Illinois Art League Spring Membership Show

The Illinois Art League will have the Spring Membership Show at the Peoria Heights Tower Park Village Hall  on Friday June 6th from 12:00-5:00 and Saturday June 7th from 9:00-4:00.

This will be in conjunction with the Peoria Heights “Tower Park Art Festival”.

Admission is free. For further info, contact Bev Pullen 309-385-2501 or or go to:

Peoria County Farm Bureau Foundation Awarded Five $1,000 Scholarships

Peoria, Illinois – April 15, 2014 – The Peoria County Farm Bureau Foundation has awarded five $1000 scholarships.  The recipients are Daniel Feucht of Princeville, Aaron Maher of Brimfield, Victoria Stoller of Princeville, Jacob Vandermyde of Dunlap, and Mikaela Wieland of Princeville.

Daniel Feucht plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy. He has been active in 4-H and FFA and is currently serving as President with the Princeville FFA chapter.  He would like to work for a company in the Crop Sciences department and eventually return to the family farm.  Daniel is the son of Mark and Paula Feucht.

Aaron Maher is planning to enroll in the Diesel Powered Equipment Technology program at Illinois Central College and then transfer to Southern Illinois University studying Ag Engineering and Technical Systems Management.  He has served as President in 4-H and FFA. Aaron is the son of Dan and Diana Maher.

Victoria Stoller plans to pursue a degree in Ag Education and a career as a high school ag teacher.  She has served as Vice President of her FFA chapter.  She has been involved in numerous school activities and has taken several mission trips to Mexico.  Victoria is the daughter of Bruce and Mary Stoller.

Jacob Vandermyde will enter the University of Illinois seeking a degree in Agriculture/Biological Engineering.  He has had the unique experience of living in England for three years while family was employed with Caterpillar.  Jacob has been active in high school sports and has a strong interest in food and nutrition.  Jacob’s parents are Karl and Christine Vandermyde.

Mikaela Wieland will pursue a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Communications.  Along with numerous school activities, Mikaela has showed cattle the past four years and assisted with marketing and communications of her family’s beef business.  Mikaela is the daughter of Brian and Renee Wieland.

Since its inception in 1982, the Peoria County Farm Bureau Foundation has awarded over $80,000 to 90 students pursuing an agriculture related degree.  The Foundation is also financially supporting the Farm Bureau’s Ag Literacy program.


(Peoria, IL / April 15, 2014) -  The monthly meeting of the Better Breathers Club will be held Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 2-3:30 PM in Classroom 1 at the RiverPlex in downtown Peoria.

 The program will focus on Airway Clearance, presented by Theresa Johnston, RRT, with Hillrom Respiratory Care.

Anyone dealing with lung or breathing problems is welcome to attend. It is requested that those attending not wear perfume or cologne to meetings as it may bother other participants with breathing difficulties.

For more information about the Better Breathers Club contact Sara Fiddes, RRT with OSF Outpatient Pulmonary Rebab at 309.282.1646, or Revina McWhirter, Member Coordinator at 309.635.5442.


Clean Energy Forum Focuses on Ways to Build a Brighter Future for Central Illinois

State Senator Dave Koehler, State Representative Jehan Gordon and Energy Experts Discuss How to Bring Clean Energy Jobs and Solutions to Central Illinois

WHAT: Labor and environmental leaders will join experts on clean energy, energy efficiency and economic development to discuss how clean energy projects can bring jobs and other economic benefits to central Illinois as part of the Clean Energy Forum 2014.

Currently, lawmakers are considering an adjustment and improvement of the state’s renewable portfolio standard, which has already created more than 20,000 jobs, cut wholesale power prices by $177 million dollars per year, and curbed more than 5 million tons of air pollution. Experts will discuss how the state’s current standard can improve even more to bolster local clean energy development in communities like Peoria.

Experts also will share how clean energy can help business owners and residents lower their utility bills.


  • Senator Dave Koehler
  • Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth
  • Jack Darin, Sierra Club Illinois Chapter
  • Patrick Whitty, Clean Energy Trust
  • Tom Conway, Blue Green Alliance
  • Bryan McDaniel, Consumer Utility Board
  • Robert Cole, Facilities Manager of East Peoria

WHERE: Peoria Labor Temple – Basement Meeting Room, 400 NE Jefferson Ave., Peoria, IL  61603

WHEN:  Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Junction City to Host Walk MS Peoria Sept. 7th – Shopping Center Parking Lot to Become Festival Site for Annual Multiple Sclerosis Society Event

Peoria, Ill., April 16, 2014 — Junction City will once again host Walk MS Peoria on Sunday, Sept. 7, turning their parking lots at 5901 N. Prospect Road into an energetic festival site for hundreds of event participants. Walk MS Peoria, one of several Illinois Walk MS events to raise money for the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, is a chance for the community to rally together to bring an end to MS.

Junction City volunteered their site for Walk MS 2010, and they are proud to do so again for this year’s event.

 “Junction City is honored to host and support Walk MS 2014,” said Brittany Michael, Executive Assistant Manager at Junction Ventures. “We are excited that the event is returning to our location, and we feel it is the perfect environment for the community to raise funds for a great cause. We look forward to participating and assisting in the event. Be on the lookout for Team Junction City, who will be walking in honor of all those living with MS.”

Walk MS 2014 will take place at 11 locations across Illinois on May 4, and at two locations, including Peoria at Junction City, on Sept. 7. Last year, more than 12,000 people participated in Walk MS throughout Illinois, raising over $2.7 million to fund MS research, programs and services.

