Illinois will hold a rare, special election primary contest Tuesday.  Voters in the 18th Congressional district will narrow the field of candidates vying to replace Peoria Republican Aaron Schock.  The special election was triggered when an ethical scandal led Schock to resign in March.  

Rauner talks Schock, budget proposals in Peoria

Apr 9, 2015

Governor Bruce Rauner continues to call the resignation of former U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock an 'unfortunate situation.' Some are calling for Schock to use his own money to pay for a special election to fill the 18th District seat.  But Rauner wouldn't weigh-in either way on that possibility:

Rauner sets special election dates for Schock’s seat

Mar 31, 2015

 The special primary election to fill a vacancy in the 18th Congressional District is tentatively set for June 8th. Aaron Schock officially resigned the seatTuesday.  Governor Bruce Rauner also set the special general election for July 24th.  The timeline for candidates to file nomination papers with the state runs from April 15th to April 20th.  So far, state senator Darin LaHood and Bloomington Attorney and fellow Republican Mark Zalcman are the only two candidates officially running for the seat.  

Peoria students compete in Special Olympics

May 7, 2014

District 150 students with special needs competed in wheelchair races, running and shot-put events. It’s part of the second annual Special Olympics Spring Games for the district. Jill Speer is the Heartland Area director for Special Olympics. She says the students spend significant time training for the event:

Alex Rusciano / Illinois Public Radio

Peoria School District 150 says special education teachers at a primary school violated state testing rules the last three years.  Alex Rusciano (ruu-shee-AH-noh) reports the school’s principal also allegedly failed to report spikes in the Illinois Standards Achievement Test scores: Those are the main conclusions from an internal investigation the district sent to the Illinois State Board of Education last week.  The report says 26 special education students from Charter Oak Primary School got inappropriate help from teachers giving the math and reading exams.  District Attorney Michelle Todd says the help violated I-SAT protocol: