Economy could take toll on education

If you want to get a sense of one possible consequences of the financial chaos caused by the high-stakes gamblers who led the U.S. economy to the brink of ruin, look in a child’s eyes. Between rising foreclosures, prices and…

Drill Baby Drill

One of the memorable hallmarks of the Republican Convention this year was the chanting of “drill baby drill!” This mantra echoed during Sarah Palin’s address, and was apparently meant as a sound bite solution to our energy problems and rising…

It’s time for BU students to grow up

When I decided to complete my education at Eastern Illinois University, I based that decision on three criteria: 1. EIU had a good journalism program. 2. Many of my friends were going there. 3. And, it had a reputation for…

Scare Tactics

I was on my way home the other day when I noticed an arm dangling out of the trunk of the car in front of me. After a double-take, I chuckled at the mobile Halloween décor. The flapping arm triggered…

News for October

The West Peoria Firefighters’ Association is having its annual hog roast & raffle fund-raising at Crusen’s on Sunday, October 19th from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. West Peoria firefighters will be going door-to-door selling the fund-raiser tickets which are $1/ea or…

Repair/Replace Damaged Lawns Now

The weather has not been kind to our lawns the past 18 months. However, rains and predictions for normal rainfall for the next 90 days means that things should improve, states David Robson, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, Springfield…

Slow down, watch the falling leaves

Well, I, along with millions of others watched the debate last night, and I find it so interesting how we each are able to support the views of one because of our own background and involvement. I, of course, strongly…

Our Parent Care Dilemma

By Jon M. Knapp, CFP The telephone call came at 2:00 a.m. on that Saturday morning. Dan’s 80-year old father was stopped by the police as he was aimlessly driving around Charlotte, not knowing who he was, how he got…

18th District Candidates Voice Solutions

When it comes to the issues at hand, Congressional candidates believe they have the answers to help America thrive economically, educationally, and in the war on terror. Autumn will be heralded with red, white, and blue this year as Election…

Domestic violence a significant national problem

Domestic abuse is a significant national problem and is prevalent among American households. Abuse can happen to both men and women, but about 73 percent of family abuse victims are female. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, about…

LaHood vs. Lyons

The contest between Republican Darin LaHood and Democrat Kevin Lyons for Peoria County state’s attorney became a hot topic of political discussion after it was revealed LaHood attempted to talk to the father of an alleged rape victim. The revelation…

Congressional candidates (mostly) take positions

Candidates to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood (R- Peoria) from the 18th Congressional District are, in alphabetical order, Colleen Callahan (Democrat), Sheldon Schafer (Green), and Aaron Schock (Republican). Below are responses to questions sent to all three campaigns, questions…

Discover Non-virtual Reality

Chris took the plunge this year (perhaps a holdover from his days on the swimming and diving teams at Peoria Central High). Our son transferred to Northern Michigan University at Marquette from Western Illinois. It’s a significant transition, trading the…

City to give voters a choice

About a month ago, I wrote about a change in Illinois law that would lessen the likelihood that municipalities would have to hold primary elections. Here’s how it works: Under the rules in effect for the two previous city elections,…

Jehan Gordon deserves our support

by Joann Thomas, Peoria, IL As a former elected official in Peoria County, I understand the commitment and dedication that public servants must show the people they wish to represent. I believe Jehan Gordon exemplifies what we want our public…

Finding ‘X’

Isolate “X” we are told. Get rid of everything on one side so that only X is left then figure out what X is. Only a select few, I have found, understand what X is or how to find it.…

Ardent advocate of naps

Naps are absolutely wonderful and while I can’t prove it, I’d put money on the likelihood they were “invented” by a loving but weary mother of talkative toddlers. Some of those youngsters believe naps are the bad part of a…