Global Refugee Crisis: presentation, 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Bradley University


Refugee Crisis in Europe

Peoria, IL – November 23, 2015 –  Europe is dealing with a growing migrant crisis as refugees seek to escape war in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

The Institute of International Studies and the Peoria Area World Affairs Council will host “The Migrant Problem in Europe: A Global Humanitarian Crisis?”  This program and discussion will be held on Tuesday, December 1 in Westlake Hall room 116 at Bradley University at 7:00 pm.

The featured speaker is Will Ball, Caterpillar Vice President and board member of USA for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.  He will share insights from his work with the UNHCR as European countries look for help to register and find new places to settle these migrants.

Ball will be available to talk with the media immediately following his presentation.

For more information, please contact PAWAC at (309) 677-2454.

“The Role of Money in Politics” 6 p.m. Dec. 3

LWVGP General Meeting

Topic: “The Role of Money in Politics”

Thursday, Dec 3, 2015, 6:00 pm
AMT (Advanced Medical Transport) Conference Room
1718 N Sterling Ave, West Peoria, IL 61604

League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria Event: The Role of Money in Politics A panel of experts will discuss the role of money in political campaigns at the League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria general meeting.

The panel will consist of Anna Valencia, Frank Mackaman, and Brad McMillan. Anna Valencia is the founder and Principal of AVK Advisors, LLC, a consulting firm that focuses on political strategy, relationship management and government relations. She recently served as a Senior Advisor for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2015 mayoral election, and was the campaign manager for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin’s re-election campaign in 2014. Frank Mackaman is on the staff of the Dirksen Congressional Center in Pekin, is a member of the Board of Trustees of Illinois Central College, and is an executive committee member and immediate past president of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress. Brad McMillan is the director of the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley University, and served as chief of staff for former Congressman Ray LaHood who served as U.S. Transportation Secretary in the Obama administration’s first term.

The panel will discuss democratic values with respect to campaign financing, First Amendment considerations, and how campaign financing can be regulated.

The public is invited to submit questions for the panel. Questions must be received by November 30 at To see the consensus questions that will be covered, go to and check the “Recent Updates” box.

The public is invited to this free event, and media coverage is welcome.

For further information contact Cheryl Budzinski at 309-253-9594.

Buy Local: Small Business Saturday Nov. 28

Peoria County



 Peoria City and County Encourage Residents to Buy Local

 Peoria – For the Thanksgiving shopping weekend, Peoria County and the City of Peoria are reminding residents to “Live & Shop Peoria County” and “Live & Shop Peoria.” Over sixty local businesses are sponsoring this buy local campaign by donating a $25 gift card and offering Small Business Saturday specials on Nov. 28. Residents who shop any business in Peoria County between Nov. 26- 29 can be entered to win a gift card package of $100 to local businesses.

To enter the Live & Shop Peoria County contest, residents must post a photo of themselves shopping at a Peoria County business over Thanksgiving weekend on or their personal Twitter or Instagram page with the name of the business and #LiveShopPeoriaCounty. While residents may enter the contest by shopping any business in Peoria County, sponsoring businesses are featured in the attached ad, at, and on the “Live & Shop Peoria/County” Facebook page listed above.

“Live & Shop Peoria County” encourages local residents to purchase goods and services from their neighbors – local business owners – year round and particularly over the busy holiday shopping season. By shopping in Peoria County and the City of Peoria, our local economy is fortified by increased job opportunities and fewer business closings, and sales tax dollars continue to support local government and vital public services such as law enforcement, fire protection, public works, and more.

For more information, contact Jenny Fulton, Peoria County’s Director of Strategic Communications, at 309-672-6918 or




Peoria’s Annual Santa Parade: 10:15 a.m. Nov.27

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Peoria Area Community Events (PACE) is pleased to announce that “Christmas Plays in Peoria” is the theme of the 128th Annual Santa Claus Parade. The parade, scheduled to step off at 10:15 a.m. on November 27, 2015, is the longest running holiday parade in the country.

