Illinois has open door for CAFOs

CAFO

Sharon Deweerth looks out the west windows of her rural Marshall County home to see the sun set on corn fields stretching to the horizon. Those fields hold generations of her family’s history of work, values and memories of rural…

Straight Talk | Lemon to lemonade

In November of 2002 the morning show, “Breakfast with Royce and Roger” began on WOAM, 1350 AM. It starred my dear friend comedian Royce Elliott and featured so many wonderful friends from Pete Vonachen to Mayor Jim Maloof, George Shadid,…

Bill Knight | Red-white-and-blue roots music

Capsule reviews can be like speed dating in a bouncy house. Risking insulting artists who spent energy and investments of time and temperament, they’re a way to acknowledge their efforts. (Likewise, excuse the name-dropping comparisons, but they’re efficient.) Anyway, much…

The Lion’s Den

Dear Humankind, As we consider departing from you, we want you to know that we gave our all. But alas, in the end, we were mere leaves blowing in the wind, to be glanced at and considered momentarily, but then…

Nature Rambles | Cooperation is paramount

Monarch

The warm days of August harken the arrival of many prairie flowers and insects. The ever-majestic Monarch butterfly is a common visitor to the August prairie. An observant visitor will also see the striped caterpillars munching hungrily on several species…

Inland Art | Thomas Skomski exhibit

Uproot Locura

Co-curators Robert Sill, Douglas Stapleton and Edward Maldanado note that Thomas Skomski’s solo show “Urgent Care: Stuck in that Awkward Stage between Birth and Death” at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield “examines the processes of change and the inevitable…

Arts Beat | August 2019

Aug. 2: The Holdouts. 5 p.m. Old Chicago Grand Prairie. 691-1885. Aug. 2 and each Friday: Dave Hoffman & Friends. 5 p.m. Two25 in the Mark Twain Hotel. 282-7777. Aug. 2: Cousin Eddie Live at the Five Spot. 5:30 p.m.…

Art Inc. | An unlikely culprit

As I think about the challenges we face across the country from neighborhood to neighborhood and block to block, there’s one thing that permeates these communities with deadly consequences. It is not as obvious as you might think either. If…

West Peoria News | Night Out Against Crime

You are encouraged to attend the 19th annual West Peoria Night Out Against Crime 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 5 at Franciscan Park. The evening includes the Peoria County Sheriff’s Posse, Bearcat Armored vehicle, firefighting equipment, Boy Scout Troop…

Serendipity | Amusement park charm

The sixth annual Family Vacation includes seven children, ages 6 to three 13-year-olds. Eight adults are in the lead only slightly, although the children don’t seem to notice they’re outnumbered. Likely because they realize they are outranked, whatever our numbers.…

Labor Roundup | August 2019

Wayfair workers walk out over company furnishing border camps. Hundreds of employees of the online home-goods company Wayfair in June walked out to protest its involvement in furnishing border camps. Workers at the firm’s Boston headquarters demanded Wayfair stop furnishing…

Urban Acres grows strong communities

Diaz

Andy Diaz travels the world as an account sales manager at Caterpillar Inc., but back home in Peoria he grows corn, tomatoes, tomatillos, jalapenos, zucchini and strong community. That’s part of his mission. Diaz is an acolyte of “Strong Towns,”…

PDC pushes landfill-gas regs despite Trump delays

PDC

Methane is a major contributor to climate change, and worldwide, methane’s top source is natural gas, followed by cows, then you. At least, your waste, deteriorating beneath the surface of area landfills and releasing methane and carbon dioxide (CO2). Clean-energy…

Trump attacks judges whose decisions block him

The federal judge who ruled against delays in implementing the three-year-old landfill-gas rules by President Trump’s EPA was blasted on May 25, when Trump called him an “activist, Obama-appointed judge.” Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. of U.S. District Court of Northern…