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Courts
7:39 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Temporary public defender serving Peoria County starting next month

A local attorney will serve as Peoria County’s head public defender starting May 1st.  Jeff Flanagan is replacing Thomas Penn, who served as public defender for 30 years.  Penn’s appointment expires at the end of the month.

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Politics
3:49 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

IL lawmakers get pay restored

After going without pay for three months, Illinois legislators' paychecks are in the bank.  

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Government
3:09 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Judge ruling: state lawmakers should get paid

A Cook County judge had harsh words Friday for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, saying state lawmakers should get their paychecks again.  IPR’s Tony Arnold explains.
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Courts
11:47 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Friday ruling could impact state same-sex marriage lawsuit

A Cook County judge is expected to give a ruling Friday that could affect the fate of a lawsuit attempting to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois.  IPR’s Tony Arnold reports.
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Crime
11:40 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Logan county bank official sentenced to prison

The former head of the Hartsburg State Bank in Logan County is going to prison for two and a half years. The U.S. Attorney's Office says a federal Judge in central Illinois has sentenced 66 year old Bryson Russell of Lincoln for embezzlement. Russell will also have to return more than $562,000 he stole by creating false loans and cashing a customer's certificate of deposit. Prosecutors and the FBI say Russell became bank President in 1989 and began stealing cash in 1992, eventually switching to the false paperwork to hide what he took to pay personal obligations and to embezzle more.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:00 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Justice O'Connor speaks to Peoria leaders

The nation’s first US Supreme Court Justice concluded her two day visit to the Tri-county with brunch at the Federal Courthouse. Sandra Day O’Connor spoke before a room of about two hundred people. She says she’s traveled to see the highest courts in other countries and still believes in the US court system.

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Courts
12:28 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Peoria Judge Risinger reassigned over sentencing notes

10th Judicial Circuit Judge Michael Risinger is reassigned to civil court over concerns about his notes regarding his sentencing philosophy.  Chief Judge Michael Brandt says Risinger shared his rough agenda notes with lawyers and others ahead of a meeting about misdemeanor court.  One of the notes referenced a tie-in with the race and dress of the defendant when sentencing.  Risinger says his note should not stand alone, and he explained during the meeting that a sentencing hearing should take into account special circumstances with the defendant.

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