Daryl Scott

Operations Manager

Daryl Scott serves as Peoria Public Radio's Operations Manager and the local co-host of Morning Edition. While attending college at Western Illinois University he began working at NPR member station WIUM in Macomb, Illinois. After graduating he went to NPR member station, WNIN in Evansville, Indiana where he served as Morning Edition host, producer, and performed operations duties. He also hosted a locally-produced jazz program and did voice-over work for public television documentaries. Daryl joined the Peoria Public Radio staff in 2006 and enjoys being part of the greater Peoria community and making sure that Peoria Public Radio works smoothly behind the scenes.

When he's not behind an audio console or a computer, Daryl enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah and their hound dog, Mabel. He can usually be found working nights and weekends in the garage on a vintage car, truck or some other interesting mechanical object. 
 

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City of Peoria

Peoria Public Works Director Mike Rogers is leaving Peoria to take a new position in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Rogers will fill a newly-created position of Transportation Director. His last day in Peoria is August 26th.


In a statement, Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich thanked Rogers for his years of service. Rogers has served as Public WorkS Director since 2013.  A replacement has not yet been named.

 

The Peoria City Council overwhelming approved salary increases for the mayor, city treasurer and city clerk.

The raises are roughly two percent annually over the next four years, at which time the mayor will make about $58,000, the treasurer $123,000 and the clerk nearly $119,000.

In addition, the city manager received a $6,000 increase, making his salary to $188,000 a year plus benefits.

The agency charged with investigating the use of force by Chicago police never obtained a key video showing the moments leading up to a fatal 2011 shooting. Illinois Public Radio’s Patrick Smith reports.

When Chicago police officers pulled over Darius Pinex in January 2011, the dashcam in their CPD Chevy Tahoe was rolling.

The officers shot and killed Pinex during that traffic stop.

This week's episode of Out and About takes us to the Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra and Peoria Area Civic Chorale's concert titled "Swing Into Spring". Nathan and Jenn talk with Carl Anderson about the collaborative effort to bring a little boogie-woogie to central Illinois. 

The "Swing Into Spring" concert runs at the Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7 at 7:30 P.M., and Sunday May 8 at 3:00 P.M.. 

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Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Updated at 12:00 PM

The Peoria International Airport was on heightened alert Thursday morning, after TSA officials found a suspicious package, before 7am.  

A TSA screener x-ray showed what appeared to be three sticks of dynamite and a mason jar filled with liquid, in an unmarked checked bag, the Peoria County Sheriff said.

The sticks were actually dog toys that belong to 38 year-old Michelle Davidson who reports using them in security training.  

Sarah Scott

Road trips are common today among young, single women -- but not so in the 1930s. At that time, camping trips and cross-country travel were exclusive to men. But in 1934 a young beautician from Bradford, Illinois wasn’t about to take no for an answer. She and her friends set out for a summer road trip in a Model-T they affectionately called “The Silver Streak.” Peoria Public Radio’s Daryl Scott visited the car that’s on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum and shares some of the story of the so-called “Bradford Model T Girls.”

 

Gary Richrath, lead guitarist for the band REO Speedwagon has died. According to a post on the group’s Facebook page, the band says it shares in the grief of Richrath’s family, friends, and fans. The East Peoria native joined the band in 1971 and left in 1989. He recorded 12 albums and wrote the 1980 hit "Take It On The Run”.

Gary Richrath was 65.

 

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Former Illinois Governor Dan Walker died early Wednesday morning in California. He was 92.  Walker, the state's 36th governor, served for one term from 1973 to 1977. In the run-up to office Walker made news by walking some 1,100 miles across Illinois. He narrowly defeated then-Lieutenant Governor Paul Simon in the Democratic primary. 

Walker's political career had wrapped up by 1987 when he pleaded guilty to bank fraud and other charges, and later spent time in federal prison for illegal activities after leaving office.  

Peoria Players Theatre

Peoria Players Theatre kicks off their 96th season of shows with the powerful musical "Ragtime". While the show takes place in the early 1900’s, many of the complex social issues raised in the production…still resonate today. Stan Strickler has this review for the Live Theatre League of Peoria. 

Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League. 

Washington Tornado Information and How to Donate

Nov 22, 2013
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City of Pekin GIS

New images gathered by the City of Pekin using satellite imagery shows the full scale of destruction as viewed from space. The city's GIS data from before and after the storm, was referenced and compiled using ESRI software to reveal the path of destruction that Sunday's EF-4 in Washington took. The EF-2 tornado damage in Pekin, and East Peoria is also displayed in the website.  The large footprint of the damage is immediately evident, as is the debris field just outside of the areas in the nearby farm fields.

