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Education
6:10 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

U of I Trustees talk pending retirements from pension reform

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees Friday told President Robert Easter to work with other state schools and lawmakers to prevent a wave of retirements brought on by Illinois’ pension reform law. 

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Out and About
11:31 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Spring Celebration features art from area schools

This week, we;re talking with Mary Rous, about the Arts in Education Spring Celebration. Now in its 29th year, the program spotlights the performing arts programs in local schools with performances and exhibits at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza. The Spring Celebration continues weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., through May 23rd.

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Crime
7:20 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Glasford bank robbery suspects taken into custody

Two suspects are in custody following a bank robbery in Glasford Thursday.  

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Government
7:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Peoria County has financial concerns over public defender spending

Peoria County officials say they have serious financial concerns over the way its public defender service was managed.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that’s according to documents heading to committee members next week:
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Peoria Public Radio News
2:12 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Property tax bills in the mail

Peoria County property owners can soon expect their first real estate tax bills of the year. The Peoria County Treasurer’s office says notices will be mailed by the 23rd of this month, with payments due June 10th.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:26 am
Thu April 17, 2014

CityLink holds first public meeting on proposed northside facility

Peoria resident looks at a CityLink map of the proposed area where a northside facility could be located.
Denise Molina-Weiger Peoria Public Radio

CityLink is moving forward with determining whether to build a northside transfer center for its customers. The transit organization held the first of three public hearings on the matter last night.

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Environment
7:45 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Labor, environmental groups talk clean energy in Peoria

Area labor and environmental groups both see the need to grow sustainable energy markets in Illinois.  The question seems to be the best way to make the transition.  Both groups met in Peoria Wednesday during a meeting hosted by State Senator Dave Koehler and Representative Jehan Gordon.  Koehler says it’s positive to have both groups talk about ways to keep or grow new jobs during the transition to wind, solar and other forms of clean energy:

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Courts
7:39 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Temporary public defender serving Peoria County starting next month

A local attorney will serve as Peoria County’s head public defender starting May 1st.  Jeff Flanagan is replacing Thomas Penn, who served as public defender for 30 years.  Penn’s appointment expires at the end of the month.

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Education
7:36 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

District 150 would see $5.4M cut in state budget scenario

New data suggests just how big a hit most school districts would take if Illinois' income tax rate rolls back as scheduled at the end of the year.  That would mean a 10-percent cut in state funding for District 150:

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Education
10:51 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

District 150 approves fives new principals, including Charter Oak

The District 150 School Board approved a new principal for Charter Oak Primary School.   Betty Zilkowski is replacing John Wetterauer, who was removed from the post following a state testing investigation. She is currently the assistant principal at Sterling Middle School. The Board also approved new principals for Lindbergh, Northmoore Primary, Sterling and Woodrow Wilson schools.  The current principals at those schools are retiring in the coming months. 

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