Done deal?

As I write this column January 18, discussions are taking place between retiring Peoria County Administrator Patrick Urich and Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis. Don’t be surprised if an announcement is made within days that Urich is the city’s choice for…

A flock-alypse Now?

It’s been called a portent, a sign, and even “aflockalypse.”  2011 started with dead birds mysteriously falling from the sky, not just in one area, but literally all over the world. Thousands of birds have been falling from the sky…

West Peoria News for February 2010

2011 has been a difficult time for the many West Peorians who depended upon Haddad’s Market for their grocery shopping as well as being able to have a very friendly staff help them. The fire caused an unwanted “life style”…

Happenings for February 2011

Feb. 2 – Tutor Training Workshop for the Adult Literacy Program at Common Place Family Learning Center from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. It will continue on Saturdays, Feb. 5 & 12 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. A registration fee…

Newsbriefs for February 2010

Peoria Public Library McClure Branch to Close for Remodeling Peoria Public Library, engaged in a $28 million dollar building program for all facilities, will close McClure Branch, 315 W. McClure Avenue, at the end of the day, Saturday, February 19…

A New Day, New Way in Peoria

Peoria, Illinois, is taking the New Year in stride, building on past successes and moving forward with new ideas to prompt increased safety, better employment and community growth. New Decisions from Washington U.S. Senator and Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin’s…

The Bradley Renaissance Campaign Continues

You may have noticed a lot of construction going on at Bradley University lately. Why have we seen so much activity? Well Bradley is actively continuing their Campaign for Bradley Renaissance. The campaign has seven key initiatives, some of which…

New Faces Eager to Warm Council Seats

New challengers for the Peoria City Council are getting ready for 2011 elections. It’s time for (yet) another election. And locals never seem to tire of the campaigning, mudslinging or celebrating with cash bars open ‘til midnight. But celebrations are…

New Downstate Story Now Available

Ten new short stories by Illinois and Midwestern writers, illustrated with original art, are featured in the 2010 edition of Downstate Story, Peoria’s only literary magazine. The downstate Illinois writers in this issue are Pepper Bauer of Mapleton; Connie Stepe…

Merle’s parting shot

Merle Widmer has retired from the County Board, but not from politics. Everyone who knows him, and I do, knew he would not go quietly. After a big time losing effort to slow down, if not stop the downtown museum,…

Good Guys and Wise Men

 When the lingering, languid Fall finally faded, it went fast, yielding to the harsh arrival of frigid temperatures, blustery winds and suddenly obvious darkness.  The days are too short.  The days were too short, too, for two good guys who…

A Sampling of Science Hightlights from 2010

 Even though, in 2010, the radio and TV were preoccupied with political prattle, there actually were some interesting discoveries and/ or findings in science, that went largely ignored. Here are just a couple that caught my eye. I’ve included scientific…