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More than 100 residents now know more about a natural gas leak in rural Champaign County, and lawyers representing homeowners with contaminated wells are looking for more answers.

Rural health could face tough state cuts

Apr 8, 2015

  Proposed cuts to Medicaid and other programs at the state level would have a devastating effect on some rural health programs. Jennifer Fuller reports on a special Illinois Senate Committee hearing Wednesday in Carbondale:

Future of county rural transit service unknown

Dec 31, 2014

The rural transportation service in Peoria County lost half of its ridership last year with new census data. John Hamman is with the Peoria County that matches state funding for the service. He says CityLink is now transporting people in areas like Chillicothe and Bartonville, now considered part of the urban area. But Hamann says the County relied on agreements with area agencies to help secure the grant funding for the service:

USDA announces expanded business funding in Pekin

Jun 13, 2014

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:

Peoria County Board OKs freezing members’ pay

May 8, 2014

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:

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: