The mayor of Springfield says he's lobbying Illinois legislators to let the city annex the State Fairgrounds and use some city sales tax revenue generated there to repair several of its buildings.

Another building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds is in need of emergency repairs in order to avoid a potential roof collapse.

Illinois state Sen. Andy Manar is seeking a safety review of a construction zone on Interstate 55 after at least two fatal crashes.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning residents affected by last week’s severe weather to watch for home repair scams.  Tornadoes moved through Delavan in Tazewell County and south of Galesburg through Cameron.  Madigan says these home repair con-artists will move into recently-damaged areas and pressure residents to make impulsive decisions about cleanup.  She says residents should call her office’s consumer fraud hotline or law enforcement to report suspicious behavior.  

Madigan sues appliance repair company in Metamora

Jun 12, 2015

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing a Woodford County appliance repair company for dishonest business practices.  Madigan filed the lawsuit against the couple who own and operate A Plus Appliance and Repair. It says the company falsely advertised that repair workers has proper certifications and overcharged customers.  Madigan is asking the court to prevent the company from doing business in the state, and payback defrauded customers. 

Peoria County is considering different ways to repair damage from a flood earlier this month at the county Courthouse. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

100 year-old water main system replacement in Peoria

Dec 16, 2014

Illinois American Water is spending more than $1 million on water main improvements in Peoria. The company will install new water main that replaces the more than 100 year-old cast iron connection that feeds into the stations on Grand Boulevard.

Infrastructure in Illinois is getting dangerously close to disrepair, according to a report from the American Society of Civil Engineers.   The state received a "C-minus" for its maintenance of roads, bridges and waterways.

Shipping their harvest on barges through the vast river way system is vital for Midwest farmers.  But many say the system of locks and dams on major rivers is decaying and out of date. House and Senate negotiators in Washington recently reached agreement on a bill to authorize improvements to the river system …and President Obama is expected to sign the measure.  But the changes won’t happen overnight. IPR’s Rich Egger has the story

Illinois state representatives have approved a billion dollar plan to repair roads and bridges across the state. They just aren’t saying which roads and bridges will be fixed.  

Some road closures at Main/University start Friday

Mar 6, 2014

Main Street from University to Elmwood will be closed to all traffic starting Friday. It’s expected to last for one week while crews work on installing a water main at the Main and University intersection.  Current lane closures on southbound University remain in effect. 

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More than 150 people attended a public meeting Thursday night to hash out the future of the Main and University intersection.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports: