ABOUT THE EVENT
A Community Event to bring together Jews, Christians, and community leaders in solidarity to fight hate and celebrate the rich diversity of Peoria’s Muslim residents.
DATE: March 07, 2016
TIME: 6:00 – 8:00pm
LOCATION: 823 Salaam Dr, Peoria, IL
WHY ARE WE DOING IT?
As a result of Islamophobia, Muslims are sadly viewed with increased suspicion and fear these days and are painted with a broad brush. Mosques, where we pray and socialize, are being incorrectly viewed as unwelcome, closed places.
Our goal is to:
Fight fear by opening our doors and hearts
Bring Jews, Christians, Muslims, and other voices together to stand against prevalent Islamophobia (irrational fear of Islam and Muslims)
Build loving relationships rooted in the genuine traditions of each faith without denying our differences
Invite the “whole” city so our friends and neighbors can see us, meet with us, and hear community and religious leaders speak
President Barack Obama will deliver an address to the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield on Feb. 10. Obama will talk about “what we can do, together, to build a better politics — one that reflects our better selves,” a White House official said in a statement.
Obama is a former member of the state Senate from Chicago who announced his run for president in Springfield when he was in the U.S. Senate
Illinois American Water Files Rate Request
Over $342 million of capital investments across the state, including $42 million locally, drives request
Peoria, Ill. (Jan. 21, 2016) — Today, Illinois American Water filed an application with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) to adjust rates effective January 2017 for water and sewer service in all of the company’s operating districts. Illinois American Water’s last base rate change was approved by the ICC in September 2012.
The company’s investments in water and sewer system improvements are the primary driver behind this rate request. From October 1, 2013 to December 31, 2017, Illinois American Water will have invested approximately $342 million in water and sewer infrastructure statewide. This includes over $42 million in the Peoria District not reflected in current water rates.
“We will continue to make the necessary investments in our local water system to help ensure water quality, service reliability and fire protection for our customers,” said Roger Goodson, Senior Operations Manager of Field Services and Production for the Peoria District.
Goodson said the over $42 million in investments includes replacing and installing fire hydrants, valves, meters and more than 25 miles of water main. This also includes significant electrical upgrades at the Main Station Water Treatment Plant and Pump Station to ensure reliability even during times of severe weather. The upgrades also include energy-saving technology and upgraded control center. Also included is the construction of a 400,000 gallon elevated water storage tank to provide increased storage capacity to meet customer demand and enhance fire protection for Chillicothe and Rome customers. These improvements to the water treatment and delivery systems enhance service quality, reliability, environmental performance, public health and fire protection for customers.
If the rate request is granted in full, the typical residential Peoria District water customer (using about 4,500 gallons of water per month with a 5/8 inch meter) would see their water bill increase by about $7.57 per month from approximately $41.57 to $49.14 (excludes fire protection charges, taxes and franchise fees, which may vary by community). The rate change request represents an additional quarter a day to support needed investments.
There is no immediate impact to customers. Rates will not change until January 2017, after the ICC completes a comprehensive review of the request. The 11-month process includes opportunities for public comment. Over four years will have passed since Illinois American Water’s last rate increase in 2012.
“The communities we serve rely on us to provide reliable, quality water service to support the local economy and to provide a high quality of life for residents,” said Illinois American Water President Bruce Hauk. “These investments will help ensure we are able to keep that commitment to the health and prosperity of our customers and communities in Illinois.”
Hauk added that the company has reduced its operating expenses by about 3 percent since its last rate order.
The need to upgrade water and sewer systems is a national challenge. The American Society of Civil Engineers says that an estimated $1 trillion in capital spending will be needed across the nation over the next 25 years to replace thousands of miles of pipe, upgrade treatment plants and comply with stricter water quality standards.
Illinois American Water’s rates are based on the costs of providing water and sewer service as reviewed and approved by the ICC. The company works to control operating expenses while balancing the need for regular investment in the water system. While many municipally-owned water systems are able to cover costs with taxes, fees and other revenue sources as a way to keep water bills lower, investor-owned, regulated water utilities are required to recover all costs through water rates charged on the customer’s water bill.
How do Judges Get and Keep Their Jobs?
“How do Judges Get and Keep Their Jobs” is the topic of discussion for Drinks & Dialogue, a program hosted by the League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria.
The public is invited to participate in the dialogue, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, at the Hearth Restaurant, 4604 N. Prospect Road, Peoria Heights, IL. Social hour begins at 5 p.m.
This dialogue about judge appointment, election, and retention will open with comments from retired Judge Glenn Collier, and will be facilitated by League members. Judge Collier was an associate and circuit judge for 16 years, serving after his retirement as Corporation Counsel for the City of Peoria IL. His comments will be inclusive of the various methods that judges are appointed, elected, or retained.
The League believes that democratic government depends upon informed and active participation at all levels of government.
Drinks & Dialogue provides an opportunity for people to share opinions and ideas, ask questions and become more aware of local, state and national issues and the options for making change. There’s no cost to participate, and refreshments are available to buy.
Drinks & Dialogue is offered monthly, on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, for one hour starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Hearth with local, state, and national political topics.
The League is a non-partisan, issues oriented, volunteer, member-directed organization committed to open, responsive and effective government brought about by informed, involved citizens with membership open to both men and women in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties. For more information, go to www.lwvgp.org.
P- TOWN SOUP: COMMUNITY AGAINST VIOLENCE
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 | 6:00 p.m.
Christ Lutheran School at 1311 S. Faraday St., Peoria, IL 61605
WHAT’S P-TOWN SOUP? • All Peoria citizens are invited to this NEW innovative way to improve their community. PCAV will host a meal at no cost to those who attend, which includes soups, side, rolls, desserts and drinks.
A donation of $5 per person at the door is requested. Your $5 donation to P-Town Soup equals a vote. We will listen to 4 (pre-selected individuals/groups/programs) about their idea to better the City of Peoria. All those with a vote will then select who they feel should receive ALL the donated funds from the night’s event. The winner of this P-Town soup will come back to the next P-Town Soup and explain and/or show how they used the winning donations.
The next event is scheduled for June 2016, more de-tails on our website listed below!
It’s That Simple!
Interested in presenting your idea at P-Town Soup? Email Krista at the address below by January 18, 2016 for consideration at our next P-Town Soup
If you have questions, please contact Krista Coleman at 309-494-8233 or firstname.lastname@example.org Check out Peoria Community Against Violence (PCAV) on their new website at: http://peoriacommunityagainstviolence.weebly.com
FRIENDS OF RIVERFRONT PARK
Friends of Riverfront Park will attend the city of Peoria’s first hearing on the proposed replacement land for the apartment complex planned for Riverfront Park.
The event takes place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at City Hall in the council chambers.
Friends of Riverfront Park will present many questions and concerns about the proposed replacement land, including whether it is eligible under National Park Service rules to replace the lost park land.
The event is free and open to the public, and public comments will be taken to become part of the official application.
Further information: Elaine Hopkins, 309-231-5758, email@example.com
Dave Pittman, 309-573-2354, firstname.lastname@example.org