Labor Roundup

Think tank defends crackdown on law-breaking contractors. In Washington, a progressive think-tank is defending President Obama’s executive order cracking down on federal contractors who break labor laws. Karla Walter of the Center for American Progress reminded a House committee of…

2 for 2 in scoops

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As exclusively reported in this column by this monthly newspaper, Bradley athletic director Michael Cross is going to be replaced. It was made official with the Cross resignation, Monday, Feb. 16. We also predicted that Bradley president Joanne Glasser was…

Cubs manager has Peoria connection

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For years, the Joe Maddon-Peoria story has been that in 1984 Maddon introduced himself to the new Peoria Suns owner Pete Vonachen by saying, “Hi, I’m Joe Maddon, and I’m your manager. I just want you to know that I’ve…

Injustice pervasive in the justice system

Injustice Pervasive in the Justice System Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, made a rare public appearance at Bradley University Feb. 12. It was standing room only in the Michel Student…

Communications beyond our silos

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We developed silos to effectively store items, like harvested crops, in bulk supply. Here in the Midwest they are easily identified, as we drive through our states labeled as the “breadbasket” that feeds the world. In doing so, we cross…

Serendipity for March 2015

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In 1966 when I was 18, I traveled on a cruise ship to visit my sister and her family living in the Philippines. It was a marvelous adventure after the seasickness subsided. An infirmary visit and medicine helped tremendously. The ship I was…

A society blossoms in Peoria

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Aged hands clasped the black leather-bound book as a thin-framed man walked along the bustling streets of downtown Peoria. His destination was the great archives at the Public Library. His mission was to preserve over 40 years of memories for…

West Peoria News for March

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View the cityofwestpeoria.com for all information on snow issues. It has been listed here several times and also in the West Peoria News. You can reference whatever you need at the city website which is likely easier to locate than…

Theater roundup

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  Peoria Players has given us the yin and yang of Weimar Germany with its recent offerings of “The Sound of Music” and “Cabaret.”  TSOM is all country, set in the Alps of Salzburg with singing nuns, children, true love…

Arts Beat for March

MUSIC March 1: Bradley Symphony Orchestra’s Music Scholarship Concert Series – Concerto Aria Competition Concert. 3 p.m. Bradley University’s Dingeldine Music Center. 677-2595. March 6: The Smokers. 8 p.m. Rhythm Kitchen Music Café. 676-9668. March 7: Cousin Eddie. 8 p.m.…

Innovation inspiration

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Imagination creates possibilities. As Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world.” Sadly much of our educational system was designed around a process…