Water debate continues

Agreed: Water and its safety are important to Central Illinois. Agreed: Water is a key piece of the economic puzzle as the City of Peoria faces huge financial strains. Agreed: Water’s place in that puzzle is determined by the Peoria…

Two Peoria TV stations part of corporate shuffle

The corporation that owns WMBD-TV 31 and WYZZ-TV 43 could become the largest local TV station owner in the country if its proposed acquisition of Tribune Media is approved by the Federal Communications Commission. Texas-based Nexstar Media Group on Dec.…

Straight Talk | Exclusive

We all read and heard with sadness about the tragic loss of life when an F-18 Marine fighter jet collided with an KC-130 off the coast of Japan during a refueling exercise. Five crew members of the tanker were killed…

Bill Knight | How to address homelessness

Neither the City of Peoria nor Peoria County has a lot of extra money sitting around, but do you know who has even less? The homeless. Helping the homeless, however, should be more than a passing winter impulse, and ensuring…

Real Talk | How to get away with murder

Jamal Khashoggi a 59-year old journalist for the Washington Post, was a Saudi Arabian national and a U.S. resident. He also was a frequent critic of Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (M.B.S.) and the Saudi government policies. Khashoggi was…

Nature Rambles | Winter Butterflies

winter butterflies

While January might seem a strange time to think about butterflies, it is actually a great time to look back at the past season and start the process for planning for next year. In past columns, we have touched on…

Inland Art | LJ Douglas

LJ Douglas

LJ Douglas’s work began in the eighties in Chicago before there were more than a handful of contemporary galleries on Ontario Street. It was the twilight of the Hairy Who, and the Baby-boomers were surging from the region’s schools of…

Arts Beat | January 2019

MUSIC Jan. 4: Dexter O’Neal and Funk Yard “Live at the Five Spot.” 5:30 p.m. Contemporary Art Center. 674-6822. Jan. 8, 15 and 22: Chicago Farmer “Folkin’ Tuesdays.” 8 p.m. Kenny’s West Side Pub. 676-1693. Jan. 11: “State & Water…

Serendipity | Teenagers, suddenly

Announcing the arrival of teenagers in our family! Not since 1997 when our youngest of three turned 20, have teens been part of the mix. On Dec. 27 Jules, our oldest grandchild turned 13; Emma following on Jan. 25; and…

NOW: Best and worst of 2018

The National Organization for Women has led the fight for equal rights for decades. The organization released this list for the worst offenders and top victories in 2018: Worst offenders of women’s rights Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education, for her…

Science Brief | “Genetically Modified Children”

In this horrifying documentary, writer and director Juliette Igier travels around Argentina meeting families in agricultural communities whose lives have been upended by a sudden surge in birth defects and cancers among the children. Tobacco farmers face an impossible choice…