NAACP and AFSCME challenge Peoria city budget

BY CLARE HOWARD Approval of a city budget with elimination of more than three dozen union positions and implementation of a special fee on top of property-taxes triggered scrutiny by officials with AFSCME who reported they found an undisclosed $30 million fund. “It was behind a firewall,” said Sherry Carter-Allen, retired president of Local 3464 …

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Peoria Journal Star: ethical conflict?

Opinion & Analysis The Peoria Journal Star, under the editorial management of Dennis Anderson, published an editorial Oct. 21 endorsing Gov. Bruce Rauner. The editorial concluded Rauner is a much better choice for governor than his opponent JB Pritzker, and the editorial cited Pritzker’s level of “corruption” for the method he used seeking to lower …

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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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