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Education
12:12 am
Tue July 22, 2014

District 150 OKs Lathan pay hike, lowers public comment time period

The Peoria Public School Board approved a two-percent salary bump for Superintendent Grenita Lathan. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the Board voted five to one for the pay increase:

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Government
8:04 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Transparency questions surround Washington fire board

The Washington Fire Board needs to consider allowing more public participation at its meetings. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that’s according to Washington Mayor Gary Manier: 

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Courts
11:59 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Peoria County Board to consider public defender contract

Local criminal defense attorney Joel Brown is set to become Peoria County’s next public defender in July. The County Board still needs to approve the $1.4 million contract during its regularly-scheduled meeting next month. Brown says he plans to work with the existing 29 assistant public defenders in maintaining the service:

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Government
11:48 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

10th Circuit Judges approve new public defender

The 10th Circuit Judges have selected a new permanent public defender. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports he’ll start later this year:
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Government
7:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Peoria County has financial concerns over public defender spending

Peoria County officials say they have serious financial concerns over the way its public defender service was managed.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that’s according to documents heading to committee members next week:
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Courts
7:39 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Temporary public defender serving Peoria County starting next month

A local attorney will serve as Peoria County’s head public defender starting May 1st.  Jeff Flanagan is replacing Thomas Penn, who served as public defender for 30 years.  Penn’s appointment expires at the end of the month.

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Government
8:49 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Peoria crews prepare for possible freeze-thaw toll on pipes

The Peoria Public Works Department says the freeze-thaw cycle could damage underground sewer and water pipes. Director Mike Rogers says the ground freeze this season is three feet deeper than a typical winter.  He says warmer temperatures then shift the ground that could break sewer pipes:

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Education
1:01 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Lathan responds to District 150 critics amid testing investigation

District 150 Superintendent Grenita Lathan is responding to critics of her administration and what they say is a ‘culture of fear’.  Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports the comments follow the fourth straight meeting where parents are voicing concern:
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Government
9:57 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

City shares details, timeline on Main/University project

City of Peoria officials say they hope the Main and University intersection project finishes by mid-May. That was the estimated timeline shared with more than 50 people at a public meeting yesterday.

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State News
8:02 am
Tue August 13, 2013

IL public universities could share more research

A new law requires Illinois' public universities to consider making their research available for free, but it does not require it.

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