to cut retirement benefits for some City of Chicago employees has made its way to the governor’s desk. But it’s not clear whether he will sign it. IPR'S Tony Arnold reports.

In one day, the Illinois State House and Senate approved a measure affecting more than 56-thousand city laborers and municipal workers. The bill would have current employees pay more toward their pensions - while retirees would get less money in benefits.

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:26 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Pekin police locate missing 22-year old man

Pekin police say they've located the 22-year old man who was reported missing Monday morning.

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Government
8:58 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Risinger looks to boost Planning group’s transparency, financial stability

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is hoping to boost transparency with local and state officials. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that’s according to interim executive director Dale Risinger.
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Government
7:58 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Emanuel touts changes to state pension bill

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is touting some changes to a state bill that would prop up some of the city’s troubled pensions.  But the changes may be more political than practical.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:36 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Tazewell County aims to reduce teen drinking

The Tazewell Teen Initiative is hosting a Town Hall meeting at Tremont High School Tuesday night. The event runs from 7:00p.m. to 8:30p.m. and is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:22 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Main and U construction expands

Institute Street is closed for two weeks for construction of speed bumps starting Tuesday, April 8.

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