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Peoria Public Radio News
2:37 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

August unemployment down from July, but up year-over-year

Unemployment claims for the greater Peoria Metropolitan Statistical Area were down July to August. But year to year unemployment grew.

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Government
7:19 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

State pension committee could finish work soon

Legislators writing an overhaul of the state's pension systems could be nearing the end of their work.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has the latest: 


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Government
6:36 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Move-in date set for Heddington Oaks

Residents can move into Peoria County’s new nursing home facility late this month.  Heddington Oaks is set to start accepting residents September 25th, months after construction was complete on the facility.  Peoria County and the state differed on where residents should go if the nursing home needs to evacuate during an emergency.  County officials say the state approved the County’s emergency evacuation plan.  The County plans to install more lightning outside the building to comply. 

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Government
10:51 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Peoria County board ends its pension program

Peoria County Board members voted unanimously to cancel their state pension plans.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the move follows a similar decision by the Tazewell County Board last week: 


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Government
10:47 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

East Peoria mandatory garbage-tote program to start next spring

East Peoria is moving forward with a mandatory garbage-tote program starting next spring. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports the program aims to reduce costs and make city trash pick-up more efficient: 


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Sports
10:55 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Peoria Council approves ballpark restructuring measure

The Peoria City Council approved its part of a financial restructuring deal with the Peoria Chiefs.  The Council voted nine to one to absorb the payments on the Stadium’s remaining bond debt over the next eight years.  Councilwoman Beth Akeson says she initially planned to vote against the restructuring deal, but changed her mind:

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Government
5:38 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Riverfront Museum finances in question

The Peoria Riverfront Museum plans to comply with its contractual obligation to provide financial data to the county. So says museum president Jim Richerson.  County staff say the museum is months overdue in providing last fiscal year’s audit and other tax forms. Richerson says the audit from last fiscal year isn’t finished because it involves the colossal transition from Lakeview to the new organization that complicates the finances. Some close to the situation say the museum is running a monthly operating deficit. Richerson says he cannot answer that:

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State News
10:11 am
Mon April 15, 2013

U.S. Senator Durbin on background checks for gun sales

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois is unsure whether there are enough Democratic votes to pass a bipartisan plan on background checks before guns sales. The Senate Majority Whip said he has yet to conduct a count. But as a guest on Fox News Sunday, Durbin said moving a bill to expand background checks through the Senate would be a step in the right direction.

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Government
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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Health
3:30 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Cigarette makers promote tobacco in Springfield

  Cigarette manufacturers were in Springfield Thursday urging lawmakers to promote other forms of tobacco as an alternative to smoking. But as IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, public health officials say it's a dangerous message: 


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