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Business
12:54 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

USDA announces expanded business funding in Pekin

Pekin now qualifies for new USDA rural development loans and grant funding. A change in the farm bill allows larger populations cities like Pekin to apply. Dwight Reynolds is with the USDA. He says the funding can help cities, business owners, and individuals get better loan terms and lower interest rates:

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:59 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Peoria County Board OKs freezing members’ pay

Peoria County Board members in even-numbered districts will get a zero percent pay raise over the next four years. The Board also voted to give Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy a bump in a ‘supervisor of safety’ stipend by $10,000 in addition to annual salary hikes.  County Board member Andrew Rand says he supports the stipend bump to recognize McCoy’s service as opposed to the position itself:

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Government
6:01 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Peoria's rural bus program could change operations, but not service

Peoria County is looking to transfer operation of its rural bus service to CityLink. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the CountyLink program will no longer provide service to residents in Chillicothe and Dunlap:

That’s because the 2010 census classifies those areas as urban instead of rural communities based on population growth. That negates grant funding for the county program. County Administrator Lori Curtis Luther says the transit program could continue without any reduction in service if the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District takes over operations:

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