Peoria African American Leaders urge end to violence at same time president urges governors to use force

    At a Monday press conference, the Rev. Marvin Hightower, president of the Peoria chapter of the NAACP, urged an end to the violent protests that have gripped Peoria and the country following the police killing of George Floyd, an African American man in Minneapolis. Hightower said it’s right to be angry but don’t …

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“The First Rainbow Coalition”

Following a free public screening of “The First Rainbow Coalition”  Jan. 16 at Illinois Central College Peoria campus, panelists spoke and answered questions from the audience. Seated from left are Susan O’Neal, Indivisible/Peoria Area and the National Organization for Women; Michael James, Chicago’s Rising Up Angry (a participant in the original Rainbow Coalition); Chris Wade, …

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Largest graduating class yet erupts in cheers at Jobs Partnership Re-Entry Program

    Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs, foreground, stands facing inmates at the Peoria County Jail as they cheer and wave their diplomas in the air at a graduation ceremony Tuesday.   BY CLARE HOWARD Twenty-eight inmates in the Peoria County Jail stood and cheered Sheriff Brian Asbell Tuesday afternoon. They stood, cheered and waved their …

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Labor Day Parade Sept. 2, 2019

Thousands lined Main Street Monday in Peoria for the annual Labor Day Parade. With ever-increasing wage inequality in this country, more labor unions realize the road to recovery is political reform. Congress is inordinately influenced by massive donations from ultra-wealthy conservatives and corporations that are unfriendly to unions. Even with low union membership, most Americans …

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Bad news for journalism in Peoria and the country

NEWS ANALYSIS BY CLARE HOWARD The corporate owner of the Journal Star has agreed to a $1.5 billion acquisition of Gannett, owner of USA Today as well as 100 dailies and over 1,000 weeklies. The merger is financed with a five-year loan at 11.5 percent, and means one mega-corporation controls the journalism reaching eight million …

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Fundraiser Dinner and Dance Performance at Hindu Temple Saturday Aug. 3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 1, 2019 Media contact: Mandar Pattekar pattekar@hotmail.com. 309-868-0591 A SACRED MORAL STORY, A SACRED DANCE-DRAMA OFFERING, AND A SACRED CAUSE We are pleased to announce the musical dance drama, Mohini Bhasmasura Nritya Samhaar, at the Hindu Temple of Central Illinois, on Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 5 pm to 7 pm. …

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