Bradley University Ranked Among Top Universities

Peoria, IL – September 9, 2014 – Bradley University has once again been recognized as one of the top universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.

The publication’s 2015 edition of America’s Best Colleges, released today, places Bradley 4th in the region and also continues to recognize the University as a great school at a great price. The latter recognition points to the significant value Bradley offers in the academic experience it provides students.

“Such national recognition is a testament to the commitment of our faculty and staff, who work tirelessly to provide a world-class education to our students,” said Bradley President Joanne Glasser. “With its medium size, Bradley provides students a wide-range of educational opportunities and experiences along with the personal support that helps nurture their professional growth and creativity.”

The college guide also points to the excellence of Bradley’s engineering program placing it in the top 35 programs nationwide.

In addition to the U.S.News & World Report ranking, Bradley also recently received recognition from The Princeton Review in its “Best 379 Colleges” guide and was included in Money Magazine’s list of “25 Colleges That Add the Most Value” and 86th overall on its list of “Best Colleges.”


Angie Menefee-SSB



PEORIA, ILLINOIS…September 9, 2014…South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a subsidiary of Mid Illinois Bancorp, Inc., welcomes Angie Menefee as a full service Mortgage Loan Consultant specializing in all aspects of the home buying process.

Menefee has worked in the banking industry for 29 years.  She attended Illini Bluffs High School and Illinois Central College.  Menefee is involved in fundraising for the Tuscarora Fire Department, Children’s Hospital of Illinois, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Peoria Area Renegades Rugby Club.  She currently resides in Bartonville with her husband and daughter. Her son is a United States Marine, and Menefee is a proud supporter.

Menefee works with Conventional, FHA, VA, Rural Development and Construction loans.  She has worked with different grant programs, including IHDA, City of Peoria, and Down Payment Plus.  Menefee specializes in first time homebuyers – giving the customer choices, looking at all options, and explaining the process so the customer understands the full home-buying process.

South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a locally owned financial institution since 1922, has $670 million in assets and serves the tri-county area with 12 full service locations in Peoria, East Peoria, West Peoria, Bartonville, Chillicothe, Washington, and Pekin.  South Side Bank owns Mid Illinois Insurance Services, Inc. located at 1524 W. Glen Avenue in Peoria.


Yes, you can, when you join us at Peoria Zoo for a light breakfast in Africa! We’ll teach you more about the King of Cats while watching the lions enjoy their breakfast too. You’ll also learn what makes Arthur and Lizzy so special.

You can register for either morning: Saturday, September 20 or Sunday, September 21, 9:00 am-10:00 am. Cost of this event is $7.50 for Zoo members and $15.00 for non-members.

For questions or to register, call the Peoria Zoo Education office at (309) 681-3559 or check our website at

Riverfront Museum & WTVP present “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” FREE Public Screening

Date & Time: Fri., Sept. 5, 7:00 p.m.

Location:  Giant Screen Theater · Peoria Riverfront Museum · 222 S.W. Washington St. · Peoria, Ill.

Cost: Free and open to the public; advance ticket reservation requested

Peoria Riverfront Museum and WTVP, Peoria public television, present a free sneak-peek screening of Ken Burns’ new PBS documentary, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. in the museum’s giant screen theater. 

The series weaves together the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics. It marks the first time their individual stories have been written into a single narrative. Meryl Streep portrays Eleanor Roosevelt in readings from her personal letters and writings.  

The screening is free, but seating is limited. The museum asks those interested in seeing the preview at the Riverfront Museum, Sept. 5, to reserve a ticket by calling 309-686-7000. 

Preview screenings will also be held at the Normal Theater, Normal, Ill., Sept. 8, 7 p.m. and at the Orpheum Theatre, Galesburg, Ill., Sept. 13, 4 p.m., hosted by Knox College and Tri States Public Radio. The full seven-part, 14-hour documentary will air nationally Sept. 14 on most PBS stations.  

For more information on the documentary, visit: 

For information on the Riverfront Museum screening, Sept. 5, visit 

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is the collaborative effort of eight organizations, with nearly 500 years of combined experience educating, entertaining, and supporting our diverse Peoria-area culture. Our mission is to inspire lifelong learning for all – connecting art, history, science, and achievement through collections, exhibitions, and programs.


(Peoria, IL)­­ — The City of Peoria will host a press conference at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, in room 404 at City Hall to announce a partnership with Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods. This integration with Nextdoor will enable the City to share important information directly with residents. Notices sent out through Nextdoor will include such topics as safety updates, upcoming public meetings, and available programs for residents. More than thirty neighborhoods in the City are already actively using Nextdoor. 

