Central Illinois Health Community Alliance- Press Event

The Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance held a press event at the office of the Peoria Chapter of the NAACP to discuss the favorable court ruling against Dynegy who owns and operates the Edwards Coal Plant by Bartonville, IL.  A joint lawsuit had been filed by several environmental groups about three years ago in response …

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Attorneys, judge, surprised by Heidelberg’s request

  Cleve Heidelberg, left, and his attorneys Andy Hale, center, and Don Jackson in Peoria County Circuit Court Sept. 22.    By Clare Howard In a highly unusual and risky move, Cleve Heidelberg tried to dismiss his attorneys and represent himself Thursday in a hearing before Peoria County Circuit Judge Albert Purham Jr. Heidelberg, 73, …

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Washington Historical Society hosting special events in October

For more information contact: Washington Historical Society 101 & 105 Zinser Place Washington, IL 61571 (just north of the square) 309-635-3016 or 309-444-4793 www.washington-historical-society.org   Friday Night Oct. 14, encampment on Washington Square 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. camp set up and story telling by the Fort Creve Coeur 1776 Venture Crew Saturday Oct. 15, …

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Seven Circles Heritage Center: Gathering of Veterans Pow Wow

The Gathering of Veterans Pow Wow will be held on September 16-18, 2016, at Seven Circles Heritage Center in Edwards, IL.  The public is invited.   All veterans (past and present) will be honored. The weekend will be filled with healing, honoring, and celebrating all warrior heroes.  This is a special time honoring our veterans who we …

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Documentary: “Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot”

  Greater Peoria League of Women Voters Co-sponsors Film, Selma, the Bridge to the Ballot League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria and NAACP Peoria will host a special screening of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) documentary Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot, the true story of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march.   …

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Fine Arts Society Lecture: National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Fine Arts Society’s 55th season begins with a lecture by John W. Franklin entitled “Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture.” Franklin will present his lecture twice, at 10 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Peoria Riverfront Museum. There is a social time for half an hour preceding …

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Court Upholds Special Prosecutor for Cleve Heidelberg

Despite an appeal to reconsider, Peoria 10th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Albert Purnham will proceed with the appointment of an independent special prosecutor to re-examine the investigation and prosecution of an African American man for the shooting death of a white Peoria County Sheriff’s Deputy in 1970. At a hearing today, Purnham rejected a petition …

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