Abandoned coal mines dot greater Peoria

This spring Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan demanded that Peabody Energy prove it has the funds necessary to reclaim coal mines if it shuts down, rekindling public concern over abandoned mines and the responsibility for cleaning them up. In her…

Fighting a health crisis with real (verified) food

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Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant documents the produce Cyndy Ash is growing to sell at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Farmers Market in Lincoln. The hospital designed the market to be a key tool in fighting health problems among residents of Logan County where two-thirds of the population is overweight or obese. Cavanaugh-Grant is visiting every farmer-vendor.

  LINCOLN – When two-thirds of the residents of Logan County are overweight or obese, it’s apparent a health crisis tsunami is crashing into the local hospital. Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital CEO Dolan Dalpoas clearly saw conventional treatments were not…

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“The Great Agnostic,” Robert Ingersoll has been removed from his moorings at the Abingdon Street entrance to Glen Oak Park. Of course, I’m referring to his statue that was placed there Oct. 28, 1911. The statue of the internationally known…

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Central Illinois native Dick Stolley’s politeness was key to his getting one of the scoops of the century when he bought the 8mm home movie of the assassination of President Kennedy, he told Terry Bibo when she interviewed him for…

LGBT rights important for the country

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LGBT rights important for the country Some states are trying to legally establish who gets to use men’s restrooms and who has the bon fides to use women’s restrooms, but this issue is about a lot more than access to…

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Carbon Farming BY DR. MARGARET REEVES Eric Toensmeier’s book, “The Carbon Farming Solution,” is an encouraging and inspiring presentation of the power of regenerative agriculture to reverse climate change within our lifetime. Deftly integrating explanations of science, local knowledge and…

Letters

March 15 to July 1 “Purgatory” It is time for Peoria Public Schools to seriously look at how it elects board members. District 150 is an anomaly in the world of school board elections. While the rest of school districts…

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Abortion choice within a historical religious perspective For many years, we as a society have wrestled with various ethical issues. As society changes, so do our understanding of many of these issues. One question we have wrestled with and continue…

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Sky-dancers The eyes sparkle as tiny hands reach for the earth. Small fingers grasp the succulent stem and pluck from the ground something that was made for picking — a fleshy stalk topped with a ball of white, feathery tufts.…

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Youth has enough confidence, energy, and sometimes bravado to believe they alone have discovered the pathway to successful living. They often assume that what’s new is best, sometimes forgetting that previous generations experienced similar sentiments.  Folks with years of experience…

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  The 19th Jamboree Run kicks off 7 a.m. June 4 in West Peoria. Jamie and April Silver are co-chairing the run. Other activities that day are the Boy Scout Carnival 3 to 7 p.m. All Jamboree activities take place…

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Black Lives Matter If you don’t know or understand different people or cultures, does that lead you to be afraid of them? Are you justified being afraid of them? While it may be natural to be afraid of people who…

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During the past several articles, we have looked at the rich history of Peoria Heights. For this month’s article, we will be looking at history made through an organization we don’t often see as historic and with a group we…

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I am pleased to report the “Invalid” is ambulatory in Canton thanks to the efforts of the Many Lights Theatre, a small group whose mission statement in part reads: “Many Lights will produce plays that make a difference to the…

Arts Beat

MUSIC June 3: Cousin Eddie “Live at the Five Spot.” 5:30 p.m. Contemporary Art Center. 674-6822. June 3: Skyla Burrell. 8 p.m. Rhythm Kitchen Music Café. 676-9668. June 4: “Carmina Burana.” Heartland Festival Orchestra and the Peoria Area Civic Chorale.…

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More Than a Pretty Picture Behind the beauty of artwork is a world of innovation and complex problem solving. Fiber artists know which type of fiber can be shaped into their creation, photographers understand the properties of light, glass artists…