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Government
8:33 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

State argument over citizen’s initiatives

State election officials are beginning a long and deliberate process --- going through the two citizen's initiatives filed last week.  Challengers are trying to argue that's a waste of time and money.

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Government
11:50 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Should Illinois combine treasurer, comptroller offices?

Illinois lawmakers have long debated whether to combine the offices of comptroller and treasurer. Both candidates for treasurer are competing to one-up each other over whether the office should even exist.  

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State News
7:52 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Madigan keeps Democratic Party chair post

The man who has led the Democratic Party of Illinois for the past sixteen years will hold onto that title, but he did face a rare display of opposition. Party leaders met in Springfield today to re-elect House Speaker Michael Madigan as their chair.

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Government
7:11 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Specifics on IL proposed progressive income tax

Advocates have been moving for months to give Illinois a progressive income tax. Instead of the same flat rate for everyone, those who make more would pay more. Supporters are finally getting specific.

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Government
4:37 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Lawmaker has new state gambling expansion idea

The logjam on gambling expansion in Illinois has gone on for years.  Now, a state legislator leading the negotiations says he's got a new, two-pronged approach.  

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Education
2:52 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

State cuts look grim for school districts

The state superintendent says some districts won't be able to make it through next school year if lawmakers further cut school spending.

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Government
11:02 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

State funding for Peoria, Fulton bike trail project

Peoria County is getting $77,000 in state funding to develop a bike path to Fulton County.  The money will be used to acquire a more than 24-mile abandoned railroad corridor that runs from Fulton County to Bellevue.  The funding is part of a $1 million effort to develop or improve 42-miles of bicycle trails in the state.

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Government
5:35 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Push to double low-income state tax credit

Efforts to raise the minimum wage have been getting a lot of attention, but it's not the only proposal intended to improve the lives of the working poor. There's a push to double Illinois' tax credit for low income workers.

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State News
3:25 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Rutherford says employee making allegations

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford says one of his employees has made allegations against him.  But he won’t say anything more than that.

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Government
4:17 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Quinn delivers State of State address

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn delivered his sixth State of the State address Wednesday. As Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey reports, Quinn's speech was pretty much what you'd expect from a man fighting to keep his job ... despite some of the lowest approval ratings of any governor in America.

                           

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Government
12:35 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Lawmakers respond to propane shortage

With the state's return to a deep freeze, the governor and several lawmakers are responding to the shortage of propane in Illinois. Although there is enough propane to go around nationwide -- the problem has been getting it to where it's needed most.  Governor Pat Quinn declared a "propane emergency" on Monday. An executive order lets truck drivers avoid fees and taxes usually required to transport propane. For the propane that is available, the cost has skyrocketed. State Senator Dale Righter says he's heard from constituents forced into tough decisions.

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Government
12:15 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Mayor Manier reacts to State of Union speech

Washington, Illinois Mayor Gary Manier was in the nation’s capitol for the State Of The Union last night.  He was the guest of U.S. Senator Mark Kirk. The Central Illinois town was devastated following last November’s tornado. Manier says it was a thrill to see President Obama deliver the speech. But Manier says he was hoping the President would mention the state’s recovery efforts:

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Government
11:13 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

New talks on gambling expansion kick off Tuesday

An Illinois lawmaker is attempting to revive talks over a massive expansion of gambling in the state. The effort begins Tuesday at a casino in East St. Louis.

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Politics
7:56 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Frerichs stops in Peoria, formally enters race for state treasurer

Credit Sean Powers/ Illinois Public Radio

The lone Democratic candidate for Illinois Treasurer says he’ll bring accountability to the office, and help create jobs.  State Senator Mike Frerichs of Champaign formally kicked off his campaign Wednesday with stops across the state, including in Peoria: 

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Government
6:19 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Simon pushes for school funding change

Illinois ranks last in the nation when it comes to how much money the state kicks in for public education. This has to do with the complicated formula that determines school funding. There’s a move to change how that's done.

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Government
3:36 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Lawmakers question state DCFS on abuse cases

More Illinois children are dying from abuse or neglect.  And Monday - Illinois state senators once again asked the state’s child welfare agency what’s being done about it.  

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Weather
12:22 am
Wed January 8, 2014

‘Vortex’ 2015? Not so fast

There’s one bright spot connected to the super-cold snap we had in the Midwest this week --- it probably won’t repeat itself for a few years at least.

