African-American Community Reacts in Shock to Police Valor Awards

  The Rev. Marvin Hightower, president of the Peoria NAACP, answers questions during a press conference Friday expressing disappointment over police commendations of valor given to six officers involved in the shooting death of Eddie Russell Jr. BY CLARE HOWARD Words were not hurled in anger or indignation. They were employed with cutting precision. And …

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Peoria to Palestine: Welcome to the Occupation

BY LAWRENCE MAUSHARD “I feel like in heaven. It’s like heaven, really, in Peoria,” explained Mohammad Mohammad, 29, during a conversation on Main Street near Sheridan Road. Now that’s something you don’t hear everyday. A native of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, Mohammad has lived in central Illinois since 2001. “It’s way better than …

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PEORIA ACLU-Keynote Speaker on Civil Rights and Justice

     CONTACT:  Jeff Johnson, 309.397.4772; JTJohnson.PHR@gmail.com Jimena Lopez,309.573.3283;jimenalopez83@gmail.com   PEORIA ACLU Chapter’s Annual Meeting is May 10, 2018      The Peoria ACLU Area Chapter’s 57th annual meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 10, 2018 at the IVY Club, 1502 N. Galena Road, Peoria Heights.   The guest speaker will beCeleste Stewart Stack, an attorney with …

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$100 million settlement sought against Peoria city and county in Heidelberg lawsuit

    A lawsuit was filed in federal court in Peoria Thursday against Peoria and Peoria County seeking more than $100 million and a jury trial on behalf of the estate of Cleve Heidelberg, a Peoria man who was imprisoned for 47 years and died 10 months after his conviction was vacated. One of the …

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Are Health Dangers Lurking on Your Driveway? Church Parking Lot? School?

  “Toxic Impacts of Coal Tar Sealants and Positive Alternatives” will be presented by Dr. Cindy Skrukrud, Illinois Chapter Sierra Club Clean Water Advocate, for the Peoria Area League of Women Voters Public Program on Thursday, April 5, 6:00 p.m. at AMT/ Advanced Medical Transport, 1718 N. Sterling Ave., Peoria. Dr. Skrukrud will discuss toxic …

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“Lift Up Our Businesses” Future Energy Jobs Act Town Hall Program

Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance Illinois People’s Action/IPA Heart of Illinois Group Sierra Club For Immediate Release   WHAT:     “Lift Up Our Businesses”   Future Energy Jobs Act Town Hall Program WHEN:  Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 6:15 p.m. WHERE:  The Carver Center, 710 W. Percy Baker Jr. Ave., Peoria This free public event features speakers …

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