Bill Knight

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Demographics are destiny, it’s been said. Not necessarily, of course, but a new book by Paul Taylor – scheduled to speak at the Peoria Area Labor Management Council (PALM) at 11:15 a.m. May 19 at the Par-A-Dice Hotel – offers…

Straight Talk

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FORCED OUT? Lori Curtis Luther is leaving Peoria as county administrator officially on May 31. We reported exclusively about her interest in leaving weeks ago on our morning show. We even gave details about the public open house held in…

Editorials – HOW “EFFICIENT” ARE HUMAN RIGHTS?

WHAT’S THE COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF MORALITY? Words that obfuscate: Cut the Illinois income tax surcharge: This really means a tax savings bonanza for high-income earners and a miniscule savings for middle- and low-income earners. Right to work: This really means…

Nature Rambles

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A Prairie Ghost I’ll never forget the day when an old self-proclaimed “river–rat” came by to show me some bones he had found in the Illinois River when the water was particularly low. Hollow eye sockets stared back at me…

Reflections from the Clergy

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THE PRICE OF FREEDOM Sharia law … the hair on the back of Nancy Kelleher’s neck bristles on edge at even the thought of it. Although she can’t fully explain what it is, Nancy knows from tuning into her favorite…

Serendipity

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Catalogs were often part of our daily mail when I was growing up. My mother was not fond of shopping downtown, the only choice in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s, but she wouldn’t have enjoyed a mall either, had that been an…

West Peoria News

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The West Peoria Residents’ Association is sponsoring a community-wide yard sale 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16. If you are interested in participating, contact either wpnewsadvertisements@westpeoriaresidents.org or Maggie Moore at 673-0535. At the time of this writing, residents…

Arts Beat

MUSIC May 1: Cousin Eddie. “Live at the Five Spot.” 5:30 p.m. Contemporary Art Center. 674-6822. May 1: Bradley Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band. 7:30 p.m. BU Michel Student Center. 677-2595. May 2-3: “A Few of Our Favorite Things.”…

Art. What is it Good for?

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Why Wondering Matters  What if there were a place for children to discover the world around them unlike anything they have seen before? What if kids could use real tools to build something? What if children could play and learn at…

The Magnificent Invalid

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Corn Stock closed its winter season at the end of March with “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” by the Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. It was the boldest choice of material for any of our theaters this past year and was well…

Widow completes her husband’s dream:

About 50 people, many in Civil War era fashion, listened as Theo Kenyon spoke at a ceremony April 11 about her late husband’s dedication to historic preservation. She was the primary donor of funds for construction of an elevator for the Grand Army of the Republic Greenhut Memorial Hall, 416 Hamilton Boulevard. Her husband, Leslie Kenyon, is widely credited with saving the G.A.R. Hall as well as many other historic structures in Peoria.

“He was a warrior for historic preservation” Local architect Leslie H. Kenyon, founder and president of Kenyon & Associates architectural firm, was a long-time historic preservationist in Peoria. After he died in 2011 at 88, his widow Theo Kenyon worked…

Neighborhood Notes

Oakcliff frustrated with lack of action on bridge. Residents of the Oakcliff area along Knoxville Avenue north of Lake Street say they’ve been waiting for more than a year for repairs to a deteriorating bridge on Oakcliff, plus removal of…

News Brief

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Peoria Call to Action: Save the Monarchs Bonnie Cox is an enormously busy retiree, but when the Peoria Garden Club asked her to organize a committee to save monarch butterflies, Cox recognized the urgency and agreed to take on the…

Labor Roundup

Labor Roundup Building Trades’ McGarvey: ‘Politics is not a marriage. It’s a business.’ AFL-CIO Building Trades Department President Sean McGarvey told the 56th annual Michigan Building and Construction Trades legislative conference last month “the strength of the labor movement is…

Is Vitamin D The Wonder Vitamin?

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Vitamin-D deficiency is linked to a long list of problems including bone weakness (osteoporosis), heart attacks, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, falls, muscle weakness, nervous system diseases including multiple sclerosis, psychiatric problems including depression, pregnancy problems.   After reading this…