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




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 Obama to visit Springfield, address General Assembly Feb. 10 on “Better Politics”

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


7 in 10 Americans support access to abortion

Today is the anniversary of that historic day in 1973 when the Supreme Court, in a landmark decision, affirmed abortion as a constitutionally protected right.

But you and I both know the story didn’t end there.

In the 43 years since Roe v. Wade, anti-choice extremists have partnered with politicians across the country to pass wave upon wave of legislation with a singular goal: to reverse the Supreme Court’s decision and make abortion so inaccessible that it’s effectively illegal all over again.

Sure, those extremists are vocal. They’re also the minority in this country: Polling consistently shows that 70% of Americans believe in safe and legal access to abortion. On the anniversary of Roe, will you share this graphic on Facebook to show you won’t be silent in the face of these relentless attacks?

I am one of the 7 in 10 Americans who support Roe v. Wade.

Reproductive freedom—which is key to a woman’s ability to decide if, when, how and with whom to start a family—is in danger in this country.

  • In 2015 alone, 22 states enacted 41 anti-choice measures.
  • 23 states have anti-choice governments, where the state governor & majority of legislature are anti-choice.
  • 29 states have measures that prohibit insurance plans from covering abortion.
  • 32 states and D.C. impose restrictions on low-income women’s access to abortion.1

Every Roe anniversary that passes is another reminder that too much is at stake to say silent. Click here to share the above graphic on Facebook today and help spread the message of the pro-choice majority.

Don’t have Facebook? Check out these other ways to share.

Thank you for all you do for reproductive freedom.

Ilyse Hogue
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

Illinois American seeks rate increase


League of Women Voters: How judges get and keep positions

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


Support Peoria Community Against Violence with SOUP!


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 Check out Peoria Community Against Violence (PCAV) on their new website at:


Friends of Riverfront Park will challenge replacement land: 6 p.m. Jan. 6


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,

                                       Dave Pittman, 309-573-2354,