Peoria Community Against Violence (PCAV)

SUBJECT: Peoria Community Against Violence hosts Peace Walks

Beginning this Friday, August 29th the Peoria Community Against Violence will host a series of 5 peace walks throughout Peoria. See the attached flyer for additional information. All walks will meet at designated area at 5:45 p.m. and walk will begin at 6:00 p.m. Designated areas include:

1. August 29th, 2014 – East Bluff Community Center (512 E. Kansas)

2. September 6th, 2014 – Logan Park (1414 S. Livingston)

3. September 12th, 2014 – Morton Square Park (1125 W. Lake St.)

4. September 20th, 2014 – Colombia Park (300 McClure)

5. September 26th, 2014 – Proctor Center (309 S. DuSable)

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming soccer match, feel free to contact Krista Coleman at or (309) 494-8233.


Prepare and Protect During National Preparedness Month

PEORIA COUNTY – During National Preparedness Month in September, Peoria City/County Health Department (PCCHD) remembers our commitment to prepare and protect people during hazardous events. Health Department staff plan and prepare for public health emergencies, respond to health threats, and protect people from health hazards. Those hazards may be from tornados, flooding, power outages, natural or man-made disasters, or disease threats, including new diseases, such as the Ebola Virus or other diseases that may develop.

“We often hear questions about what we are doing for the public when we hear about threats from unfamiliar and sometimes dangerous communicable diseases,” states PCCHD Director of Infectious Disease Jean Bellisario. “We have staff who are dedicated to providing surveillance, investigation, and control for communicable diseases. We work with federal, state, and local health systems to assure reporting of diseases. We work with our community partners to help protect people in our area. Prompt notification of a communicable disease allows us to prevent further transmission of disease,” adds Bellisario. “Information we receive through our reporting and surveillance programs also helps us monitor disease trends, identify groups that may be at high risk of illness, and develop policies and programs to prevent the spread of these diseases.”

“Adding to our surveillance activities, our Health Department also employs vigorous efforts to plan and prepare for all public health hazards, not just new diseases,” states Jason Marks, PCCHD Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. “We know there are risks that cannot be fully controlled, so it makes sense that we plan with community partners and with the public for those risks. A major focus in our plans is to work and help people know how to be prepared for possible hazardous events, such as tornados, summer heat, flooding, infectious diseases, power outages, and even natural or man-made disasters. We help individuals to be better prepared by getting an emergency kit of supplies, making a plan with family members of what to do in an emergency, staying informed and ready to act, and even getting involved in their community. While preparing and protecting are important, our overall plans include informing and including the public in this whole process in order to achieve our goal of being a prepared community for all hazardous events.”

To learn more about Preparedness and other important Public Health issues, visit the Peoria City/County Health Department website at

League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria to Discuss Regional Stormwater Utility Study and Fees

A Stormwater Utility Study, which suggests a new monthly ‘user fee’ for better quality of life, flood protection, and to avoid further contamination of rivers and streams, is the topic for the Greater Peoria League of Women Voters meeting on Thursday, Sept. 4, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

The meeting takes place at the Peoria School District 150 Board Room, 3202 N. Wisconsin, Peoria.  It is free and open to the public.

The speaker will be Maggie Martino, Planning Program Manager at the Tri County Regional Planning Commission.

The 2014 regionally focused feasibility study is a collaborative effort enabled by Peoria County sharing a partial EPA grant with the units of government in Peoria and Tazewell Counties. The 13 local governments that participated, shared their costs with matching funds included the cities of Peoria, East Peoria, West Peoria, Pekin,  North Pekin, South Pekin,  Bartonville along with Peoria County, Limestone Township, Cincinnati Township, Hollis Township, Washington Township and Morton Township.

