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State News
4:35 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Caterpillar: US immigration policy bad for business

One of Illinois' biggest companies says U.S. immigration policy puts it at a competitive disadvantage.  As Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky reports, Caterpillar's involved with a Chamber of Commerce campaign seeking an overhaul of federal immigration law: 


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Finance
2:10 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Peoria LISC benefiting from national bank settlement

Peoria’s Local Initiatives Support Corporation, or LISC, is getting money from a national settlement to help revitalize the city’s struggling neighborhoods. The new organization is getting part of a $25 billion settlement with the country’s five largest bank mortgage providers. The banks were accused of fraudulent practices during foreclosure proceedings including "robo-signing."

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:42 am
Mon July 15, 2013

IDOT invites residents to give input on bike transportation plan

Peoria will be part of a statewide effort to create an Illinois Bike Transportation Plan. The Illinois Department of Transportation is holding meetings around the state to gather information on how bicycling paths can be improved, and the challenges communities face in making themselves more bike-friendly. Brian Williamsen is a spokesman with IDOT.

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:22 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Area counties getting money for bridge projects

Fulton, Marshall, Mason and Peoria Counties are getting more than $580,000 dollars for bridge projects.

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Sports
5:11 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Hemmings Great Race rolls into Peoria

A 1915 Hudson Model 6-40 Speedster Makes Its Way Through the Crowd
Daryl Scott

Peoria hosted nearly 100 antique rally car drivers, and several hundred spectators Monday at the Gateway Building. Peoria Public Radio’s Daryl Scott reports the 2013 Hemmings Great Race took their lunch stop on the riverfront.

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, and the Elite Pulses of Hope drumline welcomed the racers, including rookie Brad Epple, who says his first three days behind the wheel of his 1965 Corvette have gone without a hitch.

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:31 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Hemmings Great Race to stop in Peoria

The Peoria Riverfront is a lunch stop for the 2013 Hemmings Great Race Monday. The annual road rally starts Saturday in St. Paul Minnesota, and features 100 participants with vintage cars and trucks. Drivers, including Peoria native Richard McKone, are converging on the Gateway Building around Noon Monday for a lunch break before heading to Hannibal, Missouri. The public is invited to greet the drivers as they arrive, and look at the antique cars on display. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:32 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

YPG to use All-America City award to promote Peoria

Members of the delegation responsible for helping Peoria become an All-America City say their work is not complete. The Peoria Chamber’s Young Professionals Group brought home the award this week following a weekend competition with 19 other cities in Denver. The group also won two awards, one for producing a video about the city, and another individual recognition. 

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Education
11:46 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Area Peoria Stadium residents oppose commercial development proposal

The District 150 School Board heard from residents against a proposal from Wal-Mart to redevelop the historic Peoria Stadium property.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports: 

 The District owns the 80-acre stadium site, and the Peoria Park District leases about 30 acres to use for softball diamonds.  The proposal has the District selling some or all of the stadium property to Wal-Mart through the city.  District 150 Treasurer Dave Kinney says the District is looking at creative ways to generate additional revenue amid unpredictable state and federal funding:
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Crime
5:50 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Peoria Police seeking four fewer officers in grant request

The Peoria Police Department would hire six additional officers if it secures a federal grant through the Department of Justice.  City Manager Patrick Urich says the initial grant application was to hire 10 officers over four years with a 25-percent local match.  Urich says new changes mean that the city would instead pay for the majority of the officer salaries if it receives the grant.  He says the city plans to only hire six officers to compensate for the change:

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Government
1:09 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Peoria Council votes to create new TIF district

The Peoria City Council approved the area’s latest Tax Increment Financing District last night.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the council voted 10 to one to create the South Village TIF: 


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