Peoria NAACP Branch holds 56th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet Oct. 27    Defeat Hate……VOTE

The Peoria NAACP branch will be hosting its 56th annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Paradice Hotel & Conference Center, in East Peoria. Social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. The theme for this year’s event is “Defeat Hate……VOTE. The banquets keynote speaker is Jeff Johnson.  A …

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Dozens Voice Concern at Hearing about Edwards Coal Plant

From the Sierra Club: PEKIN, IL — Wednesday night, dozens of local residents and pollution experts voiced concern at a public hearing held by Governor Rauner’s Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) regarding an operating permit for Dynegy-Vistra’s E.D. Edwards coal-fired power plant near Bartonville. The IEPA issued an initial draft “Title V” Operating Permit for …

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Peoria’s Labor Day Parade

Peoria’s Labor Day Parade started with sirens and horns and progressed down Main Street lined with children and cheering supporters. An annual parade favorite is Ironworkers Local 112 with a member climbing up and down a towering steel beam. Members of Peoria Federation of Teachers drew applause and cheers following two years of tense teacher …

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Labor law tackles NFL owners

BY BILL KNIGHT As Community Word published in the September issue distributed Aug. 29, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s case is a labor issue, and an arbitrator appointed by the NFL and the NFL Players Association agreed the next day. The ruling by Stephen Burbank said that Kaepernick’s lawyers showed enough evidence that the league …

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HAS RIVERFRONT PARK BEEN SAVED FOR PUBLIC USE? NOT YET, BUT PERHAPS

FRIENDS OF RIVERFRONT PARK On July 2, the city of Peoria terminated the development agreement to build apartments in Riverfront Park. Friends of Riverfront Park (FORP) thanks all who helped get to this point to save the park for public green space. The city of Peoria has posted the notice of termination on its website at …

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Peoria Rally for Immigration Rights

Despite brutally hot temperatures, about 300 people attended a rally Saturday in downtown Peoria to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and demand America honor the human rights of people seeking asylum –– a basic human right established by the United Nations. The Rev. Marvin Hightower, president of Peoria NAACP, urged everyone to not only …

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Guest Opinion: If only they’d come the right way….

BY ZACHARY GITTRICH A common refrain among the anti-immigrant crowd is “Well, if only they’d come the right way, they wouldn’t have these problems,” referring to the threat of deportation/removal by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE). As if this absolves the Federal government of kidnapping children from their parents. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has stated …

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