Congressional leader keynoting NAACP banquet

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U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-SC) will be the featured speaker at NAACP’s 52nd Nov. 22 Freedom Fund Banquet at Par-A-Dice Hotel and Conference Center in East Peoria. The event – “All in for Justice and Equality” – will start…

What’s the Evidence for Medical Marijuana?

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  Medical marijuana is coming to Illinois soon. The state has a long list of approved conditions for marijuana including cancer, glaucoma, HIV and multiple sclerosis.i If you have one of these conditions, you may be wondering if marijuana would…

Vote as if tomorrow matters

A couple weeks ago I was whining to friends about how I used to vote for candidates from both parties. In politics, talk is cheap, so I look for those who have a positive voting record in support of clean…

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Art Beat for November 2014

MUSIC Nov. 8: In This Moment, the “Black Widow Tour.” 7 p.m. Limelight Eventplex. 693-1234. Nov. 9: BU’s Saxophone Quartet and Quintet. 3 p.m. Bradley University’s Dingeldine Music Center. 677-2595. Nov. 9: Flatland Harmony Experiment Trillium. 2 p.m. Peoria Public…

FDIC data offers glimpse of Peoria commercial banks

Looking at hard numbers can be meaningless, like trying to connect the St. Louis Cardinals’ post-season performance with players’ weights or beard dimensions. Factual yet irrelevant. A better comparison might be the old yarn about several people trying to describe…

Learning to read the weeds

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Super Weeds Tell Story of Soil Imbalance Central Illinois organic farmer Dave Bishop can stand at the edge of a chemically-treated soybean field, and giant “super weeds” tower over his 6-foot frame. Yet, his organic field nearby has no super…

Art: What is it good for?

This photo-mosaic of the downtown skyline of Peoria consists of 2,775 images by Central Illinois artists. Local professional photographer Doug Leunig contributed the master skyline image; Bradley University Professor George Brown designed the “Art Works in Peoria” graphic. The project…

Labor Roundup for November 2014

Illinois governor race neck-and-neck. Press Association Unions News Service reports that the race for Illinois Governor is a tossup. “Gov. Pat Quinn (D) barely won a first full term, thanks to huge labor support, in 2010,” said PAI’s Mark Gruenberg.…

Serendipity for November 2014

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Dear Emma Kate, During our last family get-together, you were vigorously wiggling a loose tooth. Your Mom later reported success with the tooth pulling, and that a serious discussion ensued about the Tooth Fairy being “real.” You are certainly old…

Straight Talk for November 2014

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TOO SOON! It was a shock, a disappointing shock, when the announcement came that well-known Manual High School and University of Illinois basketball coach, Wayne McClain had died at the young age of 60. While initial news reports said he…

Who gets to vote in America?

It is almost time to vote once again and all sorts of weird and wonderful things are happening. One of them is attack ads. Attack ads are so mean that many wonderful people will never consider running for public office.…

Nature Rambles for November 2014

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Prairie Chicken Politics Who would have thought that one of the iconic symbols of the Illinois Prairie could become a political hot potato? But that’s exactly what happened this year as biologists attempted to boost the crashing population of Greater…

Neighborhood Notes for November 2014

* Home sales up in 3rd quarter. Neighborhoods’ homes are selling steadily, according to the Peoria Area Association of Realtors (PAAR), which reported that the Peoria market’s third-quarter home sales were up 2.4 percent, to 1,440. Also, the average home…