6:58 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Veterinary students go big at Central Illinois park

More than 120 students will graduate from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in two weeks.  But a dozen of those fourth-year medical students are getting rare hands-on training at Wildlife Prairie Park near Peoria before walking across the stage.  Alex Rusciano observed one health session with a somewhat larger-than-normal patient:
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10:40 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

IDNR head praises Wildlife Prairie Park’s setup

Wildlife Prairie Park’s funding structure could be a model for other groups across the state.  That’s according to the head of the state Department of Natural Resources:

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9:11 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Peoria Park Board votes to close Donovan golf course


The Peoria Park Board last night voted six to one to close Donovan Golf Course starting next season. The move is expected to save $310,000 as the Park District struggles with a $1.3 million spending gap next year.  Park District Board President Tim Cassidy says the decision was tough, but necessary:

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10:21 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Park District considers closing Donovan golf course


The Peoria Park District Board talked about closing Donovan Golf Course as part of an effort to fill a projected $1.3 million spending gap. Staff originally proposed closing Newman Golf Course to save 400-thousand-dollars. But Park District Board President Tim Cassidy says turning Donovan into a park could make more sense:

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11:18 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Park District staff propose closing Central Park Pool, Newman Golf Course

Peoria Park District staff are proposing to close Newman Golf Course and look to lease out the Central Park Pool to cut costs. It’s part of an effort to fill a projected $1.3 million spending gap for the Park District next year. Director Bonnie Noble says the proposal is to maintain pool services through March of 2015 so the Park District swim team can finish the season:

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Peoria Public Radio News
10:37 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Peoria Park District outlines budget woes

The Peoria Park District says dwindling golf numbers and high operational cost from the Central Park Pool are helping drive a nearly $1 million deficit for next year's budget. The District is considering closing the pool and one or more of its six golf courses to get in the black. Peoria Park District Board President Tim Cassidy says reserve funds have dwindled by 80-percent since 2010:

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4:54 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Peoria Chiefs planning new food options for season kick-off

The Peoria Chiefs return to Dozer Park next month. Baseball fans will also find new food items to enjoy during the crack of the bat, including turkey legs and an all-beef corn dog.  Rocky Vonachen is the president for the Chiefs. He says the move is part of an overall strategy to generate revenue and attract fans following a restructuring agreement last year:

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