By selecting "bookmarks" on the upper right-hand side of the web page, users can also view additional overlays of satellite images.

Below is a LIVE web stream of the Central Illinois Tornado Relief Telethon from WTVP Public Media. Click on the links to watch the stream.

Updated Storm Relief Information

Nov 19, 2013
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Storm Relief Information  

Sarah Scott

Ameren officials have activated their emergency operations center following the severe weather that ravaged portions of central Illinois Sunday, rendering some 140,000 residents powerless at the peak of the storms.  Utility crews have focused on the cities of Washington, Pekin, Bloomington and as far east as Danville after the tornados and high winds damaged service lines. At 10:00pm Sunday, roughly 42,000 residents in Tazewell, Woodford, Peoria and McLean counties remain without electricity, while additional dangers exist for those customers with damaged homes and businesses.

Police Extend Curfew Following Tornado

Nov 17, 2013

UPDATED

In the aftermath of Sunday's tornadoes, the City of Pekin will once again enforce a  9pm to 6am curfew for areas on Sheridan from 2nd  to 8th street, including areas north between those streets to Lakeside. Pekin Police will continue to heavily patrol all damaged areas. Residents are encouraged to call the following numbers if they need assistance, or are wanting to volunteer. This is a hotline that went live Thursday set up by the Emergency Operations Center.

Homeowners (needing assistance) 309-698-5001

Volunteers 309-698-5002

Tornadoes Level Homes Across Tri-County Area

Nov 17, 2013
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Heavy storms and at least one tornado ripped through Central Illinois Sunday morning. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports the storms devastated parts of Washington.

 

 Hundreds of people picked through the rubble of what remained of their homes in the town of about 15-thousand.  The tornado destroyed entire blocks of homes.  Resident Susan Newton lives next door to the Trails Edge neighborhood that was heavily damaged.  She says the tornado demolished most of her street while she was at church

  

Tornado Relief Telethon-LIVE

Nov 17, 2013

The Illinois Supreme Court today struck down the so-called "Amazon tax."  As IPR's Brian Mackey reports, the decision could pave the way for businesses to make more money online.

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Schock Takes Criticism

Oct 18, 2013
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A conservative group is criticizing Illinois congressman Aaron Schock for his vote to end the government shutdown and extend the treasury’s borrowing authority. Even so, it does not appear he will be challenged in next year’s primary. Illinois Public Radio’s Scott Stuntz reports.

Sarah Scott

On this week's installment of Out and About we speak with Jennifer Lee, Special Events Coordinator for the city of East Peoria. The city is hosting the "Cars 'n Art" Vintage Art Fair and Classic Car Cruise-In in the Levee District. Lee tells us what to expect during tomorrow's art fair and car show, and gives directions for anyone interested in showing off their pride and joy.

The vintage art fair runs from 12 until 7, and the cruise-in runs from 3 until 7 along Washington Street.

Sarah Scott

On this week's installment of Out and About we speak with Jennifer Lee, Special Events Coordinator for the city of East Peoria. The city is hosting the "Cars 'n Art" Vintage Art Fair and Classic Car Cruise-In in the

Levee District. Lee tells us what to expect during tomorrow's art fair and car show, and gives directions for anyone interested in showing off their pride and joy.

The vintage art fair runs from 12 until 7, and the cruise-in runs from 3 until 7 along Washington Street.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan beat her last opponent by more than a million votes. Her decision to run for re-election next year scared away most of the people who'd been eyeing her job. But as IPR's Brian Mackey reports, at least one Republican is throwing his hat in the ring.

Review - "Company"

Aug 28, 2013

Stephen Sondheim’s Company is a musical that highlights the complexity of human relationships. The desires for love and companionship are accompanied by memorable music under the tent at Corn Stock Theatre. Doug Oakey has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League.

Doug Oakey reviewed Corn Stock Theatre’s production of “Company”.  Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.


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The American Civil Liberties Union is hoping to pass same-sex marriage in Illinois with the help of a new lobbyist- the former head of the state Republican Party. IPR's Alex Keefe reports.

The chair of a new Illinois Senate committee on child welfare wants answers to rising child abuse in downstate Illinois.  I-P-R’s Patrick Smith has more.

Two Illinois lawmakers say they’re getting closer to proposing a pension plan that could save the state almost $150 billion dollars. IPR’s Patrick Smith has more.

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In Springfield, the west wing of Illinois' Capitol building is nearing the end of a 50 million dollarrenovation. IPR's Brian Mackey reports on the end of the two-year project.

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Earlier this year, legislation was introduced to abolish the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Administration officials negotiated a more modest set of changes, and now they've beensigned into law. IPR's Brian Mackey has more on the changes in store for economic development in Illinois.

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