12:27 am
Wed May 28, 2014

District 150 re-hires 39 pink-slipped teachers

The Peoria District 150 School Board voted to recall 39 pink-slipped teachers. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports they were part of the board’s reduction in force last month:

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9:20 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Tazewell County cities, county holding emergency meetings for tornado recovery

Washington Mayor Gary Manier takes a call in the Tractor Supply parking lot where he's just completed another press briefing Friday, November 29.
Credit Tanya Koonce/Peoria Public Radio

Several municipalities in Tazewell County are holding special meetings Friday to vote on expanding the scope of tornado recovery efforts.  The East Peoria, Washington and Pekin City Councils will separately vote on local disaster declarations.  Washington Mayor Gary Manier says the measure will allow public health and public works personnel to more quickly respond to recovery issues as they arise:

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4:12 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

First meeting held on ‘fracking’ in Illinois

Illinois is holding its first public meeting on potential new "fracking" regulations.  Anyone interested is invited to comment at a meeting Tuesday in Chicago. 

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10:42 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Washington residents express frustration, hope

Hundreds of Washington residents packed the high school gym last night for a community meeting with local and state officials. It was the first time that residents could formally gather since Sunday’s tornado damaged or destroyed more than 1,000 homes. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports residents left the meeting expressing both hope and frustration in the recovery efforts:

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10:29 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Stepping up for the community

About 150 people turned out for the town hall meeting in Peoria called Stop the Violence, Step Up For Your Community. About a dozen social and public service groups were present. Those in attendance learned how they could take advantage of the programs, or sign-up to volunteer. First District Peoria City Councilwoman Denise Moore hosted the meeting. She asked everyone in attendance to take personal responsibility:

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4:34 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Quinn meeting with pension committee members

Governor Pat Quinn went months without meeting with members of the special legislative committee formed to draft a new pension plan.  But he has ramped up efforts this month.

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6:22 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Pension committee floats new style of retirement plan for some

With an eye toward reaching an agreement in time for the upcoming veto session, legislators on a special pension committee met Friday in Chicago.  The conversations focused on giving state employees and teachers a new style of retirement plan.

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11:03 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

IL Democrats to meet for candidate slating in 2014

The Democratic Party of Illinois says it'll meet later this month to consider slating statewide candidates in next year's election. But as IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, at least one of those candidates thinks it’s a bad idea:
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3:34 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Pension meetings behind closed doors

The Illinois lawmakers working on solving the state pension problem are not planning any more public meetings, but they are meeting behind closed doors this Friday. And as IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, the leader of the group says they'll be doing so without input from one key figure in the debate: 

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10:47 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

County holds flood meeting in Chillicothe

More than 100 residents from the Chillicothe area learned about local recovery efforts following last week’s flooding.  Peoria County held an informational meeting to answer questions and update residents on how to deal with property damage.  Assistant Peoria County Administrator Scott Sorrel says that officials want residents to remember two main points in the coming weeks:

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