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When jail provides hope

Young and Anderson

Romie Anderson and Maurice Young both landed in the Peoria County Jail after decades of minor crimes. That was a stroke of luck for both of them. In jail, both men ended up in a GED class together and encouraged…

Hate groups within law enforcement

Racists and neo-Nazis with guns and badges within the ranks of local law enforcement across the country is antithetical to American democracy, yet the evidence is visible and documented by the FBI, Office of Homeland Security and Southern Poverty Law…

Peoria tap water assessments

Disinfection byproducts in tap water vary widely based on the source of the water, the geographic location, the treatment methods used and even the season and weather. Karen Cotton, spokesperson at Illinois American Water Co. in Peoria, said treatment methods…

“Fakebook news”

Bobbi Millinger realized she should be skeptical of news on Facebook. “We truly thought that we were being careful about who we were interacting with, given the need for discretion on social media. We were very aware that people can…

How to avoid fake news

Between Facebook and the Internet, the 24-hour-a-day news cycle, traditional media outlets, competing political organizations with competing agendas –– fake news is thriving. Democracy, not so much. “I do not know how a democracy functions when you don’t know what…

Cleve Heidelberg died a free man

Cleve Heidelberg

Early Saturday morning, police and property management found Cleve Heidelberg dead in his Peoria apartment after a friend failed to reach him. No foul play is suspected. “He died a free man. I don’t care what legal technicalities are pending,…