6:28 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

No budget deal in Springfield

 Illinois state government continues to move into shutdown mode.  That’s after representatives failed to pass a one-month spending plan.  

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2:15 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Peoria Council moves riverfront apartment deal forward amid protest

The Peoria City Council finished a six hour meeting last night by moving forward a proposed apartment complex project along the riverfront. The vote followed public protest and council debate:

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5:23 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Franchise agreement talks halt between Peoria and IL American Water

Illinois American Water and the City of Peoria have suspended talks to extend a five-year-purchase option to 20 years.  The previous franchise agreement proposal would have given the city more than a million dollars a year for a residential streets overlay program and another $1.4 million for work permit fees. The water company would have in turn passed on the cost to ratepayers with a three percent increase.  The City and the water company issued a joint statement that gave no explanation as to why the negotiations were halted. The statement does say the talks reached an impasse.

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4:17 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

State lawmakers: new union deal could hurt Medicaid cost savings

This year, Illinois began a program to cull the state's Medicaid rolls.  So far, it has resulted in two out of every five recipients being dropped. But some lawmakers say a new agreement with a labor union jeopardizes further cost savings. 

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11:47 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Peoria Council OKs annexation agreement

The Peoria City Council approved an annexation agreement for 18-acres north of the city.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:
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10:57 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Tri-County separation agreement remains murky

It’s been a week since the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission approved a separation agreement with its longtime executive director, Terry Kohlbuss. But the agreement is still not official. Details on any agreement won’t be made public until both parties sign-off. 

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4:42 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Durbin calls gridlock ‘political cowardice’

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin calls the gridlock in Washington over the federal government’s debt limit and the partial shutdown acts of “political cowardice.”  The Illinois Democrat says it’s dangerous for lawmakers to be negotiating this close to the start of a federal default.  Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Durbin said lawmakers must come to an agreement as soon as possible.

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7:27 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Illinois reaches deal with Amtrak

 Illinois has agreed to pay more for in-state Amtrak trains. The deal prevents a shutdown of rail service that could have happened as early as next week. 

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4:27 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Bustos: federal shutdown ‘unfair’

 17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says the federal shutdown is unfair.  Over the weekend, the U-S House passed legislation to pay federal workers retro-actively. Bustos says that at least gives them some peace of mind.  She blames republicans and House Speaker John Boehner for the problem. She says he should allow members to vote on funding the government and negotiate later.

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8:57 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

State AFSCME deal carries effects

   A tentative agreement between Governor Pat Quinn and the state's largest public-employee union, AFSCME, means retired workers finally know how much they should budget for health care.  And it means the state will finally get the savings it had already been counting on. State and university employees who retired after long government careers have not had to pay any health care premiums. A new state law requires them to contribute. But how much they pay was subject to contract negotiations. And AFSCME and the Quinn administration's negotiations dragged on for 15 months.

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