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Government
12:34 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Peo. County getting $300,000 to help non-violent offenders

The Peoria County Probation Department is getting $300,000 in state funding to help non-violent offenders stay out of prison.  The funding is part of $7 million across the state through the Adult Re-deploy Program aimed at reducing crime and boosting public safety.  

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Government
4:17 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

State lawmakers: new union deal could hurt Medicaid cost savings

This year, Illinois began a program to cull the state's Medicaid rolls.  So far, it has resulted in two out of every five recipients being dropped. But some lawmakers say a new agreement with a labor union jeopardizes further cost savings. 

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Government
6:37 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

IL lawmaker calls on child welfare agency admins to resign

An Illinois State Senator is calling on top administrators running the state’s child welfare agency to resign.  That’s after they revealed the agency had mis-reported how many Illinois children died from abuse or neglect for the past several years.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:23 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

State Police stress driver safety following winter snowfall

Winter weather means drivers need to take their time, plan ahead, and give fellow travelers enough room to move.  That’s the message from Illinois State Police Trooper Dustin Pierce.  He says some drivers can cause accidents by crowding other cars of snow plows in winter weather:

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State News
7:01 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Webster challenges White for IL Sec. of State

Illinois' longtime secretary of state finally has at least one challenger in next year's election. Republican Mike Webster says he'll take on Democrat Jesse White.

White is seeking his fifth term as secretary of state. He's a formidable opponent -- winning each of his four elections by double-digit margins, and once carrying all of Illinois' 102 counties.

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Medical
3:55 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

State approves Proctor, UnityPoint Health-Methodist merger

An affiliation agreement between UnityPoint Health-Methodist and Proctor Hospital gets state approval.  The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board approved the deal.  That allows both groups to form one health system.  The merger follows a failed set of contract talks between OSF Health System and Proctor.  More information on the deal is expected later this week. 

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Transportation
8:17 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

State seeks public input on multi-year road, bridge plan

The state’s next transportation plan through 2020 is open for public input. The multi-modal plan was on display and open to the public Monday at the I-Dot District 4 office. Maureen Addis is a program development engineer with I-DOT.  She says it’s important for the public to weigh-in on future road and bridge projects:

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Politics
4:05 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

IL candidates start to collect ballot signatures

This week officially kicks off campaign season. Tuesday was the first day candidates could begin collecting signatures to get on the primary ballot.  Still some of the leading candidates can't start yet.

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Government
4:33 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Residents still waiting to move into Peoria County nursing home

It’s been months since construction on Peoria County’s new nursing home finished, and residents are still waiting to move-in. The state Department of Public Health still needs to approve health-life-safety inspections on the $45 million Heddington Oaks facility.  At issue is where residents should go if the nursing home needs to evacuate during an emergency.  The state has said residents should move near Heading Avenue if temporary evacuation is needed.  Assistant Peoria County Administrator Scott Sorrel says the County proposed a different plan:

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Education
11:46 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

District 150 braces for possible state funding cuts

Peoria School District 150 is bracing for a potentially bleak financial picture next school year.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the state could cut funding to the district by more than $6 million:

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Environment
5:56 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Environmentalists pressure advocates on fracking issue

A coalition of environmental groups accuse other advocates of selling out when it comes to the drilling technique known as "hydraulic fracturing."  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more.  

 Environmentalists have warned of the dangers of "fracking" - a process that extracts natural gas or oil by pumping millions of gallons of water and chemicals deep underground.That's why it was a big deal a couple weeks ago that the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council stood with business leaders to announce they'd reached an agreement that could pave the way for fracking in Illinois.
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Economy
2:40 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Group explains Illinois’ lagging economy

Illinois' economy usually rises and falls with the rest of the country. But a government forecasting group says as the nation slowly emerges from the recession, Illinois isn't. IPR’s Chris Slaby reports.

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Government
6:52 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Layoffs at multiple unemployment offices begin Friday

Layoffs at several state unemployment offices will begin Friday.  And the move has nothing to do with the federal sequestration.  Ironically, it's brought on by a better economy.   Illinois Department of Employment Security Director Jay Rowell says his agency runs the opposite of the economic cycle: "So when companies start to lay off workers at the start of an economic recession, we're busier.  We then receive more money from the federal government. We're entirely federally funded.

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