11:34 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

IL Comptroller pledges quicker nonprofit payments

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka speaking in Peoria Monday, July 15, 2013.
Credit Tanya Koonce / WCBU

  Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is creating an advisory council to help non-profit groups receive state payments in a more timely fashion. Topinka visited the Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria yesterday to talk with non-profit human service groups about the state’s financial condition. She says her office is now paying bills from June 21st, a shorter delay than usual. But Topinka says its still within the first month of the state’s new fiscal year. She says by fall and into the holiday season, the payment delay gap could get larger:

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7:16 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Quinn: education funding not enough

After years of state budget cuts, Illinois schools will get roughly level funding under legislation signed into law Thursday. But Governor Pat Quinn says it's still not enough. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:45 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Area fire units receive grant funding

Two area fire response units are receiving grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Peoria Fire Department is receiving a more than $23,000 grant which will be used for fire prevention and safety to improve response times. The Lacon-Sparland Fire Protection District is receiving more than $120,000 in federal grant funding. The grant will be used to purchase Air Packs, Rapid Intervention Team Packs, and other equipment. The funding is provided through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant. 

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State News
3:27 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Kindergarten bill before IL House

Most Illinois school districts have all-day kindergarten classes.  A proposal before the Illinois House would require all districts to have such programs.  But funding issues are getting in the way.  The Illinois Federation of Teachers says nearly 90-percent of school districts have all-day kindergarten but that leaves 80 districts without. Representative Chris Welch, a Democrat from Hillside, says improving early education means students would be better-prepared for secondary education.

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11:20 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Peoria County votes to fund rural-transit service through June

  The Peoria County Board approved a resolution that fund its cash-strapped rural transit service.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the rural program needs about $140,000 to stay afloat through June: 

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6:38 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Peoria County would lose $700,000 under Quinn budget proposal

Peoria County is facing a nearly $700,000 cut in state funding that’s proposed by Governor Pat Quinn.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports: 

Quinn is proposing a 20-percent cut to a certain state fund that feeds local governments.  Assistant Peoria County Administrator Scott Sorrel says the proposed cut would mean less money to pay for several county services:

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