Exclusive: Stadium deal nixed by District 150

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Thanks to a conscientious former Peoria County board member and neighborhood leader, the famed Peoria Stadium was close to placing a sold sign on its property on War Memorial Drive. Well, that may be an exaggeration, but credit Bill O’Brien…

Quality of jobs is on the decline in Peoria

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The Peoria area lost 2,800 jobs between July 2013 and July 2014, when its percentage of employed people fell 1.6 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics second-quarter report, but the five-county metro area is stable overall, says Bernard…

Parsing Language: Accurate or Inflammatory

I assume that in a paper the size of the Community Word the Managing Editor must double as a reporter. I do believe, however, that person should keep news articles and editorials separate.  In the September issue, Clare Howard attempted…

Voter suppression is Illinois must end

As an authorized registrar, I recently volunteered to register voters at Kroger’s. I asked customers whether they are registered to vote. One man responded, “I can’t.” At first I assumed he meant he was in a hurry. Having second thoughts,…

Why raise the minimum wage?

Raise it to stimulate the economy. Raise it for economic justice. Raise it to tell Springfield and Washington you want public policy based on honest analysis, not partisan brinkmanship. Raise it to tell WalMart you’re tired of subsiding its profits.…

The City Beat for October 2014

Here’s how to fix older neighborhoods – I was driven through the Averyville neighborhood this month. It’s what I call a “classic” neighborhood. Lots of older, yet well-maintained homes. And there were homes that are less well-maintained, but still livable.…

Life with the reptilian brain

I am a football fan. I can’t deny it. Even as I write I am anticipating my favorite team playing tonight on Monday Night Football. And I do want them to win. I care. In many ways football is a…

Serendipity for October 2014

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In the winter of 1967, Jane and I met in a training class for Ozark Airlines Reservation Agents at Greater Peoria Airport. I graduated from high school the previous June. Jane was 13 months older and more mature. She had…

West Peoria News for October 2014

With garbage pickup in front of our homes, it is prudent that the cans be taken off the streets to the rear of homes the evening after the trash is removed.   The neighborhoods do not look like ‘living is best…