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This year’s 16th annual West Peoria Night Out Against Crime will be 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday Sept. 10 at the Franciscan Recreation Center. Judge Jodie Hoos is a special invited guest. Events include: bicycle rodeo and drawing, cane demonstrations,…

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(Editor’s Note: Peoria City Council Member Beth Akeson was under fire recently for some inflammatory Tweets she posted. She sent a message saying she would never support the Black Lives Matter movement because it is divisive, and she said all…

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Eric Ewan directed an excellent production of “The Spitfire Grill” for Corn Stock. The musical is about the journey of a young woman just released from prison who decides to start her life anew in a rural Wisconsin town. It…

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MUSIC Sept. 2: The 28th annual Illinois Blues & Heritage Festival – Mavis Staples, Here Comes the Mummies, Laith Al-Saadi and more on three stages. On the Riverfront. 839-1220. Sept. 2: Cousin Eddie Live at the Five Spot, 5:30 p.m.…

Labor Roundup

Clinton repeats anti-TPP stand, pledges to appoint trade prosecutor to pursue violators. Adding another specific to her economic platform, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Aug. 11 told a crowd in Warren, Mich., that she would appoint a “chief trade…

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While recently attended a birthday party, my swallowing mechanism was put to the test. During the enjoyment of the festivities and the treats, a fellow came up to me and asked, “Hey aren’t you from Peoria Heights?”  Upon rapidly chewing…

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The Devil Made Me Do It. Can We Determine Motives? Have you ever asked yourself, “Why did I eat that donut?” People often want to know why they or others do something. One theory is motives are unknowable and what…

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Many students graduating from high school are pretty excited to go off to college. They believe it’s finally the time that they’ll be free from their parents and life will be so much easier. What students often don’t understand is…

STUNNING SETBACK

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For those who dislike, perhaps even hate, Aaron Schock and that includes the radical left wingers at the Peoria Journal, it had to be painful to accept the federal grand jury’s decision not to indict the former Congressman. Hell, the…

Hate Crime

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“Sticks and stones will break your bones, but names will never hurt you,” goes the children’s rhyme. In Canton, some 40 miles southwest of Peoria, it might be said, “Names will never hurt you, but fists can.” And hate. On…