6:22 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Schock in federal court, challenging potential contempt citation

Credit Alex Rusciano / Peoria Public Radio

 Former U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock was in federal court in Springfield this week, challenging a potential civil contempt citation.  U.S. Attorney's office spokeswoman Sharon Paul says the possible citation stems from Schock allegedly failing to turn over campaign and congressional records.  She declined to comment whether this week’s hearings were connected to an ongoing grand jury investigation of Schock into allegations of improper campaign spending.  Paul says the civil contempt matter was delayed pending a status conference set for late next month.

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5:30 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Durbin to chair civil rights hearing

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin will chair a congressional hearing Tuesday on civil rights. The Illinois Democrat says he planned the hearing before the elections, though protests over grand jury decisions in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner are sure to be covered.

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6:01 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Peoria County issued at least 59 same sex marriage licenses in first month

It’s been more than a month since Peoria County began issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Same-sex couples with civil unions can get them converted for free into a marriage license.  Some counties will convert the civil union even if it’s from a different county. But Peoria County Clerk Steve Sonnemaker says his office is avoiding that:

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5:09 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Civil Rights leader urges courage at Bradley University event

The only living member of the “Big Six” leaders of the Civil Rights Movement spoke at Bradley University today. Congressman John Lewis was also a close friend of Martin Luther King Junior.  He urged the hundreds in attendance to have courage in standing up against injustice.  But Lewis also praised Central Illinois for a strong history of leadership:

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