Urgent need for election judges!

Peoria County Board of Election Commissioners


Official News Release

For immediate release

May 14, 2016 (17)


Thomas Bride, Executive Director            309-494-8683

Link to this news release:  http://www.peoriacounty.org

Election Judges Needed Tomorrow


Peoria County – The Peoria County Election Commission is reaching out to citizens in the community to work as paid Election Judges for the Tuesday, March 15th Presidential Primary Election.  Community participation is key to staffing the 83 county-wide polling places. 

“An exceptionally high number of cancellations from current Election Judges is compelling us to reach out to civic minded citizens to volunteer at this late hour” said Executive Director Thomas Bride. “Please consider lending a hand to ensure the election process is easy and accessible for all voters in Peoria County.”

Mr. Bride went on to say the Election Commission has had over 100 Election Judge cancellations, nearly three times more than an average election.  Election Judges are responsible for the administration of election procedures in the polling place on Election Day. They ensure the election process is administered fairly and in accordance with the law.  For their service, judges are paid $130.

To Be an Election Judge you must meet the following criteria:

·         Be a citizen of the United States;

·         Be a registered voter in Peoria County OR a junior or senior high school student in good standing;

·         Be of good repute and character and not subject to the registration requirement of the Sex Offender Registration Act;

·         Be able to speak, read, and write the English language;

·         Be skilled in the four fundamental rules of mathematics;

·         Be of good understanding and capable;

·         Not be a candidate for any office in the election and not be elected committeeman; and

To learn more about serving as an Election Judge for Tuesday’s election please call (309)494-8683.



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Peoria County Board of Election Commissioners, 542 SW Adams St, Peoria, IL 61602

Scheduled monthly hikes at Rocky Glen

Friends of Rocky Glen is pleased to announce the resumption of free monthly hikes through the Glen beginning March 12, 2016.  Hikers should dress for the weather and expect to be on a moderately difficult trail. All hikes begin at 10:00 a.m., with departure and return to Jimmy’s Bar, 2801 Farmington Road, West Peoria by noon. Hikes were suspended in October of 2015. Additional hikes are scheduled for April 9, May 7, June 18, July 2, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 5 and December 3.

Rocky Glen is a 125 acre natural area in West Peoria, located adjacent to Kickapoo Creek Road. It is owned by the Peoria Park District but currently has no public parking. Consequently it is closed to the public. The Friends of Rocky Glen (FORG), and the Peoria Park District (PPD), have an operating agreement to allow FORG to lead guided tours. FORG is fundraising to assist the PPD in developing public access to the park, which is one of the contractual obligations the PPD accepted when they acquired the park in 2013. FORG memberships and merchandise will be available at all monthly hikes, fundraisers and at the Global Village store, 1308 E Seiberling Avenue in Peoria Heights. FORG is a federal non-profit 501(c)3 composed entirely of volunteers.

Since its founding in October 2010, FORG has raised over $35,000 to support Rocky Glen. In the past two years FORG partnered with Forest Park Foundation in a very successful matching grant program. This year FORG is excited to announce a matching grant program with the Mike and Derek Rucker family. FORG also works with the Caterpillar Foundation to accept donations and matching funds from Caterpillar employees and retirees. We are thankful and proud of these partnerships which have accelerated fundraising efforts for a parking lot, trails and signage that will someday make Rocky Glen completely accessible to the public.

FORG will host a Spring Plant sale on April 30, from 9:00 a.m. – noon, at Haddad’s West Peoria Market, 2407 W. Rohmann Ave, West Peoria.  Additional fundraisers are being planned throughout the year including yoga sessions, a Fall hike and fundraiser at Jimmy’s Bar and an Art Auction at Sky Harbor Steakhouse.

Friends of Rocky Glen also sponsors Adopt-A-Highway along a two mile stretch of Kickapoo Creek Road.  Our 2016 clean-up dates are:  Saturday, April 30, 12:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 11, 12:30 p.m.; Friday, August 19, 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 8, 9:00 a.m.

For more information, contact President David Pittman at dvdpttmn@aol.com, 309-573-2354 or visit the FORG website www.friendsofrockyglen.org or our Facebook page facebook.com/FriendsOfRockyGlen


Films on Native American History and Culture

NEWS RELEASE                                       For immediate release

UU Church                                               309-688-5608, Pub. Rel.

3000 Richwoods Blvd.                             www.peoriauuchurch.org

Peoria, IL 61604-1142


Public welcome to one or all at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 3000 Richwoods Blvd., Peoria 61604, Fridays, 7-9 PM. Discussion will follow the movies.