Stormwater management is needed because as development occurs and the natural land cover is replaced by hard surfaces — buildings, parking lots, roads — the amount of the rainfall that runs off and the rate and volume of runoff increases. The quality of the runoff is altered, resulting in increased flooding, increased land surface erosion, increased channel erosion, increased pollution in the streams, public health issues related to insects and viruses, and an impact on the overall quality of life in the community.

The feasibility study process that was used in this study included six steps: the development of a stormwater management expenditure plan; data analysis; review of billing options; development of a revenue plan; development of a public education and outreach plan outline; and development of a general draft ordinance.

This important new project will affect every resident in the area. The event includes a question and answer session.

Annual Walk for the Mind Supports Brain Tumor Research

PEORIA – (August 27, 2014) Registration is open! After a record number of participants last year, the Mark Linder Walk for the Mind needs your help to keep the momentum going.  

Starting with just 150 walkers in 2003 and raising $12,000, the Mark Linder Walk for the Mind last year had more than 750 participants and raised $50,000 for brain cancer research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. But the need to fund continued research is ongoing. 

The Walk is named after Mark Linder who started the event in an effort to reach out to brain tumor survivors and help raise funds for brain tumor research. While Mark died in 2005 at age 31, the Walk lives on and to date has raised more than $330,000 for research. 

This year Dr. Patrick Elwood, the “central Illinois father of neurosurgery” is the honorary chair for the walk. 

WHAT:           Mark Linder Walk for the Mind one mile walk and raffle

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Peoria RiverPlex. Registration and raffle opens at 7:30 a.m. The Walk begins at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:         Peoria RiverPlex along the Peoria Riverfront

ALSO:  Entry fee is $20 for adults and $10 for children (10 years and younger). Survivors are free. Children’s activities are provided. The extensive raffle includes tickets and hotel Package to a Chicago Bears Game; Box Seats and Hotel Package for the Chicago Cubs 2015 Season; Chicago hotel packages; Maui Jim sun glasses; numerous restaurant gift certificates; autographed racing memorabilia and more. 

Other Walk activities to raise money for brain cancer research are planned in August and September. To register for the Walk or for more information, including other activities, go online to or check out the Mark Linder Walk for the Mind on Facebook. 

This is the third year that all net proceeds will be donated to the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Funds raised help support Dr. Andrew Tsung’s vital research to understand the mechanisms that make cancers grow and invade.

Red Cross promotes sober driving on Labor Day Weekend – Designated drivers can enjoy free nonalcoholic beverages at participating bars

CENTRAL ILLINOIS – The American Red Cross and the Illinois Department of Transportation are making it

easy for local residents to designate a sober driver this Labor Day weekend. Each year, the Red Cross and their partners team up to offer free, non-alcoholic beverages to designated drivers.

At participating locations on Labor Day weekend and day, designated drivers can enjoy free nonalcoholic beverages in special “This is MY red solo cup” cups and they will also be using “Be safe, have a designated driver” beverage napkins. Bars will hang posters indicating their participation in the event.

This is the seventh year the Red Cross has sponsored the designated driver promotion. Last year, the Red Cross distributed about 2,000 cups to area bars.

Participating locations include:

  • Crusen’s, 2117 West Farmington Road, Peoria, IL
  • Crusen’s, 426 E War Memorial Dr., Peoria, IL
  • Goodfella’s Pub & Pizza, 1414 N. 8th St., Pekin, IL
  • Jac’s Dog House, 2024 Broadway, Pekin, IL
  • Kelleher’s Irish Pub, 619 SW Waters St., Peoria, IL
  • Kouri’s Pub, 2929 Court St., Pekin, IL
  • Two25, 225 NE Adams St., Peoria, IL
  • Yesterdays’ Bar and Grill, 363 Court St., Pekin, IL

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.



Peoria City/County Health Department advises residents to take precautions during extremely high temperatures. During a heat wave, individuals who have no access to a cool environment should use cooling centers for relief from the heat. Heat related injuries such as heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and dehydration may develop with or without feelings of discomfort. Young children, particularly infants, and older adults are extremely sensitive to heat and can easilybecomedehydrated and losemorebodyfluidsthanusual.

