Peoria

Crime
4:13 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Peoria Police investigate shooting of 17-year-old student

A Peoria High School student was shot after school dismissed Tuesday. Peoria Police Captain Mike Scally says the  17-year old black male was shot once near the intersection of Peoria and Nebraska. The victim fell in front of 1836 Peoria. Scally says the juvenile was conscious when police and rescue arrived, and his injury is not life threatening. 

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Government
10:43 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Peoria County Board members vote to cancel their health plan

Peoria County Board members can only use the county’s health plan through December.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the Board voted to cancel the perk starting next year:
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Outside the Horseshoe
5:47 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Outside the Horseshoe - September 10, 2013

Peoria is hosting the 27th Annual Regional Neighborhood Network Conference September 19th through the 21st.  The conference brings more than 400 community leaders together to share neighborhood improvement strategies and it also includes community leaders from six Midwestern states.  Councilmembers Eric Turner and Ryan Spain are our guests to talk about the conference. The show aired on 89.9 WCBU, Peoria Public Radio at 6:00p.m., Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 before the live broadcast of the Peoria City Council meeting.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:03 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Peoria getting help studying possible water buyout

The issue of whether Peoria should be in the business of providing water to residents is up for debate again. The city has the option to pursue a water buyout every five years under a franchise agreement with Illinois American Water Company.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:24 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Peoria ranks 12th for global trade

Peoria is ranked among the top cities for global trade. The city is ranked 12th by Global Trade Magazine. It says Peoria’s businesses continue to do well despite a sputtering economy, shipping 17-billion-dollars worth of goods last year. The magazine says that’s in part to the city’s low corporate real estate taxes and growth of new businesses. 

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Business
3:19 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

United Way kicks-off 2013 campaign

The Heart of Illinois United Way kicked-off its annual fundraising campaign.  Hundreds of people turned out for the breakfast at the Peoria Civic Center. The event comes as United Way's partner agencies lost more than 12-million-dollars in state and federal cuts since 2011. Vicki Stewart and her husband Doug are this year's co-chairs for the fundraising effort.  Stewart says the area businesses and community groups raised more than $1 million-dollars for the pre-campaign:

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Transportation
10:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Federal funding coming to Peoria International airport

Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos have announced federal funding for repair projects at the Peoria International Airport.  The $1.4 million in funding is through the Department of Transportation.  It will help repair the apron near Byerly Aviation. 

Economy
3:50 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Peoria-area yearly unemployment change jumps 1.5 percent

The number of people filing unemployment claims increased a half-percent from June to July. The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports the unemployment rate at 9.4 percent in the Peoria Metropolitan Statistical Area. That’s up nearly 1.5 percent from the same time last year.  

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Business
7:55 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Israeli Chamber of Commerce president visits Peoria

Israel wants to buy more products from the United States and fewer products from Europe.  That’s the message from members of the Israeli Chamber of Commerce during a stop at the Peoria chamber for a roundtable with local businesses.  Dan Carmely is with the Israeli Chamber.  He says Europe‘s gloomy economic outlook isn’t reliable enough:

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Sports
4:52 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Peoria traffic delays expected for National Motorcycle Parade

Peoria City motorists can expect traffic delays Saturday as the Grand National Motorcycle Parade moves through the community. The parade begins at 10 at the racetrack on Cameron Lane. Drivers can expect delays along route 116, Maxwell Road and Farmington Road.  The parade moves from there onto Main and Adams streets, ending in downtown Peoria. 

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