President Obama

Peoria Public Radio News
2:15 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

President Obama signs law to help modernize area locks and dams

President Obama has signed legislation into law that could help generate money for lock and dam improvements across the nation.

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Politics
5:18 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Durbin Supportive of NSA Changes

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (File photo)
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Illinois' senior U.S. Senator says he supports President Barack Obama's changes for the National Security Agency. Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports.

                                              

President Obama's seen a split within his own party since Edward Snowden's revelations about how the U.S is gathering intelligence. But at least one Democrat -- Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin -- says Obama is taking the right steps in balancing privacy with keeping America safe.

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State News
6:46 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Il Congressmen discuss possible U.S. military strike on Syria

Some Illinois Congressmen are more sure than others when it comes to authorizing a U.S. military strike in Syria. That will be at the top of the agenda when Congress reconvenes Monday. IPR'S Alex Keefe reports.

On the one hand, there are lawmakers like Bill Foster, a Democrat from Naperville. Foster says he’s leaning toward voting yes, but wants to make sure the scope of any U.S. military action isn’t too big.

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State News
6:47 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Central Il Democrats rally for Washington to address climate change

A group of central Illinois Democrats as well as some in agriculture and academics are trying to rally around President Obama's action last month on climate change.

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State News
7:27 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Obama addresses the cost of getting a college degree

President Barack Obama used part of his speech at Knox College to address the price of earning a college degree. IPR'S Chris Lovingood has the story. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:56 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Galesburg officials talk economic struggles, successes during Obama visit

Galesburg city leaders say the community was a fitting stop for President Obama to kick-off his new economic focus. The city was the first location in a series of speeches for the President to sell his vision for a thriving economy. Gary Camarano is Galesburg’s Global Strategies Director. He says the city economy was rough in 2004 when Maytag closed and thousands of workers lost their jobs:

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:25 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Tickets available to see President speak in Galesburg

President Barack Obama is set to speak at Knox College when he visits Galesburg this week. Obama will kick off a series of speeches laying out his vision for rebuilding the economy to grow the middle class. The President’s visit is Wednesday.

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State News
6:58 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Republican Congressman says differences on food stamp program should be worked out in committee

Republican Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville says President Obama is premature in threatening to veto the House’s version of the farm bill. The White House says $2 billion dollars in annual cuts to the food stamp program in the House’s plan goes too far, and will leave some Americans hungry.

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State News
9:32 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Two broadband projects underway in Il

A push to bring high speed internet access to smaller communities and rural areas was a key part of President Obama’s 2009 stimulus package. One of the first projects to gain funding in Illinois was the DeKalb Advancement of Technology Authority, or DATA. It was followed soon after by iFiber, a project to bring broadband to counties in north central and northwest Illinois. As Illinois Public Radio’s Guy Stephens reports, both are now moving from the construction phase to implementation.

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Government
5:06 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Obama nominates successor to Ray LaHood

President Barack Obama is nominating a replacement for U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  Obama nominated Charlotte, North Carolina Mayor Anthony Foxx to head the department.  Foxx is the first black nominee among Obama's picks for open spots in his second-term Cabinet. If confirmed, Foxx will replace Secretary LaHood, who was one of the few Republicans serving in Obama's administration.  LaHood says he intends to spend time in Peoria after leaving.  He says curbing distracted driving and furthering high-speed rail projects are among the top achievements in his tenure

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