The Grand Marshall in the parade is a tribute to the Live Arts in Peoria. Representing the theater in the parade will be the Community Children’s Theater, formed in 1957 and Corn Stock for Kids, formed in 1997. Both groups have two performances per year and are the training ground to ensure that kids remain involved as future technicians, patrons and performers. With a cast of 62 children from Peoria and 14 surrounding communities, CCT will open at Peoria Players Theater with Annie Jr. on December 10th.

The Santa Parade is also paying tribute to Tom McIntyre who retired in May from WEEK-TV telecast after 47 years reporting the news in Central Illinois. A Navy veteran Tom was born in Bloomington, grew up in Chenoa and attended Illinois State University. Tom is active in the community serving on the board of the Rotary Club of Peoria.

The parade features costumed characters, novelty walking units, horse units, decorated floats, marching bands, and of course Santa Claus. Santa’s elves are very busy remodeling three floats and creating a new one. They are also painting and repairing the other 20 floats that PACE owns.

 Costumes and floats depicting the parade theme Christmas Plays in Peoria” will compete for awards presented for the Best Novelty Unit, Best Overall Unit, Best New Entry, Best Commercial Float Entry, Best Non-Profit Float Entry, and Best Religious Float Entry.

The parade is telecast live on WMBD-TV Channel 31 sponsored by South Side Trust and Saving Bank for the past 46 years. The telecast area will be on the corner of Main and Adams (in front of South Side Bank).

The parade will take the same route as last year beginning at the Peoria Central Firehouse on Monroe & Bryan Streets, then proceeds on Monroe to Main,  left on Main Street, right on Jefferson Street, left on Liberty Street, left on Adams and will end at the Peoria County Courthouse.

Sustainability: Why Should We Care About Water?

For more information: Cheryl Budzinski 309/253-9594;


League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria Event: Sustainability Why Should We Care About Water?

Sustainability: Why Should We Care About Water? will be the focus of the discussion at the November 18th Drinks & Dialogue program hosted by the League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria. The meeting will be held from 5:30p-6:30p at the Hearth Restaurant, 4604 N. Prospect Avenue, Peoria Heights.

The importance of water is a global issue, and now the significance of water shortages hits close to home in the United States as droughts and water shortages impact many areas of the country.  The League has long been engaged in activities to protect groundwater sources to ensure the safety of drinking water.


The dialogue about  Sustainability: Why Should We Care About Water? will be facilitated by League members and led by Robert Fuessle of Bradley University.  Dr. Fuessle earned his Masters and PhD degrees in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana. He is a specialist in the area of hazardous waste treatment and management modeling for environmental systems,  stabilizing hazardous wastes, environmental management and policy analysis and environmental risk assessment.

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

The Truth About Energy Efficiency – Looking beyond the hype and promises to realistic savings on energy bills

Description: There are many products on the market that promise to help lower utility bills including new windows, insulation upgrades, replacement furnaces or air conditioners, installing radiant barriers, caulking gaps and cracks, and so on. Many of them promise unrealistic savings. We will take a look at potential improvements on a home to help determine what will REALLY make a difference on lowering gas and electricity bills. We will also look at incentives and rebates that may be available to help pay for certain upgrades to homes.

Dates & Locations:
• Wednesday, November 18th, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Pekin Public Library
• Monday, November 30th, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Peoria Public Library North Branch
• Monday, December 7th, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Peoria Public Library Lakeview Branch

Presented by: Todd Abercrombie is an independent energy consultant who is president of EverGreen Home Energy Consultants, Inc based in Peoria. His clients include homeowners, business owners, and contractors in both new and existing homes and buildings. He does not sell any products or make commissions from recommendations in order to provide unbiased advice to his clients. He is a certified professional by the Building Performance Institute and is credentialed by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED Green Associate. Todd is also an instructor for Illinois Central College.

