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It was EPIC Firefighter Day at the Peoria Fire Department’s Central House. Peoria firefighters and managers hosted 20 EPIC participants.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

TPC Deere Run is known for more than hosting the John Deere Classic every summer. It's also known as an outdoor classroom, a training ground for firefighters, and for environmental stewardship.

Tremont Fire Department / Peoria Public Radio

Illini Concrete Products in Tremont was destroyed yesterday in a fire and subsequent explosions. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports the fire call came in about 12:30.

Tremont Fire Chief Jim Lonergran says one of the workers discovered the fire. He says by the time they were on-scene, the building furthest from the road was collapsed and two of the buildings were fully involved.

Two firefighters and one other person have been injured in a fire in a building that houses the offices of Chicago's famed Second City theater company. 

Towns across Illinois are paying more and more money into their local pension funds for cops and firefighters. But many are still seeing the financial health of those pensions get worse and worse. Unions and municipalities fiercely disagree on what caused the crisis and how state lawmakers should fix it. Illinois Public Radio's Alex Keefe reports. 

Ardis on pension reform

May 5, 2014

Statewide community leaders say ballooning police and fire pensions are crippling their budgets. Mayors again lobbied for pension reform in Springfield last week.