For more information regarding the press conference or Nextdoor, please contact Kate Green at (309) 494-8555 or, or visit

Peoria Players Received a Grant from IL Arts Council!

Peoria Players Theatre is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Illinois Arts Council in the amount of $7,275.00.  This grant, written by Nicki Haschke, will be used for general operating support of the Peoria Players 2014-2015 season.  Our season includes Ragtime, The Odd Couple, The Sound of Music, Home for the Holidays, Cabaret, The Pirates of Penzance, Damn Yankees, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

We are very grateful to the Illinois Arts Council for their continued support. 

Hult Center’s Annual Lobster Roast Fundraiser

Peoria, IL (August 28, 2014)  The Hult Center for Healthy Living will host their 17th annual Lobster Roast on Saturday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. at Weaver Angus Farm.

The evening features a fantastic spread from Dixon Fisheries and Barrack’s Cater Inn, laughter and surprises during the comical Roast of Matt George and entertainment by country music rising-star Drew Baldridge.

Hult Center founder, Patti Bash was in the hot seat last year and is getting her revenge this year by roasting the Hult Center’s Executive Director, Matt George.  A line-up of well-known roasters will take the stage before Drew Baldridge kicks off this country party.

Dust off your cowboy hats, shine your boots and join the Hult Center for an unforgettable evening!  Proceeds benefit the Hult Center for Healthy Living’s youth health education, cancer, mental health and senior programs.

Individual tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at or by calling 309-692-6650.

The Science of Ripley’s Believe it or Not! exhibit closes on Sept. 7th

Date & Time: Sun., Sept. 7, 5 p.m.

Location:  Peoria Riverfront Museum · 222 S.W. Washington St. · Peoria 

Aug. 28 – It’s hard to believe, but The Science of Ripley’s Believe it or Not! exhibit at Peoria Riverfront Museum will be closing in just over a week. 

More than 55,000 visitors stopped through museum exhibits to date in the three months since Ripley’s opened on May 27. The figure, which does not include theater visits, sets a record for exhibit attendance at the museum so far. Last year’s exhibit attendance figure for the same timeframe was just over 47,000. 

The museum also hosted a number of special groups, including US Rep. Aaron Schock with Summer Reading Program participants, a delegation from Jwaneng, Botswana (a potential sister city to Peoria), and the Office of Illinois Tourism’s Illinois Roadshow. 

Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Bizarre Buying Bazaar – an “Antiques Roadshow” of oddities – came to the Midwest for the first time ever when museum hosted it earlier in August. Long-time Ripley’s curator, Edward Meyer, proclaimed that Peoria was the Bazaar’s weirdest stop yet after the museum’s two-day show attracted the most oddities ever brought in to a show. The prior stop was New York City. 

The Science of Ripley’s Believe it or Not! exhibit will officially close Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. 

Two new art exhibits will be taking its place. “Impressionism into Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art,” Sept. 26 – Jan. 11, will feature American painters and visual artists from the early 1900s into the 1940s. The works of Olof Krans, Bishop Hill, will be displayed Oct. 11 – Apr. 26.  

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is the collaborative effort of eight organizations, with nearly 500 years of combined experience educating, entertaining, and supporting our diverse Peoria-area culture. Our mission is to inspire lifelong learning for all – connecting art, history, science, and achievement through collections, exhibitions, and programs.

6th Annual Dyslexia Walk

The Children’s Dyslexia Center of Peoria is hosting the 6th Annual Dyslexia Walk on Saturday, September 20, 2014.  Registration and check-in starts at 9:00 a.m. and the Walk steps off at 10:00 a.m.  The walk starts at Peoria Heights Water Tower Park and goes down beautiful Grandview Drive to Peoria Country Club and back.  So get a group of friends, get out your walking shoes and join us in raising money for the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Peoria.  Registration fee is $25 for adults and $10 for children under 12.  Please pre-register by September 11 to guarantee your shirt size.  Contact Dick Hummel for registration at 547-3138.

This is a fundraiser for the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Peoria, which is a 501(c)(3) charity of the Scottish Rite Valley of Peoria.  More than 50 percent of the funding must be raised at the local level.  Since the establishment of the Center in 1994, more than 7,000 children have been helped and 1,400 tutors have been trained and certified.  All services are provided to the children free of charge.  It takes approximately $10,000 to tutor one child for two years.  The Dyslexia Center of Peoria has a nearly 100 percent success rate, meaning that virtually every child who comes into the tutoring program gets the support they need to conquer their learning disability and achieve their full potential.