When Justice Becomes Injustice

Lester Mason

Lester Mason is the victim of what many now consider an ill-conceived and racist “three strikes and you’re out law” that almost exclusively targets Black men. He was released from prison the day before Thanksgiving after an incarceration of nearly…

Not socialized medicine: “just common sense”

Sommerville

Brooke Sommerville gave birth to three children in Peoria. Then her husband, professional basketball player Marcellus Sommerville, was recruited to play professionally in France. The family moved to France, and Brooke didn’t know what to expect when she became pregnant…

The Lion’s Den | The Doctor’s Appointment

Now that we have entered into 2021, we know that there are vaccines available to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, there is skepticism surrounding the vaccines’ rollout, particularly among groups of color. This skepticism stems from a long history…

OpEd | Be Careful What You Wish For

Although the recent election and the growing COVID-19 pandemic are now uppermost in people’s minds, we should not lose sight of a couple of U.S. Supreme Court decisions last summer that together combine increasing amounts of public funds directed toward…

The Watch | Local taxes in 2021

The dreadful 2020 is over. The dreadful pandemic is not. And the dreaded bills keep coming in. On Nov. 10, Peoria City Council members wrestled with some truly appalling numbers. In part, that’s because the 2021 budget anticipated passage of…

Nature Rambles | The Sounds of Silence

White-throated Sparrow

It can really be hard to be optimistic during a global pandemic that has stretched on for over nine months. However, as I’ve written in previous columns, we continue to see people taking the opportunity to take this time to…

UnityPoint Health increases minimum pay

The minimum hourly pay rate at UnityPoint Health is increasing to $15 an hour in January in a move that will impact 33% of the health system’s 30,000 employees. “Our feet are firmly rooted in our mission — to improve…

Inland Art | Oscar Gillespie

Tusche Wash

Oscar Gillespie is the consummate picture maker. He’s recognized as one of the most inventive and technically fluent artists in academia, a leader in the discipline of engraving in which he’s exhibited and conducted workshops for over 30 years. One…

Art: What is it Good For? | Painting Peoria

Brammeier

Challenging times require innovative solutions and the COVID-19 pandemic forced educators across the country to find new ways to be effective teachers. Art & Design Professor Heather Brammeier at Bradley University was one of those teachers. With students enrolled in…

West Peoria News | State of the City

The State of the City address, sponsored by the West Peoria Residents Association and featuring Mayor James Dillon and City Administrator Kinga Krider, will be 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. It could be canceled due to COVID-19 mitigation rules. Check…

Serendipity | Remembering When

Children and teenagers love looking ahead and speculating about new freedoms awaiting them. They consider each different one a sign they’re growing up. But that doesn’t necessarily mean maturity and ability to make wise choices are imminent. It’s a gradual…

Labor Roundup | January 2021

Illinois nursing-home workers settle strike. A tentative agreement between Infinity Healthcare Management and its nursing-home workers was reached Dec. 4 after about 700 employees went on strike for almost two weeks, according to Service Employees International Healthcare Illinois which represents…

Holiday Bounty

holiday bounty

Lucy, Susannah and Laura Poeppel picked this seasonal produce on their parents’ organic farm outside Chillicothe. Lucy said the beauty of the farm sometimes creates “a spiritual moment.” Visit their website at broadbranchfarm.com. Check this listing for other farms in…