Cooling Centers in Peoria include the following:

  • SalvationArmy, Sylvia Fites Center, 414NEJefferson,8:30-4,M-F
  • DepartmentofHumanServices(DHS),2301NEAdams,8:30-5M-F
  • FriendshipHouse,800NEMadison(cornerofMadison&Wayne),8:30-5
  • AllPeoriaFireStations,open24/7
  • CivicCenterVerizonCafé(waterstations,tablesandchairs),201SWJeffersonAvenue
  • Link to Cooling Centers Map for Central Illinois or see link below.

To prevent heat related injuries during hot weather, take the following measures:

  • Try to stay cool, preferably in an airconditioned area.
  • Wearhatsandlight-colored,lightweight,looseclothes.
  • Limitoutdooractivities and avoidvigorousphysicalactivitiesinhotandhumidweather.
  • Takefrequentbreaks and drinkplentyoflikewater,regardlessofyour activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Avoidliquidsthatcontaincaffeine,alcoholorlargeamountsofsugar–theycauseyoutolosemorebodyfluids.

Remember your children, neighbors and pets:

  • Don’t leave children, elderly, or pets inside a parked vehicle, even for a few minutes. Hotspots develop, even with the windows rolled down.
  • Check in with family, friends, and neighbors who may be affected by extremely high heat.
  • Takecareofyourpets.Giveextrawaterandbesure to place the water dish in a shaded area if outdoors.Makesurepetshaveaprotectedplacewhere they can get away from the sun.

Additional Resources:

  • Cooling Centers throughout State of Illinois, Illinois Department of Human Services 800-843-6154.
  • Map link to Central Illinois Cooling Centers.
  • Other Public Health information, Peoria City/County Health Department website

Labor Day and Food Safety

 Cooking out for Labor Day? Don’t forget food safety!

 In recognition of National Food Safety Month, the Peoria City/County Health Department offers some safety tips to cook, serve, and save food at your picnics and cookouts this Labor Day weekend. Keep food borne illness away by following these tips for packing the perfect cooler and grilling food for the perfect cookout: 

  • Bring one cooler for beverages and a separate cooler for food to maintain proper food temperatures since beverage coolers are opened more frequently.
  •  Pack your food cooler with ice packs along with loose ice so that it will remain below 41°F, reducing the risk for harmful bacteria to grow. 
  • Use a metal stemmed thermometer when grilling meat to ensure proper internal temperatures are reached. Chicken (poultry) should be grilled to at least a minimum of 165° F, pork to 155°F, and beef or hamburgers to 145°F. 
  • Use separate utensils for raw foods and cooked foods to avoid cross-contamination. 
  • To save leftovers, immediately put perishable food away in a cooler containing ice or ice packs. 
  • Discard any leftovers that have been outside for more than two hours; however, if the temperature exceeds 90°F, discard food left out after one hour. When in doubt, throw it out!

 For more information on important Public Health issues, visit the Peoria City/County Health Department website at

The Peoria City/County Health Department continues efforts to improve community health in Peoria County with the overarching goal “to increase the number of people who are healthy at every stage of life.”

NOW to host Screening of “Iron Jawed Angels” in celebration of Womens Equality Day

Date:  TOMORROW, Tuesday, August 26
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Place: Courtyard Estates (formerly Jumer’s), Movie Room , 117 N. Western Ave., Peoria IL 61604

The Peoria chapter of the National Organization for Women will host a screening of the documentary, “Iron Jawed Angels.” The film follows political suffragists leaders Alice Paul and Lucy Burns as they use peaceful and effective nonviolent strategies, tactics, and dialogues to revolutionize the American feminist movement to grant women the right to vote.  The film is approximately 1.5 hours long, with discussion encouraged to follow afterwards.