State officials continue to press forward with plans to hold the Illinois State Fair. That’s despite the budget stalemate that’s led to layoff notices and facility closures. Fair officials are counting on longtime vendors to fulfill their contracts — even though Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Philip Nelson says they might not be paid for some time.

The Peoria City Council approved sharing $200,000 in costs with the Greater Peoria Sanitary District to collect water flow data in parts of the city’s sewer system.  Officials say the data would help as the city negotiates combined-sewer-overflow repairs with the EPA.  City Councilman Jim Montelongo was the only no vote. He says money spent preparing for a federal mandate could have gone elsewhere:

Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock spent more than $10,000 in taxpayer funds for at least 10 staff members to accompany him to New York City. 

Business owners weigh-in on Peoria food truck debate

Feb 3, 2015

Peoria is taking another look at whether to allow food trucks to operate in the city. The question is resurfacing more than two years after a narrow defeat by the city council. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports some business owners and one food truck owner are weighing-in on what seems to be a polarizing issue:

Callis weighs-in on medical cannabis issue

Oct 13, 2014

Ann Callis stepped down from her seat as Chief Judge in Madison County in order to run for Congress. She is Democrats' nominee in the 13th District, which covers much of central Illinois.  Callis says given her experience as a felony trial judge, she is against decriminalizing marijuana. That's a policy change that has been suggested by some politicians as a way to reduce overcrowding in prisons.  Instead, Callis says she favors alternative sentencing, like the use of drug courts.

After a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month, certain companies are exempt from providing birth control as part of their insurance plans. They don't have to cover contraception if it conflicts with owners' religious beliefs.  

Same-sex couples in Peoria County can start applying for marriage licenses Monday. Several counties in Illinois already started issuing marriage licenses before the new state law took effect Sunday. Peoria County Clerk Steve Sonnemaker says his office has received a few people expressing interest in applying for the marriage license: