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Peoria Public Radio News
1:07 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Peoria is a finalist for All-America City Award

The city of Peoria is in the running to receive an All-America City Award. The Young Professionals Organization of Greater Peoria announced the city is one of 20 finalists for the designation. It would be the fourth time the city has received the award. The last time Peoria won was in 1989.

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Floods
8:55 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Flooding preparations south of Peoria

The river is still rising on the stretch of the Illinois River south of Peoria.  IPR’s Bill Wheelhouse reports:

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Crime
4:30 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Peoria police search for double shooting suspect

Marquis Costic

Peoria Police are looking for a suspect in a double shooting Sunday that killed a 17-year-old boy.  Police say Marquis Costic is wanted in the shooting at Warren and Butler Streets that left Treyshawn Blakely dead. Police say another unidentified person was shot during the same incident and taken to a local hospital.  Costic is described as a five-foot-seven black male with braided hair. Police say they did NOT recover the semi-automatic murder weapon at his home, but did find other weapons.  Costic is considered armed and dangerous.

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Crime
6:16 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Peoria police warn of illegal drug use

The Peoria Police Department is warning the public of the dangers of using illegal drugs.  They say the city has seen three deaths and two hospitalizations this week that might be heroin or drug-related.  Police say they’re not condoning the use of illegal drugs.  Police say people need to warn loved ones of the potential dangers of using illegal substances. 

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Government
5:37 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Durbin learns about Peoria’s Don’t Shoot program

  U.S. Senator Dick Durbin met with area law enforcement officials to learn about Peoria's anti-violence initiative.   The Don't Shoot program is based on the book by David Kennedy and addresses ways the community and law enforcement can reduce violent crime. Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard says shootings are down 26-percent since January compared to the same time last year.

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Economy
6:34 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Dress for Success Peoria helps 2,000th client

  Dress for Success Peoria is celebrating its two-thousandth client preparing to find employment.  The non-profit group helps women by providing professional attire and a network support to help them find a job.  Sarah Fletcher is the Director of Dress for Success Peoria.  She says the milestone is significant:

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Theatre Reviews
4:11 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Review - "Godspell"

Peoria Players Theatre continues its current season with the musical “Godspell.” Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria.


Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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Economy
4:33 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Area unemployment jumps significantly from December

The number of people filing unemployment claims jumped 1.7 percent from December to January.  TheIllinois Department of Employment Security reports the unemployment rate at ten percent in the Peoria Metropolitan Statistical Area.  That’s also a nearly one-percent increase from the same time last year.  Even so 800 more jobs were added from the same time last year due to gains in Educational-Health Services.  But the manufacturing and Business Service areas saw declines year-to-year.

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Community
6:34 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Peoria to hold first marathon

The first ever Peoria marathon is taking place this Spring. As Peoria Public Radio’s Deborah OldenKamp reports the Run River City Marathon also features a marathon relay, a 25-K, and a 5-K, as well as a youth run.


The marathon series is May 19th, with events beginning at 7 that morning. Marathon organizer Adam White says four years ago Champaign began their marathon events.

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Education
11:15 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

District 150 supports sales tax increase for facility upgrades

Peoria School District 150 says it wants voters to consider a one-percent sales tax increase on some retail sales.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the District says new revenues are needed amid shrinking property tax and state aid funding: 

 District 150 is expecting a $10 million decrease in general state aid next school year.  District 150 also lost nearly four-million-dollars in property tax revenues the last two years.  Officials say that means less money for roof repairs, technology upgrades and health-life safety projects.  School Board member Rick Cloyd says he supports asking Peoria County voters to consider a one-percent sales tax increase:
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