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Durbin talks federal highway bill in Peoria

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin touted a two-year proposed extension of the last federal transportation bill in Peoria.  He says the Senate’s proposed extension uses federal gasoline tax revenues and has bi-partisan support.  Durbin says he was pleased the House abandoned its version of a transportation bill this week:

“It would have cut federal funding for highways in Illinois over the next five years by $900 million, that’s about 15-percent of the total,” Durbin says.

Vets to get help with housing

Five chronically homeless veterans in Peoria are getting help finding a place to live. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in November approved the Peoria Housing Authority to offer 25 supportive housing vouchers for area veterans. Five of those were given out Friday.

The vets can use the vouchers to live in regular housing developments with the help of rent and utility subsidies. 41-year old Geoff Holliday served in the army from 1989 to 1995. He’s been homeless for more than one year.

"It's awesome. I mean it's almost like a second chance where someone like me who's on a limited income, this would be a tremendous help," says Holliday.

County narrowing search for Economic Development Director

Peoria County is narrowing its search to find the next Economic Development Director. County Administrator Lori Curtis Luther says the search is down to 11 candidates.  She says the list includes people from the region, in-state and outside Illinois. Curtis Luther says she hopes to have someone hired by April. Former Pekin City Manager Denny Kief has served as interim director since September.

Hotel deal to likely be extended again

The downtown Peoria Pere Marquette Marriott Hotel deal will likely be extended for another 30-days. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports this will be the second 30 day extension this year on the deal that nearly fell through last year.

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RISE: Climate Change and Coastal Communities  -- Saturdays at 2 p.m.

2/25     Part 3 Chuey’s Story

Adapting to climate change will be a messy and painful business. And in the short term there will be winners and losers. Chuey Cazare’s family is caught in this bind.


The Moth Radio Hour - Saturdays at 2 p.m., starting in March

 3/3      A hair stylist recalls accompanying his father on hunting expeditions in Alabama, a young journalist carefully sets the stage to make her first time memorable, and best-selling novelist Walter Mosley cares for his ailing mother. Hosted by noted comic and storyteller Mike Birbiglia, and Jay Allison


3/10     A hiker is pinned underneath a refrigerator-sized boulder deep in the wilderness, a speechwriter describes his most challenging assignment ("Make Al Gore funny"), and a young art student battles her demons in the pursuit of love.


3/17     high school quarterback leaves Montana as a promising son and returns years later to reveal a shocking secret; a boy from Sierra Leone describes his transformation from innocent child to cold-hearted soldier; a teenage girl discovers how to control her errant parrot; and a construction worker discovers the up-side of his girlfriend's one-year prison sentence.


Super Tuesday

Ten states will hold Republican contests on Tuesday, March 6th. WCBU and NPR will have live coverage from 7 to 9pm, including results from around the country, candidate speeches, analysis and commentary.

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