Public Meeting: Combined Sewer Overflow, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9

League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria Co-sponsored Event: Storm Water/Combined Sewer Overflow &Possible New Utility Tax

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria, with the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club and the Peoria NAACP will host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9 at the Advanced Medical Transport auditorium, 1718 N. Sterling, Peoria, IL. on the topic of Storm Water and the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) and possible new utility tax.

The event is sponsored at the request of the City of Peoria’s Public Works Department. City staff will make a presentation and answer questions.

Peoria’s storm water issues and CSO problem should have been addressed before 2015, and is the subject of a lawsuit by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The 100% Green Solution to the CSO that the city has proposed to settle the EPA lawsuit against the city is cheaper initially, employs local businesses and labor, but has higher operating costs. And it depends on citizen acceptance.  (The alternative to the ‘green solution’ is an initially more expensive pipe solution.)                                                                                  

    • The proposal is strictly based on square footage of impervious surface of each parcel – so residential and commercial (including non-profits and schools) would have the same rate. (Some other nearby communities use a flat residential rate.)
    • The average residential figure of $20 a month for a storm water utility fee starting in July 2016 was suggested at committee meetings.
    • Credits and/or incentives may be used and should be asked about at the Nov 9 meeting. Credits and incentives would possibly be offered because a homeowner or business changes something to significantly lower the amount of storm water going to the city’s system.
    • Information and videos of what other communities have done to solve their CSO problems are at:

The city’s staff will be at the meeting to discuss the problem and possible solutions, and answer questions.


Funeral Services for Ginny Nailing who delivered and believed in Community Word

Ginny Nailing Funeral Services Next Wednesday, November 11
We are sorry to announce that Ginny Nailing has passed away.  She has been an outstanding volunteer for many Democratic Candidates and Fundraisers for many years.  Her obituary to follow, but here are the preliminary arrangements.
Services for Ginny Nailing will be next Wednesday, November 11, 2015
  Grace Apostle Assembly
 1523 S. Laramie Street – Peoria, IL  61605

The visitation will be from 9am to 11am, with services immediately thereafter.

Ginny Nailing

Peoria Historical Society Holiday Home Tour

Peoria Historical Society Announces 4th Annual Splendor of Christmas Past Holiday Home Tour

Peoria, IL— Ring in the holidays with the Peoria Historical Society’s annual historic home tour. Enjoy the craftsmanship and ambiance of six historic homes while seeing them magically decorated for the holidays.  New this year are three homes in the Randolph-Roanoke Historic District.

Our two museum homes — the John C. Flanagan House Museum and the Pettengill-Morron House Museum — will be decked out in all their Christmas finery. Santa Claus will make an appearance at the Flanagan House, so bring your cameras! Pettengill-Morron will feature Victorian décor as well as a lovely gift shop.  The four private residences will be exquisitely decorated and open for viewing.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to tour these beautiful homes and learn about their unique history and architectural significance.

The homes will be open Saturday, December 5 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 6 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale November 1st.  Adult tickets are $15.00 each until December 3rd and $20.00 after.  Children 12 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

To purchase tickets, please contact the PHS office at (309) 674-1921. Tickets may also be purchased at Kelleher’s, Harp & Thistle and Gregg Florist. Check the PHS website for additional information:

We would also like to thank the many, many volunteers who make this tour possible, and our sponsors — Good Earth Landscaping DCM, Inc., Medi-Weightloss Clinic, Maloof Realty and K & S RV Consulting — for each sponsoring a home.

This tour would not be possible without the willingness of the following homeowners to share their magnificent homes with the community:

 Dr. George & Colleen Johnson 1609 West Moss Avenue

David Stotz & George Traylor   201 W Columbia Terrace

Todd & Karla Dennhardt  311 W Armstrong

Ballance-Herschel Home (Home of the Junior League of Peoria) 256 NE Randolph