WBEZ | peoria http://www.wbez.org/tags/peoria Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Where was Rep. Aaron Schock at 25? http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-rep-aaron-schock-25-107295 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP080205045166.jpg" style="float: right; height: 278px; width: 350px;" title="Rep. Aaron Schock in 2008. (AP/File)" />At 31, (soon-to-turn 32 in late May), Congressman Aaron Schock is the youngest participant of the Year 25 series.</p><p>It&rsquo;s a designation he&rsquo;s pretty used to. He was once the youngest Illinois state representative and school board president&mdash;at the same time.</p><p>At 25, Schock lived in an old house that was supposed to be condemned by the city of Peoria, Illinois.</p><p>But Schock bought it and flipped it himself when he finished college.</p><p>He was also a few years into his stint as an Illinois state rep, but that was only a part-time gig. Most of his days were spent in the private sector, working in real estate.</p><p>Schock says he had no idea as a 25-year-old that he&rsquo;d live most of his days in Washington as a federal lawmaker. But as he told WBEZ&rsquo;s Lauren Chooljian, he&rsquo;s pleased with how things have turned out so far.</p><p><em>Lauren Chooljian is&rsquo; WBEZ&rsquo;s Morning Producer/Reporter. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/laurenchooljian" target="_blank">@laurenchooljian</a>.</em></p><p><strong>More from this series</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25-0/year-25-dan-savage-105358" target="_blank">Dan Savage</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-senator-dick-durbin-25-107104" target="_blank">Sen. Dick Durbin</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-rick-bayless-25-106967" target="_blank">Rick Bayless</a></p></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 15:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-rep-aaron-schock-25-107295 GOP Rep. Aaron Schock considering run for governor http://www.wbez.org/news/gop-rep-aaron-schock-considering-run-governor-105128 <p><p>Republican Congressman Aaron Schock of Peoria says he&#39;s considering a run for Illinois governor.</p><p>Schock <a href="http://bit.ly/11UjNmZ" target="_blank">tells</a> WMAQ-TV in Chicago that he hopes other GOP hopefuls will step aside. Schock says &quot;the less bloodletting, the better.&quot;</p><p>The 31-year-old Peoria congressman and former state representative says he knows he can&#39;t &quot;tell them not to run.&quot; But Schock says other candidates from his party who have run before are wasting their time.</p><p>He says his age won&#39;t be a factor in whether he runs for governor.</p><p>Schock was first elected to Congress in 2009.</p><p>Other Republican candidates who have shown interest in the Illinois governor&#39;s race include state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, and state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard.</p><p>The next general election for Illinois governor is in November 2014.</p></p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/gop-rep-aaron-schock-considering-run-governor-105128 Former Peoria mayor, Jim Maloof, dies at 93 http://www.wbez.org/news/former-peoria-mayor-jim-maloof-dies-93-105044 <p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/SqMdB3">Jim Maloof, the former mayor of Peoria, Ill. died Sunday, the Peoria Journal-Star reports</a>.&nbsp;A family friend who answered the phone at the family&#39;s home confirmed the former mayor&#39;s death to The Associated Press.</p><p>Maloof served as Peoria&#39;s mayor from 1985 to 1997. A Peoria native, he&#39;s remembered as a business leader and chairman of the board of St. Jude Children&#39;s Research Hospital Midwest Affiliate, Methodist Medical Center.</p><p>Maloof biographer Doug Love says meeting entertainer Danny Thomas was a pivotal moment in Maloof&#39;s life. Thomas founded St. Jude&#39;s Children&#39;s Research Hospital.</p><p>Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce President Roberta Parks says Maloof was often called &quot;the cheerleading mayor&quot; because of his efforts to boost Peoria&#39;s economy and bring back a sense of pride among its residents.</p></p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/former-peoria-mayor-jim-maloof-dies-93-105044 Unemployment in Illinois metro areas fell in September http://www.wbez.org/story/decatur/unemployment-illinois-metro-areas-fell-september <p><p>Unemployment numbers in Illinois metropolitan areas fell in September according to a report from the state's department of employment security.<br /><br />Unemployment fell in every metro area in the state for the first time since 2007. Greg Rivara is the spokesman for the Illinois Department of Employment Security. &quot;Certainly each individual will decide when recovery is going to actually be felt in their household. But when we look at the numbers, the numbers show us that were better off than we were one year ago, we're better off than we were two years ago,&quot;&nbsp;Rivara said.</p><p>The metro areas with the largest declines in unemployment include Peoria, Decatur and Metro East.</p></p> Thu, 28 Oct 2010 21:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/decatur/unemployment-illinois-metro-areas-fell-september