Peoria launched its 'Don't Shoot' initiative with a graphic billboard campaign.

Peoria Public Radio

May 18, 2018

How To Stop Gun Violence? Just Ask

Conversations around gun violence often revolve around long-term solutions, like improving schools or the local economy. But even if those things were easy — and they’re not — it would take a generation to realize the benefits.

Nicholas Weible, offers his mom, Wendy Smith a tissue during the memorial service for his father, Christopher Weible, held at First Christian Church in Quincy, on April 20.

Steve Bohnstedt/via AP

May 04, 2018

Adams Co. Coroner To Poor: Pay $1000 Or County Keeps Remains

Adams County Coroner James Keller is facing sharp criticism for how he handles poor people who can't afford to bury their loved ones: He has them sign over their rights to the deceased, leaving them without the death certificate, then cremates the body and keeps the ashes until the family pays $1,000.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, shown in Denver in April 2018, said he believes the farm bill will be passed before the September deadline.

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April 30, 2018

Ag Secretary Confident Trump Will Help Push Farm Bill Across Finish Line

The farm bill traditionally is a bipartisan effort, but House Republicans’ proposed changes to the main federal food-aid program in this year’s version has struck a nerve. To move it through efficiently, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says he’ll appeal to President Donald Trump.

Participants in a poverty simulation

Lee V. Gaines/Illinois Newsroom

February 07, 2018

Schools Are Using Poverty Simulations To Build Empathy. But Do They Work?

About 100 teachers and support staff recently gathered in a junior high school in central Illinois to take on the roles of people living in poverty. It’s part of a poverty simulation used by schools across the country that’s supposed to challenge stereotypes. But some say it takes more than a one-time simulation to change attitudes and behaviors.

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