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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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