Aaron Schock: What Lay Beneath; What Lies Ahead

Aaron Schock participated in a ceremony recently at Peoria Lock and Dam on the Illinois River in Creve Coeur.                         Photo courtesy The Labor Paper

By George Hopkins Political scandals come mostly in two flavors: money and sex. Sex is more survivable than money because it’s less likely to wind up in criminal court. That’s the key to understanding the sudden downfall of Congressman Aaron…

WE DID IT AGAIN!!!!!!!

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Another scoop by “Straight Talk” and the Community Word with news that Chris Reynolds has been hired as the new Athletic Director by Bradley University. This columnist announced that Reynolds was under serious consideration over two months ago not only…

COAL: Edwards plant improves but still pollutes

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The E.D. Edwards Energy Center in Bartonville along the Illinois River reduced the amount of toxins it released in the last decade, but it continues to spew dangerous chemicals and is still burning coal. Further, according to both environmental activists…

College Adjuncts Paid Below Minimum Wage: UNIONIZE

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Colleges and universities are increasingly relying on adjuncts rather than full-time faculty. Adjuncts are part-time teaching staff who often have master’s or doctoral degrees. They are usually paid a set amount per course taught. Adjuncts don’t receive health insurance or…

My Freedom to Grow Food

By Anne Patterson This spring, I will walk out my door and become even more vigilant about what is happening on my small bio-diverse farm. I’m a little nervous about this upcoming growing year. Normally, I am not. Why can’t…

Letters

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Bad for Labor; Bad for the Environment The Trans-Pacific Partnership has rightly received some negative attention in recent months as the Obama Administration pushes for its ratification and implementation. Creating a race to the bottom, the provisions of…

NATURE RAMBLES

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Spring Cleaning… Spring has finally arrived, and there’s a flurry of activity and updates to share. So get out and enjoy everything that this season has to offer.    Fire… An ecologist once said that fire season is just like…

SERENDIPITY

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Communication Writing, Com 200, at Bradley University in the fall of 1987 included about 20 young students, our professor, the late Dr. Jack Fought, and me. I was the one with apprehension written all over my face. Old enough to be the…

West Peoria News

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April 25 is the West Peoria community’s Annual Clean Up Day. Clean Up drop off is open at 9 a.m. at the city garage on Hillside Avenue and can be accessed off Farmington Road or Sterling Hill. This is the…

The Magnificent Invalid

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This past month, Peoria audiences were able to see performances from the great powers of the past two centuries and one from the current. The Bradley theater department produced the 2010 winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play,…

Art – What is it Good For?

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Now that Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed slashing budgets and funding across the board attempting to make Illinois more solvent, the arts, always first to go, are slated for elimination from the Illinois educational system. So what that kids won’t…