Illinois’ New Teen Driver Laws Explained

An article featured in the October issue of The Community Word outlined the potential pitfalls teen drivers face and the requirements for the state’s graduated licensing system. On August 20 of this year, Governor Blagojevich signed a law that tightens…

New trend in beauty salons goes mobile

“Have Scissors, Will Travel,” should be Sharon Clark’s motto at her “Who Does Your Hair?” Beauty Salon. Although she’s owner/operator of a full-service salon, Clark is convinced taking her hair styling talent to shut-ins and people who find it hard…

New Bel-Wood building?

Don’t be surprised if Peoria County officials soon announce plans to construct a new Bel-Wood Nursing Home. A recent study of the existing facility revealed the need for an estimated $12 million in updates. Rather than spend that kind of…

LaHood a front-runner in GOP departure from Congress

When U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood announced that he wouldn’t seek re-election, some progressives wondered: Did his decision stem from the difficulty of once more legislating by collaboration and compromise without the dominance of controlling both houses of Congress (indeed, all…

Canaries in the Coal Mine

Let’s just take a moment and talk about the birds and the bees. After all, these critters can teach us a good deal about the world. Remember, they share our need for clean air and water. You may have heard…

Support the Radium Girls Monument

by Dolores Klein It is gratifying when we see very young people dedicate themselves to an important project, acting on research and study, and creatively and boldly taking action. An eighth grade student, now a graduate, Madeline Piller from Mendota,…

Get a grip!

Excuse me, but wasn’t it just Christmas? I’m a little hazy on this but I could swear we just exchanged gifts. Seriously, am I the only one who’s trying to remember when January happened? I honestly feel like yesterday was…

Getaway!

 Details were checked extensively before we decided on the specifics of our get-away. Twelve women involved in numerous activities make for lots of phone calls, emails and revisions in choosing a mutually convenient time. Our original number of 12, we…

West Peoria finally bans open burning

West Peoria will no longer have open burning beginning October 1, 2007. The City Council, in a 7-1 vote, on August 14, 2007 ended the years of debate over the burning topic.  This is a huge relief for people who…

Tolerance, and summer reading

Another rainy spell and then hot, hot hot. I do wish it would come in moderation. It seems to come in too much, too hot or too something. I am so looking forward to fall when temperatures will moderate a…

Beating summertime stress

The past several weeks have proven to provide a great deal of stress for pets, humans and those tress in our yards. David Robson, Extension Horticulture Educator, provides some insight into treating leaf scorch which may develop. “The hot, dry…

Neighborhood House Dinner & Auction

Fascinated by police work, but realize that’s likely not to be a career choice? Enjoy the unique opportunity to have lunch with Peoria Chief of Police Steven Settingsgaard, tour the Police Department and ride on the streets with the Chief.…

Scoping it out

An adult osprey was fussing with a stick, poking it very carefully into its lofty nest near the Illinois River, as fledglings looked on. It was nearly August. This late in the season it wasn’t building the nest, but rather…

I’m going to miss ya, Congressman Ray

I’ve had a lot of fun with Ray LaHood on these pages as well as the pages on my blog, PeoriaPundit.com. I imagine, though, that wasn’t quite so much fun for the congressman. Now that LaHood has announced his retirement…

The gift of pet therapy

Bonnie marched down the hall to my office beaming from ear-to-ear. Her hands were filled with gift bags and I couldn’t fathom the occasion. “It’s July 3rd” she said. Her face tilted as she read my expression. “Did you forget?…