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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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