Economic cost of losing newspapers

Not too many years ago, there were 112 members of the Peoria Newspaper Guild representing employees at the Journal Star including reporters, photographers and workers in circulation. That number has plummeted and now there are only 29 Newspaper Guild members…

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense

As gun violence across America continues, groups are forming to protest and strategize. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense has a chapter in Peoria that meets monthly the second Monday of each month 6 to 7 p.m. at United Presbyterian…

Straight Talk | The Fight Continues

Just when the Peoria Catholic Diocese thought the fight with the Catholic Archdiocese of New York might be over, they learned it isn’t. New York Catholics don’t want the remains of Archbishop Fulton Sheen to be moved to Peoria. For…

Heard on the Bus

Eddie Russell Jr. was shot 16 times by Peoria Police “They knew he was mental but went ahead and shot him sixteen times. Then those policemen got metals.” “No way!” “Yes, ma’am.” Stop Requested

Editorials | The “Black National Anthem”

S.A. Shepler (c) Community Word 2018

The Declaration of Independence sets forth the principles of our democracy: All people in this country are equal with inalienable rights, among them the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We can believe in the promises of…

Letter to the Editor | ERA: Giant Leap Forward

On May 30, the Illinois General Assembly took a giant leap forward for women’s rights nationwide and ratified the Equal Rights Amendment. It took Illinois 46 years, but better late than never. Now we’re one state closer to seeing equal…

Real Talk | Becoming an Accomplice

Colin Kaepernick knew that taking a stand, or in his case a knee, would negatively impact his football career. And he did it anyway. When the press finally realized, during the 2016 National Football League season, that Kaepernick wasn’t standing…

Nature Rambles | Monitoring for declining pollinators

Monarch Butterfly caterpillar

In 2015, the Pollinator Research Action Plan was released outlining the decline in pollinating insects and the challenges faced in stabilizing and enhancing populations of these beneficial insects. The findings and solutions outlined in this report have become known as…

Serendipity | All-ages Bunco

Game playing enthusiasts are delighted to know kindred souls who share the thrill of a dice roll or hand of hot cards waiting to be played. Wagers on the table or friendly games of chance aren’t the real issue. It’s…

Inland Art | Claire Ashley

Claire Ashley

Chicago artist Claire Ashley’s work – forms floating between image and text, concept and corporeality, is also about reconfiguring space. She is recognized by challenging the didacticism and vanity of mainstream sculpture, along with attendant traditions of welding and stone…

Arts Beat | July 2018

MUSIC July 1: Peoria Municipal Band. 7 p.m. Glen Oak Park. 691-3318. July 2: “God Bless America: A Patriotic GospelFest” concert by GospelFest Ministries. 7 p.m. Five Points Washington. 444-8222. July 3 and each Tuesday: John Miller and Preston Jackson.…

Yes, Peoria! | Neighborhood Fireworks

“Yes, Peoria!” We love living in this big city that acts like a small town. One example of this is the access to local government. Peoria is small enough that average residents have fairly easy access to elected leaders and…

West Peoria News | Fourth of July

The day and event is fast approaching when West Peoria showcases itself to thousands of people on the Fourth of July. This patriotic event is the longest running parade and ceremony in central Illinois, and this is our 48th annual…

Labor Roundup | July 2018

Two federal worker unions sue Trump over anti-worker executive order. Two of the nation’s largest unions for federal workers, the Government Employees (AFGE) and Treasury Employees (NTEU), have sued the Trump administration, demanding the courts throw out one of his…

Elder Fraud

Frank and Suzanne are fiscally cautious and savvy, yet they somehow managed to fall victim to a young man with a track record of scamming seniors in central Illinois over home repair work. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s web site…

New Book: Former coach looks back

Time can offer perspective – if you have the time. When Gary Dreibelbis was Bradley University’s forensics director, he was on the road for 20 weekends a year – busy Friday afternoons and evenings, all day Saturdays, and getting back…