Participants will be teaming up to walk 1–3 miles on routes that will begin and end at Junction City, all of which are 100 percent accessible. Official times for the event will be determined at a later date.

 “We are very excited to once again partner with Junction City for Walk MS,” said John Blazek, Greater Illinois Chapter President. “This is an incredibly important event for those affected by MS, and the continued dedication and support of Junction City helps make it possible. Their commitment will bring us that much closer to a world free of MS.”

Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease that interrupts the flow of information in the central nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve. The Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of more than 20,000 individuals in Illinois and 2.3 million worldwide affected by MS.

To find out more or to register or donate online, contact Samantha Edidin at 312.423.1156 or at, or

Downtown Road Closure on Friday, April 18th

On Friday April 18, 2014, all lanes of traffic on NE Jefferson from Hamilton Boulevard to Main Street will be closed to allow a crane to remove old equipment on top of a building. Closure is expected to begin around or before 6:00 AM and be closed until 6:00 PM. All traffic lanes will open soon after 6:00 PM.

For further information or questions please contact Jeff Frieden with Warner Plumbing, Inc. at (309) 335-6555.


The Kiwanis Club of East Peoria will host an Art Auction and Wine Pull to benefit the efforts of Fon du Lac Park District’s Helping Hands Foundation and Forever Friends Fundraising in construction of an all-play, all-inclusive playground. The event is scheduled for Thursday, May 8, 2014, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Quail Meadows Banquet Facility, 2215 Centennial Drive, Washington.

The evening fundraiser will feature an auction of artwork created by students from East Peoria and other local high schools. The artwork is juried by a panel of local art professionals. Most pieces will be offered via silent auction, with select award-winning pieces being offered in a live auction starting at 7:00 p.m.

Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a chance(s) to pull numbers that correspond to a nice, very nice, or great bottle of wine.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Fon du Lac Park District’s Helping Hands Foundation and Forever Friends Fundraising for the construction of an all-play playground for the children of East Peoria and all surrounding areas. Forever Friends Fundraising has partnered with Fon du Lac Park District to install an all-inclusive playground to be located at Neumann Park (adjacent to Fon du Lac Farm Park and Central Illinois Riding Therapy). The playground will be completely handicap accessible with ramped areas to allow for wheelchair traffic in the play structure. Play features that can be used by all abilities, as well as an accessible sidewalk from the parking lot to the playground, will be installed.


PEORIA – Grace Presbyterian Church will broadcast its Easter morning worship service live on WEEK-TV, channel 25, and WBNH Radio, 88.5 FM, at 9 a.m. April 20, 2014. The broadcast will include musical performances by Rachel West Kramer and Jairo Arvizu, and a message from Senior Pastor Dr. Bryan Chapell. This will be the first live broadcast from Grace Presbyterian since moving to their new facility on Route 91 in 2010.

“The TV and radio broadcasts allow us to minister to people who cannot get out to attend services,” said C. J. Summers, Director of Media Ministry. “It reaches into homes, hospitals, prisons, etc., to touch people who otherwise would not get to participate in a local church service. The live broadcast allows us all to worship the Lord together at the same time on this special Sunday when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

Dr. Chapell began as Senior Pastor of Grace one year ago on Easter 2013. Before coming to Grace, he was the Chancellor and former President of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Chapell’s Easter message will be titled, “I Am Ascending,” from John 20:17. Rachel West Kramer is a Christian Vocal Artist and Speaker with Hands of Love Ministry, and a member of Grace Presbyterian Church. Jairo Arvizu is also a member of Grace and a featured vocalist with Hands of Love Ministry.

Grace Presbyterian Church started as a Sunday School outreach in 1862, and was incorporated as a church in 1868. Its morning worship services have been broadcast on WEEK-TV since 1973, first as the “Grace Worship Hour,” and later as “Grace Alive!” Services have been broadcast on local radio since the 1950s. Stations that have carried Grace’s services include WIRL, WPEO, and currently WBNH. Normally, each Sunday service is recorded, edited, and broadcast the following Sunday on WEEK and WBNH at 9 a.m.


Peoria Players’ Craft & Vendor Sale on May 10th

Peoria Players Theatre will hold a Craft & Vendor Fair on Saturday, May 10 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (rain or shine).  The Fair will be held on the lawn behind Peoria Players in Lakeview Park, corner of Lake and University.  Crafters and vendors from all over our local area will take part in this event.  Many items will be sold, including jewelry, apparel, Tupperware, garden art, blankets and pillows, bags and much more!

A portion of the Fair will benefit Central Illinois breast health programs and Peoria Players Theatre.

Sheriff McCoy to Help Secure Pledges

Peoria – Peoria County Sheriff Michael D. McCoy will be joining Hilltop Communications – Bradley public relations students who are partnering with the Sheriff’s Office to raise awareness of the cell phone law – at Northwoods Mall between 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. today outside Rogers & Hollands Jewelers, located on the upper level of the mall next to the food court. The Sheriff and students will be securing pledges from shoppers who agree not to use their cell phone while driving. The students will continue collecting electronic pledges until 6:30 p.m.

Hilltop Communications students are working on their senior project to raise awareness of the ban on hand-held cell phone usage while driving, a law that went into effect statewide on January 1, 2014. During their campaign, the students are collecting pledges at public venues such as the mall, via Facebook (, and electronically at The campaign draws to a close this week.

For more information on the public safety campaign, please contact Jenny Fulton, Peoria County Director of Strategic Communications, at (309) 672-6918, or Shelby Duitsman with Hilltop Communications: (217) 649-4237.