March 11: Five Hundred Nations: The Ancestors, Wounded Knee Legacy

Three early cultures of North America are featured: the Anasazi at Pueblo Bonito, the Pueblan Cliff Dwellers at Mesa Verde, and the metropolis at Cahokia, near St. Louis.

March 25: Thunderheart (1992).

Starring Val Kilmer, Sam Shepard, and Graham Greene, the movie tells of a young, part-Sioux FBI agent sent to capture a radical protestor on the reservation. However, his awareness of native culture, as well as his suspicions of the FBI grow

Zika Virus: Should we be worried?

Greater Peoria League of Women Voters Program on ZIKA VIRUS

 “What is the Zika Virus and Should We be Worried?” will be discussed at Drinks & Dialogue, a free program hosted monthly by the League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria.

The public is invited to participate in the dialogue, at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, at the Hearth Restaurant, 4604 N Prospect Rd, Peoria Heights.

The Zika virus has been in the news, and the reports have raised many questions and concerns. Meredith Littell, RN, BSN, Assistant Director of Infectious Disease from the Peoria City/County Health Department will share information about the Zika Virus, including  areas with Zika, transmission, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

The dialogue about the Zika Virus will include up to date information obtained from the CDC, and will identify countries and territories where the Zika Virus has been active, mode of transmission and vector control.

Drinks & Dialogue provides an opportunity for people to share opinions and ideas, ask questions and become more aware of issues at the local, state and national level.   There’s no cost to participate, and refreshments are available to buy.

Drinks & Dialogue is offered monthly, on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, for one hour starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Hearth, with local, state, and national political topics.

The League is a non-partisan, issues oriented, volunteer, member-directed organization committed to open, responsive and effective government brought about by informed, involved citizens with membership open to both men and women in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties. For more information, go to www.lwvgp.org.

Inquires may be directed to Cheryl Budzinski, at 309-253-9594 or c_budzinski@hotmail.com.


LWV: Allen Mayer discusses presidential elections

Greater Peoria League of Women Voters Program:


Electing the President of the United States 2016


There’s a lot more to running for President than you learned 8th grade civics class (or Season 3 of House of Cards).


League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria presents a program on electing the President of the U.S. at its General Meeting at 6pm on March 3, 2016 at Advanced Medical Transport (AMT) auditorium, 1718 N. Sterling, Peoria 61604.

The event features a lecture, discussion, and details with Allen Mayer, Peoria County Board Member and confessed political junkie. He’s a graduate of the Illinois Math and Science Academy, received his degree in Political Science with honors from the University of Chicago, and earned his law degree with honors from the University of Illinois.

His presentation will include more than the basics of the Electoral College and the difference between a caucus and a primary.


He will discuss an unpledged PLEO and why Democrats have them, but not Republicans, as well as why Illinois Republicans have a beauty contest and district level alternate delegates, but Illinois Democrats have a 15% viability threshold and advantaged gender districts. He will discuss how delegates get on the ballot (or even get selected without an election), and the difference between Buckley and Citizens United, and what happens if the Electoral College ends in a tie. Questions are welcome and should be plentiful. The event is free and open to the public.


The League is a non-partisan, issues oriented, volunteer, member-directed organization committed to open, responsive and effective government brought about by informed, involved citizens with membership open to both men and women in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties. For more information, go to www.lwvgp.org.



              Media coverage is welcome.


Inquiries may be directed to Cheryl Budzinski, 309-253-9594 or c_budzinski@hotmail.com



A Community Event to bring together Jews, Christians, and community leaders in solidarity to fight hate and celebrate the rich diversity of Peoria’s Muslim residents.

DATE: March 07, 2016

TIME: 6:00 – 8:00pm

LOCATION: 823 Salaam Dr, Peoria, IL




As a result of Islamophobia, Muslims are sadly viewed with increased suspicion and fear these days and are painted with a broad brush. Mosques, where we pray and socialize, are being incorrectly viewed as unwelcome, closed places.
Our goal is to:
  • Fight fear by opening our doors and hearts
  • Bring Jews, Christians, Muslims, and other voices together to stand against prevalent Islamophobia (irrational fear of Islam and Muslims)
  • Build loving relationships rooted in the genuine traditions of each faith without denying our differences
  • Invite the “whole” city so our friends and neighbors can see us, meet with us, and hear community and religious leaders speak

President Obama to visit Springfield, address General Assembly Feb. 10 on “Better Politics”

President Barack Obama will deliver an address to the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield on Feb. 10. Obama will talk about “what we can do, together, to build a better politics — one that reflects our better selves,” a White House official said in a statement.

Obama is a former member of the state Senate from Chicago who announced his run for president in Springfield when he was in the U.S. Senate