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4:08 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Area law enforcement: boost early childhood education

Area law enforcement officials are calling on the state to boost its funding for early childhood education.  Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy, State’s Attorney Jerry Brady and other police chiefs worked with the ‘Fight Crime, Invest In Kids’ group to release a report detailing the need for more funding.  McCoy says more child care assistance money could help keep people out of jail in the future:

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Government
3:56 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

No charges against creator of Peoria mayor twitter account

It appears the author of the parody twitter account about Peoria’s Mayor won’t be charged with anything. Last week the Peoria Police executed a search warrant on the residence of the person or persons thought to responsible for the account.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:49 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Thousands expected to attend this year's Red White and Boom celebration

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Up to 200-thousand people are expected to attend the 28th annual Red White and BOOM fireworks display in Peoria and East Peoria. The two cities, UnityPoint Health Methodist-Proctor, and JMP Integrated Media host the 100-thousand dollar firework production.

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Peoria Public Radio News
9:23 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Water main break shuts down a portion of North University

A water main break has shut down southbound North University Street from West Shenandoah Drive to West Glen Avenue until further notice. Illinois American Water says crews are making repairs now. Street restoration will immediately follow. 

Peoria Public Radio News
6:30 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Peoria faces court of public opinion on First Amendment

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The City of Peoria continues to feel the effects of a First Amendment backlash. That’s a week after the raid of a Peoria home where a parody twitter account about the mayor originated.  But is it a matter of free speech? Or is it a matter of false representation of the Peoria Mayor with intent to injure?

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Government
12:32 am
Wed April 23, 2014

East Peoria considers status quo budget

The East Peoria City Council is considering a status quo budget for next fiscal year. The proposed spending plan makes no changes to staffing levels and city services. 

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Education
12:31 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Former Charter Oak principal resigns from District 150

A former District 150 school principal resigned Tuesday.  John Wetterauer’s resignation was immediately effective. He was removed from Charter Oak Primary school earlier this year following a state testing investigation for special education students. Wetterauer was transferred to another district role after leaving Charter Oak, but had been on leave. The reason for his resignation is not apparent. The District 150 School Board must still approve the resignation at its next regular meeting. 

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Government
12:28 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Peoria County considers salary increases

The Peoria County Board will consider salary increases for half the board members and two elected officials over four years.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the measure also proposes a stipend increase for the Sheriff:
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Peoria Public Radio News
1:28 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center receives LEED Gold status

Another Peoria facility is being awarded for being environmentally friendly. The U.S. Green Building Council has given LEED Gold certification to the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center on the campus of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:16 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

A summer reading program expands

Area preschool students can earn tickets to a Peoria Chief’s baseball game with their reading skills. The Chiefs and PNC Bank are partnering with the Heart of Illinois United Way to expand the Homer’s Reading Program, named after the team’s mascot. 

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