The Peoria Public School Board approved a significant amount of money to send 160 staff members to Florida for training on a college-prep program.  School Board President Debbie Wolfmeyer says she understands the money comes out of special Title I funds that can NOT be used to offset the district’s deficit:

The Office of Congressional Ethics is reaching out to associates of U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock.   That’s according to a report Monday from Politico.  

The Peoria County Board will consider approving a Voluntary Retirement plan to help tackle a $3.5 million deficit next year. Officials say the goal is to get 40 employees to voluntarily retire, saving about $2 million. Peoria County Board member Andrew Rand says that both Board members and elected officials agreed to use an outside consultant to find more ways to save money:

200 full and part-time District 150 employees are receiving pink slips for next year. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that includes 40 more teachers compared to the same time last year: