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Rauner, Democrats continue war of words

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capitolBy Mark Fitton

Illinois News Network

SPRINGFIELD — The war of words over the lack of a state budget and Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda” continued this week, though the statehouse...

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Chuck Weaver sworn in as state senator

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weaverPeoria Republican Chuck Weaver is the new state senator from the 37th District.

Weaver was sworn in as state senator Thursday morning by Circuit Judge Stephen Kouri, chief judge of the 10th Circuit, during a ceremony at the Peoria County Courthouse. He was flanked...

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Gov. Rauner under fire for Tobacco Quitline cut

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner heard from several organizations Wednesday that raunerupset...

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State museums, Sparta shooting fields to close Wednesday

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capitolBy Mark Fitton

Illinois News Network

SPRINGFIELD -- A pause in state layoffs won’t stop the planned closures of the state’s museum system nor its shooting facilities near Sparta, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has announced.

The state museum in Springfield, four related facilities...

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City names chief innovation officer

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anthony corsoAnthony Corso has been named chief innovation officer for the City of Peoria, the city announced Thursday.

Corso will spearhead...

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Social service agency leaders call for budget action

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matt georgeAs the state’s budget stalemate...

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Childhood poverty still growing; experts say budget cuts will worsen the problem

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voices logoChild poverty rates throughout Illinois, including the Peoria region, remain high despite the apparent economic recovery and proposed cuts in the state budget put those children at further risk of suffering the long-term consequences, according to local and state experts in child welfare.

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Don't be spending that money quite yet

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By Mark Fitton

Illinois News Network

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SPRINGFIELD — Win the Lottery?

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Schock, Bustos co-sponsor #GivingTuesday resolution in U.S. House

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givingtuesdayThe Peoria region’s two congressmen were co-sponsors on a bi-partisan resolution that would give special recognition to #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving dedicated to charitable giving and volunteerism.

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Judge: State must pay bills, show a plan

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By Mark Fitton

Illinois News Network

SPRINGFIELD — U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman is keeping an eye on how well Illinois complies with her order to meet its obligations to citizens with developmental disabilities.

Coleman...

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FrizziToon: What a washout!

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Advocates for disabled seek ‘contempt’ finding against state

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By Mark Fitton

Illinois News Network

capitolSPRINGFIELD — It’s back to court for the Illinois Comptroller’s Office and the Department of Human Services.

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Ray LaHood to receive de Tonti Award

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ray3Ray LaHood, the former congressman from Peoria who spent more than five years on President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, is the recipient of the third Henri de Tonti Award for outstanding principled community leadership.

The award is conferred annually by the Institute for Principled Leadership...

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Five terms enough, says Jesse White

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capitolBy Mark Fitton
Illinois News Network

After five terms as Illinois secretary of state, Jesse White will retire from public office when his current term ends, he said Thursday.

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AARP: Gubernatorial candidates need to communicate better with voters

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quinnraunerWith less than two months before the election,Illinois voters ages 50 and older  want Gov.Pat Quinnand his...

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AARP: State budget impasse affecting seniors

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aarplogo2The current budget impasse in Springfield is already hurting older Illinoisans...

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Mayor Ardis Twittergate and Online Satire

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Mayor Jim Ardis gave a press conference last night, with no questions from media, hot on the heels of the ACLU announcing they are suing the City of Peoria, IL.

Many Peoria residents who follow WMBD on Facebook saw the link in their newsfeed to the press conference video that WMBD recorded and uploaded to YouTube. Peoria Journal Star reporters and...

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Bustos touring district to discuss women's economic security

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Cheri Bustos remembers what it was like to work crazy hours while trying to raise children. And she had a husband as well as a job that paid decent wages.

Bustos IL17 picThe U.S. Representative from the 17th District...

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Schock bill would help surviving military spouses

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schockCongressman Aaron Schock has introduced a bipartisan bill to help ease financial burdens that surviving military spouses, parents and children often face after the loss of an active duty or National Guard loved one.

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FrizziToon: Hillary's return to Iowa

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LaHood: Time to decide whether to keep Lt. Governor's office

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By State Sen. Darin LaHood and State Rep. David McSweeneydarin

In 1981, then Lieutenant Governor Dave O'Neal, famously resigned his post citing boredom as the reason. In 1994, former Lt. Governor Bob Kustra tried to resign to become a radio host but decided to keep his job because of Gov....

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