Cleve’s triumph

Cleve painting

After 47 years in prison for a murder conviction that was vacated, Cleve Heidelberg lived just 306 days as a free man in Peoria before he died of heart failure, but his ultimate triumph remains his challenge to society to…

Invisible barriers to GED

GED

Darryl Townsend felt a strange sense of alarm as he walked into the Peoria County Courthouse, through security, past armed guards. He was there for his GED test, but it was not test anxiety he was experiencing. It was knowledge…

Paul Robeson defied racism in Peoria

Robeson

Sixty-seven years ago this month, the NAACP’s Crisis Magazine published a harsh denunciation of world-renowned African-American entertainer and activist Paul Robeson, and a new book rekindles memories of Robeson’s travails – including the 1947 Peoria incident that some say was…

Letter to the Editor | Supreme Court tilts from justice

The Senate’s recent confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court likely means curtains for reproductive rights, environmental protection, union membership, voting rights, public education, medical coverage, even LGBTQ rights, as cases involving these issues work their way through…

Op-Ed | Vote As If Our Country Is Depending On You

BY DALE GOODNER Margaret Chase Smith probably never expected that her “Declaration of Conscience” would become listed as No. 41 in American Rhetoric’s Top 100 Speeches of the 20th century. The Republican Senator from Maine delivered that speech on June…

Inland Art | A poet’s eye

Inland Art

Before Bill Conger became curator of exhibitions and collections at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, his critical capability was honed at the University Galleries at Illinois State University. He worked with Barry Blinderman for more than a decade, a highly productive…

Real Talk | We need a culture change

I could use this space bemoaning why I vehemently oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme court. It is clear to most of us that he got the benefit of the doubt simply because he is a white man. Being…

Serendipity | Rose-colored glasses

Knowledge and ability to turn back the clock could make results both interesting and heartwarming on many levels. November and December usher in festivities and celebrations and, for many, an abundant sense of nostalgia. Add the well-known picture of the…

Arts Beat | November 2018

Music Nov. 1: ORGŌNE, with special guests Ridgeracer. 8 p.m. Kenny’s West Side Pub. 676-1693. Nov. 2: Hoobastank, with Secondhand Serenade. 8 p.m. Monarch Music Hall. 966-0826. Nov. 2: Cousin Eddie “Live at the Five Spot.” 5:30 p.m. Contemporary Art…

Journal Star: A “ghost newspaper”

Incompetence and greed” is how a source described corporate, out-of-state management at the Peoria Journal Star, now owned by GateHouse Media headquartered in New York. Within just the last few months, the newsroom’s already devastated staff was cut by another…

Labor Roundup | November 2018

This month’s mid-term election “really is all about power,” said former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, and unionists must use the vote – and convince others to cast ballots – to yank power back from the corporate elite. “The nation is…