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Government
9:43 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Peoria County defers funding for downtown development group

The Peoria County Board deferred funding its share of a new downtown development group. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports board members questioned the transparency and membership of the group:

The newly-formed non-profit Downtown Development Corporation aims to boost investment in Peoria's downtown and warehouse district.

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Government
6:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Peoria County looking for one health provider between jail, juvenile center

Peoria County is looking to consolidate eight separate health services between the Jail and Juvenile Detention Center under one provider. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

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Education
10:48 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Voters reject one-percent sales tax hike for Peoria County

A proposed one-percent sales tax increase was overwhelmingly defeated by Peoria County voters in last night’s election. School officials were hoping to use revenue from the tax hike towards building improvements. The tax hike was defeated by 66-percent of voters. It would have generated $18 million for Peoria county schools to use for state mandated health and safety building projects. Chad Wagner is Superintendent of Oak Grove School District in Bartonville. He says districts must now find other ways to fund the required projects at the same time state funding continues to shrink:

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Government
11:02 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Peoria County denies zoning request for Dollar General

The Peoria County Board rejected a developer’s zoning request to build a Dollar General Store in Limestone Township. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:
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Government
11:00 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Peoria County board members talk cemetery board, sales tax

Some Peoria County Board members say they oppose reducing its number of appointees on the Springdale Cemetery Authority.  The County pays $60,000 a year towards the cemetery operating deficit. The Park District pays $40,000 and the City pays the rest of any remaining deficit.  The City wants to have more representation on the Springdale Board.  That would mean a reduction in a County slot.  County Board member Allen Mayer says the County Board needs to maintain its current presence on the Springdale Authority:

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Government
5:54 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

McLean County hopes to issue same sex marriage licenses early

Another downstate Illinois county says it hopes to issue marriage licenses to gay couples earlier than expected.

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Government
4:53 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Peoria landfill settlement means $130,000 more in revenue

The Peoria City/County Landfill is set to get a revenue boost with a proposed legal settlement.  The settlement follows two years of talks between the City, County and landfill operator, Waste Management. The proposed deal would require the company to pay $130,000 more in annual fees to deposit trash in the landfill. Landfill committee member and Peoria City Councilman Ryan Spain says the settlement can help tackle revenue challenges, including less trash being deposited in landfill:

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Government
5:54 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Legal settlement reached for Peoria City/County landfill

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After more than two years of talks, the Peoria City/County Landfill Committee has approved a tentative legal settlement with Waste Management.  The company operates Landfill #2 in Peoria County.  The proposed agreement would require Waste Management to pay more in fees for every ton deposited at the landfill to help cover costs.  That rate is going up 65-cents per ton.  The Peoria County Board and City Council also must approve the agreement for it to take effect.  The settlement with Waste Management also would include a landfill road compliance and maintenance plan. 

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Government
6:01 am
Mon February 17, 2014

City County Health Department looking at service shift

The Peoria City/County Health Department will likely change the way it delivers services as a result of new health trends.  Administrator Greg Chance says the department used to provide a large amount of immunizations and pre-natal care:

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Government
11:15 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Peoria County OKs forgiving Tri-County lobbying fees

The Peoria County Board approved forgiving $63,000 in lobbying fees from the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.  Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports:
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