Congressional leader keynoting NAACP banquet

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U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-SC) will be the featured speaker at NAACP’s 52nd Nov. 22 Freedom Fund Banquet at Par-A-Dice Hotel and Conference Center in East Peoria. The event – “All in for Justice and Equality” – will start…

What’s the Evidence for Medical Marijuana?

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  Medical marijuana is coming to Illinois soon. The state has a long list of approved conditions for marijuana including cancer, glaucoma, HIV and multiple sclerosis.i If you have one of these conditions, you may be wondering if marijuana would…

Vote as if tomorrow matters

A couple weeks ago I was whining to friends about how I used to vote for candidates from both parties. In politics, talk is cheap, so I look for those who have a positive voting record in support of clean…

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Art Beat for November 2014

MUSIC Nov. 8: In This Moment, the “Black Widow Tour.” 7 p.m. Limelight Eventplex. 693-1234. Nov. 9: BU’s Saxophone Quartet and Quintet. 3 p.m. Bradley University’s Dingeldine Music Center. 677-2595. Nov. 9: Flatland Harmony Experiment Trillium. 2 p.m. Peoria Public…

FDIC data offers glimpse of Peoria commercial banks

Looking at hard numbers can be meaningless, like trying to connect the St. Louis Cardinals’ post-season performance with players’ weights or beard dimensions. Factual yet irrelevant. A better comparison might be the old yarn about several people trying to describe…

Art: What is it good for?

This photo-mosaic of the downtown skyline of Peoria consists of 2,775 images by Central Illinois artists. Local professional photographer Doug Leunig contributed the master skyline image; Bradley University Professor George Brown designed the “Art Works in Peoria” graphic. The project…

Labor Roundup for November 2014

Illinois governor race neck-and-neck. Press Association Unions News Service reports that the race for Illinois Governor is a tossup. “Gov. Pat Quinn (D) barely won a first full term, thanks to huge labor support, in 2010,” said PAI’s Mark Gruenberg.…