Author Archive for Community Word Staff

LaHood

December is for Reflection and Celebrating the Season of Joy As I write my last column of 2017, I reflect on the extraordinary public service careers of three outstanding Central Illinois citizens. My mentor and friend, former Congressman Bob Michel, passed…

Monroe

Setting the Record Straight A story in the sports section of the Peoria Journal sent me scrambling to research Bradley basketball because I felt the writer had made several errors. He wrote that current basketball fortunes could lead to a…

Arts Beat

MUSIC Dec. 1-2: Chicago Farmer. 7 p.m. Apollo Theater. 673-4343. Dec. 1: “Nutcracker 2017,” 7 p.m. Limelight Eventplex. 693-1234. Dec. 1: Central Illinois Youth Symphony and Concert Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. ICC’s Performing Arts Center. 678-6541. Dec. 1: Bradley Women’s Choir. 7:30…

Questioning pension mergers

Illinois has 628 separate police and fire pension funds, each with administrative costs. Ohio, by contrast, has one Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund. At a recent talk in Peoria, Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston and gubernatorial candidate, said merging multiple…

Arts Beat

MUSIC Nov. 3: Judy Page. 8 p.m. Rhythm Kitchen. 676-9668. Nov. 3: Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard “Live at the Five Spot.” 5:30 p.m. Contemporary Art Center. 674-6877. Nov. 4: The Estampie Trio chamber music concert. 3 p.m. Eureka College…

Monroe

WOODRUFF’S 80TH CELEBRATION They held a birthday celebration at Woodruff High School Saturday, Sept. 9 and more than 550 people packed the Commons area to sing Happy Birthday to their alma mater. Sing and talk they did about old days…

West Peoria News

Trick-or-treat hours in West Peoria are 5-8 p.m. All trick-or-treating children should be back in their homes by 8 p.m. Kids should carry flashlights and go only to houses with porch lights turned on and not enter strange homes or…

Labor Roundup

2018 politics starts as Fight for 15, SEIU start voter engagement drive. Next year’s politics started Labor Day, as political hopefuls joined a mass walkout of fast-food and hospital workers on Sept. 4, Fight for 15 & a Union said.…

Arts Beat

MUSIC Oct. 1: “Music in the McKenzie” with Pint & A Half. 2 p.m. Peoria Public Library North Branch. 497-2100. Oct. 1: Pierce The Veil. 7:30 p.m. Limelight Eventplex. 693-1234. Oct. 1: Faculty recital with Sarah Hansen and Mickey Chien.…