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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - October 10, 2014

Troubled Anti-Violence Program Used As Political Fuel During Debate

By Hannah Meisel

Governor Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner gather themselves before their debate in Peoria Thursday night.

Four hours before Governor Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner debated in Peoria, a two-day long hearing on Governor Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program wrapped up in Chicago. The governor brushed off results of the hearing as nothing more than "political."

Categories: Economics, Government, Politics



WILL - Illinois Public Media News - October 10, 2014

Champaign Chooses New Fire Chief

by Jeff Bossert

The search process lasted more than a year, but Champaign has its new fire chief.  The city has announced Gary Ludwig will take over as chief on November 17th. 

He’s the former deputy fire chief in Memphis, Tennessee, and currently managing director for the Ludwig Group, which does consulting in firefighting and EMS services.

Former Champaign Fire Chief Doug Forsman retired late last year, after 17 years with the department.

"Gary's wealth of experience will be an asset to the Champaign Fire Department," said City Manager Dorothy David, in a press release.  "He is an educator, a proven leader, and a nationally known expert in fire and emergency medical services."

"I am honored and humbled to have been selected by Ms. David," said Ludwig.  "The City of Champaign is a wonderful and vibrant community that my wife and I look forward to being a part of."

Ludwig has 37 years in city and county emergency medical and fire service.  He’ll earn $135-thousand annually.

Categories: Government


Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - October 10, 2014

Familiar Jabs, Talking Points In First Quinn/Rauner Debate

By Brian Mackey

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(Duration: 3:48)

Gov. Pat Quinn and GOP candidate Bruce Rauner debate in Peoria October 9th.

The two leading candidates for Illinois governor met Thursday night in Peoria for the first debate of the election season. Both men stuck closely to the ideas they’ve been honing for months on the campaign trail.


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